Simon’s Wart reel

Also known as Simons Wart.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Simon's Wart has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Simon's Wart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:"G"DEDB, DEGA|"G"BABG Bdge|"G"dBAG "C"EFGA|"Am"BABG "C"AGEG|
"G"DEDB, DEGA|"G"BABG Bdge|"G"dBAG "C"EFGA|1 "D"BdAB "G"G2 GE:|2 "D"BdAB "G"G2 Bd||
|:"G"g2 gd "Am"egae|"C"gage "G"dBAG|"C"EFGA "G"BABG|
[1"G"BdgB "D"A2 Bd|"Em"edef "C"gage|"G"dBAG "C"EFGE|"G"DEGA Bdeg|"D"dB (3ABA "G"G2 Bd:|
[2"G"BdgB "D"A2 GE|"G"DEDB, DEGA|"G"BABG Bdge|"G"dBAG "C"EFGA|"D"BdAB "G"G2||
2
X: 2
T: Simon's Wart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|DEDB, G,DGA|BABG Bdge|dBAG EFGA|BABG AGEG|
DEDB, G,DGA|BABG Bdge|dBAG EFGA|1 BcAB G3:|2 BcAB G3||
|:e|gagd egae|gage dBAG|EFGA Bded|BdgB A2B^d|
e^def gage|dBAG EFGE|DEDB, DEGB|1 AGAB G3:|2 AGAB GAG||

Four comments

Simon’s Wart

A Shetland Reel. This version is based on Curlew’s recording on their album “Music from Shetland and Beyond”, which dates from the mid 1980s, which is here:

https://thesession.org/recordings/2432

My LP sleeve for that album contains no more information about the tune. I thought it was a great name for a tune and, for a long time (pre-internet), I thought Simon might not have been delighted to have such tune written about him.

I now know it is apparently on the first Ossian album, though I’ve never heard that version. The information I have comes from internet notes about that record. It was written by Willie Hunter, Senior. It is “named after a stone built look-out station or ‘wart’, this particular one - Simon’s Wart, or Seoman’s as it is pronounced, being in the parish of Nesting.”

Here’s Ossian’s version:

X:58
T:Simon’s Wart
S:Ossian
M:C|
K:G
E|DEDB, G,DGA|BABG Bdge|dBAG EFGA|BABG AGEG|\
DEDB, G,DGA|BABG Bdge|dBAG EFGA|1BcAB G3:|2BcAB G3|:e|\
gagd egae|gage dBAG|EFGA Bded|BdgB A2B^d|\
e^def gage|dBAG EFGE|DEDB, DEGB|1AGAB G3:|2AGAB GAG|]

They pair it up with the well-known Spootaskerry and The Willan Kishie, recently recorded by Bryan Gear.

Thanks, Jürgen. That’s really interesting. I have a poor recording of Willie Hunter, Junior, playing the tune and I’ll maybe try and post that version some time. I think he plays low Gs in the first half just like Ossian.

This tune is also now to be found on the newly-released Fiddlers’ Bid CD "All Dressed in Yellow".

I’ve edited the ABC slightly as I think the Curlew version is different at second half, third bar. So I’ve changed |"C"EFGE "G"DEGA| to |"C"EFGA "G"BABG|

This is similar to Back of the Change House…