Coronation Day

Here are the dots and video for these week’s new tune, Coronation Day. This tune is in the 1698 edition of Playford’s Dancing Master collection (the first edition dating back to 1651) but not in the previous 1695 edition – this suggests that the coronation in question may have been of William and Mary, there having been a recent revolt against their predecessor James II and VII.

Here are the three versions of the chords that we tried, with a reminder that in experimenting, we’re not looking for one definitive set of chords but rather for different versions that contrast and give our arrangement light and shade, variety, a sense of direction etc.

Author: debfiddle

Deborah is a violinist and violist specialising in English folk music. She trained in viola and Baroque viola at Birmingham Conservatoire, before returning to her first love of traditional music, song and dance. Deborah has developed a passion for playing for dancing since joining her first ceilidh band at age 13. She is a member of Stepling, a band performing English music, step-dance, song and percussion, and also plays with Folk Dance Remixed, a dance company combining traditional dance with hip hop and street dance styles, with whom she has performed as such events as Car Fest, the Southbank's Festival of Love and Glasgow's Commonwealth Games Festival. Deborah records on a regular basis for a number of people, including The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra, and for Laurel Swift's 'Travelling with Thomas' musical. She teaches music, song and dance regularly for The English Folk Dance and Song Society, as well as on a freelance basis for various workshop series, festivals and music services. Deborah recently completed The Teaching Musician MA degree course at Trinity Laban, graduating with Distinction.

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