I put this one in as I thought it would be a good tune for Puck to play in a school performance of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" - a Sessioner has been asking for ideas!.
It’s a Cotswold Morris tune. This is the version I learnt way back when I did some playing for Morris - I forget which tradition it’s from, and whether in that tradition it’s normally played with the second part played once or twice. But a good tune IMO, and one of the minority of Morris tunes that are modal.
I believe that that this one comes from the Bledington tradition.
great little tune… seems to me to be related to all those versions of Boye Water out there in the world… although there’s only one here on the session…
The Boyne Water…Jock Tamson’s Bairns did a song with a nice tune which I think is TBW or a variant thereof, but I’ve forgotten the name / words of the song.
I should have said, played a good bit slower than an Irish polka or a quickstep - at the speed of, say, The Princess Royal in its various forms, or The Star Of The County Down done as a song.
This old english tune is in Ddor isn’t it?
"This old english tune is in Ddor isn’t it?"
If you played it on the C row of a concertina or on a C melodeon, it would be. I’ve only ever come across it in E dorian - but I first learned it from a whistle book.
You can play it at whatever pitch you like, so long as the instrument has the notes and compass to facilitate it - although the chances are, if you played it in Bb dorian, nobody would play along.
Yeah I guess it’s wherever you learned it from, the guy I heard playing it played it in Ddor, I’ll ask him where he got it from if I ever see him again
Its one of my favourites, and goes nicely into the Blue Eyed Stranger. The dances are similar too.
Blue Eyed Stranger doesn’t seem to be on this site but its on here:
I believe the lyric given is by Chris Leslie, and of course it should read bacca-pipes, you can’t dance the bagpipes…