Tunes of the month for the November 2013 session

October 21st, 2013

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Rose and Crown will be on Tuesday 12 November, and Ayla has sorted out a  couple of Playford tunes to relaunch our ‘tunes of the month’.

“John Playford published The English Dancing Master in several editions from the 17th to the 18th centuries and many of the tunes are still perennially popular in sessions today.

Newcastle: [Music] and danced by hail-fellow-well-met-faux-medieval Americans

Portsmouth: [Music] and danced by breeches-and-empire-line-faux-Austenesque Americans

Here are both tunes as you’re more likely to hear them in a session. And of course I couldn’t leave this clip out, Chalky the Parrot’s classic appearance on TOTP

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes.”

Tune of the month for the February 2013 session

January 19th, 2013

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head will be on Tuesday 12th February, and Ayla has sorted out a tune for us.

The Lemonville Jig – a very jolly session favourite (usually paired with The Quarryman). It was written by a Canadian, Jack Hayes, and popularised over here by Northumbrian fiddler Willie Taylor.

Music

Video clip

Ed Rennie plays a nice loping slightly dotted version.

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how the tune is currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing the tune.

Tune of the month for the December 2012 Session

December 2nd, 2012

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head will be on Tuesday 11th December, and Ayla has sorted out a tune for us.

Serpentiner och Konfetti – a Swedish schottische composed by Mats Eden (www.matseden.se). Played by quite a few bands but notably by the Committee Band, it’s now very popular in English sessions.
Fiddler Laurel Swift has recently taught it during her Ealing class and has handily uploaded some dots and a video (nice slow pace) on her teaching blog
You can also see the composer play it at dance speed on Youtube.

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes

Tune of the month for the November 2012 session

October 24th, 2012

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head will be on Tuesday 13th November, and Ayla has sorted out a tune for us. Just the one but it’s perhaps a bit tricky.

‘Jump At the Sun – a modern jig composed by John Kirkpatrick and usually referred to by him as his ‘greatest hit’. It is indeed extremely popular but often played a lot faster than he plays it. Originally written in Gm, most session players play it in E minor. I have included the notes in both keys – we will aim to play it in E minor but should there be enough people wanting to do it in G minor – we can do both versions (although I won’t be able to lead it in G minor!).

Music (E minor)

Music (G minor)

Video

And if you want to see John Kirkpatrick play his version and can wait nigh on 8 minutes – it’s at the end of this set

Tunes of the month for the October 2012 session

September 27th, 2012

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head will be on Tuesday 9th October, and Ayla has sorted out tunes as follows:

“Two tunes with an American connection this month.

The first is often known as Staten Island Hornpipe but can be played quite fast more in the style of a reel. It’s popular as an American old-time tune but also played in Irish and English sessions, though its origins are not certain. There is even some dispute as to whether it refers to Staten Island in NY or to a South American location.

Seneca Square Dance aka Waiting For The Federals is an old-time tune that is popular in English sessions – it’s a relatively simple tune especially in the A part and it’s not uncommon to hear slightly different variations.

Staten Island
[Music from abcnotation]
[youtube] and [another youtube] recorded in a New York bagel shop

Seneca Square Dance / Waiting For The Federals
[Music from abcnotation]
[youtube] and [an alternative] for a bit of a giggle

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes”

Tunes of the month for the September 2012 session

August 29th, 2012

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head will be on Tuesday 11th September, and Ayla has sorted out tunes as follows:

“I was going to pick a couple of John Kirkpatrick tunes for this month but haven’t got my act together to sort those out, so going for something a little easier: a couple of French schottisches that are now often played in English sessions.

Both are written by the rather fab multi-instrumentalist and tunewriter Frederic Paris, of the band La Chavannée from central France (playing at this year’s Grand Bal de Bath by the way – not to be missed).

[from folktunefinder] Ganivelle

[from folktunefinder] Le Canal en Octobre

Both played here by Anahata [from youtube]

I couldn’t find any clips of Frederic Paris or La Chavannée playing these tunes, but it might be useful to take a look at La Chavannee playing two other schottisches – so that you can get a feel for the rhythm and speed of the dance style these tunes were written for.

La Chavanée at Gennetine 2009  [from youtube]

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes.”

Tunes of the month for the July 2012 Session

June 19th, 2012

The next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head will be on Tuesday 10th July, and Ayla has sorted out tunes as follows:

“A Shetland theme this month with two session favourites usually played together.

Spootiskerry is a modern tune written by Ian Burns and named after his family croft. Willafjord is traditional, allegedly brought back from the Greenland whaling expeditions by Shetland fiddlers. It has a great syncopated rhythm.

Spootiskerry

[from abcnotation]

Willafjord

[from abcnotation]

And here are some clips

[youtube]: both tunes played in a session

[youtube]: on fiddle, played slowly for learning (first two tunes)

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes.”

Tunes of the Month for the June 2012 Session

May 27th, 2012

May has been a bit busy and we won’t have new tunes for the June Session (which will be at the Nag’s Head as usual on Tuesday 12th).

For June we will do some consolidation – we might play any of our previous tunes, but you might want to try Lemmie Brazil’s No 2 which was one of our November 2011 tunes, and Idbury Hill which we played in April 2012.

Normal service will be resumed for July when we expect to provide scores and youtubes for Willafjord and  Spootiskerry: but please feel free to brush these up and play them in June.

Tunes of the Month for the May 2012 Session

April 27th, 2012

The merry month of May is almost upon us and we will surely play the tune of that name during the next Walthamstow Tune Session at the Nag’s Head. It was the beginner’s tune for December, and Ayla has chosen more great tunes for May, as follows:

“Here are the tunes of the month for May  - two session chestnuts that are invariably played together as a set. They were recorded together by the New Victory Band (One More Dance And Then) many years ago and have since become session favourites.

Harper’s Frolic
[from abcnotation]

Bonny Kate
[from abcnotation]

Both tunes can be found being played by Lester (sometimes of this parish) on melodeon
[youtube]

We will revisit Idbury Hill and Step Back next month also, as I got the feeling not everyone (me most definitely included) had quite got to grips with them.

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes.

Many thanks
Ayla”

Tunes of the Month for the April session

March 24th, 2012

From Ayla

“Here are the tunes of the month for April – on a Cotswold morris theme.

Idbury Hill
[from abcnotation]
[youtube]
[youtube, Morris dance]

Old Molly Oxford (Step Back)
[from abcnotation]
[youtube]
[youtube, Morris dance]

These tunes are from the Cotswold morris tradition – the source of some of the finest tunes ever. Specifically, Idbury Hill is from the Bledington tradition and Old Molly Oxford from the Field Town tradition (Leafield if you’re looking for this one on a map of northwest Oxfordshire!). Please take a look at the clips of dancers to get an idea of how these are played for dancing.

As usual, the sound clips and printed music links aim to give a feeling for how these tunes are currently played in sessions, but they don’t of course represent one ‘correct’ way of playing these tunes.”