Monday 6th January was our first week back and we covered a range of tunes, starting with the Plane Tree jig and its possibly original 4/4 counterpart Schottishe a Bethanie (video link to the fabulous Mel Biggs of Morai and ‘Pick Up and Play’ fame). We used this tune as inspiration and the second half of the night was taken up with Kit White’s no.2, which we recapped and then collectively turned from a polka into a jig.
I’ve roughly notated the various stage we went through to reach the end product; at stage one we played even quavers in 6/8 to fill out the bars, at stage two we simplified the rhythm and at stage three we replaced key patterns with ‘hill’, ‘ditch’, ‘zig zag’ or scale shapes. Each replacement was selected from two or three options presented by me and voted on by the group – the title refers to the idea that a camel is a horse designed by committee!
Dots in PDF form can be found here.
Here is the set list (click the link) for Gunnersbury concert, 2-4 on December 15th. Order is still to be confirmed, apologies, I’m still very much under the weather and slightly struggling to get everything in place. The plan is to arrive at 12 for a run through and then have time for some lunch before we perform. See you all on Sunday!
Just to confirm this week’s session will be a rehearsal for Sunday’s concert, with final arrangements posted once we’ve cemented them tonight.
Here is the set list for next week’s (2nd December) session at the Ealing Country Dance Club:
The venue is St Barbabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5 1QG and the session will run 8-10. I’m aiming to get there 7:30 for setting up and running through. So don’t come to the trade unions club next week because we won’t be there!
Here’s Goddesses, a tune from the Playford collection.
Here are the dots with a PDF available here:
Printed versions often have the last bar of each section printed the other way around, so as ‘crotchet crotchet minim’ – I’ve always played it this way and I can’t remember why! Apart from that I like it, and that seems as good a reason as any to me!
Here is the piece we learned on Monday 11th November, Carol of the Bells. This was arranged by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914, based on a Ukrainian folk chant called ‘Shchedryk’. We divided the piece into four phrases – phrases one and two can be played simultaneouly and with the bass line. The structure is pretty free at the moment, with everyone following my hand signals, we might formalise it later.
And here are the dots, with a PDF available here:
Here is the tune from Monday 4th November, Lancashire. This tune is from the 1838 William Irwin manuscript, a collection from Cumbria. I learend it from fiddler and clog dancer extraodinaire Toby Bennett. Here is the video:
And here are the dots, with a PDF version here.