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Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands

Les in Chorlton 03 Apr 15 - 11:30 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 03 Apr 15 - 11:30 AM

Ok folks looking for some waltzes to add to The Beech Band Tune Book. All suggestions gratefully received.

What we play now

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Mitch the Bass
Date: 03 Apr 15 - 02:59 PM

Here's a selection to consider -

Waltz of the Little Girls
Upton Priory (Steve Hodgskiss)
Tom Bigbee Waltz
Height-Ashbury Waltz
Brafferton Village
The Bouffard
Hewlett (Carolan)
Planxty Irwin (Carolan)
Margaret's Waltz

Or in more sing-along mode,
The Eton Boating Song
Daisy,Daisy and Dickie Bird
My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

Mitch


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 03 Apr 15 - 04:58 PM

Maguire & Pattersons

Midnight on the water

Flat Water Fran (Phil Cunningham)

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,#
Date: 03 Apr 15 - 05:22 PM

You've put a ton of work into the PDF files. Excellent work. I have nothing to contribute except my congratulations, Les.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,alex s no cookie
Date: 03 Apr 15 - 06:32 PM

Raindrop Waltz; Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,Peter C
Date: 04 Apr 15 - 04:34 AM

Sweet Jenny Jones (Cader Idris)
Donegal Mazurka (Sonny Brogan's)
Well done for the list!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Apr 15 - 05:46 AM

Thanks folks that's most useful.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: CupOfTea
Date: 04 Apr 15 - 10:27 AM

I love me some waltzes, I do, I do & play them for dances regularly

From the English Country Dance repertoire:
Flowers of the Thorn
Bare Necessites
Wood Duck
Elizabeth


In the US, many waltzes have gotten into frequent usage through Bill Matthiesen's Waltz Books where the above can be found as well as the very popular:
Ashokan Farewell
Far Away
Amelia


Don't know why, but the waltzes with accidentals always seem to snag my interest. (as in 6 of the 7 above) In recent years, I've not met anyone playing regularly who isn't familiar with Ashokan Farewell.

Happy waltzing to yez!

Joanne In Cleveland who only waltzes with instruments these days.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Apr 15 - 11:10 AM

Thanks Joanne - I'll check them out. Have you ever come across a waltz in a minor key?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,Tootler sans cookie
Date: 04 Apr 15 - 12:42 PM

Ducket Mills
Stronsay Waltz
Elsey's Waltz
Swindon (Strictly speaking an air but makes a good waltz)
Westmoreland (originally in 6/4 time but also makes a good waltz)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 05 Apr 15 - 05:45 AM

Thanks Tootler, we play Westmorland with Cumberland via the Boat Band -Trip to the Lakes - brilliant music by a brilliant band.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,alex s no cookie
Date: 05 Apr 15 - 06:21 AM

Les - Aran Boat Song


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Mo the caller
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 02:40 AM

I looked at your index
P44 My Love She's but a Soldier's Joy
P50 Shepherd's Wife The Man in the Moon ..... a likely story.

As a poultry keeper I'm not so keen on the pair the Time Bandits play (though they make a smashing set):
Fox and Geese / Feathers.

Oh, you were asking about Waltzes. How about ones that those who don't want to dance can sing along to. At church Barn Dances a lot of people are still old enough to remember Christmas song-songs at Grandma's
Daisy,Daisy
Two Little Girls in Blue
If you were the only girl in the world
Old Bull and Bush
When Irish Eyes
Skye boat song
etc, etc.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 04:16 AM

Thanks Mo - I really like the sing-a-long idea - give that a go

Les


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,Dave Hunt
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 08:36 AM

to the singalong suggestions add

Oh Oh Antonio
I'll be your sweetheart
When Irish eyes are smiling
I belong to Glasgow
Under the Bridges of Paris
Tulips from Amsterdam
Just a lassie from Lancashire
Red River Valley
How much is that Doggie in the Window
Down at the Old Bull And Bush

and lots more if you think about it


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 03:05 PM

Hello, Les. You asked Joanne is she knew any waltzes in a minor key. I'm not Joanne, but here are three:

Rosbif Waltz (French Canadian)
Emma's Waltz (Finnish. Discussed here a few months ago)
Farewell Marianne (Welsh)
These ought to be easy to find on the web.

In addition, I just learned a beautiful waltz called 'My Lady of the Lake.' This was given to my by the leader of the local English Country Dance troupe, and all I know about it is that it says "Traditional English" where the composer ought to be.

It was so lovely that we almost melted when we played it.

Let me know if you are interested, and we'll think of a way to transfer the music from me to you.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 04:08 PM

My Own House
Sweet Betsy From Pike, a great song but a beautiful melody as well.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Brakn
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 06:45 PM

There are too many to mention Les.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Apr 15 - 07:15 PM

Thanks folks - especially leeneia and I challenge Mike Brakyn to name them all


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 07 Apr 15 - 12:14 AM

The Crested Hens Waltz by Gilles Chabenet, 1983. So sexy you better not play it if there are any twenty-year-olds in attendance.

Not minor, but The Duke of Kent's Waltz seems to be popular.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 07 Apr 15 - 12:28 PM

I spelled that wrong. It seems to be 'Chabenat.' Judging from the number of videos of the Crested Hens Waltz, it's definitely popular.

For those who don't know it, here's a link to one of them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUvokGpqZ9w

There's another version by the band Solas, but I think it's too slow and intellectual.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 07 Apr 15 - 02:01 PM

I agree with your assessment of Solas' arrangement, Leeneia, though I am a Solas fan. My favorite version is by Laurie Hart and Paul Marchand on Cobbler's Dream where it follows Derriere Chez Nous (can't find a link). She describes it as a 3-beat bourree and it sounds like and uptempo waltz. Funny, I can't find a version by Chabenat.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: CupOfTea
Date: 08 Apr 15 - 10:28 AM

I'm fond of minor key anything, so in waltzes:

A Bruxa - by Anton Seaone of the group Millidoro (hope I spelled that right)Used for ECD "The Sorceress" lovely-spooky sounding
Bonnie at Morn
Candles in the Dark - Jonathan Jensen (ECD)
Captain Henry O'Kain - O' Carolan
Carolan's Welcome - O' Carolan
Dark Island (Scottish TV theme- there are plenty of Mudcat posts on this tune/song)
Far Away - Pete Jung
Flowers of the Thorn - Welsh Used for ECD "Waterfall Waltz"
Wood Duck - Fried de Metz Herman (ECD)

Most of my repertoire comes from English Country dance and I was intrigued with Leenia's comments about "My Lady of the Lake." When I went searching for it, I couldn't find any notated music - just lists of it being danced at various ECD events, the choreography for the dance, and a number of videos of it being danced. The tune did indeed sound lovely, and when I traced back on one band's website, the tune for the DANCE My Lady of the Lake was a recently composed waltz by a woman on the west coast - sorry I don't remember the name. I saw the dance listed in both classes of "newer" dances being taught AND for a Playford Ball, yet couldn't find a tune in any ECD historical resources I have. Two different tunes? I remain flummoxed, frustrated and vastly curious. (A caller friend thought it was worth pursuing)

SOoooooo Leenia, if you do find a way to send the dots out for this waltz PLEASE send 'em to me as well? I'd be glad to reciprocate with one of my favorites from a local composer.

Joanne in Cleveland.

ps - for heartbreakingly lovely tunes other than waltzes - tomorrow is the day to play "Easter Thursday" the purtiest thing in the ECD cannon.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Apr 15 - 11:52 AM

According to the Lambertville country dance society, the dance My Lady of the Lake is danced to "Lavinia's Waltz" by Charlene Thomson. I can't locate a Charlene Thomson who composes music, however.

Even though the music is being played by groups around the country, I wouldn't want to disseminate Charlene's composition without hearing from her. I'll post an Origins thread about the tune.

I did think that it would be all right to send it merely to you, CupofTea, but the Mudcat won't let me sign in! First it says it never heard of me, then when I click 'Join,' it gives me the Login page. Meanwhile, I should be finishing the taxes.

Sorry about all this.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Mo the caller
Date: 08 Apr 15 - 02:37 PM

I really like Flower of the Thorn.
Pat Shaw composed his own tune for Waterfall Waltz . And he wrote tune for his dance Margaret's Waltz - Magaret's Waltz and Farewell to Devon.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: CupOfTea
Date: 08 Apr 15 - 04:53 PM

Mo the caller - Waterfall Waltz - with two tunes in the Barnes book - Caerdroea as the first tune and Flowers of the Thorn as the second, is how I came to play it. For a dance, we sometimes switch between the two, but our pianist loves Flowers of the Thorn, and we're more likely to play that for an end of the evening waltz- as we will Friday night. The first tune is one *I* love, and loved to dance to when I was able to dance. It was the very first tune I figured out how to play when I had my hands on my first (borrowed) concertina. Is the first one the tune Pat Shaw composed? It's not listed that way in Barnes, and he's good about credit-where-due stuff. If there's a third tune, I'd love to know that.

This thread is making me greedy for more tunes. Leenia's other thread tracing Charlene Thomson for her compositions also fascinating. Hope something comes of that. If you can't PM me on Mudcat, I use the same handle on aol as here, so that should give you my email address w/out giving it to spambots. I love the idea of being the one to bring a dance & tune to our community for the first time & am willing to share what we have here that might be unknown elsewhere.

Waltz on!

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: bubblyrat
Date: 09 Apr 15 - 06:59 AM

De Rijke Boer ( the rich farmer) from The Netherlands

Varsoviana ( Poland ?) sounds like "Babes In The Wood " !!

Margerita's Waltz ( Wim Poesen )


Josephina's Waltz ( Scandinavian "Christening" waltz by Roger Tallroth , I believe ).

Vals voor Polle Rantzen AKA "Wim's Waltz ( Wim Poesen )

Patrick Bouffard's Waltz

Tommy Bhetty's Waltz ( Tommy McGuire ? ) not easy to "pick" on guitar, but I have managed it (in dropped d )as the fingering is similar to The Trumpet Hornpipe ( Captain Pugwash !)!!

Hope this helps !


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 10 Apr 15 - 03:48 AM

Ok Folks - overwhelmed now! It will take me ages to decide but all good stuff and most helpful

Les, pp The Beech Band


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Mo the caller
Date: 10 Apr 15 - 03:32 PM

Yes,Caerdroea is Pat Shaw's tune (or if not then it's the tune that he wrote the dance for). Not sure if he wrote another for it, his books 1&2 are where they should be on my shelf - but Waterfall begins with W and I can't find book 3.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 10 Apr 15 - 07:51 PM

Did anyone mention The Brand New Tennesee Waltz by the late Jesse Winchester.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Apr 15 - 09:24 PM

Don't worry, Les. Nobody expects you to process all these waltzes. Now we are sharing them amongst ourselves.

Now I'm going to follow your link to the Beech Band.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Apr 15 - 01:43 PM

Cannot find the dots or ABCs for Ducket(t)Mills can anyone help?

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Popular waltzes for country dance bands
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 11 Apr 15 - 01:46 PM

And who pinched my cookie?

Gerry


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