The Belles Of Bedlam march

By Allan Williams

The Belles Of Bedlam has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: The Belles Of Bedlam
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
M: 2/4
D|:B>d c/B/A/G/|G/F/G/B/ DD|E2 c/B/A/G/|F/G/A/B/ AD|
B>d c/B/A/G/|G/F/G/B/ DD|Ec/B/ AG/F/|1 G2 GD:|2 G2 G/A/B/c/||
d>e d/c/B/A/|G/F/G/B/ DD|E2 c/B/A/G/|F/G/A/B/ AB/c/|
d>e d/c/B/A/|G/F/G/B/ DD|Ec/B/ AG/F/|G2 G/A/B/c/|
d>e d/c/B/A/|G/F/G/B/ DD|E2 c/B/A/G/|F/G/A/B/ AD|
B>d c/B/A/G/|G/F/G/B/ DD|Ec/B/ AG/F/|G2 G||

Two comments

The Belles Of Bedlam

I’ve submitted this as a march as it’s got that sort of feel.
It shouldn’t be played too fast.

The time signature is 2/4 , I believe, and I’ve submitted it as such although it might end up getting changed by “the powers that be”.

Anyway, it’s a cracking tune. I was aware of it for some time but I didn’t know the title until I heard it in a session a couple of months back.

It was written by Allan Williams in honour of the women contingent of The Bedlam Ceilidh Band of which he was a member. I think it was around 2011 or just prior.

Re: The Belles Of Bedlam

It’s a beautiful tune, much played by my pals and me: some competition during lockdown sessions to get in there first! It sounds equally good on fiddles, flute, accordion or piano: with latter there is great potential for for a bass (left-hand) “walk down” in the second half.
I would class it as an air rather than a March, though I know this doesn’t fit the session classifications!