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Lyr/Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway (Kennedy/Halfin)

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Lovely Stornoway [Calum Kennedy and Bob Halfin]


GUEST,Johnny in OKC 05 Jun 03 - 02:51 PM
Joe Offer 05 Jun 03 - 04:57 PM
GUEST,Johnny 06 Jun 03 - 01:16 AM
Joe Offer 06 Jun 03 - 01:45 AM
Marion in Cornwall 06 Jun 03 - 02:00 AM
GUEST,Johnny in OKC 06 Jun 03 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,Johnny in OKC 06 Jun 03 - 10:51 PM
GUEST,Johnny in OKC 09 Jun 03 - 02:02 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: GUEST,Johnny in OKC
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 02:51 PM

Where can I find the tune of Lovely Stornoway?

The words I have are:
Make your way to Storway, on the road to Orinsay,
Where my thoughts return each day to Lovely Stornoway

... and so on. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
JOHNNY in OKC


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Subject: ADD: Lovely Stornoway
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 04:57 PM

Hi, Johnny -
I didn't find the tune, but I found the lyrics here (click).
-Joe Offer-



LOVELY STORNOWAY
(Words and music by Calum Kennedy and Bob Halfin)


Make your way to Stornoway,
On the road to Orinsay,
Where my thoughts return each day,
By lovely Stornoway.

Where the folks are truly kind,
Where you leave the world behind,
Where each cloud is silver lined,
By lovely Stornoway.

Chorus
So make your way to Stornoway,
On the road to Orinsay,
Where my thoughts return each day,
By lovely Stornoway.

The town Hall clock of Stornoway,
Chimes it's message every day,
Heaven can't be far away,
From lovely Stornoway.

Chorus

No more worries, no more care,
If you choose to settle there,
Love will find you ev'rywhere,
By lovely Stornoway.

Chorus

And no matter where you are,
Hitch your wagon to a star,
Heaven can't be very far,
From lovely Stornoway.

Chorus

(Words and music by Calum Kennedy and Bob Halfin)

Published in a "People's Journal" supplement (DC Thompson, Dundee)
March 28 1970.

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: GUEST,Johnny
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 01:16 AM

Hi Joe, thanks but I was looking for the tune.
I have about four versions of the lyrics, all corny.
You could substitute "San Jose" or even "South L.A."

I am working with a Scots singer who doesn't read
music & doesn't have any written music.

While I'm at it, how about the chords too?
JOHNNY


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 01:45 AM

Hi, Johnny - I know you're looking for the tune. If anybody finds it, please e-mail me a copy and I'll post it as a MIDI.
I found lots of recordings of the song, but haven't found a tune to transcribe. Is it a traditional tune?
--Joe Offer (click to e-mail)-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Marion in Cornwall
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 02:00 AM

The tune can be found in the book:
Ceol na Fidhle Vol 2
'HIGHLAND TUNES FOR THE FIDDLE' at

http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/fiddle/ceolbks.htm


Hope this is of some help
Marion


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: GUEST,Johnny in OKC
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 04:25 PM

Thanks Marion - but of course I'm looking
for a FREEBIE !

I can use transcribe & transpose kind of piano, vocal,
or orchestral music, so the format is not a problem.
I can also work from a simple melody line, like a
pipe tune. But I've got to have something!

I have also found lots of recordings FOR SALE, so
I guess it's fairly traditional, or at least it's
well known.

Thanks again, Mudcats! == Johnny


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: GUEST,Johnny in OKC
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 10:51 PM

By the way, he is an excellent singer,
with a lovely Scots burr.

Mainly, I put this is to bring it
to the top of the list so you can see it.
I STILL NEED THE TUNE! HELP!

-- Johnny


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Subject: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway
From: GUEST,Johnny in OKC
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 02:02 AM

Hi Mudcats, I'd like to find the melody
for "Lovely Stornoway" --- if it helps,
Stornoway is a town on the Isle of Lewis
(Scotland). THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! JOHNNY


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Subject: Tune add: Lovely Stornoway
From: OldPossum
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 03:41 PM

Here is an ABC of the tune, done by ear from an old cassette tape. I recorded a folk radio programme ages ago, and among other things it had "Neil Linden & His Highlanders" doing "Lovely Stornoway". It's a nice little tune.

X:99
T:Lovely Stornoway
M:3/4
L:1/4
K:C
C2 A | G2 C | c2 B | A3 |
c2 A | G2 C | E2 D | D3 |
C2 A | G2 C | c2 B | A2 G | G c2 |
E2 D | C3-|C z2 |]


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: GUEST,Shona
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 08:16 PM

Aw, i love this song! My wee cousin Kirsty (only 4!) sings this in perfect tune. She learnt it wen her mum went 2 stornaway to play football but told every one "My mummys going to Stormaway!"


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 12:32 PM

Both words and music are original and written by Bob Halfin although he shared the credits/royalties with Calum Kennedy in order to get Calum to record it. I know this as fact as both Calum and Bob were/are good friends of mine.
Cheers,
Jim Mclean


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: GUEST,Johnny in OKC
Date: 13 Jun 03 - 03:13 AM

That got it! Thanks folks,
(especially Old Possum)

I guess it just takes time for
the gears to crank.

Johnny in OKC


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: stallion
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 01:31 PM

I learnt from a girl called Norma MacMillen who lived in Tong, a village not far from Stornoway, she was with a girl called Dina Mitchell from Shawbost, also on the isle of Lewis. This all took place thirty six years ago, was this really written that long ago? Any way, if anyone knows of their whereabouts now, let me know!
Peter


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 02:11 PM

I have emailed Joe offer with the staff notation.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: akenaton
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 04:24 PM

Ah!! The soundtrack to my misspent youth.

Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, there would be up to ten of us packed into a wee Ford Thames van, going to or coming home from a dance in some god-forsaken corner of Argyll, our heads full of the music, and your heart just burstin'for the girl who gave you the "last dance" and who was squeezed tight beside you as the wee van rocked along the bumpy single track roads.

And it was always "Lovely Stornoway" that blew the roof off!!.
The Stornoway girls would come down to work the holiday hotels in Dunoon or Inveraray or Arrochar, mostly as maids or waitresses.
They would teach us the "Gaelic"and scold us in that bonny Lewis accent if we got too drunk, but they were sweet, free spirits who knew all the secrets of nature and the secrets of family and tribe.
So unlike the local girls with their kid -on sophistication, their hard as nails hair do's, and their "sex is dirty" ideas.

My wee girl was Christine, she left for Borve in the autumn of 62, but she'll never leave the back corners of my mind.

I can still hear her singing with her head on my shoulder.

"And no matter where you are, hitch your wagon to a star.
Heaven cant be very far , from lovely Stornoway"....Ake


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: akenaton
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 05:07 PM

I think the tune for "Stornoway" is based on an old Gaelic melody which I remember fron the village hall concerts.

A lot of the Gaelic tunes and pipe music were co -opted for popular songs in the 50's and 60's

Jim will know Callum was an expert at this!!
I'll try to dig up the name of the Gaelic tune....Ake


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: akenaton
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 05:34 PM

Sorry to triple post!! Name of that tune just came back to me .

The English title is "Leaving Lismhor"


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 19 Oct 05 - 04:40 AM

Ake, the only version of Leaving Lismor (Fagail Lismore) that I have only resembles Lovely Stornoway, vaguely, in the last line. I know what you mean about Calum but in this case the song was written by Bob Halfin and Calum was given a half share when he agreed to record it. Bob Halfin did this with many of his songs including 'I'm a Pink Toothbrush, You're a Blue Toothbrush' which he split a few ways to include Max Byegraves!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: akenaton
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 04:25 AM

Hi Jim good to hear from you.
I know that you're the expert, but I always thought there were similarities between "Lismhor" and "Stornoway".
A change of tempo, few different notes, but the body of the tune remains the same.

This is quite a big piping area and Leaving Lismhor is played a lot by the young pipers.

Hope all is well with you Jim, Wish you would put down some of your reminiscences in book form.....Ake


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 04:45 AM

Ake, there'd be a few people out there with red faces if I ever decided to put my reminiscences in book form, but I have been toying with the idea for a wee while now! If you cut and paste the address below, there is a midi version of Leaving Lismore (sic) and if you compare it to the abc version of Lovely Stornoway posted by Old Possum I believe the only similarity is in the tempo. Cheers, Jim

http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab5/valse.html


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Nov 05 - 02:52 AM

Jim McLean sent me the tune over a month ago, but I didn't have a place to post it. Now I do, thanks to Jon Freeman. Thanks, Jon and Jim. What a lovely song!
-Joe Offer-

Click to play


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Subject: RE: Lyr/tune req/ADD: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Artful Codger
Date: 26 Nov 05 - 05:02 PM

The Canterbury Country Orchestra recorded "Stornaway" on their album "Mistwold" (F&W Records, of Plymouth, VT, USA; mid 1970's?) On the album, Dudley Laufman wrote:

I first learned "Stornaway" from the beautiful singing of Mary McLane of Cambridge. Teddy Levin went to Stornaway, a city in the Hebrides of Scotland. He said that Mary's singing far surpassed the city ... rather a scruzzy place he said. So we do it here like a couple of guys in a bar. [...]"


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway (C Kennedy, B Halfin)
From: GUEST,Neil Johnstone
Date: 09 Feb 06 - 08:02 AM

Can anyone give me Bob Halfin's dates?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Bettynh
Date: 11 May 10 - 05:11 PM

Calum Kennedy sings it here


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Subject: RE: lyr/tune ADD: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 06:26 AM

Neil Johnstone, I can't give you exact dates for Bob but he would be about 10-15 years older than me which makes his birth around 1923. I was at his funeral but again I can't remember the exact year but about 20 years ago. Time flies so quickly!


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Subject: RE: lyr/tune ADD: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Anglogeezer
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 12:30 PM

Here's the ABC that I have for this tune.

regards & Merry Christmas All.
Jake
*********************************
X:1
T:Leaving Stornaway
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:A
c2|"A"e4A2|"A7"c4A2|"D"F6|"A"(E4A2)|"B7"B4B2|"B7"B4c2|"Bm"(B6|"E7"B2)E2|
"A"A4B2|"A"c4f2|"C#m"e6|"E7"c4E2|"A"A4c2|"E7"e4f2|"A"(e6|"A7"e4)c2|
"D"d4e2|"D"f4e2|"A"e6|"F#m"c4e2|"B7"f4A2|"B7"(F2A4)|"Bm"B6|"E7"(B2c2d2)|
"A"e2f2e2|"C#m"(c4A2)|"D"F6|"A"(E4A2)|"Bm"B4A2|"E7"c4B2|"A"(A6|"A"A4)|]


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Subject: RE: lyr/tune ADD: Lovely Stornoway ?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 26 Dec 10 - 05:47 AM

Anglogeezer, that's a different tune. OldPossum's posting, above, is correct.


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