I learnt this from Jenna Reid when she came to do a weekend fiddle workshop in the Yorkshire Dales last November (2007).
Wonderful tune - listen to it as it should be played on Jenna’s “With Silver and all” CD
The double stops are “very Shetland” - ringing strings and all that!
Not the usual version.
This tune is undergoing a revival in Scotland at the moment, but Jenna’s version is not like the other version I’ve heard, which has 3 parts. I first heard it by “Fairport Convention” on their “Angel Delight” LP, early 70s. I think it has also turned up on a few Shetland recordings, as you would expect, and also by the “Boys Of The Lough”. Calum Stewart has it on his Scottish flute CD, released only a few months ago. I’ve been teaching it to my flute students in Aberdeen. The whole of the 3-part tune only has 4 bars of music in it. It’s usually known as the “Papa Stour Sword Dance”, which is not at all like a highland word dance, I believe, and have aways meant to do some research on that. I’ll post the “abcs” here for the version I know later this week.
Thanks for that - look forward to your ‘extra bits ’n pieces’
I should have said - this isn’t really a slip jig but more of a march, alternating between 9/8 and 6/8
It may be that the Bridal March is a separate tune, although thee are a lot of similarities.
Funnily enough, there is a dance group that meets a couple of miles down the road from me that does the Papa Stour Sword Dance so I’ve seen it many times but I’ve never really listened to the music.
Where this lead me merrily ~ “The Mermaid’s Bridal March”
It’s kind of cool that their set is so regionally diverse: first an English tune, then an Irish tune and then a Shetland tune.
Re: Papa Stour Bridal March
DonaldK said, “This is the version I have…”
I’ve been listening to The Boys of the Lough’s setting and there seems to be some very subtle variations (note the first note on the 2nd line). Just for interest, X:3 is from the second time through the tune on ‘Da Day Dawn’ (1994).
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