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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #20 on: August 02, 2020, 01:33:25 PM »

Thank you Sir John...... Looks like I was beaten to it!
'Calum's Road' is a favourite of mine and fitted the category perfectly. Need to think again.
Nice sounding box too....
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2020, 02:47:30 PM »

I'm not having any luck working out the notes to Stairway to Heaven

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It's based on the 6th degree of the Maj scale, the Aeolian Mode. On my G/C it works in C with the LH chords as well. Transpose to fit your box?
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2020, 06:05:20 PM »

Thank you Sir John...... Looks like I was beaten to it!
'Calum's Road' is a favourite of mine and fitted the category perfectly. Need to think again.
Nice sounding box too....
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Anything closer to home? Is there not a local tune/song  commemorating the Saltash Bridge?
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2020, 06:44:28 PM »

Err.... not that I know of.
I know good old Isambard did much to celebrate but the Saltash bridge *connects* Devon to Cornwall
  >:E

I'll have to get my act together, stop digging holes in the garden and see if I can get around to recording something.
I've realised my version of Calum's Road is played with a Devonshire accent so it is different  ;)
Cheers.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2020, 07:22:58 PM »

Thank you Sir John...... Looks like I was beaten to it!
'Calum's Road' is a favourite of mine and fitted the category perfectly. Need to think again.
Nice sounding box too....
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Anything closer to home? Is there not a local tune/song  commemorating the Saltash Bridge?
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There's Farewell to Kingsbridge, but it's Kingsbridge New York
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2020, 07:47:39 PM »

Bridge over the River Kwai? Not exactly "civil" engineering though.

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2020, 08:52:56 PM »

Right, before I wreck my arms digging ( more ) holes in the garden, here's my version of Calum's Road.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gaR0Kyzc3g

I think the original's in the ley of D and I thought I played it in D but of course I don't, it's in the key of G!
I first heard it when Owen Woods of this parish demonstrated his - then - new Bergflodt melodeon and played it and I really liked it.

There's a fascinating story behind it. Essentially building a road on Raasay armed with a pick axe, shovel, wheelbarrow and a road building manual two brothers Malcolm
( Calum ) and Charles MacLeod built a 1 3/4 mile long road on the island cos no one else would.
Civil Engineering at its absolute basics and good for them!
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2020, 10:08:29 PM »

An Anne Lorne Gillies number......one of her lesser known songs, from a tape she made in the 1980's. Just one verse 'cos I can't find the tape or the book.

The song tells of the consequences of inadequate local authority bridge maintenance budgets. The tune may be familiar. Substitute words in your regional language and the name of a major bridge near you according to taste.

https://youtu.be/-wR4P5P3_i8

(Posted in case I don't have time to learn anything more sophisticated this month)
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2020, 10:17:16 PM »

Right, before I wreck my arms digging ( more ) holes in the garden, here's my version of Calum's Road.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gaR0Kyzc3g


Ana mhath agus moran taing- Way above my level but very nice to hear your version- and many thanks
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #29 on: August 02, 2020, 10:30:27 PM »

Thanks Peadar.
It's a lovely tune and an equally lovely story behind it, a favourite of mine.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2020, 11:49:42 PM »

consequences of inadequate local authority bridge maintenance budgets
I was surprised and amused  :||:
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #31 on: August 03, 2020, 07:30:44 AM »

Try again - Down the Road
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xnnOWw0xwg

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #32 on: August 03, 2020, 08:41:55 AM »

A nice blast from the past for me there Lester!
Thanks for that.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2020, 01:25:40 PM »

Try again - Down the Road
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xnnOWw0xwg

Beat me to that one...whilst I was researching its origins I found a version recorded by Reg Hall and a concertina player(not Scan) :|glug in Scan Tester's house...I'd like to pretend I learned my version from that, but, like most of us I suspect mine came from the Flowers and Frolics third of the Holy Trinity.

As Q says, a  nice blast from the past... :|glug
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2020, 01:47:47 PM »

Since we seem tp have got onto bridges, this is one of my favourite  songs of that oeuvre. It's a song I always associate with Jacqui & Bridie who were the first peeps I heard singing it.
Anyway, apart from all that, it would make a good melodeon tune, repeat the chorus, and there you go, The Humber Bridge Song.

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2020, 07:11:08 PM »

And yet another road...an Anglicised (some might say bastardised...) version of an Irish Set Dance.
The Lodge Road

https://youtu.be/ch1fzh-CPMU

Not sure where I learned this from, but Martin Ellison may have had something to do with it...

Telling me it's unavailable...I'll have a mess later...seems to be working now... :Ph

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2020, 07:39:04 PM »

And yet another road...an Anglicised (some might say bastardised...) version of an Irish Set Dance.
The Lodge Road.
So jolly!

I must ask, are there actually Danish cookies in the box behind you or is it holding sewing equipment?
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2020, 08:16:27 PM »

And yet another road...an Anglicised (some might say bastardised...) version of an Irish Set Dance.
The Lodge Road.
So jolly!

I must ask, are (:) there actually Danish cookies in the box behind you or is it holding sewing equipment?

There were before the grandchildren called round.... (:)
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #38 on: August 03, 2020, 08:50:18 PM »

Thank you Sir John...... Looks like I was beaten to it!
'Calum's Road' is a favourite of mine and fitted the category perfectly. Need to think again.
Nice sounding box too....
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Menai Bridge and Craigellachie Bridge are both closer - and both of them engineered by Thomas Telford. John Smeaton the first man to call himself a civilian engineer - as distinct from a military engineer and whose Eddystone lighthouse was eventually rebuilt on Plymouth Hoe engineered i.e. designed the Brig o'Perth. Regretably all three tunes well above my current capabilties but all on folktune finder. If only I could find a tune dedicated to sewers....
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2020, 09:45:30 PM »

The nearest that I can think of is perhaps, "Down where the drunkards roll", but I cannot bring it all to mind at the mo.
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