En Dro polka

Also known as An Anglezed Bonetoù Ruz, An Dro.

En Dro has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: En Dro
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B/ ef|:"Em"g>f g/f/e/g/|"D"fe/f/ gf|"Em"e>g f/e/d/e/|"Bm"f>B ef:|
"G"g>g fe|"D"d>d ed/c/|"Em"Be/B/ "Bm"f/B/g/B/|"Em"e2 ed/c/|"Bm"B>e "D"fg/f/|"Em"e3/2||
# Added by Mario .
X: 2
T: En Dro
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B|:e2f2 g3f|gfeg f2ef|g2fg e3g|fede f3B:|
e2f2 g3g|f2ef d4|e2dc B3e|f2g2 e2B2|e2dc B3e|f2g2 e3||

Seven comments

A very simple but nice En Dro. First recorded by Skolvan for the Dans sampler from 1988. This was the album that really turned me on to Breton music.

And yes: the second part is only played once. No repeats!

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The tempo is really too fast

Huh? What are you talking about? Which tempo?

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En Dro

I assume this is the tempo of the download midi and I guess that has been given the default tempo for a polka. I played an En Dro at a session a few weeks back at a fairly leisurely speed and an experienced dancer said it should have been a bit slower … so all suggestions of tempo for these will be most welcome 🙂

The proper tempo for An Dros (the Kas a-Barh is a wee bit slower and has a stonger emphasis on the third beat) would be around 92-95 (crotchets in 2/4). Never ever go above 100!

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An Anglezed bonetoù ruz

Hi Mario, this An Dro is known as ‘An Anglezed bonetoù ruz’ Slightly different versions are known (eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J53TgNy6jXI)

Unfortunately, you haven’t placed the bars where they are conventionally written for such a dance.
Here’s the reviewed ABC:

X: 1
T: An Anglezed bonetoù ruz
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: En Dro
K: E min
B |: e2f2 g3f | gfeg f2ef | g2fg e3g | fede f3B :|
e2f2 g3g | f2ef d4 | e2dc B3e | f2g2 e2B2 | e2dc B3e | f2g2 e3 ||
Note the two-bar bridge and that the last 4 bars are actually 2 repeated bars. This type of form is common to several Breton ring dances.

The Dañs - compil’ CD, produced by Veillon, is a great sampler alright.
Skolvan’s set of three an droioù is a particularly beautiful track on it. Does any one know the names or origins of the last two?
This one is said to be from the Lorient region.