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Anderson's Coast

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ANDERSON'S COAST
BRING OUT THE BANNERS


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GUEST,Don Meixner 02 Jul 10 - 10:47 AM
Jeri 02 Jul 10 - 11:57 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Jul 10 - 07:37 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 02 Jul 10 - 07:55 PM
Leadfingers 02 Jul 10 - 08:02 PM
Charley Noble 02 Jul 10 - 09:20 PM
Leadfingers 02 Jul 10 - 10:10 PM
Sandra in Sydney 03 Jul 10 - 04:14 AM
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Subject: Anderson's Coast
From: GUEST,Don Meixner
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 10:47 AM

I have a PDF file of Anderson's Coast with chords as determined by a good friend. Since this song seems illusive chordwise and everyone plays it a bit differently I thought I'd email the pdf to a few folks and get an opinion on the chords. I heard John Roberts do it at Old Songs this past Saturday on the banjo and that is what prompts this posting. His version is fine and still a shade different from most of the others. I know we have beaten this tune up pretty good over the years but what the hell--why not one more thrashing.

Send me an email address and I'll send along the chords.

Don


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 11:57 AM

I'll send you a PM with my e-mail, but you gotta log in.


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 07:37 PM

for those reading this who don't know the song & backgound Jack Halyard's (aka. John Warner's) very own contribution re the chords here - G'day folks, Jack Halyard needs to contribute.

The problem with Anderson's Coast is that it moves through chords very quickly and that it works a lot better with the instrument playing harmonies along with the voice.

When I wrote it, I built the melody on the whistle and then experienced considerable frustration trying to build a chordal accompaniment on the 12 string. I was going to ditch the song as too predictable, long, box-shaped and boring but that Margaret Walters insisted that I keep trying with it.
Kim Poole suggested that I leave it with him and see if I liked what he did with it. I liked it very much indeed! It is Kim playing the accompaniment on Pithead.
He tunes his guitar in DADEAB for this song. He also uses DADEAD. Once I learned that tuning I re-set many songs to it and wrote a number in that tuning. What is noticable is that there are very few block chords, it is mostly harmony behind voice.

I've since heard a number of settings. Some really fine unaccompanied treatments by such people as Jenny Fitzgibbon are compleat and perfect in themselves. Danny Spooner's concertina gives it a gutsy shantyman's emphasis. I've heard it done with continuo computer, Irish Bouzouki, and I've finally got a 12 string version of my own that works.

Margaret Walters may have some written music from Kim and Kim may have tablature for guitarists who read it. All I want to say is that, as the song's daddy, I'm happy to see my little one getting about and enjoying her relationships with all and sundry. She has not so-far dissapointed her old man - in fact he has been more than rewarded in hearing the song being sung, talked about and arranged.
Feel free to play folks, she's a big girl now.

                               Good health all!

                               Jack Halyard.


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 07:55 PM

My favorite version is on "Pithead in the Fern" but Danny Spooner's concertina version is a powerful second. I just need away for me to play it.

Thanks Jack for a great great song.

Don


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 08:02 PM

It IS a Cracker - But that's what you would expect from John !


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 09:20 PM

John-

It's certainly a fine song but not one to be followed by a set of ship wreck songs, train crashes, and other tragic ballads unless you want to provoke people to suicide.

I tend to think of it as the ultimate despair song, but with a lovely chorus.

I do appreciate your notes to the song that indicate that the convicts were pardoned after they rescued a survey team. However, I'm also glad you didn't add a verse to provide the song a conventional happy ending.

Charley Noble, who also did work out some chords with the autoharp.


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 10:10 PM

Charley - I can see your point , but I feel that a song lik A C , with such wonderful opportunities for Harmonic Chorus participation is NOT a 'Despair' song , despite the unhappy conclusion


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 04:14 AM

I've never thought of it as a "despair" song - it's just one of the best chorus songs we have in the Sydney sessions - & at other singing sessions around the nation/world.

sandra

Charley - if you want John to read what you wrote you'd need to email him as he hasn't posted on Mudcat for years.


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Tangledwood
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 04:43 AM

Back in this thread Andersons Coast Eileen Anne Moore was attempting to contact John regarding a couple of additional verses that she had written. They added the historically accurate finale to the tale which gave the happy ending which some people look for. Has anybody heard what John's response was?


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 04:59 AM

I emailed John about her request.

I don't know if he contacted her or not

sandra


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Subject: RE: Anderson's Coast
From: Tangledwood
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 05:04 AM

Thanks Sandra


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