Turfahun Barndance slide

Turfahun Barndance has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Turfahun Barndance
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|d2g e2 d BAB d2 B|A2 D ABc B2 A ABc|
d2 g e2 d BAB d2 B|1 AGA B2 A G2 DG Bc|2 AGA B2 A G2 G g||
f2 d def gfg a2 g|f2 d ded c2 A A2 g|
f2 d de f g fg a2 g|1 fg f e fe d2 A d g|2 fg f e fe d3 d2||
X: 2
T: Turfahun Barndance
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
D|B2B BAB d2c AGF|G2G GFG BAG A2B|c2c cBc e2d B2c|ded cAF G3 G2|

Seven comments

The Turfahun Barndance

I was given this ‘Slide’, written out in tonic sol-fa, by John Moulden, who found it amongst Sam Henry’s papers. Although it is called a Barndance, it is most definitely in either a slow 6/8 or 12/8.

I wonder, do you get 6/8 Barndances or are they all 4/4?

Anyway, ‘Turfahun’ is a townland just outside Bushmills, Co Antrim, near the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery, and in years gone by there were a number of fiddlers in that area, who may have been responsible for writing this, or just adapting it from another tune they had heard.

For more information on this tune’s history, you could contact John Moulden at: http://members.aol.com/moul81075/ulstsong.htm

For more info on fiddlers of that area, you could check out: http://www.causewaymusic.co.uk/cdff.html

In the first half of the tune the c is ‘Natural’, but in the 2nd half it is ‘Sharp’, so, I knew it wasn’t G Major, but, as my music writing skills are very limited, & I have not yet managed to get my head round modes, I had to have a guess at this one! - SORRY!

Perhaps Jeremy might find a moment to repair any damage!

Sorry, not a b, but a B.

Sorry guys, I have been back to the ABC since the sheetmusic was posted, & I was able to see my mistakes.

I’ve since fine tuned the ABC, including the B at the end of the first bar, which was not a b at all.

Tell me again about that expression which tells of old dogs & new tricks?

Altan play a similar ‘slow’ slide which 1st part goes like this:
D|B2B BAB d2c AGF|G2G GFG BAG A2B|c2c cBc e2d B2c|ded cAF G3 G2|
g|f2d def … (G Major)

The strangeness of key signatures….

A friend of mine looked it over and suggested that if you write it in stave with an Fsharp in the key signature for the A part and a Bb in the key signature for the B part that gives a more accurate flavour of the harmonic suggestions of the tune, ie in G for the A part and D minor for the B, even though neither the sharpened nor the flattened note is actually played !

Re: Turfahun Barndance

For the record Sam Henry collected this tune & a number of songs from John Elliot of Turfahun, Bushmills, Co. Antrim.

Sam also wrote this:

“Turfahun, in Gaelic, is Tir-fo-thon (t silent – pronounced exactly as the Townland is locally named). It means “the land under waves,” an apt description of Ireland as seen from the shores of the Scottish Highlands. The homesick Highlanders who settled in Antrim actually named a district near the Causeway, “Lochaber,” after their own homeland.
Turfahun and district is very rich in traditional folk music.
Mr John Elliot is one of several excellent traditional fiddlers in the district named.” 🙂