We’ll All Away To Sunniside reel

Also known as Sugar Candy, Sweet As Sugar Candy, We’ll Aal Awa’ To Sunniside.

We'll All Away To Sunniside has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: We'll All Away To Sunniside
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
f|eccf ecgc|ecgc Af~f2|eccf ecgA|(3Bcd cB G3:|
|:B|AcBd cedf|egge c2BG|AcBd cedA|(3Bcd cB G3:|
X: 2
T: We'll All Away To Sunniside
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:AcBd ceec|Acgc A2c2|AcBd ceec|BcdB G2B2:|
|:gecg ecge|Acgc A2c2|gecg ecge|BcdB G2B2:|
|:Acgc adgc|Acgc A2c2|Acgc adgc|BcdB G2B2:|
g|:eccg ecge|fdec A2g2|eccg ecgc|BGdB G2B2:|
|:AcBd cedf|ecgc A2c2|AcBd cedc|BGdB G2B2:|
|:e2ce/f/ gcec|ce/f/gc A2c2|e2ce/f/ gcec|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|
|:AcBd cedf|ecgc A2c2|AcBd cedg|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|
|:c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/|c/d/e/f/ gc A2c2|c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|
|:A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/c/ df|gceg A2c2|A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/c/ dg|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|

Eleven comments

We’ll All Away To Sunniside

A lovely tune recorded by the High Level Ranters. I play as a single reel because I think it sounds better that way.

Is a single reel where you only play each part once? Like the Mountain Road?

-Max

Yeah, total of 16 bars.

Well All Away to Sissyside

This is one of those sissy tunes that English-system concertina always like to play.

Heh heh heh… just yankin yer chain Dow. Nice tune. ;-)

Cheeky git :-p

Actually it’s good that I posted it cuz the anglo players out there can maybe add a bit of "bounce" to it, maybe make it sound a bit Irish.

An old pipe rant

This is not a reel but a rant.The beat is not a double offbeat like Irish reels but is asymetric with a short leading note and longer third beat,so it goes"and one,two, three-,and one, two, three-.

Although the Angels of the North play regular ceilidhs at Sunniside,we haven’t yet adopted this tune. Its certainly very oldin its structure. Rather than a concertina tune, it fits on an open chanter and I would guess that it is seventeenth century or earlier.

Does Dow have anymore information to add?

No, but thanks a lot for the info Noel. The fact that it’s a rant explains the weird phrasing.

We’ll All Away To Sunniside

I’ve done a bit of research on the tune. It seems that the tune is indeed old. It appears in a lot of old manuscripts in fiddle and pipes settings, with varying numbers of parts.

The William Vickers (1770) setting is entitled "Sweet As Sugar Candy", and is as follows:

|:AcBd ceec|Acgc A2c2|AcBd ceec|BcdB G2B2:|
|:gecg ecge|Acgc A2c2|gecg ecge|BcdB G2B2:|
|:Acgc adgc|Acgc A2c2|Acgc adgc|BcdB G2B2:|

A later setting from the m/s of John Bell (c.1812) is a 2-part setting and close to the posted version:

g|:eccg ecge|fdec A2g2|eccg ecgc|BGdB G2B2:|
|:AcBd cedf|ecgc A2c2|AcBd cedc|BGdB G2B2:|

Later still, it seems that tunes like this were developed into smallpipes settings with elaborate ornamentation using passages of fast semiquaver runs and arpeggios, presumably meaning that the tempo would have to have been slowed down to a sort of march pace. This is a 4-part setting from the Melodies Committee (c.1887) with corrected note values in bars 1 and 3 of the A-part and bar 1 of the D-part:

|:e2ce/f/ gcec|ce/f/gc A2c2|e2ce/f/ gcec|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|
|:AcBd cedf|ecgc A2c2|AcBd cedg|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|
|:c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/|c/d/e/f/ gc A2c2|c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/ c/e/g/e/|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|
|:A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/c/ df|gceg A2c2|A/B/c/A/ B/c/d/B/ c/d/e/c/ dg|BG B/c/d/B/ G2B2:|