Ladies Choice barndance

Also known as Ladies’ 1st Choice, Ladies’ Choice, Ladies’ Choice #1, Ladies’ First Choice.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Ladies Choice has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Ladies Choice
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A,2 EF EA, (3A,A,A,|G,2 GE DCB,G,|A,2 EF EA, (3A,A,A,|GEDE EDCB,|
A,2 EF EA, (3A,A,A,|G,2 GE DCB,G,|A,2 EF EA, (3A,A,A,|1GEDE EDCB,:|2GEDF EG,A,B,||
C2 EC GCEC|D2FD ADFD|CDEG cBcA|GAGE DG,A,B,|
C2 EC GCEC|D2FD ADFD|CDEG cBcA|1GEDF EG,A,B,:|2GEDE EDCB,||
# Added by ceili .
2
X: 2
T: Ladies Choice
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A,2ED EA,{C}B,A,|G,2DC DG,B,G,|A,E~E2 A,ECE|G2^FG EDCB,|
A,2ED EA,{C}B,A,|G,G^FG DG,B,G,|A,E~E2 A,ECE|1 GG,B,D EDCB,:|2 GG,B,D EA,A,B,||
C2GC ECCE|FDAD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDC EA,A,G,|
C2GC ECCE|FDAD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDF ECA,B,|
C2G,C EGGE|D2AD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDC EA,A,G,|
C2GC ECCE|FDAD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEcE F2ED||
3
X: 3
T: Ladies Choice
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A,EED EA,B,A,|G,3E DG,B,G,|A,E (3EEE A,ECE|(3GGG ^FG EDCB,|
A,3G EA,B,A,|G,G^FG DG,B,G,|A,E (3EEE A,ECE|1 GG,B,D EDCB,:|2 GDB,D EA,A,B,||
C2GC ECCE|(3DDD AD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDF ECA,B,|
C2G,C EGGE|D2A,D FDAD|CDEG cBcA|GEDF ECA,B,:|2 GEcE F2ED||

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Ladies Choise

I don’t know who’s playing it, but I found an old soundclip on the internet - somewhere. I have never heard it before…….but it’s quite a nice tune I think.

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"Ladies Choice #1" ~ a barndance by Charlie Lennon

He’s already been told, and that it is #1 in a set, and that it isn’t a reel but a barndance written by Charlie Lennon…

& ~ to my ears the ‘F’ in this tune is an F#, not a natural, so not in a minor either… 😏

CD: "Charlie Lennon: Musical Memories"

Submitted on November 6th 2005 by Ptarmigan.
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1814

Charlie Lennon: fiddle, piano, organ
Brian Lennon: flute
Mick O’Brien: uilleann pipes, flute

track 7 ~ Barndances: "Ladies Choice" ( 1 & 2 )

"Ladies’ Choice" #1 ~ barndance in A Dorian by Charlie Lennon

A Dorian, I suspect??? πŸ˜‰

"Musical Memories: The Music of Charlie Lennon"

Printed collection ~ Book & CD, 1994
Walton’s Music SKU: WM1308, A4, 88 pages ~ http://www.waltons.ie/
http://www.cranfordpub.com/books/musical_memories.htm

A collection of Charlie Lennon’s compositions, with piano accompaniment and guitar chords, the stories behind the tunes, some of his musical history and on fiddle technique. The CD includes the tunes from the book, musicians include Charlie Lennon on fiddle, keyboards and piano; Mick O’Brian on Uilleann pipes and flute; and Brian Lennon on flute.

page 54 ~ Ladies Choice (#1) ~ Barn Dance

Page 55 ~ Ladies 2nd Choice ~ Barn Dance

‘c’ go and clean out your ears again - this one’s not dorian πŸ™‚

A fiddler I know plays the Ladies’ Choice set but they come out more as reels than barndances. I must say I think this makes a good reel. "Spoon" kindly e-mailed me the abc for this back in May 2005. Since hotmail increased their users’ storage capacity, I’ve never bothered to clear out my inbox, so his e-mail was still there. Here it is:

X: 1
T: Ladies’ Choice #1
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: barndance
K: Amin
A,2ED EA,{C}B,A,|G,2DC DG,B,G,|A,E~E2 A,ECE|G2^FG EDCB,|
A,2ED EA,{C}B,A,|G,G^FG DG,B,G,|A,E~E2 A,ECE|1 GG,B,D EDCB,:|2 GG,B,D EA,A,B,||
C2GC ECCE|FDAD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDC EA,A,G,|
C2GC ECCE|FDAD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDF ECA,B,|
C2G,C EGGE|D2AD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDC EA,A,G,|
C2GC ECCE|FDAD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEcE F2ED||
"2nd time variation bars 1-2"
.EzED EA,{C}B,A,|[G,3D3]E DG,B,G,|

‘C’, I hear them F’s as naturals.

Oh and BTW for those who are interested I have gone to the trouble of reworking the tracklisting for Frankie Gavin’s album where this is played - Frankie Goes To Town. Look in the comments section.

Nice work on the tune list in the comments for that Frankie Gavin recording Donough….

With regards to the reel / barndance way with it, I, personally, don’t find Charlie Lennon’s barndance to really fit the style very well, they feel more like reels than barndances. I suspect that is in part because of the dearth of barndances being danced and the prevalence and dominance of reels. So, yes, I have heard them played as reels too, but I think that is understandable because I believe they fit that mold better than the ‘barndance’ one. But, out of respect for the composer and his intentions ~ he composed them and named them as barndances. They could be doctored a little and made to ‘swing’ that way. It could be just that so many folks are into playing them flat out as reels that they are feeling more at home in that form? 😏

‘A Dorian’ ~ in my hands and ears ~

Sorry guys, I’d love to see how he wrote it originally but I haven’t the ‘collection’. I’m not playing it as ‘a minor’. I’m playing it with all the F’s sharp and with it resolving on A my version is coming out as A Dorian…or so it sings to me…

Oh yeah, I did come across another notation of it and that person had notated it from the playing of Charlie Lennon as A Dorian…

You’re playing F#s in the B-part???! ‘,:- /

I agree with what you say about the barndance thing. These tunes don’t look remotely barndance-like on paper. I wish I had CL’s recording as I’d be interested to hear how he makes them sound like barndances.

Yup! ~ F#s in the B-part… πŸ™‚

eeuugh πŸ˜›

Yeah, but that means you’ve been trying it that way and now the seed is planted the doubt will grow like a little pirckly shrub… You’ll never really be so sure again… πŸ˜‰

i looked it up in the collection. He wroteLadies Choice with F naturals in the b part. Each one is marked as F natural. Just FYI.

Picture me looking smug, ‘c’ ‘,: -}

Maybe it was a printer’s error. πŸ˜‰

Thanks John, I was hoping someone would catch this and have the collection. There’s no stopping the power of human radiation to mutate things after they leave the composer’s mind, but I’m glad we have some source to refer to to have some idea of origins.

Like the mouldy snot-rag, I intend to educate my ears with a listen to how Charlie Lennon drives these with his bow at some point.

I had been seeking answers, even before I added comment here initially, but haven’t had much luck chasing up notation or a recording or Lennon playing his barndances, these two in particular. The only other notation I’d found for this one had it as A Dorian, and my ears started trying it that way and it seemed possible. That said, I never stopped looking, and I am still trying to get that hoped for education. Charlie Lennon’s recording of these seems much more available in North America than here in Europe, so I may just have to order it from across the pond. If I get a good listen I’ll transcribe it and come back here with something more direct to offer in the way of a tie in to the composer and his take on ‘barndances’…

The following transcription is adapted from CL’s book of compositions, with grace notes and swing notation omitted:

X: 1
T: Ladies’ Choice
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: barndance
K: Amin
A,EED EA,B,A,|G,3E DG,B,G,|A,E (3EEE A,ECE|(3GGG ^FG EDCB,|
A,3G EA,B,A,|G,G^FG DG,B,G,|A,E (3EEE A,ECE|1 GG,B,D EDCB,:|2 GDB,D EA,A,B,||
C2GC ECCE|(3DDD AD FDB,D|CDEG cBcA|GEDF ECA,B,|
C2G,C EGGE|D2A,D FDAD|CDEG cBcA|GEDF ECA,B,:|2 GEcE F2ED||