A lovely tune from Northumbria.
Do we know a composer?
I know one.
There’s a nice little story about Sid (Syd), under the tune title, on this page:
Thanks for the link.
Sir William Sydney Smith, British Admiral 1764 - 1840 ~
"British admiral, born at Westminster; entered the navy at 12, became a captain after many gallant services at 18, was naval adviser to the king of Sweden and knighted, joined Lord Hood off Toulon and helped to burn the French fleet; was taken prisoner by the French in 1796, and after two years made his escape; forced Napoleon to raise the siege of Acre, and was wounded at Aboukir; was rewarded with a pension of £1000, and raised in the end to the rank of admiral (1764-1840). "
extract from "The Nuttall Encyclopaedia of General Knowledge"
~ edited by the Reverend James Wood, 1907
And here are a few more links for the curious ~
National Maritime Museum ~
Here’s a picture of the dude ~
The Napoleonic Guide
Instittuto Historico de Petropolis ~ the Brazilian connection
Rice University ~ a bio and his papers ~
Once again chapter and verse from ceolachan.Thanks.
Hey Dafydd, you beat me to this march. I had it on the back burner considering submitting it. I sent out some music to a few others to give it a go and then forgot about it until you came along and added it here. I’ll have to come back and add my ways with it, or at least a few variations.
I hope you are well, drop me a line sometime…
a friend in the digital quagmire ~ ‘c’
"Sir Sydney Smith’s March" ~ other ways and a repeated B-part
K: G Major
|: Bc |
d2 d/d/d d2 d2 | (3efe d2 c2 B2 | dcBc A2 dc | BcAB G2 dc |
BdBd AdAd | GdGd GFdc | Bcde d2 ^c2 | d6 :|
|: AG |
FDFA dABc | B6 dc | BG (3Bcd gde=f | e6 gf |
egeg dgdg | cgcg BgBg | egeg d2 gd | cgcg B2 gB |
e2 (3ded c2 B2 | e2 d2 (3cdc B2 | (3efe (3ded c2 B2 | B2 A2 ABce |
d2 dd d2 d2 | e2 (3ded c2 B2 | dcBc ADdc | BcAB G2 dc |
BdBd AdAd | GdGd FdFd | EdEd FdFd | GdGd AdAd |
EdEd FdFd | GdGd AdAd | cedc BGAF | G6 :|
I first learned this one from Alistair Anderson…
I note SSS’s March aka Handel’s Gavotte - what’s it’s connection with Handel?
Apparently composed by James Hook of Norwich (c18th). An interesting example of what must have at one time been a popular tune throughout England, surviving and becoming a "traditional" tune from a completely different area.
Re: Sir Sidney Smith’s March
This tune is also played on the album Equinoxe by the Celtic Fiddle Festival, this is where I first heard it