Da Ferry reel

Also known as Da Faery, Faery, Ferrie, The Ferry.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

Da Ferry has been added to 2 tune sets.

Da Ferry has been added to 46 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Da Ferry
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|"D"vd2 ud(vA d2)d2 |"A"efed c2 A2 |"G"(Bc)dB "D"(AB)A(F|"Em"G2)E2 E3 A |
"D" d2 d(A d2)d2 |"A"efed c2 A2 |"G"(Bc)dB "A"(AG)FE |"D" D2 d2 d2 z:|
(e|"D" f2) f(d faf)(d| fg)a(g fe)d(f|"A" e2)e(c e2)e(c| ef)e(d cA)Ag |
"D" f2 f(d fa)f(d| fg)a(g fe)d(f|"Em"ef)g(f "A" ed)cB |"D" A2 d2 d2 z:|
X: 2
T: Da Ferry
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
uA|"D"vd2(dA) "D/A"d2d2|"E7"efed "A"c2A2|"G"BcdB "D/F#"ABA(uF|"Em7"G2)EE "A7"E3A|
"D"d2(dA) "D/A"d2d2|"E7"efed "A"c2A2|"G"BcdB "A7"AGFE|"D"D2d2 "D/A"d3:|
e|"D"f2fd "D/A"f2fd|"D"fgag "D#dim"fedf|"Em"e2ec "G/D"e2ec|"C#m7-5"efed "A7"cBAg|
"D"f2fd "D/A"f2fd|"D"fgag "D#dim"fedf|"Em7"efgf "A7"edcB|"D"A2d2 "D/A"d3:|

Thirteen comments

Da Ferry reel

Another great Shetland reel, played as part of the Yell Reels set.

abc came from JC tunefinder, with some additional info:

X: 1
T:Da Ferry Reel
S:Tom Anderson and Pam Swing, Haand Me Doon Da Fiddle
C:Trad. Shetland
Z:Jack Campin 2002 <http://www.purr.demon.co.uk/jack/> abcusers 2002-8-7
N:chords added by Jack Campin

Da Ferry reel

…additional comments from ibibio (Fiddler’s Companion)

FERRIE REEL (Fairy Reel). Shetland, Reel. Shetland, Island of Yell. D Major. Standard. AABB. According to Tom Anderson (1978) the tune was one of the Yell tunes that were revived and played by Bobbie Jamieson and Willie Barclay Henderson. He identifies it as a trowie (troll) tune which tradition has it as heard emanating from a hole in the ground by a fiddler returning from performing at a wedding. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 112, pg. 73. Topic 12TS379, Aly Bain & Tom Anderson ‑ "Shetland Folk Fiddling, Vol. 2" (1978).

Why did you just cut & paste it from another site, complete with copied slurs and chords? I’d have been more interested to see a transcription of your own take on it… just to make it a bit more personal or something. This just feels like a bland link to 2 other websites, as opposed to: "hey I have this tune, and this is how I play it, and this is why I like it".

Well, this transcription has Shetland style bowing on it but not Shetland-style chords.
What I’d like to know, though, is when is a link to another website bland and when is it not.

Shetland-style chords?
Well you could try
|:D D/A|Em7 D/F#|G D/F#|Em7 A7|D D/A|Em7 A7|G A7| D D/A:|
|:D D/A|D Ebdim|Em G/D|A9/C# A7|D D/A|D Ebdim|Em7 A7|D D/A:|
In Shetland this would be written thus:
|:D A/D|Em7 F#/D|G F#/D|Em7 A7|D A/D|Em7 A7|G A7| D A/D:|
|:D A/D|D Ebdim|Em D/G|C#/A9 A7|D A/D|D Ebdim|Em7 A7|D A/D:|,
i.e., with the bass notes first.

Re: Da Ferry

The second version is nothing like Da Ferry Reel. Is that because the chords in the abc should be in quotes?

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Whatever the reason, the second "version" is garbage, and should be deleted. Seems to have taken 11 years for anyone to have noticed.

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A wee bit weird to say the least, and unlike DK’s usually very accurate posts. My music scoring software wouldn’t let me put all those notes in one bar! Can someone braver than me message DK?

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It’s garbage because an algorithm was set up a few years ago to automatically identify tune settings in the comments and add them as extra settings above the comments. Unfortunately this has resulted in hundreds of tune fragments and chord progressions being presented as complete settings of tunes.
So, just to be clear, I did not post the setting X: 2 above. I didn’t even know it existed until pscdnlh and Kenny brought it to my attention in the recent comments in the tunes section. I’ll try to delete the setting but don’t know if that’s completely possible.

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Ah well, it can’t be completely deleted. I’ll have to edit it so it makes sense.

Re: X: 2

Does that make more sense, pscdnlh, Kenny and Trish?

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Perfect, Donald! What a fast turnaround too!

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As another example, the second setting of Big John MacNeill is a select few bars from John MacNeill’s Highland Fling, for which an excellent abc file by Nigel Gatherer has been posted in the comments for Big John MacNeill.

It’s a historical problem and applies to all comment posts more than eight (?) or so years old, as before that time only one setting for each tune was permitted, so "corrections" and other settings (or fragments thereof) were posted in the comments.