The Blackbird slide

Also known as The Black Bird, Y Deryn Du.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Blackbird has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Blackbird has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Blackbird
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DEF|G2 G g2 f g3 de=f|e2 d c2 B c3 c2 B|
c>Bc ABc B2 A GBc|d2 G F2 G A3:|
|:ABc|d2 G GG/A/B A2 F D2 F|G2 B d2 c B3 GG/A/B|
c2 d efg d2 B G2 g|1 e2 c A2 F G3:|2 e2 c AGF G3||
X: 2
T: The Blackbird
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A|A2 A A2 a a3 e2 =g|f2 e d2 c d3- d2 c|
d2 d B2 d c2 A AB/c/d|e2 A GA/B/c B3- B2:|
|:c/d/|e2 c A2 c B2 G E2 G|A2 c e2 d c3- c2 c|
d2 e f2 a e2 c A2 a|f2 d B2 G A3- A2:|

Five comments

“The Blackbird” ~ ahem!

Yes, you could write it out in 6/8, but I find myself swinging it like a slide, even though melodically it does sometimes seem to disagree with me. However you take it, it’s a rollickingly good time, at least I have a good time with it… 🙂

You could also be more ‘dainty’ with it and take it at a nice meditative ‘country dance’ and nod to your partner till you’re in a neckbrace pace too ~ which can also be fun, if you don’t take it too seriously…

We have a fair collection of ‘Blackbirds’ on site here, but this one doesn’t seem to be accounted for online or in a collection anywhere I’ve checked? ~ not yet anyway…

ABC correction made, a high ‘b’ in a run that slipped through in the second A Major take, A-part, last measure:

~ | e2 A GA/B/c B3- B2 :|

“Y Deryn Du” / “The Blackbird” / “The Black Bird”

Y = the ~ “uh”
Deryn (aderyn) = bird ~ “darrre - in”
Du = black ~ “dee”