Glanbargoed polka

Also known as Glan Bargoed.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Glanbargoed has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Glanbargoed
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ff ef/e/ | dc BA | BB c/d/e/c/ | dc d>e |
f2 ef/e/ | d/e/d/c/ BA | B2 c/d/e/c/ | dc d2 ||
ee fe/f/ | ^gf/g/ a>A | ea gf | e^d e2 |
fg/f/ e/g/f/e/ | df/e/ d/c/B/A/ | BB ce/c/ | dc d2 |]
X: 2
T: Glanbargoed
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: f2 f2 e2 fe | d2 c2 B2 A2 | B2 B2 cdec | d2 c2 d4 :|
e2 e2 f2 ef | ^g2 fg a2 A2 | e2 a2 g2 f2 | e2 ^d2 e4 |
f2 gf e2 fe | dfed dcBA | B2 B2 cdec | d2 c2 d4 |]

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“Glanbargoed” ~ a placename

This 16 bar tune is used in sets for the Nantgarw set dance "Dawns Flodau Nantgarw" / "The Nantgarw Flower Dance", as well as sets for twmpath dances such as the 16 bar dances "Seren Tair Llaw" / "The Three Hand Star" & "Benthyg Dwy" / "Borrowing Two"…

This is often notated in 4/4 ~

X: 2
T: Glanbargoed
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: f2 f2 e2 fe | d2 c2 B2 A2 | B2 B2 cdec | d2 c2 d4 :|
e2 e2 f2 ef | ^g2 fg a2 A2 | e2 a2 g2 f2 | e2 ^d2 e4 |
f2 gf e2 fe | dfed dcBA | B2 B2 cdec | d2 c2 d4 |]

Bargoed is a town I know quite well. What does the pre-fix ‘Glan’ stand for? Does the tune relate to said town and if so how?
Hope you have the answers ‘c’
thanks, in anticipation for your masterfull information.

cheers

TG

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I believe this on is in Dyfed… ;-)

Glanbargoed ~ ? :-/

glan = shore / bank
bar = bar
goed = coed = wood / timber / trees / forest

It seems the ‘e’ dropped of the ‘one’ ~ "I believe this one is in Dyfed", which has a lot of ‘shore’ / ‘bank’…

& the ‘f’ off of ‘off’… :-P

Dawnsiau Twmpath / Twmpath Dances ~ 32 bars

Correction: both of the twmpath dances listed above, "Seren Tair Llaw" / "The Three Hand Star" & "Benthyg Dwy" / "Borrowing Two", are trios, 3-facing-3, longways, or as I have usually used them, Sicilian, all around the hall. These dances are 32 bars in length, or ~ once through the dance and progressing = twice through this 16 bar tune…

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Do you happen to have any links to descriptions of the dance to this tune? Google didn’t get me much (just this discussion), and I’d love a precise dance notation.

You have mail! ;-)

Check your email kasaperl. Send me your ‘specific’ request, as this is used in sets for both a ‘set dance’ and also for twmpath dances… If I can help I will, possibly by adding transcriptions here in the comments…

Dawnsiau i Drioedd / Dances for Threes (Triads)

Formation: Groups of 3-facing-3, more usually a man with a woman on either hand, inside hands held, in sets like that back-to-back, either longways or all around the hall as in a Sicilian circle…

Step: A simple walking step will do. 3s may also be danced…


"Benthyg Dwy" / "Borrowing Two"

A 1 - 8: Lines-of-3, Advance & Retire twice

B 1 - 8: the man (center) advances to the opposite woman diagonally to their left, arm-Rights /
(5-8) then arm-Lefts with the other opposite woman (who was diagonally to his right)

A 1 - 8: Hey for 3 with opposite women on their side, the men finishing back in original places

B 1- 8: Lines-of-3, Advance and Retire once / Advance again, veering to the right the trios pass each other to progress and face a new group of 3 and begin the dance again…


"Seren Tair Llaw" / "The Three Hand Star"
This dance in several flavours is also common in English ceilidhs. A description can be found in the E.F.D.S.S.’s "Community Dances Manual" as "The Three Hand Star"
http://www.efdss.org/ ~ http://folkshop.efdss.org/

A 1 - 8: Six hands round, the six take hands and circle left / circle right

B 1 - 8: the man forms a Right-Hand star with the two women on his right, his partner and the woman opposite her, turning the star once round CW / the two men change stars, the man now forms a Left-Hand star with the two women on his left, his partner and the woman opposite her, turning it once round ACW…

A 1 - 8: The man turns his Right-Hand partner with Right-hands / turn Left-Hand Partner with Left-hands

B 1- 8: Lines-of-3, Advance and Retire once / Advance again, veering to the right the trios pass each other to progress and face a new group of 3 and begin the dance again…


NOTE: Twice through any 16 bar tune = 32 bars. Consequently any 32 bar dance could be matched up with it. However, these are two common twmpath dances that this music has driven, in a set with other 16 bar melodies…

Some sets of 16 bar Welsh tunes, in session and for dancing:

Nos Calan / Glanbargoed / Llwydcoed
Nos Calan / Llwydcoed / Glanbargoed
Nos Calan / Glanbargoed / Maen’ Nhw’n Dwed

"Nos Galan" / "Nos Calan" / "New Year’s Eve" / "Deck The Halls"
Key signature: G & F Major
Submitted on December 28th 2007 by JosephofCK.
https://thesession.org/tunes/8086

"Llwydcoed"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on March 3rd 2009 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/9400

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Thanks a lot for these dances. I’ve danced these before, but had forgotten the names. Knowing the dance does really help for playing the melody :)