I am amazed this tune was not already listed!
This is a very simple version with not orimentation
Hmmm. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it in a session or seen it in any of the books or usual sources. Has this tune got an Irish or other Celtic connection?
Folks seem to like it played on the GHP at funerals, but I don’t know whether that rates as a Celtic Connection 8>) AFAIK the melody’s "own" name is New Britain; it was published under that name with John Newton’s lyrics in William Walker’s "Southern Harmony" of 1835, the lyrics having been printed originally in "Olney Hymns" in 1779 with a different tune. I don’t know whether that was the first time New Britain was printed, or whether it was around earlier and just became better known, once "welded" to Newton’s lyrics. North American in origin, I always thought.
To be honest -I dont see why anyone would need it written down in ABC form, thats like putting happy birthday on here.
That’s a point Beebs, someone needs to post Happy Birthday. It gets played in sessions all over the world and it would be useful if we can all agree on a key, maybe post a few anecdotes in the comments section. I don’t know the tune very well so someone else’ll have to do it.
um…Trevor, this wouldn’t be the first tune posted without any relevance to Irish sessions. I’m going to post the music from Mission Impossible tomorrow….why not? Think Jeremy will let me? I bet there’s some w*nker out there who could link it to "celtic"(ugh) music…..sigh!
And now for something completely different…
We sometimes play the theme music from Monty Python as a slide. (Liberty Bell - Souza) Will I post the ABCs for that?
by no means wishing to rain on anyone else’s parade there have indeed been tune postings of a more dubious nature than this one.you might think that’s bit rich coming from someone who never posts tunes…and you’ld be right.
if pushed you could say it’s often played by busking pipers and the (highland) pipes are a sort celtic instrument.well,a bit,anyway.
i suppose that if abwilson plays it then that’s as least as valid a posting as from someone who posts any old tune they found in some obscure irish/celtic(?) tune book but which they don’t play in sessions themselves.
that’s about the only positive thing i can think of.
no offence intended so best wishes
ps: i knew a Grace once and she was n’t that amazing.well,not above the surface anyway
Jack, I dare you ; )
Dave … I knew a Grace once ands she *was* amazing. I was about 18 at the time, on holiday, and she was a barmaid in the pub I favoured for the two weeks I was away. I drunk myself stocious day and night just for the pleasure of "speaking to her" (i.e. asking her as often as I could for another pint) …
What an eejit!
There’s a nicer .mid here:
LOL….make sure you have your volume turned down if you are at work!!!
I think I’m correct in saying that "Happy Birthday" is still in copyright. The way copyright legislation is developing worldwide, and especially in the USA, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if its copyright gets extended indefinitely.
There’s a precedent for indefinite copyright extension in the UK: J M Barry’s play "Peter Pan" was specifically given perpetual copyright in one of the sections of the UK’s 1988 Patents Act, but with the very acceptable proviso that all royalties were to go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London.
Somehow, I can’t see that happening with "Happy Birthday" 🙂
Sorry, it’s "Barrie’s", not "Barry’s"
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found;
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fear relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
We have already come.
‘Twas grace that brought us safe thus far,
And grace will lead us home.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
And when this heart and flesh shall fail
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil
A life of health and peace.
_And I found this version in gaelic:
O Miorbhail gràis! nach breagh’an ceòl;
‘S e lorg mi ‘s mi air chall,
Air seachdran dorch’, gun neart, gun treòir,
‘S a dh’fhosgail sùilean dall.
‘S e gràs thug eòlas dhomh air in’fheum;
‘S e gràs thug saors’is sìth;
‘S cha cheannaicheadh òr a’ chruinne-chè
Chiad-là bha fios nam chrìdh’.
Tro iomadh cunnart’s trioblaid chruaidh
Thug E gu sàbhailt mi.
An gràs a shaor bhon bhàs le buaidh
Chan fhàg’s cha trèig gu sìor.
San dachaigh bhuan gun uair gun tìm,
‘S deich mìle bliadhn’ mar là,
Cha sguir an ceòl’s chan fhàs iad sgìth
A’seiinn a chaoidh mun ghràs.
An air from 9/11 (Amazing Grace)
I recorded this on my CD as I recall the powerful images from the attack on New York on 9/11/01. A fantastic tune.
A comment on peoples comments
I read earlier that some one wanted to post a song from Mission Impossible….I think it would be great!!! Personally I would to form a band called the Celtic Crossover KIckers….where all music when possible have a celtic twist put to it. It is something that may just get more people interested in the celtic music.
The strangest thing I have ever heard, where monks singing love songs ,with a true monastic sound,
So if monks can do a version of a love song, why can’t other stuff get a celtic twist.
The more people hear it, in a form that they like, the more chances it has to survive before it is a forgotten art.
(or is this thinking to radical).
Irish or Scottish
Wiki (at this moment) says the tune "is believed to be" Irish or Scottish: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Grace#Music
However I don’t see any citations with this claim.
Amazing Grace, X:3