This version of ‘Dear Tobacco’ is from the Anne Geddes Gilchrist collection, collected from William Docker in Westmorland, England. I can’t find a date for it, but John Offord (always a good source of knowledge) says it is “not a polka. Polkas came later in the 1840’s. It is a type of reel which is found in books from the 1700’s. These tunes, with patterns of 4 semi-quavers [written out here as quavers] were only played in Scotland or Northern England”. This version is also in Dave Townsend’s English Dance Music book, Volume 2.
Here are the dots for the tune:
I’ve written out a seperate chord chart below (with an extra Bm chord, apologies!) with an alternative, slightly crunchier version that doesn’t resolve at all.
I suggest we start with this tune and then go into the Duke of Perth’s reel . I’ve created a page called Tune Sets where I’ll add PDFs of sets, to make it easier to put everything together.
Welcome to the new website for the Ealing sessions Monday class! This is where we’ll post videos and sheet music for the tunes that we learn from September 2018. The old website will still be available here. I will probably tweak the format a little in the first few weeks, to make sure that everyone can find what they’re looking for.
This term will run from September 10th to December 10th, with a break for half term on October 22nd. At the moment, the plan is to play for the Ealing Country Dance Club in December 3rd, and I’m trying to sort out a date for doing a Christmas concert at Gunnersbury Park. Watch this space!