Kelsen Side march

Kelsen Side has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Kelsen Side
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 BG A2 Bc | d2 g2 fe dB | cB AF G2 GF | G6 z2 |
a3 f d2 ef | g2 a2 ba gd | c2 B2 cd ec| A6 z2 |
a3 f d2 ef | g2 a2 ba gd | c2 B2 cd ec| A6 d2 |
G2 BG A2 Bc | d2 g2 fe dB | cB AF G2 GF | G6 z2 |]

Two comments

Kelsen Side

This tune comes from the American Fife & Drum tradition, where it was performed by a group called the Sons of the Whiskey Rebellion in a medley called "Kelsen Down" along with The Star of the County Down. I have never been able to locate a source for the tune or any other information about it whatsoever, other than that it might be Scottish in origin.

In some copies of the Whiskey Boys’ music it is also written as Kelsin Side and Kelsen Slide (though it clearly isn’t a slide, at least in tune type).

Here is a performance of the medley (0:00-2:15):
(gentle reminder- fifes are in concert Ab…)

https://youtu.be/rOoaEitJXJM


I would love to be able to find out more about the tune- maybe it’s better known under a different name?

Re: Kelsen Side

Sounds to me like a sped-up and straightened-out version of Down By The Tanyard Side. There’s a transcription of said tune here https://thesession.org/tunes/18916 Mind you, I’d say that transcription is a little off. It contains a few "F"s where I would suggest the tune actually contains "E"s.

Here’s a video of probably the best-known version, as sung by Seán Ó Sé https://youtu.be/FfFkYf_X-wY


The Dubliners (among others) sang a parody version with rebel overtones "Down By The Liffeyside" in which the lofty sentiments (and sentimentality!) of The Tanyard Side are skewered. See the following for one of The Dubiners’ later appearances on RTE https://youtu.be/snwLrvsHIcc


Finally, you may be interested in Gary Hastings’ book "With Fife And From" which explores at some considerable length the Orange marching band traditions in Northern Ireland, along with a CD and numerous transcriptions of tunes unique to that particular niche. See http://celticgrooves.homestead.com/CG_Book_Hastings_Fife.html