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Folklore: Music to Celebrate Small Historic Church

GUEST,blsmith 09 Aug 13 - 05:53 PM
Bounty Hound 09 Aug 13 - 07:09 PM
LadyJean 09 Aug 13 - 11:20 PM
GUEST 10 Aug 13 - 02:32 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Music to Celebrate Small Historic Church
From: GUEST,blsmith
Date: 09 Aug 13 - 05:53 PM

Greetings Mudcatters:

I live on the south shore of Nova Scotia, and am developing a set list for a performance to celebrate the history of a recently deconsecrated small community church. The building has served the community for 150 years, and people are hopeful that it can be maintained as a community resource. The performance that I envision will be voice and fiddle, perhaps with some guitar accompaniment.

I would like to consider a range of songs and tunes that might be appropriate for such a purpose. There may be all sorts of hooks – marriage, death, ceremonies, baptism, heaven, sermons, parsons, other religions themes, etc. My preference is for older songs and tunes rather than recent ones (e.g. The Three Bells)

Here is what I have thought of so far:
• Haste to the Wedding (jig)
• Frieze (Friar's) Britches (slip jig)
• The Ocean Burial (1870 or thereabouts)
• The Fit (a Nova Scotia version of "Mother I Would Marry", documented by Gale Huntington and recorded by Ed Trickett)
• The Stool of Repentance (Neil Gow, mid-late 1799s?)
• Neil Gow's Lament for His Second Wife
• Put the Robe on the Bishop
• Fiddler of Dooney (poem by W.B. Yeats that suggests St. Peter is partial to fiddlers). The older I get the more I like this. I follow the poem with some fiddle tunes. Someone has recorded this, but I cannot remember who.
• Amazing Grace (The church was called "Grace Church!".) Hymn was written in late 1700s by an Anglican clergyman.

Any suggestions for other tunes or songs that might fit with the celebration of the life of a 150 year old Anglican church in rural Nova Scotia?

Thanks,

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Music to Celebrate Small Historic Church
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 09 Aug 13 - 07:09 PM

How about the hymn 'I heard the voice of Jesus Say'. Usually sung to a tune collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and commonly used for The Star of the County Down. Also lots of songs used widely in the Anglican Church here in the UK with words written by John Bell, and set to traditional tunes.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Music to Celebrate Small Historic Church
From: LadyJean
Date: 09 Aug 13 - 11:20 PM

I deeply regret that I thought of "Holy Willie's Prayer" by Robert Burns, but I fear I did. Burns satire on zealous Presbyterians is entertaining. Perhaps a couple of the psalms, perhaps sung in Gaelic. It can be done. Down to the River to Pray has been translated too.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Music to Celebrate Small Historic Church
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 13 - 02:32 AM

I'll Fly Away for its tune


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