Will The Barber jig

Also known as Albina, Albinia, Colonne De La Gavre, La Gavre, Pericondine.

Will The Barber has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fgf edc|d2A d2e|fgf edc|1 d3 d2e:|2 d3 d3||
dcd B3|e2d cBA|dcd B3|edc d3:|
a2f a2f|efg fed|a2f a2f|gfe d3:|
B2d A2d|efg fed|B2d A2d|1 edc d3:|2 edc d2e||
2
X: 2
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2A BcB|AGF G2D|G2A BcB|AGF G3:|
|:GFG E2E|ABG FED|GFG EcB|AGF G3:|
|:d2B d2B|ABc BAG|d2B d2B|AGF G3:|
|:E2G D2G|ABc BAG|E2G D2G|AGF G3:|
3
X: 3
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2e fgf|edc d2A|d2e fgf|edc d3:|
|:dcd B2B|efd cBA|dcd Bgf|edc d3:|
|:a2f a2f|efg fed|a2f a2f|edc d3:|
|:B2d A2d|efg fed|B2d A2d|edc d3:|
4
X: 4
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2d efe|dcd c2G|c2d efe|dcd c3:|
|:cBc ABc|d2c BAG|cBc ABc|d2B c3:|
|:g2e g2e|def e2c|g2e g2e|fed c3:|
|:A2c G2c|def e2c|A2c G2c|ded c3:|

Twenty-one comments

No Flemish session or volksbal is complete without this jig.

Many Versions…

No offense there Dafydd, but I think there are plenty of versions of this song on the session? I have at least 4 in my tunebook already, and I thought one or two more have been added recently. If I’m being really dumb about this, someone correct me, and maybe we could discuss the uses/differences/ideas/origins of the other versions? 🙂

To add onto what I just said… I did a general search of Gan Ainm and 95 versions came up! Could I get a translation of the title? I apologize for my ignorance. Thanks

Jeff

"Gun Ainm" in Scottish Gaelic.

My finely tuned antennae tell me that this is a wind up.

Let’s assume not. Jeffery - "Gan Ainm" is the title given to tunes we don’t have a name for. It’s Irish Gaelic for "without a name".

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Good on yuh Kenny, a gentleman…

Thanks

Thanks for clearing things up. 🙂 I’ll try not to make such a fuss next time. :P

Fuss away Jeff, we can only gain wisdom when we air our ignorance… I need to keep reminding myself of that one…

Dafydd - should it be ‘Geen Name’?

Incidentally, in irish ‘gan’ means ‘without’, in Welsh ‘gan’ means ‘with’. Am I right, Ceolachan?

Bear dance

The B part has a strong resemblence to the B part of Flemish version of ‘The Bear Dance’ that I know.

Bear Dance A part

The A part is in 2/4 or 4/4 … can’t remember which at the moment.

Geen Naam in Flemish.

Will The Barber

This tune from John Bell’s (1783-1864) music manuscript collection (Northumberland, c. 1812), seems to be creeping back from the printed sources into the repertoire, thanks to a couple of players of Border pipes.
There is a fascinating discussion of the origin of this tune as well as a host of names which I’ll put in the correct place.
One contributor claims it’s called "Colonne de la Gavre" - played in Belgium, but apparently based on a Spanish gaita tune of the 16th or 17th century (the Spanish controlled Flanders then).
All I did was copy it from the site: http://tunearch.org, because I want to transpose it up to the Border pipe range - see next entry.

Re: Will The Barber - the Belgian Connection

Here’s a version from Belgium, where it’s claimed as a traditional Belgian tune, Colonne De La Gavre! It’s the second tune in the set.
https://youtu.be/kD_0n4bXtlA

Re: Will The Barber - The Flemish Connection - Colonne De La Gavre - the dance

Oops, I made a mistake in the above comment. Belgium is a country divided geographically by two languages.
This is a Flemish tune with its French title, given here. Right.
So here’s a video of the dance. I suppose Colonne or column is the two rows of dancers. As for La Gavre - a town in France near Nantes?
https://youtu.be/gTHi9kMJChM

Will The Barber - even more erudition from tunearch.org

Here’s the link to all the information about this tune on tunearch.org, where it’s known as Albina
https://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:Albina

It’s surprising that it occurs in so many English, Scots, French and American manuscripts and printed sources.