Deck The Halls hornpipe

Also known as Dawns Flodau Nantgarw, The Nantgarw Flower Dance, New Year’s Eve, Nos Calan, Nos Galan.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Glanbargoed (a few times).

Deck The Halls has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Deck The Halls
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d3c B2A2|G2A2 B2G2|1ABcA B3A|G2F2 G2Bc:|2ABcA B3A|G2F2 G2D2||
A3B c2A2|B3c d2A2|Bcd2 efg2|(3fgf(3efe d2Bc|
d3c B2A2|G2A2 B2G2|e3e d3c|B2A2 G4||
X: 2
T: Deck The Halls
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d>cBA|GABG|1A/B/c/A/B>A|GFGB/c/:|2A/B/c/A/B>A|GFGD||
|A>BcA|B>cdA|B/c/de/f/g|fedB/c/|d>cBA|GABG|e>e d>c|BAG2||
X: 3
T: Deck The Halls
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 |
dd/c/ BA | G>A BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 ||
AA/B/ cA | BB/c/ dA | B/^A/B/c/ dg | fe d/A/B/c/ |
d>c B>A | G/F/G/A/ BG | A/e/c/A/ d>G | GF G2 |]
~ | A/e/c/A/ d>c | BA G2 |]
X: 4
T: Deck The Halls
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: c3 B A2 G2 | F2 F2 A2 F2 | GABG A3 G| F2 E2 F4 :|
G3 A B2 G2 | A3 B c2 G2 | A/B/ c3 B/c/ d3 | e2 d2 c4 |
c3 B A2 G2 | F2 F2 A2 F2 | GdBG A3 G | F2 C2 F4 |]
X: 5
T: Deck The Halls
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: c3 B A2 G2 | F2 FG A2 F2 | GABG A3 G | F2 E2 F4 :|
G2 GA B2 G2 | A2 AB c2 G2 | AGAB c2 f2 | e2 d2 cGAB |
c2 cB A2 AG | FEFG A2 F2 | GdBG c3 G | F2 E2 F4 |]
d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G/D/G/B/ |
dd/c/ B/c/B/A/ | G/F/G/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 ||
A>B cA | B>c dA | B/^A/B/c/ dg | f>e d2 |
d>c BA | G>A BG | A/e/c/A/ d>c | BA G2 |]
|: d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 :|
AA/B/ cA | B/A/B/c/ dA | B/A/B/c/ dg | fe d2 |
d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/e/c/A/ d>c | BA G2 |]
X: 6
T: Deck The Halls
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: "G" d3 c B2 A2 | G2 A2 B2 G2 | "C" ABcA "G" B3 A | "D" G2 F2 "G" G4 :|
"D" A3 B c2 A2 | "G" B3 c d2 A2 | Bc d2 "A" ef g2 | "D" f2 e2 d4
"G" d3 c B2 A2 | G2 A2 B2 G2 | "Am" AecA "G" d3 c | "D" B2 A2 "G" G4 |]

Twelve comments

Guess I’m a little late for Christmas time, but I figured somebody already did this. I like playing it like this as a hornpipe, but it also works well as a polka:
X:1
T:Deck The Halls
L:1/8
M:2/4
R:Polka
K:G
|:d>cBA|GABG|1A/B/c/A/B>A|GFGB/c/:|2A/B/c/A/B>A|GFGD||
|A>BcA|B>cdA|B/c/de/f/g|fedB/c/|d>cBA|GABG|e>e d>c|BAG2||

Deck The Halls

John K on his CD "Wassail" says this was a traditional Welsh tune, known as "Nos Galan" -Welsh for New Years’s Eve - and hence played on New Year’s Eve. So you’re not too late!

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“Nos Galan” / “New Year’s Eve” / “Dawns Flodau Nantgarw” / “The Nantgarw Flower Dance”

X:3
T: Nos Galan
T: New Year’s Eve
T: Dawns Flodau Nantgarw
|: The Nantgarw Flower Dance
T: Deck the Halls
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: G Major
d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 |
dd/c/ BA | G>A BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 ||
AA/B/ cA | BB/c/ dA | B/^A/B/c/ dg | fe d/A/B/c/ |
d>c B>A | G/F/G/A/ BG | A/e/c/A/ d>G | GF G2 |]

another way to carry those last two bars ~

~ | A/e/c/A/ d>c | BA G2 |]

“Blodau’r Grug: 100 Popular Welsh Folk Dance Tunes”

Alex Hamilton & Robin Huw Bowen
Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru / The Welsh Folk Dance Society, 1992

Another transcript can be found here,
page 7, tune #1: "Dawns Flodau Nantgarw" / "Nos Galan"

Dawns Calan / New Year’s Eve Dance ~ a Welsh Twmpath Dawns

Basic step: 1 2 3 hop (skip) ~ throughout (hornpipe step)

Formation: lines-of-3, usually a gent with a lady on either side, but any combination will do. All lines-of-3 face around the hall in Line-of-Direction (LOD), ACW, around the hall. Only the centers progress, around the hall one place forward, ACW, at the end of each turn of the dance, once through the melody…

1 - 8 ~ Advance & Retire twice
1 - 4 ~ (arches) Gent raises a R-arch with his R-hand partner, L-hand woman dances under and around back to place, followed by the man
5 - 8 ~ Gent raises a L-arch with his L-hand partner, R-hand partner dances under and around back to place, followed by the man
1 - 4 ~ Gent arms R with R-hand partner, turning CW
5 - 8 ~ Gent arms L with L-hand partner, turning ACW (=CCW)
9 - 16 ~ Hey for 3, starting with the Gent passing R-shoulders with his R-hand partner ~ finishing by progressing forward to join and take hands with the next line-of-3…

"Dawns Flodau Nantgarw" is a different dance, primarily for exhibition, danced ‘in costume’, and not from the Welsh Twmpath (barndance / ceilidh) tradition…

“Nos Galan” ~ in F Major ~ 1840

This is also described at times as a Welsh ‘hornpipe’, and transcribed in 4/4 or 2/4, and also played and danced to in the key of F Major… The following is adapted from ABCs found online, courtes of Z: brian_martin…

From a facsimile c.1840: A Choice Collection of Fifty-One Welsh Airs adapted for The Harp, Piano-Forte, Harpsichord, Violin, or Flute by Edward Jones "Harper to His Late Majesty King George IV, when Prince of Wales".

X: 4
T: Nos Galan
T: New Year’s Eve
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
K: F Major
|: c3 B A2 G2 | F2 F2 A2 F2 | GABG A3 G| F2 E2 F4 :|
G3 A B2 G2 | A3 B c2 G2 | A/B/ c3 B/c/ d3 | e2 d2 c4 |
c3 B A2 G2 | F2 F2 A2 F2 | GdBG A3 G | F2 C2 F4 |]

I’ve just found it in F in a couple of books within reach…pretty much as given or close…

The Dance: Dawns Calan / New Year’s Eve Dance ~ ABAB

I’ve just realized I wasn’t clear on the music to the dance ~ once through the dance is twice through the music, or ABAB…

“Nos Galan” / “New Year’s Eve” ~ some other ways with it, F & G

X: 5
T: Nos Galan
T: New Year’s Eve
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
K: FMaj
|: c3 B A2 G2 | F2 FG A2 F2 | GABG A3 G | F2 E2 F4 :|
G2 GA B2 G2 | A2 AB c2 G2 | AGAB c2 f2 | e2 d2 cGAB |
c2 cB A2 AG | FEFG A2 F2 | GdBG c3 G | F2 E2 F4 |]

X: 6
T: Nos Galan
T: New Year’s Eve
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: GMaj
d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G/D/G/B/ |
dd/c/ B/c/B/A/ | G/F/G/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 ||
A>B cA | B>c dA | B/^A/B/c/ dg | f>e d2 |
d>c BA | G>A BG | A/e/c/A/ d>c | BA G2 |]

X: 7
T: Nos Galan
T: New Year’s Eve
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: GMaj
|: d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/B/c/A/ B>A | GF G2 :|
AA/B/ cA | B/A/B/c/ dA | B/A/B/c/ dg | fe d2 |
d>c BA | GG/A/ BG | A/e/c/A/ d>c | BA G2 |]

It is and can be notated in either 2/4 or 4/4, but the measure have a strong duple identity, two beats to the bar, and tends to have more the feel of a march…

Dawnsiau i Drioedd / Dances for Threes (Triads) ~ two examples given…

Some sets of 16 bar Welsh tunes, in session and for dancing:

Nos Calan / Glanbargoed / Llwydgoed
Nos Calan / Llwydgoed / Glanbargoed
Nos Calan / Glanbargoed / Maen’ Nhw’n Dwed

"Glanbargoed" & 2 x Twmpath Dances:
"Benthyg Dwy" / "Borrowing Two" & "Seren Tair Llaw" / "The Three Hand Star"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on March 1st 2009 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/9395
https://thesession.org/tunes/9395/comments

"Llwydcoed"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on March 3rd 2009 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/9400

Deck The Halls, X:6

Nos Galan - "New Year’s Eve"
Traditional Welsh polka with optional chords.
May be played in a set: 1. Nos Galan, 2. Glanbargoed, 3. Llwytcoed, 4. Nos Galan