New Centenary reel

Also known as First Century.

New Centenary has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: New Centenary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB|: AF EC A,C EF| Ac eg a3 e| aa aa ae cA| B2 B4 Bc|
dB GF EF GF|EF GB d4| e2 e2 d3 e| c2 c4 cB|
AF EC A,C EF|Ac eg a3 e| aa ga ba ga|fd AF D2 fg|
af dB Ad fa| ed cB Ac ea|EG Bc dB GE|1 A6 cB:|2 A6 fg||
a2 ga ba ga| fd Ad f2 fg|a2 ga ba ga| c2 c4 ef|
=gf ga gf ef| =gf ga g4|a2 a2 g3 a|f2 f4 DE|
F2 AF BF Ae| fe df d2 fg| a2 ga ba ga| fd AF D4|
A,B, CD EF =GA| Bc de fe fg| af ge fc dB | A6 cB:|
X: 2
T: New Centenary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f^g| a2 ^ga ba ^ga| fd Ad f2 f^g| a2 ^ga ba ^ga| c2 c4 ef|
g2 fg ag fg| ag fg e2 ef| g2 fg ag fg| fd AG F2 DE| F2 AF BF Ac|
dc de d2 (3ABc)| dc dc ed cd| BG D=C, B,2 ^CB,|
A,C, EF Ac e^g| a^g ab a2 (3efg)| ^ge fd ec dB| A6 cB|

Four comments

New Centenary Reel

Not sure if this is a reel or a very rapid hornpipe. This is my best shot at transcribing this straight from Tom McConnville’s excellent c.d. "Tommy on the Bridge". Tom adds double stops and bowed trebles all over the place and you’ll have to get some lard on the fingerboard if you want to sound like Wor Tom. I’m not 100% happy with the transcription but haven’t got any technology to slow down the c.d. Constructive amendments,especially to the B part, would be most welcome. On the c.d. Tom plays two A parts and only one B part,all repeated-unusual structure. He comments that he learned it from Willie Hunter-Shetland? Sounds a bit French Canadian to me-anybody heard of it before. A cracking tune!

Also known as the First Century Reel < https://thesession.org/tunes/6771 >.

The usual folk process at work on tune names again.

It seems to have been written by the Canadian Ruby Meeks, about whom I know nothing I’m afraid. Maybe someone else knows some information ? …

But a popular tune in Shetland , and as you say a cracking tune, great fun to play and a belting first few bars.

New Centenary Reel

Cheers,Dave-the B part that I submitted is crap anyway-I spent more time with my head in the music blender and came up with about the same as you submitted eventually. Hopefully someone will get rid of my effort or transfer it to Comments on yours.Can’t describe how satisfying it was to work out the tune (especially getting the B part right)from Tom’s c.d. and to play it is exilirating.Thanks for the background-I suspected it had a Canadian link.

Tom McConville’s B part-as I hear it.

Looking more closely at daveball’s transcription and my effort
I detect a few differences. In my A part Bar 12 should be:-
|fd A=G F2 fg| and having spent more time listening to Tom McConville’s recording I think the following is what he is playing in the B Part. I’ll write it out in D after daveball’s example. Think I’m getting into obsessive/compulsive territory with this little gem but, hey, aren’t all all tune buffs like that!
Here we go then-the B part:-
f^g| a2 ^ga ba ^ga| fd Ad f2 f^g| a2 ^ga ba ^ga| c2 c4 ef|
g2 fg ag fg| ag fg e2 ef| g2 fg ag fg| fd AG F2 DE| F2 AF BF Ac|
dc de d2 (3ABc)| dc dc ed cd| BG D=C, B,2 ^CB,|
A,C, EF Ac e^g| a^g ab a2 (3efg)| ^ge fd ec dB| A6 cB|