This tune has a great pulse to it: DUM dee dum-dee-dum, DUM dee dum-dee-dum.
If you’re playing this on fiddle, try getting some drones in by playing the open E or A string where possible.
Key signature - shouldn’t this be A mixolydian?
‘Cos it starts and ends on an A, and every time I play that G-natural it sounds odd (good odd, that is).
I s’pose it doesn’t matter much, seeing as the key signatures are the same.
By the way, I was reading this music history book and it said that back in the day "folk musicians" were the only ones who didn’t bother putting their tunes in the standard modes. And now nobody else uses them.
Barred in 12/8 thusly:
T: Dancing Dog, The
|: A2B cBA eAB cBA | ded cBA GAB A2E |
A2B cBA eAB cBA | faf ged GAB A3 :|
|: e2c cde Bcd cBA | e2c cde Bcd e2f |
gfe fed efe dcB | A2B cBA GAB A3 :|
A fun tune; glad I stumbled across it! Does anyone know anything about it?
Not I… 😏 But, as I give it a go, it has the feel of something more recently composed?
Jerry Read Smith? ~ for which no one has yet left a comment for this recording!?:
I play this tune at my session all the time, and I have no idea of where it came from. I always played it with the Athol Highlanders, since it had that kind of rhythm to it.
I never thought about playing this one with the Blarney Pilgrim…