Well we have a winner, even though voting totals were less than stellar. Come on, folks, we need some buy in on the monthly polls!
Parson's Farewell - suggested by Jody Kruskal - is a wonderful Playford English dance tune that has a real classical feel. But it can also be a rocking ceilidh tune.
Since Jody suggested it, I've added it to the playlist of my English ceilidh band, and I can't wait to hear what the horn section guys do with it, It'll rock, I promise.
Here's a quick and dirty version, on my C/G Lachenal (with Dipper mechanism and Greg J bellows). I had a surprising amount of trouble keeping from speeding up on the B part. I still accelerated in this video, but not as bad as the first tries. I was aiming for something more sedate and refined than I usually play - nobody has ever accused me of being a sedate and refined player - but don't think I really succeeded. I plan to try several different approaches to the tune and see what works best for me.
I recorded it in Dm, which is the key for most of the versions I've found on the Net. Below are dots for Dm and Am, but don't feel you need to stick to those keys. I plan to do it again in Bm on the G/D (fingered exactly like Em on the C/G) to see what other chord options I have.
There are so many different ways to play this tune, and I'm hoping that is reflected here at the TOTM.
Notation: Here are some dots to get you started.
B:The Round Band Book of Playford
"Dm"f2d2 d2ef | "C"g2c2 c3c |\
"Bb"def2 e2 d2 | "F"c2A2 A4 :: \
"Dm"f4 f2a2 | "F"f4 f2a2 |
"Dm"fga2 fga2 | "C"g2e2 e4 |\
"C"efg2 efg2 | "Dm"f2d2 "Bb"defg |\
"F"a2gf "C"ede2 | d6 :|
From The Session in AM
T: Parson's Farewell
c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 G2 G3 G | AB c2 B2 A2 | G2 E2 E4 |
c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 G2 G3 G | AB c2 B2 A2 | G2 E2 E2 e2 ||
|: c4 c2 e2 | c4 c2 e2 | cd e2 cd e2 | d2 B2 B4 |
Bc d2 Bc d2 | c2 A2 AB cd | e2 dc BA B2 | A6 e2 :|2 B2 A6 |]
Here's another version for the ABC-averse
I like this bunch of UK buskers because of the super energetic drummer.
Remember: the goal here is to improve our skills through the discipline of learning new tunes and recording them, hearing how other concertinists play them and getting feedback from our peers. All that goes for veteran players - and rank beginners. Don't be shy!
Edited by Jim Besser, 30 April 2013 - 09:30 PM.