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Title: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on December 01, 2018, 02:20:34 PM
Yes folks, despite the fact that I've played just about every Christmas tune I know over the years, it is December, and when it's December we will do festive things. So anything related to Christmas, winter or anything similar. If you are Australian, you could of course subvert this theme wonderfully. And even if you're not Australian, you could still subvert it by referring to the Australian season and doing something ridiculously summery. All's fair here, and the more tangential the better.

Happy Christmas and a Merry new year (when it comes)

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: george garside on December 01, 2018, 02:54:36 PM
welcome Christmas morning composted by Sir Jimmy Shand.  dots and abc on 'the session' website  and at least three renditions of it on youtube 


george
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Peter Savage on December 05, 2018, 05:56:59 PM
I live in the mountains and was planning to record a tune about snow, but the snow hasn't arrived yet; it's just raining.  So, whilst I wait for the snow here is "Rain on the Woodpile" by Rob Harbron, from the Leveret release "Inventions".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGZYpUXsBc4&feature=youtu.be

Snow tune to follow later in December!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on December 06, 2018, 06:44:59 PM
I wondered whether this might be a mince pie too far when I embarked upon it. 'Christmas Eve' by Tommy Coen arranged to fit onto an elderly, wheezy 4 stop in G, (the street box), which may be rewarded with a visit to the fettler for spot tuning when the festive outings are over. There is an outtake (with all the stops out).

https://youtu.be/Wyh9RQZw5wg

Seasons Greetings from Suffolk.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: playandteach on December 06, 2018, 08:20:50 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGZYpUXsBc4&feature=youtu.be
Nicely done. Big beast of an instrument.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 07, 2018, 01:04:18 AM
I wondered whether this might be a mince pie too far when I embarked upon it. 'Christmas Eve' by Tommy Coen arranged to fit onto an elderly, wheezy 4 stop in G, (the street box), which may be rewarded with a visit to the fettler for spot tuning when the festive outings are over. There is an outtake (with all the stops out).

https://youtu.be/Wyh9RQZw5wg

Seasons Greetings from Suffolk.

All the best

Bill

I never used to "get" 114s but I do now. I so want one of these.
Beautifully done. Just tell yourself the occasional slightly off note adds to the character.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Julian S on December 07, 2018, 09:59:23 AM
My favourite seasonal tune, from the Shetland Islands - 'Christmas Day i'da Moarnin'.
Reputedly, the tune was played by the fiddler Fredaman Stickel (spelling ?), to his laird, on Christmas Day.
(Dots available on session website)

https://youtu.be/aD2A4s3VC7Q

J
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 07, 2018, 10:35:37 AM
My favourite seasonal tune, from the Shetland Islands - 'Christmas Day i'da Moarnin'.
Reputedly, the tune was played by the fiddler Fredaman Stickel (spelling ?), to his laird, on Christmas Day.
(Dots available on session website)

https://youtu.be/aD2A4s3VC7Q

J

I have spent the week working on this tune.   (:)
Nice treatment of one of my favourite Christmas tunes, Julian.
I found this somewhere:

"Dis is anidder een o' Fredamann Stickle's.  He wes wint to play
dis een to da Laird o' Buness every Christmas moarnin an some
say he bedd maist o' da day dere playin to da Laird an da folk
he hed bidin wi him.  I was telt dat Stickle composed dis t\"un
as he walked alang frae his hoose in Burrafirth ta Buness.  Dey
were nae roads danadays, just sheepgaets.  Apparently he wis
nicknamed Stumpie, maybe because dere wis something wrang wi wan
o' his feet.  Da t\"un fits in at an uneven walkin speed an says
at da end o' it, "Christmas Day ida Moarnin."
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Julian S on December 07, 2018, 11:07:08 AM
Thanks Greg.
Can you provide a translation please ?  >:E

J
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 07, 2018, 02:27:38 PM
Thanks Greg.
Can you provide a translation please ?  >:E

J

I wist I caulda but I dinna ken
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Dick Rees on December 07, 2018, 03:55:08 PM
My favourite seasonal tune, from the Shetland Islands - 'Christmas Day i'da Moarnin'.
Reputedly, the tune was played by the fiddler Fredaman Stickel (spelling ?), to his laird, on Christmas Day.
(Dots available on session website)

https://youtu.be/aD2A4s3VC7Q

J

Great!  Now I have something to work up while I watch the snow falling outside my window...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on December 11, 2018, 10:50:19 PM
Here's mine for this month - I'm seriously running out of material for the Christmas theme, so I've resorted to writing something and giving it a name to fit the theme :-)

This is a 5/4 waltz, played in C minor on a Bb/Eb Preciosa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOC8xW-fdIw

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Ellison on December 11, 2018, 10:56:22 PM
OK, I'm stretching the remit a bit, but think of Dickens, M.R. James and the winter traditions of ghost stories (I've almost convinced myself).

This is 'Ghosts' by Albert Ayler, albeit my interpretation. It's a tune I use to play a lot and have youtubed before but, after several years of disuse I suddenly thought 'I wonder how it would sound on my Loffet?'

Well, here it is . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x9VUFPiZHg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x9VUFPiZHg)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: arty on December 12, 2018, 06:24:23 AM

This is 'Ghosts'


WOW!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Peter Savage on December 12, 2018, 07:06:47 AM
This is a 5/4 waltz, played in C minor on a Bb/Eb Preciosa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOC8xW-fdIw
That's a lovely tune Clive.  I like the hanging high notes.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 12, 2018, 09:04:59 AM
Julian and Greg: presumably your Fredaman Stickel (?) is related to John Stickle.
They collected the Waterman's Hornpipe from John in 1947, the tune made famous by Brass Monkey.
A lovely version on YouTube also by Mr Ellison currently joining in this thread!
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 12, 2018, 09:20:25 AM
Have an odd couple of days ahead but afterwards will be looking up 'Christmas day in morning' thanks Julian!
Lovely playing Martin, and a gorgeous sounding Loffet!
Thanks both
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 12, 2018, 11:03:47 AM
Julian and Greg: presumably your Fredaman Stickel (?) is related to John Stickle.
They collected the Waterman's Hornpipe from John in 1947, the tune made famous by Brass Monkey.
A lovely version on YouTube also by Mr Ellison currently joining in this thread!
Q

I dug around a little bit and found this:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/4521648?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Julian S on December 12, 2018, 03:32:33 PM
Julian and Greg: presumably your Fredaman Stickel (?) is related to John Stickle.
They collected the Waterman's Hornpipe from John in 1947, the tune made famous by Brass Monkey.
A lovely version on YouTube also by Mr Ellison currently joining in this thread!
Q

I dug around a little bit and found this:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/4521648?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Interesting article about the Stickle family - many thanks Greg. And more tunes to learn ! And the story about the fiddler being thrown overboard by the crew...wouldn't happen to a melodeonista, surely ?

J

Ps - and I too really like 'Ghosts' - lovely, Martin


Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 12, 2018, 05:42:59 PM
...And the story about the fiddler being thrown overboard by the crew...wouldn't happen to a melodeonista, surely ?


Probably just ditch the devil's instrument and let the devil stay on board (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Peter Savage on December 13, 2018, 12:24:03 PM
The snow has arrived in my home town and the cross country ski tracks are open today (13-Dec-18).

To celebrate, here is a tune called "Snow on the Track" written by Rachel Darling: https://youtu.be/53mFnLUrG7Y

Played here on a Castagnari Handry 2000-18, although it works just as well on a 2-row/8-bass. 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 14, 2018, 12:27:28 PM
Just catching up:
Thanks for the Stickle article. I remembered there was a German connection to the family, now that explains it.
Somewhere ( JK ? Brass Money sleeve notes ? ) I've read it accounts for the unusual nature of some of the tunes, the Waterman's Hornpipe illustrating the unusual nature of the  tunes in the repertoire.
Have I missed a link to their tunes from the article?
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 14, 2018, 01:19:58 PM
Just catching up:
Thanks for the Stickle article. ...Have I missed a link to their tunes from the article?
Q

It's not an,  article, as such, I'm afraid. It's a teaser page from an article collected  in an EFDSS book.
The complete thing is available on the linked site for free, as an internet read, if you want to read more.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 14, 2018, 01:45:41 PM
Thanks Greg, will catch up with that later.
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Eshed on December 14, 2018, 02:41:07 PM
The snow has arrived in my home town and the cross country ski tracks are open today (13-Dec-18).

To celebrate, here is a tune called "Snow on the Track" written by Rachel Darling: https://youtu.be/53mFnLUrG7Y

Played here on a Castagnari Handry 2000-18, although it works just as well on a 2-row/8-bass.
Lovely tune and lovely playing Peter!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 14, 2018, 03:28:08 PM
Peter, a lovely tune and nice sounding Handry.
Thank you!
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Dick Rees on December 14, 2018, 07:01:55 PM
Sorry I cannot provide anything more than dots, but here's a tune for the season I worked up years ago with a friend playing Northumbrian small pipes.  You can use any key you wish...as long as you have a IImajor chord available.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Fred on December 16, 2018, 05:23:37 PM
Since I've never really played any christmas tunes (besides the occasional doodling around), here comes a true winter/christmas tune from Germany:

"Leise rieselt der Schnee"
https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/leise-rieselt-der-schnee-take-1

Hope you enjoy it, best wishes and may you have a tranquil holiday season!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Peter Savage on December 17, 2018, 01:24:01 PM

"Leise rieselt der Schnee"
https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/leise-rieselt-der-schnee-take-1

Hope you enjoy it, best wishes and may you have a tranquil holiday season!

That was very nice Fred.  Which of your "various Hohners" was it played on?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Fred on December 17, 2018, 01:42:45 PM
Well, almost all my Hohners are taken apart currently because I've got too much free time and try to alter them with so-called improvements and repairs. :D
In fact it was played on my Loffet Graet e Breizh but you are right and I should have recorded it on a German instrument since it is a German song after all. ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Fred on December 17, 2018, 02:01:52 PM
OK, I've decided that this is definitely worth a re-record:

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/leise-rieselt-der-schnee-take-2

Here is the same song, but played on my Hohner Pokerwork G/C - my very first box! (:)
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: smiley on December 20, 2018, 09:39:06 PM
Christmas down under

After a wild tropical storm and a few chardonnays I recorded something Christmassy for yers: Under the Boardwalk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPEjOiqKZ_g)

Oh, when the sun beats down on the rusty old tin roof
And your soles get so hot you wish your burning feet were fire proof

Hope you all have a good one  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Anahata on December 20, 2018, 09:49:29 PM
Merry Christmas everyone!

Here's a tune I found only this morning and HAD to do a harmony part for it...
Christmas, or The Christmas March (https://youtu.be/1yeh0A1FcIo)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Frank Lee on December 25, 2018, 04:34:41 PM
Christmas Day,  and waiting for the dinner to cook!  Ages since I’ve posted here, so here are a couple of tunes, the first has nothing to do with Christmas, or even winter, but it has that ‘feel’ about it. It is a C16th Flemish tune by Thielmann Susato, called ‘Pour Quoy’ , presumably old Flemish for Pourquoi.  The second is the well-known ‘Gaudete’, which has everything to do with Christmas.   The box is an 8 bass Castagnari ‘1914’ . in D/G.
https://youtu.be/7XzNhK_PDqk
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on December 26, 2018, 09:41:47 AM
Here's a jolly little tune for Boxing Day. Recorded a few minutes ago and stuck straight out here. The Christmas Box, from the William Andrews Tunebook: the Quantocks Fiddler.

Off to our Boxing Day knees up, now. Hope you're having fun  ;D :||:  :M

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/the-christmas-box-mp3
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Lester on December 29, 2018, 12:05:28 PM
The original tune for While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (https://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.com/2018/12/tune-510-cranbrook-while-shepherds.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2018: Christmas, Winter, Festiveness, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on January 01, 2019, 11:59:18 AM
That's enough festiveness; on to the next theme! Late contribs as ever can go on the end as usual!