Wednesday Night

Wednesday Night is a fabulous 16 bar tune recorded as a ‘Country Dance’, and it exists in both the English and Welsh traditions (as Nôs Fercher in Welsh).  The earliest record of it I can find is in a collection by William Clark of Lincoln published in 1770, though it seems to turn up in a few different collections at around that time.  Here’s the tune, harmony, bass line and chords – I’ve not written out a separate chord chart due to the way the chords fit with the rhythm of the tune.  I’ve also added a version with suggested phrasing and ornaments.

Wednesday Night score

 

Wednesday Night

Dear Tobacco

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:

Dear Tobacco

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.

Dear Tobacco chord chart

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.