Discussion: “Cornish Music”
# Posted on January 15th 2007 by DubChieftain
“Pybcorn Boscastle” / “The Boscastle Breakdown”
I have only heard this swung, not straight, but I can imagine some would… Here is a simpler form without ‘>’:
K: G Major
|: D2 |
G2 Bc d2 B2 | cdef g4 | G2 Bc d2 B2 | A2 A2 A4 |
G2 Bc d2 B2 | cdef g4 | dgfe dcBA | G2 G2 G2 :|
|: d2 |
gdBd gdBd | geBe geBe | gdBd gdBd | A2 A2 A4 |
gdBd gdBd | geBe g4 | dgfe dcBA | G2 G2 G2 :|
This one wins my prize for being the happiest tune here on the Session. I listened to the MIDI and couldn’t help but smile. Great arrangement.
How could anyone not love this ending? (3ggg g2 :| Sort of a musical exclamation point.
its about time i learn some happy tunes.
ive been playing ‘The Rainy Day’ and ‘Swallows Tail’ a lot recently
so this will make a nice contrast.
more Cornish Pasties please!
P - A - S - T - I - E - S (equivalent to Homer Simpson’s ‘doughnuts’)
~ & Greek ones too… :-)
Ican’t help but want to shorten the d and lenghen the following G in the first full measure, but I’m weird that way. :)
? ~ Go on then, show us what exactly you mean, notate it?!
Something like this…
|G2 B>c d>(G G2)|
for the first full measure.
Thanks ‘muspc’ ~ appreciated… :-)
Other relative ways:
| G2 B>c d>G G2 | ~ or ~ | G2 B>c d>G- G2 |
~ or ~
| G2 B>c d4 | ~ or ~ | G2 B2 d2 G2 | | .Gz .Bz .dz .Gz |
These ways are fun too:
| G3 B d3 G | ~ or ~ | (3GGG B>c d>G (3GGG |
| G2 B>c >d(G G2 )|
or is that going too far?
If you go this route, you could start the second part this way:
|: (3Bcd | >gdB>d >gd d2 |
This tune is very similar to the Banjo Breakdown (also posted here), which in turn is remiscent of the (London)Derry Hornpipe. There’s another recording of this on the Topic CD "Hidden English" by or less the same band as that on "Rig a jig jig", with the addition of fiddler William Hocken, who uses the tunes as a ground and belts out the Swansea Hornpipe, Manchester Hornpipe, Navvy on the Line and who know’s what else over the top. A classic recording (from the 1940’s) of old boys giving their all after closing time. Essential listening.
Boscastle Breakdown - reprise
Sorry - that should read "more or less (the same band)" and "uses the tune (i.e. just the one) (as a ground)".
“The Boscastle Breakdown”
“Boscastle Breakdown” ~ The Padstow Ramrods
A track taken from The Ramrods first album, "Drake Road Folkers"
“Boscastle Breakdown” ~ Solo dance for men
Informant: Charlie Jose, Boscastle, May Day Eve, 1981