On the Brass Fiddle, Vincent Campbell does a cool Northern fiddle thing. While playing the d string notes on the A part, hold the 4th finger down on the d note of the G string. It’s simple once you’re in position, but it’s trickier to get back to that position coming back to the top.
Why isn’t this tune more popular!? It’s feckin’ great. Nice ominous A part, all played on the D string except the B so it’s easy to pull some extended slurring and various embellishments. The first time around in the A passage I like to slur the of FDs (and BGs) leading into a triplet then slurring the first three notes of the following beat and single stroking the last one. Second time the tune is repeated I like single stroking all of it bar the FDs but this time droning at will, either the open notes or all of it. It gives it a nice punch! Nice to throw in the odd cut as well in between all the triplets and drones. Fairly standard fiddle stuff but the this tune make it easy to pull off comfortably with a rockin’ melody, very footstompy (what tune isn’t!).
Anyways I just love the structure of this tune, it flows so nicely into unique parts. The A is brooding and ominous, the B part is like some lighthearted relief before the climax of C, before settling down nicely and more gradually through D and E. It’s almost like a crescendo. A nice Donegal tune, very much doesn’t need rolls, just lots of triplets, short strokes and drones!
If anyone has any melodic variations I’d love to know, for me this is a really nice gem I’ve uncovered. I’ve been fond of it for years but only bothered to properly learn it today and it’s really grown on me.
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