First Century reel

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

First Century has been added to 2 tune sets.

First Century has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: First Century
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB|:AECB, A,CEA|Aceg a3 g|aece aece|GBBB B2 Bc|
dcBA GFE^D|EGBe g3 f|e2 ^de fede|[c6e6] cB|
AECB, A,CEA|Aceg a2a2|baga baga|fdAF D4|
f2 f2 fagf|e2 e2 aecA|B2 B2 BdcB|1 A2 A2 A2 cB:|2 A2 A2 A2 f=g||
K: Dmaj
|:a2 ^ga bafd|Adfa bafd|a2 ^ga bafd|[c6e6] ef|
g2 fg agec|Acef gecA|a2 ^ga baga|fdAG F2 FE|
DFAF BFAF|dcde d3 A|d2 cd edcd|BGDC B,3 ^G,|
A,CEA Aceg|a^gab a2 fg|aAgA fAeA|1 [d6f6] fg:|2 [d6f6] f f||
eAAA fAeA|eAgA fAeA|^gaab a2 c2|d6||
2
X: 2
T: First Century
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
a2 ga bafd|Adfa bafd|a2ga bafd|c3 c c2 ef|
=g2fg agec|Acef =gece|a2 ga baga|fdA=G F3E|
F2 AF BFAF|dcde d3c|edcd edcd|B=GDC B,3A,|
A,CEA Aceg|agab a=gfg|aA =gA fAec|d3c dedB||
|:AFEC A,CEA|Aceg a3g|aece aecA|GB3 B3c|
dcBA GFED|EGBe g3f|e2 de gede|c4 cdcB|
AFEC A,CEA|Aceg a3b|a2ga baga|fdAF D3e|
f2ef bagf|fe^de aecA|B3B edcB|BAGB A2 fg||
a2 ga bafd|Adfa bafd|a2ga bafd|c3 c c2 ef|
=g2 fg agec|Acef =gecA|a2 ga baga|fdA=G F3 E|
F2 AF BFAF|dcde d3c|edcd edcd|B=GDC B,3A,|
A,CEA Aceg|agab a=gfg|aA=gA fAec|1 d3c dedB:|2 d3 cd4||

Five comments

First Century Reel

This tune was played by Ruby Meeks and I think he may have written it.
It’s transcribed from some old notes I had on file from a workshop I attended over 20 years ago. I don’t know who gave the workshop - it was at a festival in England - and I haven’t got a recording at the moment to check this for accuracy.
A great fiery tune though.

I’m positive it was written by Rudy, has been recorded up in Shetland, you could poss access the recordings. Thanks, NSJ

I’ve got a tunebook I picked up in Canada which credits Rudy Meeks as the author. Willie Hunter has recorded it and it seems to be well known to Shetland musicians

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Re: First Century

Brid Harper recorded a really nice version of this one too.

First Century, X:2

X:2 is transcribed from Brid Harper’s recording. This tune just jumped out at me after listening to her CD a few times. Got to get this one down!

Rudy Meeks recorded this tune on Vinyl LP Record, Mariposa Music CSPS-694, ZSP1189MA where he is credited with composing it. Album is titled “Canadian Fiddle Sound - Rudy Meeks - North American Fiddle Champion”. He plays it with each part repeated, and starting on the “B” part (as I’ve got it notated).