Hamar Ower Da Taing reel

Also known as Bridge Over The Tang, Da Hamar Ower Da Tang, Hamar Oor Da Taing, Hamar Ower Da Tang, Hammer O’er The Tang, Hammer Our The Tang, Hammer Over The Tang, Hammer Ower Da Taing.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Hamar Ower Da Taing has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Hamar Ower Da Taing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:cA (3AAA cdec|d2 fd gdfd|cA (3AAA cdec|defg e4:|
a2 af gfec|d2 fd gdfd|a2 af gfec|defg e4|
a2 af gfec|d2 fd gdfd|cA (3AAA cdec|defg e4||
X: 2
T: Hamar Ower Da Taing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:c>A A/2A/2A cdec|ddfd gfed|c>A A/2A/2A cdec|defg e2e2:|
a2 af gfec|ddfd gefg|a2af gfec|defg e2e2|
a2 af gfec|ddfd gfed|c>A A/2A/2A cdec|defg e2e2||

Nine comments

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".

thanks people!

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.