Du’s Bun Lang Awa An A’m Tocht Lang Ta See Dee waltz

Also known as Dus Bün Lang Awa An Im Tocht Lang Tae See Dee, Jack’s Gone A-Shearing, Nine Nights Away, Welcome Home My Dearie.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Du's Bun Lang Awa An A'm Tocht Lang Ta See Dee
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |: D/E/F/G/ A/B/A/G/ A>B |cc G/cG/ E/D/C |
D/E/F/G/ A/B/A/G/ [A2D2] | d2 BA/G/ F/E/D :|
|: f>d df/d/ D>f | ec cg/c/ ef/g/ |
(3afa (3fef de/f/ | d2 BA/G/ FE/D/ :|

Seven comments

Du’s bun………

Maybe a contender for "longest tune title"?!
I learnt this from a Fiddler’s Bid CD - I’ll post the other tunes in the set asap. Absolutely love that set. (This one’s not a waltz of course! )

Thanks to Nigel Gatherer for the abc and info below - saved me time transcribing, and it’s pretty much as Fiddler’s Bid play it (or as near as abc or dots can convey)
T: Du’s Bön Land Awa an A’m Tocht Lang ta See Dee
S: Da Mirrie Dancers (book), Tom Anderson (1985)
N: A wedding tune

More info (from Fiddler’s companion)

DU’S BON LANG AWA AND A’M TOCHT LAND TO SEE DEE. Shetland, Wedding Tune (3/4 time). Shetland, West side. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning. AABB. One of the five tunes required in the old wedding rituals of the island of Papa Stour, Shetland, according to local fiddler Peter Fraser. This tune was played by the fiddler as the groom’s party walked to the bride’s house, upon arrival. "The alternations between C and D tonality in the tune could belong equally to Scandinavian or Scottish musical styles, though the large skips involving rapid string crossing is somewhat suggestive of the Aald Reel structures. The tune is known nowhere else in Shetland" (Cooke, 1986). Purser (1992) notes “The melodic outline could as easily be from the mainland as from Shetland, but the rhythm and phrase lengths are much less regular in effect than the bar lines suggest and it could as well be notated with two as opposed to three beats in the bar. The effect is one of an odd jauntiness.” Source for notated version: Peter Fraser (Shetland) [Anderson & Georgeson]. Anderson & Georgeson (Da Mirrie Dancers), 1970; pg. 11. Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles), 1986; Ex. 28, pg. 82. Purser (Scotland’s Music), 1992; Ex. 3, pg. 230.

"Maybe a contender for "longest tune title"?!"

Someone’s bound to have written a tune in honour of the famous Anglesey village.

…or perhaps ‘Mympwy Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’

…and perhaps the only tune that is shorter than its title.

Not a waltz

Indeed it is from the mainland, it’s derived from the 3/2 hornpipe found in Northumberland and Scotland, some of the many other titles are
Jack’s Gone A-Shearing
Nine Nights Away, Welcome Home My Dearie (which is the gist of the Shetland title)