From what I could tell, this tune isn’t already on here, unless the other tunes called "An Dro" were just different versions, but they all seemed like different tunes to me. This version came off a CD I found in my house one day, I think it’s on here in the recordings section.
I might have gotten it wrong a bit, it seems now like the first phrase might be cut off or something? I’m not sure, I think I got it pretty close though. This tune is really catchy. I just looked through and found that the recording I have of this tune is by a group called "Cran", paired up with "Romanian War". I’m guessing this is a Breton tune?
An Dro / En Dro = Breton…
Sorry I can’t help more. I haven’t any recordings of Cran to check this against. I don’t recognize this one but it doesn’t feel right for the dance. I hope someone else might be able to check it out for you before it converts to dots. I did try to see if I could chase up a scrap of the track online but didn’t have any luck… As it stands it has the suggestion of a recent composition. If you have the recording it would probably list in the notes if there is a composer for it, or give a source…
I know a couple of mad folk for this sort of thing, though it being Friday probably means they are away playing music. I’ll contact them anyway…
An Dro ~ bells ringing!?
T: An Dro
R: An Dro / En Dro
K: e minor
|: A |\
B2 d2 e3 A | B2 d2 F4 | A2 BA F2 ED |[1 GFGA B3 :|[2 GFGF E3 ||
|: A |\
B3 c B2 BA | B2 G2 E4 | A2 BA F2 ED |[1 GFGA B3 :|2GFGF E3 |]
I might have it in a collection. I’ll check. It threw me a little at first but is familiar. I might have a Breton recording of it somewhere if not dots in a book… By the above comparison your notation is probably OK, just not quite as I’d know it…
An Dro is just the name of the dance - Breton dances don’t have well-knows names which is why most of them here are posted as "An Dro", "Hanter Dro", etc.
However, I’m used to naming them by the words to the song, but I’m not sure of the song for this one o.O
Yes, more often than not with lyrics and sung, part of the joy in it all…
I went and found the CD, it’s called "Riverdance and other famous Irish songs and dances" or something to that effect. Apparently you can find it on e-bay.
The way they play it, the bouzouki comes in on the e3, so I might have some of the pickup notes in the tune, but this is the only way it seemed to fit, unless the first phrase gets cut off at the end.
I had a note missing on the second ending of the B part. Should be |2GFGF E3B||
“An Dro” by “Cran”
It’s a Breton "An Dro" played and recorded by "Cran" on their first CD, "The Crooked Stair". The tune following it was titled "Romanian Rollick", no doubt by the lads themselves, not having the original title. There’s been discussion about these recording elsewhere. The company who made it apparently licenced it out to other companies, along with recordings by Brendan Larrissey and "Moher", who have tracks on your CD, but, along with "Cran", are given no credit for their musicianship. The title of "Riverdance" is sheer opportunism to cash in on the success of that show.
(singing) "jé, jé, les papillons…"
To sum it up:
Cran has recorded this beautiful tune as ‘an dro’
-which indeed is a generic name (like ‘reel’ or ‘jig’) which is why some of the recordings listed may not match the tune at all. ‘En dro’ seems to be the preferred spelling these days (perhaps only a recognition of the dialectical difference in both French and Breton speaking parts of ‘Vanetais’ where this dance originates. (SE Brittany))
However, as ceolachan has pointed out, this tune is not actually an an dro as it is normally defined; the tempo & rhythm don’t match the steps.
Also, ‘jé jé les papillons’ is the kind of nonsense formula that could be heard in any En dro or even other dance lyrics. It is not unique to this tune if it applies at all…