This is one of my own compositions, inspired by a tune ceolachan sent me by e-mail. I took his tune and changed the key, switched the parts round, and then "Borderized" it, putting in arpeggio sequences and 6th leaps, and totally changing the phrasing, until eventually it became a different tune. I decided to name it after a playground I used to go to when I was a kid, which I mentioned briefly in a post in the comments of "Carter Bar" https://thesession.org/tunes/6453.
The connection between ceolachan and the title is that I had to drive through Hawick on the way to ‘c’s house for tea a few years ago, and I tried to find the playground but couldn’t, so I assumed it had been bulldozed and developed, but I’m told it’s still there. I’ll have to go back another day and have a go on the big slide again.
I dedicate this tune to ceolachan, to my Dad, and also to DonaldK.
Nice tune. It goes well with James Hill’s No 9 Hornpipe - I think.
Yes, Hawick playground - it had the worst toilets in the Borders!
I don’t remember the toilets. All I remember are 2 slides - a little one and a really really big scary one, some trampolines, and a general impression of lots of bright, primary colours.
And a very interesting museum just across the river.
That playground sounds as if it must have been the one "up the park", as they say in Hawick, i.e., Wilton Lodge Park. Of course the tampolines will be long gone - health and safety, don’t you know. And as for slides, well are they wheelchair friendly?
Seriously, it is a very nice park, even if the playground is a former shadow of itself. But it’s nice to know that it was regarded with enough fondness to inspire a lovely tune, and a hornpipe at that. I might have been tempted to put two sharps at the start of the third line.
Have been playing this last night and this morning on my mandolin (I presume it is to be played swung and not straight).
Really like the sixths in the A part and also like the B part ending which is quite a stretch on a 14&3/4" scale length.
Not so keen on the A part ending and prefer to play
|(3efg ec ADBA|G2 GF G2|.
Or |(3efg fd cAFD|G2 GF G2|
Nice tune, Dow. Has a nice Borders/Northumbrian feel to it. I was initially interested as my brother lives in quite nearby Galashiels, so I know that part of the world a bit, though I’m sure it has changed since I was last around there……not that I frequent playgrounds these days, you understand……unless accompanied by my wee boy.
I couldn’t get the Tune a Tron converter to work on DonaldK’s ABC and I’ve forgotten how to "do" ABCs, but I prefer a simple ending to both A and B parts - A part final bar 3 crotchets AGG, B part final bar 3 crotchets top F# DD
I like all your ideas for the part endings. I chop and change them myself anyway. Sometimes I play the end of the A-part as |(3efg ag fdcA|G2B2 G2|| or something similar, but going down to the low D is even nicer. In answer to your question about swing - yes I play it swung, but have transcribed it straight for simplicity’s sake.
Hotspur, try this in Tune a Tron:
T: Hawick Playground
(3DEF|GB,DG BGcA|dg (3fga g2dg|e2ce d2bd|caBg ADFA|
GB,DG BGcA|dg (3fga g2dg|(3efg ec ADBA|G2GF G2:|[K: D]
FG|AFdA fdaf|e^deg B2ba|gecA Ecba|afdA F^EFG|
AFdA fdaf|e^deg B2ba|(3^gba =ge cAfe|d2dc d2:|
Thanks DonaldK, it worked perfectly.
Dow, I am usually silent on this site but I do try all the tunes on my concertina and this one is a gem! It is quickly becoming a favorite.
I couldn’t let it pass by without saying thank you.