Here’s a tune from the Northumbrian Minstrelsy, Sir John Fenwick’s the Flower Amang Them.
Here’s a video of the tune – we’ll go over some of the variation ideas next time:
And finally a PDF of the dots:
Here’s the video for the Rig a Jig Jig arrangement, with a rhythmic feature (as written below) in the A section in the chords the second time round.
Here is a video of the Dory Boat arrangement from Monday 20th September:
This used a D/A drone under the tune the first time through and the printed chords the second time, with the following riff throughout:
Classes will be returning to the West London Trade Union Club from September 20th 2021. Doors will open at 7:15 for 7:30, as before, running to 9:15 with a short break at 8:15. The price has gone up to £10 per session, with a small discount for those paying yearly or termly. In this coming Autumn term, there will be a focus on musicianship, arrangement and ensemble skills using repertoire from last year’s online sessions. The tunes for Monday 20th September will be Dory Boat and Rig a Jig Jig. Finally, we have the following guidelines in place, for the safety of all:
1. Please don’t come to class if you’re feeling unwell. Symptoms of the Delta variant can be quite different from the classic Covid symptoms, so do check the NHS website even if you feel sure that you know what they are.
2. If you’re able to, take a lateral flow test on a Monday. These are free from pharmacies or can be ordered online – this is voluntary, not mandatory, and you don’t need to report your results to me, though do report them on the NHS website.
3. Please wash your hands on arrival.
4. I will clean surfaces when I arrive, including door handles, chairs and light switches.
5. Windows will be open for ventilation, so you might want to bring a jumper!
6. Although the requirement to socially distance has been removed, it makes sense to continue giving each other space. I will look at the way the chairs are arranged to optimize the space.
7. I’ll check whether the WLTUC has a QR code that we can use to check in.
8. Finally, if you feel that you’d personally like to take further measures, such as wearing a mask, please do. It’s important that we all feel safe, and if there are any aspects of class you’re not comfortable with, please speak to me and I’ll do my best to accommodate your needs.
Our last tune of the term – McKinnon’s Lament. I found it in Michael Raven’s English Country Dance Tunes book, which was first published in 1984, but I’ve not unearthed anything else about it. We varied the dotted crotchets by splitting some of them into crotchet-quaver.
Here are the dots:
Here is the PDF:
Here’s a Scottish dance tune, also known as General Stuart’s Reel and The New Way of Gildon. It dates back to at least 1749 when it was published in the Menzies Manuscript.
Here is a video of a slower and faster rendition of the tune, with some rhythmic variations in the B section:
Here are the PDFs of the music and the two sets of chords that we used:
Here is a polka that works nicely as a partner to Leather Away the Wattle. I know it from Dave Townsend’s English Dance Tune books though to me, the A part feels possibly Irish and the B part more English. As I suspected they might, efforts to find out more about this tune have proved fruitless. I’ve looked for both the title and the melodic shapes and while it bears similarities to other tunes, there’s nothing there to give any real leads on the mystery.
We played a little with the rhythms in the B part, and added turns and/or triplets in places where the melody moves by step.
Here is a video with a slower and faster version of the tune:
Here are the dots with a PDF below:
Here is a tune that goes by many titles: Rainbow Schottische, Stephen Baldwin’s Schottische and Midnight Schottische. It appears in Kerr’s Merry Melodies book of 1870 and appears to have remained popular ever since in England, Scotland, Ireland and North America.
We added some turns and/ore triplets in places where the melody moves by step but otherwise kept ornamentation and variation to a minimum.
Here is a video with slower and faster versions of the tune:
Here are the dots, with a PDF below:
Here’s a fantastic polka from Ireland, first published in 1858. It has many, many titles, including The Grand Old Woman, The Half Door, Lisdoonvarna Polka, London Bridge Polka and Leather The Bottle. A wattle is a stick or truncheon.
Here is a video with a slower and a faster run through:
Here are the dots:
And finally a PDF to download: