The End of Term, and an Informal Concert

Next week, December 10th, will be the last session of term and we’ll mark it with an informal concert and session at the Trade Union Club.  Please invite your friends and family – we’ll meet as usual at 7:15 for a quick rehearsal, and then play some tunes for our audience at 8.  After that we’ll retire downstairs for a session.  Rather than selling tickets, I suggest we take a collection at the end which will then go to a local charity for the homeless.  There may even be a raffle!  Hurrah!

Dark Girl Dressed in Blue

Here are the dots, PDF and video for the Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, also known as The Duchess (at least to me and Kerry Fletcher, can’t find it listed as this anywhere else!) and as Over the Waterfall in Old Time circles, albeit with the A and B sections reversed.  There appears to be a song version of the tune dating back to about 1850, with lyrics by music hall star Harry Clifton (1824-1872), though recordings I can find are to a slightly different though seemingly related tune.

 

The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue

Tunes to recap!

In preparation for our appearance at Ealing Country Dance Club, I’ve pulling some tunes out of the archive – I’ll recap these over the next couple of weeks, developing chord sequences, harmonies and the like.  In addition to the tunes we’ve learned this term, I’ve chosen:

Holborn March

Bagpiper’s 

Lord Frog 

and also Soldier’s Joy, which I’ll film and post later in the week.

More to come!

Whitehall Minuet

Here’s the Whitehall Minuet, a tune in three from the Playford collection which dates from the early 1700s.

 

Here are the dots for the tune (PDFs here for the tune, and the tune with ornaments and phrasing):

Whitehall Minuet with ornaments

In the chords, we alternated between a playing a straight three for two bars (1 & 2 & 3 &), and playing a syncopated rhythm for two bars (1 & 2 & 3 &), which looks a bit like this:

WHM chord rhythm

Technically we’re going from a 3/4 feel to a 6/8 feel, giving the tune a bit more movement and forward momentum, maybe verging on feeling a little like a jazz waltz.  We kept it to two bar chunks for the sake of clarity and ensemble but you could experiment with changing the rhythm in different places at home.  Here’s me noodling about with the rhythm: