I don’t know the origins of this tune but I remember hearing it on a Boys of the Lough Tape many years ago. It was one of my first Irish/Scottish recordings so I learned just about everything off it over the years.
I use this piece during solo shows to start sets of jigs. I incorporate quite a few slurs. I try to play it as smooth as silk. The focus is to make it sound effortless. I let the jigs I randomly pick afterwards have as much personality as they want.
I’ve just had a look at the posting ‘cosits a wellknown tune in the North of England.It is the sametune but the setting is very different.
The version we play up here is from Pat McNulty’s Dance Music of Ireland and it is usually coupled with Snug in a Blanket (Am), Syriacus (which I think is also known as Tripping up Stairs) (D) and Rosewood in A. You can go back round the set with a nice Amajor/Aminor change.
Composed by James Scott Skinner and called by him "Rose Wood" with the alternative title "George Rose Wood of Aberdeen".
I’ve been playing this one in G, I like the key of A too.
Here it is in G;
gfe def|gdc BAG|gfg Bcd|
ecA A2f|gfe def|gdc BAG|
cde ABc|1 BGF G2f:|2 BGF Gdc||
|:Bcd GBd|ecB ced|^cde Ace|
fdd daf|gfe dcB|edc BAG|
cde ABc|1 BGF Gdc:|2 BGF G2f||
It makes more ITM sense this way, the sharp in the 2nd part falls unto the C.
(It wasn’t like Skinner to try to make tunes easy to play anyway! But I hate the liberties he takes with beautifully plain melodies, that chromatic rise of his sounds awful!)
X: 3 = X: 1
~ with a few adjustments…
Transcribed from the fiddling of Jim McGuire/Maguire, brother of Sean…
X: 6 “Rose Wood”
"Call the Set III"
Musicians: Pat Sullivan, Vince Milne, & Mick Daly
Re: Rosewood X:6
Thanks for X:6, ceol! I really enjoy it, but just can’t resist sharping the C in the third full bar of the B part—gives the tune such a lovely lift, to my ear. :)