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Title: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on January 01, 2020, 05:07:59 PM
Afternoon all - thanks to Paedar's excellent suggestion, we're going to do mountains this month! But I think we can safely widen that to hills, and indeed to valleys/glens/etc, which after all is just a fancy name for the bit between two hills!

So.... any tune mentioning mountains, hills, valleys, glens, etc, etc in whatever tangential way we can possibly imagine!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on January 02, 2020, 02:45:18 PM
Stone Mountain Wobble, Hohner 4 stop C

https://youtu.be/YDNOrbd1uCE

An 'Old Time' American tune from the 1940's which I usually play on the anglo ( https://youtu.be/MPlfM-VDQVk )

There is a great version by Errynn Marshall and Carl Jones on YT.

PDF attached from (the late) Steven Parker's book of Ragtime tunes for fiddle and mandolin.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 02, 2020, 03:01:03 PM
Stone Mountain Wobble, Hohner 4 stop C


Love that, It's such a fun tune.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on January 04, 2020, 04:50:08 PM
This is the tune that sprang to mind to me when this theme got suggested (I quite often have a tune in mind to play when I come up with a theme, and if I can't, it's a hint that it might not be a great theme!)

The Height of Cader Idris, pinched lock stock and barrel from Leveret's album 'In the Round'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea9M1nYA_4A

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, so it comes out in G like the original. Requires a couple of reversals on the half row that made things a little more complex than I was expecting...

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: forrest on January 10, 2020, 10:26:07 PM
Here's one that popped up, a little waltz called Mockingbird Hill. Playing on my newly acquired 8+3 baby organetto, with some backing on uke and mandola.
                                                                https://youtu.be/ooF-qQ1x-00 (https://youtu.be/ooF-qQ1x-00)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Mcgrooger on January 13, 2020, 04:25:08 PM
It's been a long time since I posted on ThOTM - er...sorry!
I struggled to think of / find a mountain tune I liked so recorded the Playford tune Mount Hills which seems to cover the theme (in duplicate). It's on my old clacky Hohner C/F.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfBtKnFjF8
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Fred on January 13, 2020, 06:24:57 PM
It's been a long time since I posted on ThOTM - er...sorry!
I struggled to think of / find a mountain tune I liked so recorded the Playford tune Mount Hills which seems to cover the theme (in duplicate). It's on my old clacky Hohner C/F.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfBtKnFjF8

Ah, good to see you back. Great steady playing. Expected nothing less from you! (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Ellisteph on January 14, 2020, 05:34:09 PM
Here's one from me in the 'glen' category - Will Atkinson's Glen Aln Hornpipe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z4m6DEFynw
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Ellisteph on January 14, 2020, 05:38:40 PM
It's been a long time since I posted on ThOTM - er...sorry!
I struggled to think of / find a mountain tune I liked so recorded the Playford tune Mount Hills which seems to cover the theme (in duplicate). It's on my old clacky Hohner C/F.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfBtKnFjF8
Great stuff McGrooger & good to see you back.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Anahata on January 15, 2020, 09:49:37 PM
Here's Juniper Hill (https://youtu.be/vmDVn-cKYpg), a nice jig I've known for ages but got out of the habit of playing recently.

recorded the Playford tune Mount Hills which seems to cover the theme (in duplicate)
I was thinking of doing that - you beat me to it!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 16, 2020, 10:54:46 AM
https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/green-mountain-16-01-01

Green Mountain Petronella.

First serious(ish) attempt to play something on the recently acquired 1040C.
I slowed down a tad to reduce the playing noises and cope with the disappearing fingers. Might need a trip to St Ives.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Saul Bailey on January 16, 2020, 04:11:19 PM
Took a bit of brain-wracking this one! Here's the Wild Hills of Wannie, replete with airy intro ;D

https://youtu.be/oZZ2PwZvmhk
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: arty on January 16, 2020, 07:01:40 PM
Took a bit of brain-wracking this one! Here's the Wild Hills of Wannie, replete with airy intro ;D

https://youtu.be/oZZ2PwZvmhk

What a pleasure it is to listen to you playing....quality! Fabulous, thank you. (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Pete Dunk on January 16, 2020, 07:31:07 PM
A wonderful interpretation Saul, a delight to listen to.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on January 16, 2020, 09:46:05 PM
The Mountains of Pomeroy, a tune I tried to learn on Penny Whistle, way back when.

https://thesession.org/tunes/13306

SJ
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Gena Crisman on January 17, 2020, 10:44:18 PM
I was quite pleased when this theme came up, because I thought to myself, ooh, ooh yes, there's... I think there was a tune I wanted to learn that would fit, but... ugh, what was it called... And then, when I did remember the tune, I was happy that it actually was Mountain/Hill/Valley related - 90% of the time that story goes the other way.

So the story behind this tune is that, my friend Andy Jempson, who plays box for a couple of the local morris sides (Quayside Cloggies and Holly Copse at the moment) has been pretty much the go to chap for organising local music sessions, so, we've talked about quite a few tunes over last few years. I think perhaps maybe a tune came up that reminded him of one he was quite fond of: The Hills of New Zealand, written by Joanie Madden, the flute/whistle toting frontwoman for a band called Cherish The Ladies. I thought the A music was great, then the B music came along and I was... confused and had no idea what was happening any more. This all happened probably over a year ago now, but was dutifully filed away for when it would finally come in handy once again, which as it turns out was a couple of weeks ago (as I had known it would).

I was able to locate a score for the tune on the session (https://thesession.org/tunes/6179) although I changed some of the chords from as written, then fished up a copy of the tune on youtube to listen to (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWgImgqpiZA) - one of the versions was clipping quite badly, so, this is the one I'd suggest listening too, and it's worthwhile to do so, since the whistle/flute rolls are not something I'm in any position to do with my box at this time). Anyway, listening to the performance gave me the bones for the intro/middle sequences, as well as helped me feel out of the gaps between repeats/each part, which hopefully I got mostly right, as feeling them was quite challenging. I could certainly do with learning to be a bit more tender.

This kind of tune isn't my usual fair, so, perhaps I've made a meal of this, or, perhaps it's come out pretty good, I don't know yet. It went down well at the Folk Club last week, in any case. Hopefully, Andy will think it's neat, as well.

Fundamental Low Notes are out, as they a) ate too much air and b) were a bit much given how much I'm parking myself on the basses.

The Hills of New Zealand (Joanie Madden):
https://youtu.be/8IMXHR8uTYM
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: RogerT on January 18, 2020, 07:35:35 AM
Here's Juniper Hill (https://youtu.be/vmDVn-cKYpg), a nice jig I've known for ages but got out of the habit of playing recently.

recorded the Playford tune Mount Hills which seems to cover the theme (in duplicate)
I was thinking of doing that - you beat me to it!
Juniper Hill is in Oxfordshire and is the real life Lark Rise in Flora Thompson's novel 'Lark Rise to Candleford', which chronicles a long gone way of life in 1880s rural England. And it’s not really on what you would describe as a hill.  (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Anahata on January 18, 2020, 08:37:42 AM
Thank you your erudition, and I didn't know what or where Juniper Hill was. I hope you're not suggesting the tune doesn''t qualify because the real place is not much of a hill, given the amount of slack usually tolerated around here.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: RogerT on January 18, 2020, 08:56:43 AM
Thank you your erudition, and I didn't know what or where Juniper Hill was. I hope you're not suggesting the tune doesn''t qualify because the real place is not much of a hill, given the amount of slack usually tolerated around here.
No, no. The tune is perfectly valid and the last thing I’d do is criticise you! And anyway it is called Juniper Hill. But I did drive through there once to take a look.  And also your Juniper Hill might be a completely different place, or a place in the composer’s mind.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: baz parkes on January 27, 2020, 02:15:27 PM
Bit of silliness on a gloomy Sunday...

In the high and far off times oh best beloved, before Casta was Nari or Salty was Relled, Hohner Owners would sit in houses that were public, and play songs for their friends to sing along to...here's a couple for them...

https://youtu.be/7kcPa6hWOSg

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 27, 2020, 03:08:08 PM
Bit of silliness on a gloomy Sunday...

In the high and far off times oh best beloved, before Casta was Nari or Salty was Relled, Hohner Owners would sit in houses that were public, and play songs for their friends to sing along to...here's a couple for them...

https://youtu.be/7kcPa6hWOSg

Enjoyed those a lot.
I love the old Hohner saound of that box./
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: baz parkes on January 27, 2020, 03:10:32 PM
Enjoyed those a lot.
I love the old Hohner saound of that box./ :|glug

Ta...she doesn't get played as much as she should do....
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Fred on January 29, 2020, 04:10:51 PM
Better late than never. (:)

Here's a tune I stumbled upon by accident.
It's a tune from the Carpathian mountains. Even has that in its name. I reckon that counts as a submission criterion.
I very much like its groove, it just keeps on going and going and going.  :||:

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/carpathian-tune-take-1

Played on a G/C Pariselle with LM voicing
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Fred on January 29, 2020, 04:12:28 PM
Oh right, for those interested, here's the abc for the tune:

Code: [Select]
X:1
T:Carpathian Tune
S:String Beings 11/98
N:From a hand-scribbled MS ...
M:C|
L:1/8
K:Gm
"Gm"GABc d2d2 | "(A7)"^c2c2 "(D7)"d4| "Gm"BAG2 A2B2 | "D"A4-A4 |
 "Gm"GABc d2d2 | "(A7)"^c2c2 "(D7)"d4 | "Gm"BAG2 A2B2 | "Gm"G4-G4 :|
|: "Cm"(3cdcG2 (3cdcG2 | "Gm"(3BcBG2 (3BcBG2 | "Cm"(3cdcG2 c3d | "D7"BcAB "Gm"G4|
"Cm"(3cdcG2 (3cdcG2 | "Gm"(3BcBG2 B2c2 | "D7"d6 de | d2c2 B2A2 :|

Got it from folktunefinder, iirc.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: -Y- on January 29, 2020, 10:43:23 PM
Hi there,

Here is a small attempt at Tullochgorum, that apparently translates to "the blue hill" (or at least it is known with this other name), with the first two variations from J. Scott Skinner.

Hope you'll like it (it's the first time I try and play some Scottish music).

https://soundcloud.com/larrydondaine/tullochgorum-strathspey
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Squeaky Pete on January 29, 2020, 11:05:46 PM
Better late than never. (:)

Here's a tune I stumbled upon by accident.
It's a tune from the Carpathian mountains. Even has that in its name. I reckon that counts as a submission criterion.
I very much like its groove, it just keeps on going and going and going.  :||:

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/carpathian-tune-take-1

Played on a G/C Pariselle with LM voicing
That's a great tune, well played on a lovely sounding box.
Who could ask for more?
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Fred on January 29, 2020, 11:16:14 PM
Hi there,

Here is a small attempt at Tullochgorum, that apparently translates to "the blue hill" (or at least it is known with this other name), with the first two variations from J. Scott Skinner.

Hope you'll like it (it's the first time I try and play some Scottish music).

https://soundcloud.com/larrydondaine/tullochgorum-strathspey

This has such a mellow tone to it and does not need any more than the melody you put out. Awesome.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Saul Bailey on January 30, 2020, 11:39:43 AM
Better late than never. (:)

Here's a tune I stumbled upon by accident.
It's a tune from the Carpathian mountains. Even has that in its name. I reckon that counts as a submission criterion.
I very much like its groove, it just keeps on going and going and going.  :||:

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/carpathian-tune-take-1

Played on a G/C Pariselle with LM voicing

I've been looking for the name of that tune! Finally!! Great playing as ever :)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Fred on January 30, 2020, 12:44:55 PM
Better late than never. (:)

Here's a tune I stumbled upon by accident.
It's a tune from the Carpathian mountains. Even has that in its name. I reckon that counts as a submission criterion.
I very much like its groove, it just keeps on going and going and going.  :||:

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/carpathian-tune-take-1

Played on a G/C Pariselle with LM voicing

I've been looking for the name of that tune! Finally!! Great playing as ever :)

Glad I could help and thank you for the nice words.

Here's a nice version of the tune played in an ensemble:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwzpYh9vFFM
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Gena Crisman on January 30, 2020, 01:13:54 PM
The Carpathian Tune is also used by Bogart's Breakfast for a dance called 'Blue Jay', vis a vis http://www.boggartsbreakfast.org.uk/docs/tunes/Bluejay.pdf so it's a tune you will occasionally here it out on the circuit - I couldn't find a video of them doing it though - Anonymous learnt the dance from them so the tune as written there is in our repertoire. Interesting to hear it played as Fred did! Those fast notes in the B section do make for a much more intricate puzzle, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Grape Ape on January 30, 2020, 02:06:55 PM
Took a bit of brain-wracking this one! Here's the Wild Hills of Wannie, replete with airy intro ;D

https://youtu.be/oZZ2PwZvmhk

That was fantastic! Some of the best playing I’ve heard.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Winston Smith on January 30, 2020, 02:31:36 PM
"Some of the best playing I’ve heard"

And now for something completely different, then!

Here's a tune called Little Cornard, a title which (admittedly) doesn't immediately engender thoughts of hills and/or mountains and valleys. It's only once through, but those of us who were educated at mainstream schools during the 50's or 60's will recall the first line of the words straight away, which may be a case for allowing it in this month. Who knows?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdeR3IowlIA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdeR3IowlIA)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Saul Bailey on January 30, 2020, 05:59:23 PM
The Carpathian Tune is also used by Bogart's Breakfast for a dance called 'Blue Jay', vis a vis http://www.boggartsbreakfast.org.uk/docs/tunes/Bluejay.pdf so it's a tune you will occasionally here it out on the circuit - I couldn't find a video of them doing it though - Anonymous learnt the dance from them so the tune as written there is in our repertoire. Interesting to hear it played as Fred did! Those fast notes in the B section do make for a much more intricate puzzle, I'm sure.

Yes that was where I first heard it! I saw this video of Boggarts years ago and have been looking for the tune ever since. They write some cracking dances eh!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQPjdv0eQ7w
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Spikey on January 31, 2020, 02:49:34 AM
A different take on McGrooger's fantastically lively "Mount Hills":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E7KCbi33-M

Learnt from the wonderful playing of Saul Rose at a recent workshop (in sweltering Auckland heat so quite a tutoring challenge).
Was my first workshop so a bit over-awed being in the presence of such melodeon greatness, but really pleased that I managed to learn this by ear when normally a dots person.
Hopefully some encouragement to others out there who feel they cannot learn by ear.  It is indeed possible.

All mistakes and poor playing of course mine and not down to the teaching ::)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on February 01, 2020, 07:16:59 PM
Thanks everyone - time for a new theme coming up in a minute! Please continue to put any late contribs on the end of this thread as usual!
Title: Green Mountain Petronella
Post by: Little Eggy on February 05, 2020, 10:37:44 AM
A few days late, but here's a simple take on Green Mountain Petronella - a session tune I found on Nick Barber's "Lovely Nancy" (Mally 2002).

Played on my D/G Maestro.

https://youtu.be/xH1kf0Uab30
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on February 05, 2020, 01:36:18 PM
Nice one Mr Petit Oeuf. I think it's a great little tune.

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for January 2020: Mountains, Hills, Valleys, etc
Post by: Peadar on February 15, 2020, 11:04:45 PM
OK so it's late and I've cheated (same video as for February).

Beinn Donail  overlooks Loch Liobhan.

 https://youtu.be/9q1SaNh8Mw4

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