a gorgeous tune by Niall Vallely. if you’re a tinwhistler like me, you’ll prob want to transpose it into G, unless you want to figure out a nice variation to get around the low B and A. but those low notes are particularly essential to the beauty of the tune, in my mind. (and what cues fellow musicians that it’s not the first two bars of "The Wedding Reel"!) —j
Am I "Special" or is this tune played in Eb major? (Followed by Over The Moor To Maggie in F major? I’m not a piper or a concertina player so how does that work?
Phil Hardy does a nice jazzy version of this tune in G (on a low D whistle) on his ‘Low Whistle’ album (still a free download from the Kerry Whistles site I believe). For those too lazy to transpose:
T: Once In A Blue Moose
GA|:B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|eddB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 eGdB|1 ABBA G3A:|2 ABBA GAB/c/d||
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|eddB BAB/c/d|
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 eGdB|ABBA GAB/c/d|
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|e2dB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 eGdB|ABBA G3A||
"is this tune played in Eb major? (Followed by Over The Moor To Maggie in F major? I’m not a piper or a concertina player so how does that work?"
You’re right, the keys are Eb and F. I’ve been working this out on concertina. While Niall Vallely is capable, I’m sure, of playing these tunes in any keys he wants to, I think he’s probably playing this set on a concertina that’s not in the most common tuning, C/G. My guess is that he’s either using a C#/G# or an Ab/Eb concertina. If Ab/Eb, the fingering would be the same as if he played the tunes in G and A on a C/G box. I think both tunes fit under the fingers nicely in those keys; but really, with a player like Vallely, anything is possible.
Play it in F on the fiddle and then that lovely change up to G for Over The Moor To Maggie
Potential confusion with Donald Shaw’s reel
Has this been an issue? Anyone play them together? In Cape Breton, similar tunes are often side by side to keep the faculties sharp, perhaps!
Once In A Blue Moose, X:4
Just a slight variation on the first setting that works around the notes below D.