any one aware of this old welsh chestnut?
I’ve got two recordings of this. It may be a chestnut, but it’s great fun to play, at least for a fiddler. Thanks for posting it!
Actually I quite like this having revisited it just now. Before I looked at the dots there I was confusing it with another old chestnut whose actual name escapes me but is a polka/longdance.
This is a nicer setting of y Derwydd than the one I’d seen in the past. Its good on the flute like this too. Fiddlemouse do you use this setting? Thanks c!
well, its an attempt at a flute setting 🙂
I’m just starting to play this setting, but as of now I like it enough to keep using it!
More fiddling druidry
Although I have to admit the roll on the A in the 5th measure isn’t too fiddle-friendly, unless you pop up into third position. I may fudge that bit!
I’ve got another version of Y Derwydd, one I learned by ear from a Gwerinos recording. I’m thinking of making a set out of the two of them and a suitable third piece (not chosen yet).
What Sara said
Hi Sara, you could play the AFA there. That’s how I used to do it, no rolls at all actually, but I like the rolls better (but I’m on the floot ffliwt fflwt 🙂
Open "A" Rolls
Hi Lesl, tried that and like it. Thanks!
"Hogiau’r Foelas" / "Y Dderwydd"
Page 19, tune #33:
"Blodau’r Grug: 100 Popular Welsh Folk Dance Tunes"
Selected and arranged by Alex Hamilton
Revised by Robin Huw Bowen
Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru = The Welsh Folk Dance Society
Also played in the key of ‘C’…
|: EFG GEG | AFA G3 | ~
"Y Derwydd" / "The Druid"
K: D Major
|: A |
FGA A2 A | BGB A2 d | Bcd efg | fed cc/B/A |
F2 A AF/G/A | BGB AFD | Bcd e>fg |1 ABc d2 :|
2 A>Bc d ||
|: e/f/g |
af/g/a a2 f | ge/f/g g2 e | f/g/ag fed | c>ed cBA |
aff afa | gee geg | fed c>de|1 dAf d :|
2d>Af d2 ||
It looks flute friendly. I’ll see how it works 🙂
"Y Derwydd" = "The Druid"
Thanks for the heads up Jeffery, I hadn’t done the pronunciation on this one, not having been the original contributor…
Y ~ "uh"
Derwydd ~ "Dare-oi-th" ~ ‘oi’ as in ‘oil’, or "Oye You!" The ‘th’ is voiced (=’dd’) as in the English words ‘the’, ‘this’, ‘bathe’…
"Y Derwydd" ~ "Uh Dare-oi-th"