Banks Of Kale Water reel

Also known as The Banks Of Kale Water, Richard Dwyer’s.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Banks Of Kale Water has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Banks Of Kale Water
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
z2z4 Ac |: d2 fd c2 ec | B2 dB AFDF | G2 BG FGAf | gfed cdec |
d2 fd c2 ec | B2 dB AFDF | G2 BG FGAa |1 fedc d2 Ac :|2 fedc d2 dd ||
bagf edcA| agfe dcBA | gfed cABc | d2 de f2 Ac |
d2 fd c2 ec | B2 dB AFDF | G2 BG FGAf | gfed cdec |
d/2d/2d fd c/2c/2c ec | B/2B/2B dB AFDF| G2 BG FGAa| fedc d2 z2||
2
X: 2
T: Banks Of Kale Water
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc)|d2[Af]e c2ec|BcdB AFDF|G2BG F2AF|EDEF GABc|
d2fe c2ec|BcdB AFDF|B2BG F2AF|EGFE D2(A2||
|:A)cef gf gz||Ace^g ag az|Acef g2gf|1 faec d2B2:|2 faec d2||

Seven comments

Banks of Kale Water

This is a traditional Border tune. It is the first tune that I have submitted and my first attempt at ABCs. I know that I am supposed to submit five ITM tunes to every one from elsewhere, but I don’t know any Irish tunes that are not already on the database!

The Kale Water is a delightful stream that tumbles down from the Cheviots on the Scottish side of the Border near Morebattle. It’s one of my favourite areas and I think the tune reflects the fast rocky stream

Banks Of Kale Water

I’ve been playing this tune for many years. I learned it from an LP from (Scottish) Borders fiddler Tam Hughes, and I think he originally learned it from a 78rpm record, but I’ve never been able to trace that tune. The name - Banks Of Kale Water - if I remember correctly, was given by Tam himself.

Nice tune.

Take a look at this USA tune:

X:1
T:Tiddle Took Tod Fish
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
N:David (Dave) P. Gilpin, Connellsville, P.A. 1943 (in his 60’s)
N:Dave lost his ring finger in an accident and had to relearn
N:his tunes using the first 2 fingers of his left hand.
N:Samuel P. Bayard (collector of this tune) stated that Dave’s
N:playing was some of the best he’d collected and the loss of fingers
N:was not at all a handicap.
B:Samuel P. Bayard – Hill Country Tunes (1944)
Z:Shawn Craver (www.shawncraver.com)
K:D
(3ABc)|d2[Af]e c2ec|BcdB AFDF|G2BG F2AF|EDEF GABc|
d2fe c2ec|BcdB AFDF|B2BG F2AF|EGFE D2(A2||
|:A)cef gf gz||Ace^g ag az|Acef g2gf|1 faec d2B2:|2 faec d2||

The Springthyme Music transcription from Tom Hughes’ playing is reprinted in the book The Scots Fiddle Volume 2 (page 84) and shows all the bowing, ornamentation and double stops. For example he started each descending line in the B part with up bows.

Banks of Kale Water

Nice tune Merry-Hielander!
DonaldK - I’ve just ordered Tom Hughes’ Border Fiddle Book from Springthyme Music. I’ve been trying out a fiddle for a little while and thinking of lessons. You’re not DonaldK from Riddel Fiddles, are you? I’m moving to Stichill in the summer and fancy trying out the Midlem experience!

Yes, hotspur, I am indeed DonaldK from Riddell Fiddles, though I’m not a fiddler myself (not in public anyway). I play guitar backing for them and transcribe the music that goes on the website. But Sunday mornings in Midlem are good fun and the coffee and cakes are especially welcome.
You can get contact details through the website. Jimmy Nagle, Sheila Sapkota and Lyle Handyside teach every week and four or five times a term we have Catriona MacDonald or Amy Geddes.

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Thanks DonaldK, I think I’ll join up when the new session starts.