Byth Adra jig

Also known as Never Home.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Byth Adra has been added to 1 tune set.

Byth Adra has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Byth Adra
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:E2c cBA|FAF E3|E2c cBA|cde B3|
E2c cBA|FAd f2a|efe dcB|cAA A3:|
|:eaa agf|efe edc|Bcd dcB|caf e3|
eaa agf|efe edc|def ecA|GAB A3:|
2
X: 2
T: Byth Adra
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E2 c cBA|FAF ~E3|E2 c cBA|cde ~B3|E2 c cBA|FAd f2 a|
efe dcB|1 cAA ~A3:|]2 cAA Ace[|:~a3 agf|~e3 edc|Bcd dcB|
caf ~e3|~a3 agf|~e3 edc|Bdf ecA|1 GAB Ace:|]2 GAB ~A3|]
3
X: 3
T: Byth Adra
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
"A"E2 x4c "A or C#"cBxA|"D"FAFx/ "A or C#"~E3x/|"A"E2 x4c "A or C#"cBxA|"A"cde "E"~B3|"A"E2 x4c "A or C#"cBxA|"D"FAd x4f2 a|
"A or e"efe "E"dcB|1 "A"cAA x4~A3:|]2 "A"cAA "A or C#"Acxe[|:"A"~a3 "E"agf|"A"~e3 "A or C#"edc|"E7"Bcd dcB|
"A"caf "E7"~e3|"A"~a3 "E"agf|"F#m"~e3 "F#m or C#"edxc|"Bm"Bdf "A or C#"ecxA|1 "E7"GAB "A or C#"Acxe:|]2 "E7"GAB x2"A"~A3|]

Five comments

Byth Adra

A Welsh jig that we sometimes play at our session.

"Byth Adra" = "Never Home"

Pronunciation, approximate:

Bith ~ with the ‘th’ being unaspirated, as in ‘bath’
Ahdruh

Well, it’s close enough… 😉

"Byth Adra" = "Never Home"

Gan / By Huw Roberts ~ his inspiration…

Byth Adra, X:2

Some slight but crucial differences from the original post transcription - this is how Y Glerorfa (the former, sadly now defunct Welsh Folk Orchestra) had the tune - directly from the composer, Huw Roberts. The first half of the penultimate bar of the B music IMO makes a crucial and very prominent difference to the melody!

Byth Adra, X:3

The same melody as X:2 above, but with chords - I’ve posted it separately because the chords seem to mess up the spacing graphically - it looks a mess! 🙁 The chords are those provided to the harpists in Y Glerorfa as part of the arrangment we played. You can find alternative (blander) chords here, in a representation of the whole set of three Welsh jigs we played in Y Glerorfa: (3rd tune in set): http://www.sesiwn.com/sesiwn/Clerorfa/Alawon.html#a4

Huw states that this tune was written in th 1980s when, as a member of the band Pedwar yn y Bar, he was on the road more than at home…. hence the title Byth Adra = Never Home