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Heading off for the workshop tomorrow morning so here's a final, fun tune to grab in case I'm asked to take them down. ABC midi players place far too much emphasis on the dotted notes, keep it light and crisp.

 

X:12

T:Jumping Jack

C: From Steel Skies by Alistair Anderson

M:4/4

L:1/8

K:D

P:A

de | f>F A<F G2 ed | c>A c<e a2^ga | b>=g e>c a>g e>d | c<e d>B A2 de |

f>F A<F G2 ed | c>A c<e a2^ga | b>=g e<c a>g e>c | A<g f>e d2 :|

P:B

de | f>g f<d e2 ef | g>b g<e B2 ef | g>b g<e B>A B>c | d>a f<d A2 de |

f>g f<d e2 ed | g>b g<e B2 ef | g>b g<e B>A B>c | d>f e<d d2 :|

P:C

AF | G>A B<d B<d g>B | A>B c<e c<e a>c | d>e f<a ^g<a =ge | d>e f>d A2 F2 |

G>A B<d B<d g>B | A>B c<e c<e a>c | d>e f<a ^g<a =ge | d>f e<c d2 |]

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The Steel Skies workshop was fabulous! Alistair kindly gave me permission to share the music from one of the tracks on the Syncopace album, The Shipley Set. I found two of the tunes on the Session some time ago and a friend transcribed the rest quite recently - enjoy!

 

X:1

T:Syncopace - The Shipley Set - 1st tune

T:Air

C:Alistair Anderson

N:Transcribed by Steve Dumpleton

R:Air

M:4/4

L:1/8

Q:1/4=86

K:D %Transposed from C

P:Very freely with rubato

A | d3 A f2 ed | cdef g2 fg | a3 c d2ef | gfed dcBA |

d2 f2 A2 GF | GBed c2 ag | f3 d B2 ed | cAac d2 cd |

e3 A g3 e | fedB e2 ef | g3 e c2 a2 | f4 g2 a2 |

b3 a/g/ e3 a/g/ | fede c2 A2 | d3 A f2 ed | cdec d3 |]

 

X:2

T:Syncopace - The Shipley Set - 2nd tune

T:Shipley Hornpipe

C: Alistair Anderson

M:4/4

L:1/8

R:Hornpipe played with dotted rhythm

K:D %Transposed from C

P:A

(3ABc | d2Af edce | d2Af e2fg | aAgA fAeA | dFAd c2BA |

dBGe cAfd | Bgec a2fg | afbg eafd | gecA d2 :|

P:B

|: fg | a2fd gecf | dBec A3G | FAde fdBg | ecaf e2fg |

aAFa gGEg | fFDf e2fg | aAFa bagf | efgc d2 :|

W:

W:Note - played with dotted rhythm throughout.

 

X:3

T:Syncopace - The Shipley Set - 3rd tune

T:Bransle

C:Alistair Anderson

N:Transcribed by Steve Dumpleton

R:Bransle

M:4/2

L:1/4

Q:1/2=116

K:D %Transposed from C

P:A

|:A d2 c/d/ ec de/f/ | [M:3/2] gB2e cA | [M:4/2] dA2G/F/ GB ea/g/ |

[M:3/2] fd2 e/f/ gc |1[M:2/2] Ad2A :|2[M:2/2] Ad2e ||

P:B

[M:4/2] |: fa2 g/f/ ge B e/d/ | cA a>g fe2A | A d2 c/d/ ec de/f/ |

|1 gB e>d cd2e :|2 gB e>d c "see note"Hd2A |]

W:

W:Note: on the last time through the tune omit the final A

W:and finish on the preceding D, as indicated by the pause sign.

 

X:4

T:Syncopace - The Shipley Set - 4th tune

T:Shipley Jig

C:Alistair Anderson

M:6/8

L:1/8

R:Jig

K:D %Transposed from C

AdA fAe | GBG A3 | DFA dcd | efg fed |

AdA fAe | dcB A3 | GBG dGe | Afe d3 :|

|: dfd adf | gfe f3 | GBd FAd | Egf edc |

dfd adf | gfe f3 | AdA eAf | Age d3 :|

 

X:5

T:Syncopace - The Shipley Set - 5th (final) tune

T:Reel

C:Alistair Anderson

N:Transcribed by Steve Dumpleton

R:Reel

M:2/2

L:1/8

Q:1/2=92

K:D %Transposed from C

P:A

A2 dA FADF | Addc d2 de | fdBf ecAc | B/c/dGB AFGE |

A2 dA FADF | Addc defg | afdg ecfd |1 Bcde d4:|2 Bcde d2 fg ||

P:B

afdg ecfd | BecA dAFG | A2 dA fAed | cdef g2 fg |

afdg ecfd | BecA dAFG | A2 dA FADF |1 Addc d2 fg :|2 Addc d4 |]

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The Steel Skies workshop was fabulous!

 

I fully endorse that opinion. I still have the music going round in my head after 4 days. We had a good mixture of instruments - concertinas, whistles, flutes, guitar, mandolin and fiddles. I've probably missed something out. Alistair showed a great flair for getting the "right" combination of instruments for particular pieces, and knowing when it was right for something to keep quiet (i.e. my baritone).

 

thanks for the Shipley tunes Peter.

 

- John Wild

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I'm glad you had a great time. I was disappointed in myself that I thought I wouldn't be up to scratch enough to join in on this. Still, it's motivating me to learn to read music properly as well as just learning to play.

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The Steel Skies workshop was fabulous!

 

Yes, I thought so too. I don't usually play traditional music and I have to admit that it has taken me some time to really get into Steel Skies. However, I thought this such a great opportunity to work with the composer of such a celebrated piece of music, that it was worth a go. I really learnt a lot on the weekend and met some lovely musicians as well. Since returning I must have played Steel Skies half a dozen times and have been humming the tunes all week. Perhaps we can pursuade Alistair to workshop one of his other works!

 

Jeremy

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Apparently someone enquired about tackling 'The Farne Islands' at another workshop. I don't want to speak out of turn here but Alistair may be giving a little thought to writing something specifically for a workshop weekend that has parts for we lesser mortals who were obliged to sit some tunes out. I loved Clennel Street but couldn't get my fingers around it at the speed it was played so having a 'second' or 'third' part rather than a lead or counter melody would be fun.

 

He may have been thinking out loud but the very idea that Alistair might write something specifically for workshop use is quite exciting!

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The Steel Skies workshop was fabulous!

 

Yes, I thought so too. I don't usually play traditional music and I have to admit that it has taken me some time to really get into Steel Skies. However, I thought this such a great opportunity to work with the composer of such a celebrated piece of music, that it was worth a go. I really learnt a lot on the weekend and met some lovely musicians as well. Since returning I must have played Steel Skies half a dozen times and have been humming the tunes all week. Perhaps we can pursuade Alistair to workshop one of his other works!

 

Jeremy

 

Hello Jeremy,

 

I spent most of the weekend in a state of angst so I didn't really register many other players but I do remember that concertinas were broken up into politically correctly named groups Tom, Dick and Harry. I think you were in the middle section 'Dick' with Bryan and John Wild but I can't remember you specifically. That may not be too flattering but look on the bright side and remember that I don't remember your performance because you didn't mess it up! :-)

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No worries Peter - yes, I was in the 'Dick' group and the reason you didn't here me messing anything up was that I took Alistair's advice about miming the difficult bits, very seriously.

 

Jeremy

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Here's a 3/2 hornpipe with six parts, I find this quite tricky but I don't really know why.

 

X:1

T:Daniel Wright's Hornpipe

Q:1/2 = 120

M:3/2

L:1/8

K:D

|:f2 B2 cdec d4 | A2 c4 e2 cdec | f2 B2 cdec d4 | F2 B4 d2 c2 B2 :|

|:a2 g2 fgaf c4 | f2 d2 fgaf cdec | a2 g2 fgaf c4 | f2 b2 f2 B2 cdec :|

|:f2 g2 f2 B2 f2 b2 | A2 c2 e2 d2 cdec | f2 g2 f2 B2 f2 b2 | d2 B2 f2 B2 cdcB :|

|:f2 e2 defd f2 b2 | a2 f2 abaf cdec | f4 defd f2 b2 | a2 f2 a2 b2 agaf :|

|:b3f afab a4 | A2 c4 e2 cdec | b3f afab a4 | f2 b4 f2 d2 B2 :|

|:d3 B F2 AG F4 | d2 B2 f2 gf cdec | d3 B F2 AG F4 | b2 B2 d2 B2 f2 B2 :|

 

Edited to correct an error in the abc file (thanks cboody! :D )

Edited by tallship

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Here's a 3/2 hornpipe with six parts, I find this quite tricky but I don't really know why.

 

 

Well, Peter, with the 'Q' value set at 120, I find it much too fast on playback in the Tune-o-tron converter. I changed it to 80, which is a more comfortable speed. I note that it is a 3/2 hornpipe. Is the tune from John Offord's book, John of the Green - The Cheshire Way?

 

Chris

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Hi Chris, I'm really surprised that the speed isn't right in the Tune-O-Tron as I thought tying the bpm to a particular note length made it play at the same speed in all applications.

 

This tune is in John of the Greeny Cheshire Way but it's only half the length, slightly different in places and in the key of C. This version came to me via a fiddle playing friend who picked it up from the melodeon player in the morris side he plays for (that probably explains why it's in D). The melodeon player can't remember where he got the tune from so in the best tradition of traditional music its origins are already lost! I would think the source would be one of the many manuscripts that have been published or one of the Village Music Project transcriptions.

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OK tune-o-tron and printer are smokin' tonight. I'm ready for the cabin this coming weekend. I may have to breakdown and order Steel Sky CD--you guys rave too much. Michelle SE Wis USA

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This great tune came along to our session last week, so here it is for everyone (nice and easy!)

 

X:1

T:Venus of Levenshulme, The

C:Simon Heywood

M:4/4

R:Reel

K:Amin

L:1/8

||:A2 A2 Ae ag|a2 ed c2 A2 | GA BG A2 cd | ed ce d2 cB

| A2 A2 Ae ag|a2 ed c2 A2 | GA BG A2 cd | ed c2 A4 :||

||: d2 d2 d2 cd |e2 cd e4 | A2 A2 AB ce | dc BA G4| A2 A2 AB ce

| dc BA G4 |1 GA BG A2 cd | ed c2 A4 :|2 de dc A2 G2 | A4 A4||

 

When I went to research it I found that I had a recording - on the latest Albireo CD which through Cnet's Howard Jones

Shamelessly copying the sleeve notes, they say:

The Gallery / The Venus of Levenshulme

Peter remembers the band practice for a student band in about 1990 when Simon Heywood brought in two tunes he'd composed - The Venus of Levenshulme had taken second

place in a tune competition run by Blowzabella, and Simon had written The Gallery to celebrate.

 

The ABC above isn't exactly what was played at the session - our fiddler likes to be creative :D - but it seems to be very close to the Albireo version - and they should know.

 

Chris

ps For mancunians, you could also try, "Farewell to Whalley Range" by Mike McGoldrick

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Well I'd always meant to look up the dots for 'Farewell to Whalley Range' ...

 

X: 1

T: Farewell To Whalley Range

M: 9/8

L: 1/8

R: slip jig

N:Posted to thesession.org by kiwi

K: Amaj

F2c BA~F- F2E|F2c BAc fec|B3 BAB c2A|1~B3 BAB cBA:|2~B3 BAB cef||

a3 fec fec|B3 BAB cef|a3 baf afe|fec Bce fec|

a2f fec fec|B3 BAB cef|a3 baf afe|fec fec BAB||

 

[Edited to fix abc formatting]

Edited by Steve Mansfield

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Well I'd always meant to look up the dots for 'Farewell to Whalley Range' ...

 

Thanks Steve.

(I always thought that "Farewell to Fallowfield" would have had a better ring to it - and a sentiment I'd agree with more!)

 

Chris

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Here's a 3/2 hornpipe with six parts, I find this quite tricky but I don't really know why.

 

X:1

T:Daniel Wright's Hornpipe

Q:1/2 = 120

M:3/2

L:1/8

K:D

|:f2 B2 cdec d4 | A2 c4 e2 cdec | f2 B2 cdec d4 | F2 B4 dcB :|

|:a2 g2 fgaf c4 | f2 d2 fgaf cdec | a2 g2 fgaf c4 | f2 b2 f2 B2 cdec :|

|:f2 g2 f2 B2 f2 b2 | A2 c2 e2 d2 cdec | f2 g2 f2 B2 f2 b2 | d2 B2 f2 B2 cdcB :|

|:f2 e2 defd f2 b2 | a2 f2 abaf cdec | f4 defd f2 b2 | a2 f2 a2 b2 agaf :|

|:b3f afab a4 | A2 c4 e2 cdec | b3f afab a4 | f2 b4 f2 d2 B2 :|

|:d3 B F2 AG F4 | d2 B2 f2 gf cdec | d3 B F2 AG F4 | b2 B2 d2 B2 f2 B2 :|

 

Nice tune. What is the rhythm of the last bar of part 1? F2 B4 d2 c2 B2 or maybe F2 B4 d2 cdcB ???

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Here's a 3/2 hornpipe with six parts, I find this quite tricky but I don't really know why.

 

X:1

T:Daniel Wright's Hornpipe

Q:1/2 = 120

M:3/2

L:1/8

K:D

|:f2 B2 cdec d4 | A2 c4 e2 cdec | f2 B2 cdec d4 | F2 B4 d2 c2 B2 :|

|:a2 g2 fgaf c4 | f2 d2 fgaf cdec | a2 g2 fgaf c4 | f2 b2 f2 B2 cdec :|

|:f2 g2 f2 B2 f2 b2 | A2 c2 e2 d2 cdec | f2 g2 f2 B2 f2 b2 | d2 B2 f2 B2 cdcB :|

|:f2 e2 defd f2 b2 | a2 f2 abaf cdec | f4 defd f2 b2 | a2 f2 a2 b2 agaf :|

|:b3f afab a4 | A2 c4 e2 cdec | b3f afab a4 | f2 b4 f2 d2 B2 :|

|:d3 B F2 AG F4 | d2 B2 f2 gf cdec | d3 B F2 AG F4 | b2 B2 d2 B2 f2 B2 :|

 

Nice tune. What is the rhythm of the last bar of part 1? F2 B4 d2 c2 B2 or maybe F2 B4 d2 cdcB ???

 

Ooops! it's F2 B4 d2 c2 B2, thanks for spotting the error - I'll go back and correct my earlier post, I've already changed the abc in this quote. :rolleyes:

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Now this is definitely different as it's a self penned tune, I wasn't at all sure about it but having played the tune quite a lot over the last couple of hours I'm actually quite pleased with it. ABCs are in both F & G although I think it 'feels' better in the flat key. All comments are most welcome.

 

X:31

T:Jiggit

C:Peter Dunk

Q:3/8=110

M:6/8

L:1/8

K:F

|: AFF CFF | AGA FCC | DEF AGA | cAF G3 |

AFF CFF | AGA FCC | DEF AGA | GDE F3 :|

|:cAF CFA | BAB GEC | AGA A<cA | B<dB G2 z |

A>FF CFF | AGA FCC | DEF AGA | c<BE F3:|

 

 

X:32

T:Jiggit

C:Peter Dunk

Q:3/8=110

M:6/8

L:1/8

K:G

|: BGG DGG | BAB GDD | EFG BAB | dBG A3 |

BGG DGG | BAB GDD | EFG BAB | AEF G3 :|

|:dBG DGB | cBc AFD | BAB B<dB | c<ec A2 z |

B>GG DGG | BAB GDD | EFG BAB | d<cF G3:|

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