Mairi’s Wedding

Here is the tune from Monday 31st, Mairi’s Wedding, aka The Lewis Bridal Song, or Jack Sweeney’s. This Scottish tune was first published in 1909, as is normally described as a Scottish/Scots Measure, this being a tune related to a reel but with more quavers if written in 2/4, or crotchets if written in 4/4. It is a popular tune for Scottish Country Dancing, with the well known words being added in around 1935. We will use this as the opening tune in a set with Peat Fire Flame.

Here are the dots and PDF:

Set list for Gunnersbury

Here is the set list for our gig at Gunnersbury House on December 3rd, from 2 till 3. We will work on arrangements between now and then.

Captain Leno’s/Major Mackie

Peat Fire Flame/Mairi’s Wedding (to be learned on Monday 31st October)

Rusty Gully with Pawkie Adam Glen

Hector the Hero

Star Above the Garter

Lilting Banshee with My Darling Asleep

Idbury Hill with Sheriff’s Ride

Grandfather’s with Uncle Bernard’s

Some carols tbc

Arrangement for Captain Leno’s/Major Mackie

I’ve given you three files here, the first is the complete arrangement of the set in written out instructions. The other two are the compact scores for Captain Leno’s and Major Mackie. I’ve also made a video of the rhythmic variation for the B sections of Major Mackie.

Beginning of term

It’s almost the beginning of the new term, we’ll be starting up again on September 19th, at our usual venue of the WLTUC which has been repaired following the fire at the end of last term. We’ll be keeping the Zoom option for the foreseeable future, let me know if you would like a Zoom invite. The Term Dates page has been updated and I’m looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces soon!

Ladies Pleasure (Fieldtown)

Here is the video and dots for Ladies Pleasure, a tune from the Fieldtown Morris tradition and one that changes meter from 6/8 to 2/4. The ‘2’ over the patterns in bar three (and elsewhere) indicate a duplet, so instead of each main beat dividing into three quavers as it would normally in 6/8, it divides into two quavers.

Here is the video:

Here are the dots – the structure would normally be ABCBCB.