what is this tune really called?
Bridge over the Tang
I know it as Bridge over the Tang
It’s obviously not Hamnatang, so please edit the tune details.
I Know it as Hammer our the Tang or Hamar ower da Taing.
Funnily enough it’s on Fiddlers Bid’s Hamnataing CD, Hamnataing being a headland on the isle of Mousa.
Hamar Ower da Taing
According to Tom Anderson in ‘Da Mirrie Dancers’:
Hamar Ower da Taing - As played by Arthur Peterson. "A fisherman’s meid (landmark alignment for fishing spot) from the days of the handline or line fishing".
this gets played a lot in Newcastle sessions. Works nicely after Islay Rant, or indeed to lift any reel set really.
The tune as published in ‘The Merry Dancers’ 1970 - ed Tom Anderson, Tom Georgeson
I thought I’d put the original (possibly?) Shetland version here, to contrast it with the first setting, which, to my ear, seems to have passed through a few Irish sessions.
For details see Nigel Gatherer, above.