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Lyr Add: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)

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Bob Bolton 01 Jun 99 - 06:47 PM
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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: GOOD OLD CONCERTINA (Henry Lawson)
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Jun 99 - 06:47 PM

G'day all,

This arises from a thread on concertina lessons for the simple 20-key Anglo Concertina. This poem by Australia's Henry Lawson has been a favourite of mine for years and, in 1986 I wrote a tune for it. Interestingly, when Chris Kempster's book The Songs of Henry Lawson came out, I found three more tunes: one traditional (Brighton Camp) set to it and two more composed ... all of them by people I knew, but I had never heard any of them sing their versions. I think it is time we concertinists came out of the closet (or whatever!).

THE GOOD OLD CONCERTINA
Henry Lawson (1867 - 1922) Written January 1891

Twas merry when the hut was full of jolly girls and fellows,
We danced and sang until we burst the concertina's bellows.
From distant Darling to the sea; from the Downs to Riverina,
Has e'er a gum in all the West not heard the concertina?

'Twas peaceful round the campfire blaze, the long white branches o'er us;
We'd play the tunes of bygone days, to some good old bush chorus.
Old Erin's harp may sweeter be, the Scottish pipes blow keener;
But sing an old bush song for me to the good old concertina.

'Twas cosy by the hut-fire bright when the pint pot passed between us;
We drowned the voice of the stormy night with the good old concertina's.
Though trouble drifts along the years, and the pangs of care grow keener,
My heart is gladdened when I hear that good old concertina.

Notes:
Darling: The Darling River runs south west along the western reaches of New South Wales and pretty much defines where it peters out into the Central Australian deserts.

Downs: The Darling Downs; a rich pastoral and grazing area around Toowoomba, in south eastern Queensland (just above the northern border of New South Wales).

Riverina: The area along the southern border of New South Wales, where there is extensive irrigation from the waters of the Murray and Murrimbidgee Rivers.

This all means, of course, that the area described is from the western side of New South Wales to the Eastern coast and from the northern border of New South Wales to the southern - that is; all of New South Wales (the other states don't matter to Henry Lawson ... a true son of NSW!).

ABC/MIDI of tune composed by Bob Bolton, © 1986
This tune won the Bush Music Festival 1986 1st prize for Best Original Tune to Existing Verse. To hear it at its best, it should be played two-handed on an Anglo concertina. I have made an arrangement for simple concertina which (more or less) represents what I play (some days).

If anyone is interested, I can email them a black & white GIF file of the music, if they contact me on my email address: bbolton@energy.com.au.

MIDI file: g-o-conc.mid

Timebase: 240

TimeSig: 2/4 24 8
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
0360 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 60 080 0144 0 60 064 0036 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 69 080 0144 0 69 064 0036 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 60 080 0144 0 60 064 0036 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 62 080 0192 0 62 064 0048 1 60 080 0096 0 60 064 0024 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 60 080 0144 0 60 064 0036 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 69 080 0144 0 69 064 0036 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 60 080 0144 0 60 064 0036 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 62 080 0192 0 62 064 0048 1 60 080 0096 0 60 064 0084 1 60 080 0048 0 60 064 0012 1 62 080 0144 0 62 064 0036 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 65 080 0096 0 65 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 67 080 0144 0 67 064 0036 1 67 080 0048 0 67 064 0012 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 60 080 0096 0 60 064 0024 1 62 080 0144 0 62 064 0036 1 60 080 0192 0 60 064 0048 1 60 080 0048 0 60 064 0012 1 62 080 0144 0 62 064 0036 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 65 080 0096 0 65 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 69 080 0144 0 69 064 0036 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 67 080 0144 0 67 064 0036 1 67 080 0048 0 67 064 0012 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 60 080 0096 0 60 064 0024 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 60 080 0096 0 60 064
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

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M:2/4
Q:1/4=100
K:C
E7D|C3EG2G2|A3AG2ED|C3EG2E2|D4C2ED|C3EG2G2|
A3AG2ED|C3EG2E2|D4C3C|D3DD2E2|F2G2A2AA|G3GE2C2|
D3C4C|D3DD2E2|F2G2A3A|G3GE2C2|D2C3/2||


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)
From: GUEST,Christine Boult
Date: 07 Jun 04 - 12:57 AM

thanks for this. I would love a copy of the music. I play an Anglo.
I tried your energy email but it bounced
Many thanks
Christine Boult


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)
From: Anglo
Date: 07 Jun 04 - 01:09 AM

Good one, Bob. And conveniently short, suitable for learning by some of us older fellows.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 07 Jun 04 - 01:18 AM

Since it seems that MidiText is not being supported now by Mudcat - can we have some midis for the tunes please? If Gifs already exist, I wouldn't say no... but I can produce my own from the midi files.

If 'Brighton Camp' is what is in the DT under the name of "Brighton", then that tune is there already.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 07 Jun 04 - 09:05 AM

G'day Foolestroupe,

Apparently MIDItext has fallen into the "lost arts" pothole ... and Alan of Oz no longer frequents the Mudcat.

I don't know, offhand, what MIDIs I have of these tunes, but I'm in the process off abandoning a seriously undersupported MusicTime program for Finale ... and I am still learning the ropes of the new program (but CAN ... if pressed ... run up new MIDIs in MusicTime - or even learn how to get that far in Finale!).

Brighton Camp is also called The Girl I Left Behind Me (or The Waxies' Dargle ... ! ) and ought to be in there somewhere ... it was the march to which more Poms marched out to die in battle than any other! The others are copyright compositions ... but I'll supply them in a spirit of study.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)
From: GUEST,Joanne Bargewell
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 10:54 AM

If the art of ABC is lost then try this "tune - o - tron" from Concertina.net. It with convert ABC notation into midi and 'dots' or classical notation. Enjoy.
http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Good Old Concertina (Lawson)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 07:22 PM

This is my setting of "The Good Old Concertina"--written with a companion reel and polka for the English concertina rather than the Anglo. The song part, transposed from F to G, can probably be accompanied by Anglo--the chords are pretty standard--but the reel and polka might pose a challenge.

You can find generated MIDIs and PDFs, including a MIDI of the combined work, through my catalog thread: Artful Codger. Sorry for the indirection, but I haven't set up a permanent home for these files yet, and have no editing privileges in this thread to update links.

Also, do NOT try to feed these ABCs to the Concertina.net converter--it has serious bugs and limitations. Instead, use the folkinfo.org ABC Converter, which works much better in general, and produces higher-quality scores.


ABC notation:

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C:Text by Henry Lawson, January 1891
C:Music by Robert Wahl, March 2012
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Music copyright \251 2012 by Robert Wahl.
All rights reserved.
%%endtext
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%%begintext

Twas merry when the hut was full of jolly girls and fellows,
We danced and sang until we burst the concertina's bellows.
From distant Darling to the sea; from the Downs to Riverina,
Has e'er a gum in all the West not heard the concertina,
    the good old concertina?
Has e'er a gum in all the West not heard the concertina?

'Twas peaceful round the campfire blaze, the long white branches o'er us;
We'd play the tunes of bygone days, to some good old bush chorus.
Old Erin's harp may sweeter be, the Scottish pipes blow keener;
But sing an old bush song for me to the good old concertina,
    the good old concertina.
But sing an old bush song for me to the good old concertina.

'Twas cosy by the hut-fire bright when the pint pot passed between us;
We drowned the voice of the stormy night with the good old concertina's.
Though trouble drifts along the years, and the pangs of care grow keener,
My heart is gladdened when I hear that good old concertina,
    that good old concertina.
My heart is gladdened when I hear that good old concertina.
%%endtext


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C:Robert Wahl, 2012
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%%begintext center

Music copyright \251 2012 by Robert Wahl.
All rights reserved.
%%endtext


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C:Robert Wahl, 2012
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"C"ec "Am7"f/e/d/c/ | "D"A/=B/c/A/ "G7"Bd |1 "C"c{^d}e c E/F/ :|2 "C".cz "C7"c"_D.C."y ||
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%%begintext center

Music copyright \251 2012 by Robert Wahl.
All rights reserved.
%%endtext


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