“Wee Kerry’s Welcome to the Dene” ~ quickstep by Willy Taylor
This is another great tune by Willy Taylor inspired by the birth of his granddaughter ‘Kerry’…
I love every tune I’ve ever heard of his, this one included. I’ve given it first ‘straight’, but the pervailing feel for each beat of three notes ( ‘N’ ) for this quickstep is | N>NN N>NN |, as predominates the second take on it… I also like to use a jig ‘snap’ in it too, or N*NN…
* = the less than sign, or ‘SNAP!’, which doesn’t work in the ‘yellow’ here as the software reads it as an HTML command and deletes everything after it intil you add ‘>’…
I don’t have a recording of Willy playing this but first learned it from his playing. ‘Dow / Mark’ has a recording and has ‘promised’ to transcribe it direct and add it to the ‘Comments’ later…
This is the one I screwed the spelling up on when having difficulty reading me own scrawl / shorthand - taking it as the name for the ‘march’ rendition of another of Willy Taylor’s grea tunes ~ "The Pearl Wedding", my misspelling being ~ "Wee Carrie’s Welcome to the Dean", duh!? It’s a great tune however you spell it…
Here are just a few more of the man’s superb works:
Farewell to the Dene
The Pearl Wedding
Willy Taylor’s Polka
The Shining Pool Hornpipe
Willy Taylor ~ another source for midi & dots, & a choice quote:
" Willy Taylor was never a fast and flashy fiddler. In fact, the tempo of many of his tunes might be thought by some to be a bit on the slow side. But Willy had learned from many years of playing for dancing and his playing gave the perfect ‘lift’ to the tunes."
I have just added The Roman Wall jig by Willie, and we mustn’t forget The Lemonville Jig, allegedly Canadian, but Northumbrianised and popularised by Willie.
Wee Kerry / Carrie
I know this as "Kerry’s welcome to the dene" . The "Wee" bit coms as a bit of a twee shock. Is it the proper tile or a later addition.
I’d never heard the wee either…
Wee kerry’s Welcome to the Dene
I know it as Wee Kerry’s Welcome etc direct from Willy, Kerry’s daddy Neil, and also Aly Anderson.
When we played it we all called it Wee Kerry’s Welcome!
Willy was one of my favourite musicians when I was playing in the North East.
Geoff Wright ~ links to the tunes and comments
Willy Taylor tunes ~
“Christine Taylor’s Jig” ~ another by Willy Taylor
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on February 8th 2007 by JACKB.
Two more of Willy Taylor’s tunes ~
“Emma’s Reel” ~ another Willy Taylor tune
# Added by noelbats - July 25th, 2014