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Re: sets of tunes for ceilidh
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2015, 08:58:06 AM »

Good to see someone else plays "Me Laddie's Ower Bonny For the Coal Trade"
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Re: sets of tunes for ceilidh
« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2015, 03:15:25 PM »

Some sets I have used regularly.

Mucking of Geordies   Byre  2xA,2xB
Athol highlanders  2xA, 2XB,2'XC,2xD

cock of the north
Hundred pipers
Bonny Dundee

Egans Polka
Ryans Polka

La Russe (D) Cadam Wood (G)

Barn Dance set--loch Lomond, Geordie  hinny, Maggie

Single tune 3 speed set  --Swedish Masquerade.


Duke of perth (G), My love she's but a lassie yet (D) White Cockade (G)


Oh Susanah,(G) red river valley (G) swanee river (D)

Scotland the brave D  Thistle of Scotland A, No awa  tae bide awa G  (for circasian circle as last dance)

Waltz set - Road and miles to Dundee, home on the Range, Endearing young charms  Irish eyes are smiling (handy if last waltz required)

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Re: sets of tunes for ceilidh
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2015, 09:25:32 PM »

Good to see someone else plays "Me Laddie's Ower Bonny For the Coal Trade"

Brian Peters played it when he was out here and Jackie & Greg Wilson picked it up. They began using it for a dance called the Hamburger Special. Playing the one tune for the whole dance allows the band to really get into the swing of it.
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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2018, 10:15:48 PM »

I think it may be interesting  to start a thread listing tune sets that  members use when playing for "English(ish) ceilidh's.  Apologies if this has been done else elsewhere on the forum that I havn't spotted.

Just start the ball rolling here are a few of my regular tune sets:

Barn Dance set- Loch Lomond, Keep your feet still Geordie hinny - Maggie

Waltz set    - The road and the miles to Dundee, home on the range, Believe me if all those endearing young charms

Polka set  - Egans Polka, John Ryans Polka

Gay Gordons set -cock of the north , 100 pipers

St Bernard waltz set - daisy daisy (daisy bell), Oh dear want can the matter be, She's a lassie from Lancashire

Virginia Reel,  coming round the mountain,  let him go let him tarry, waltzing matilda, click go the shears

jig set  (for various dances including the Blaydon races) Blaydon races, madamoiselle from Armentiers, muckin of geordies Byre.

These tunes can of course by used for dances other than the examples shown .I also always use as many 'sing along' tunes as possible to increase the enjoyment and participation of both the dancers and those 'sitting out'

(Theo not sure if this is in the right place  or if it should be in 'tunes' so feel free to move if necessary)

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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2018, 05:59:27 AM »

You did say "for English(ish)", didn't you, George?     :D

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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2018, 11:27:12 AM »

indeed!  I am thinking in terms of tunes  frequently used for  ceilidhs in England rather  , instead of or as well as tunes of 'English' origin.??

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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2018, 11:34:43 AM »

George also discussed this topic in 2015: http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,17503.msg215020.html
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2018, 11:41:45 AM »

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Re: sets of tunes for ceilidh
« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2018, 12:15:52 PM »

Good to see someone else plays "Me Laddie's Ower Bonny For the Coal Trade"
I'm a bit of a sucker for weird tune title so this took my fancy. However, can't find it on Folktune finder, not on the session, nothing obvious on You Tube - where can can I hear this and  /or see the dots please?
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2018, 12:58:51 PM »

It's in the Vickers Collection published as The Great Northern Tune Book tune number 154.   If you like weird tune titles it is a book you will enjoy with gems such as "Bustle her in a Blanket", "Mopping Nelly" "Admiral Rodney's Delight" "Cock up thy Beaver"  which I found by opening the book at random and flicking through a few pages.   It is crammed full of such delights.  The last title I've quoted is about hats by the way.
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #30 on: April 08, 2018, 01:33:22 PM »

Aaargh ! I've got enough tunes to work on as it is, what with MatW approaching fast...
I'm fond of 3/2 hornpipes at the moment, but haven't tried matching any with dances yet - comments and recommendations ?

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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2018, 04:55:25 PM »

It's in the Vickers Collection published as The Great Northern Tune Book tune number 154.   If you like weird tune titles it is a book you will enjoy with gems such as "Bustle her in a Blanket", "Mopping Nelly" "Admiral Rodney's Delight" "Cock up thy Beaver"  which I found by opening the book at random and flicking through a few pages.   It is crammed full of such delights.  The last title I've quoted is about hats by the way.
Thanks Theo. I shall get hold of a copy; another book to add to the pile!
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2018, 03:03:32 AM »

The dots for 'My Lad's Over Bonny for the Coal Trade' are at http://tunearch.org/wiki/My_Lad%27s_Over_Bonny_for_the_Coal_Trade
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2018, 12:24:30 PM »

All this talk of the coal trade reminds me of a Ken Dodd joke that I read recently in his obituary:

"Sex is what posh people have their coal delivered in."

(Yes, it took me a few seconds to get it, too.  ;)  )

In an attempt to save my post from being deleted for irrelevance, and leaving aside the slight incongruity of the expression "English ceilidh", you could get around the dilemma of whether to use an apostrophe for the plural by using the proper plural (céilithe in Irish and, so Wikipedia tells us, cèildhean in Scots Gaelic). Personally I am grateful for the Irish spelling reform so that I can write "ceilis" (or "céilís").

Still slightly off-topic but in reply to earlier off-topic answers, playing at Irish ceilis, contradances and québécois veillées I am guilty of all the failings that provoke the ire of some: sets of three, four or five tunes, changing from a jig or a slip-jig to a reel (I reckon that anyone who feels that dancers don't appreciate the lift can't be pulling it off well), and doubtless other sins too (playing an extra B music or two or cutting a tune short in order to begin the next iteration of a dance with a new tune would probably count). Tunes do get played 3, 4 or 5 times each, though, and sometimes more. Especially for québécois sets, some of which can go on for ages.

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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2018, 01:39:11 PM »

Here is the current sets that we (can) play.

Mumpers Community Ceilidh Band Set List
Jigs
32 Bar

House and Garden (Ty a Garrd) / The Dory Boat
Louisberg Square (Uncles Jig) / The Oyster Girl
Capt Lanoes / Severn Stars
The Spirit of the Dance (Sheffield Jig)
The Manchester Galop
48 Bar
When Daylight Shines / The Dingle Regatta
Reels
Farewell To Whisky / The Road to Boston
Polkas
Astleys Ride / As the tide was flowing
Buttered Peas / The Marmalade Polka
Uncle Bernard’s Polka / Salmon Tails up the Water
Teribus / Huntsmans Chorus
Not for Joe / Jenny Lind
Three Around Three / Highland Mary
Travellers Joy / Steeple Claydon (Old Molly Oxford)
The Wednesday Night Polka
Winster Gallop
Waltzes
The Man In The Moon / The South Wind
The Greenwood Tree / The Orkney Rope Waltz
Hornpipes
Fells's Hornpipe (Mountain Schottische) / The Dannish Waltz
Keel Row / Ka Fuz A Lum

We are a 'big' band of about 20 so we need to have the timings very crisp to keep things danceable and avoid everything sounding muddy so we tend to avoid doing things on the fly and will only stick to the sets as practiced.
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2018, 02:48:50 PM »

The Tuneworks Tunebook
see here = https://www.tuneworks.co.uk/

Contents
Beginners’ session tunes

1. Speed the Plough / Morpeth Rant / Winster Gallop: reels.
2. Rattling Bog / The Sloe
3. The Blackthorn Stick / The Rakes of Kildare: jigs.
4. Harvest Home / Off to California: hornpipes.
Improvers’ session tunes
Reels

5. Willafjord / Spootiskerry
6. The Maid Behind the Bar / The Flowers of Edinburgh / Staten Island
7. Over the Moor to Maggie / Miss McLeod’s
8. The Merry Blacksmith / The Banshee / St Kilda Wedding
9. St Anne’s / The Sally Gardens
10. The Scholar / The Teetotaller’s
11. My Love is But a Lassie Yet / Durham Rangers / Three Around Three
12. Cooley’s / Swinging on the Gate
13. The Bear Dance / Horse’s Bransle
14. The Silver Spire / Jer the Rigger
Jigs
15. The Irish Washerwoman / Smash the Windows
16. The Blarney Pilgrim / Saddle the Pony
17. Donnybrook Fair / Banish Misfortune
18. Father O’Flynn / My Darling Asleep / Morrison’s
19. Tobin’s Favourite / The Tenpenny Bit / The Lark in the Morning
20. The Kesh / The Connaughtman’s Rambles
21. Out on the Ocean / The Frost is All Over
22. Scarce O’Tatties / Tripping Upstairs / Haste to the Wedding
Slip Jigs
23. The Foxhunter’s / The Drops of Brandy / The Kid on the Mountain
Hornpipes
24. The Boys of Bluehill / Liverpool Hornpipe
25. The Rights of Man / The Home Ruler
Polkas
26. The Ballydesmond No. 1 / Ballydesmond No. 2 / Dennis Murphy’s / The Scartaglen
Waltzes
27. Si Bheag, Si Mhor / Fanny Power

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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2018, 03:01:01 PM »

The dots for 'My Lad's Over Bonny for the Coal Trade' are at http://tunearch.org/wiki/My_Lad%27s_Over_Bonny_for_the_Coal_Trade
Wow thanks Smiley! Something to work on while I wait for my copy of Vickers to arrive.
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Re: tune sets for ceilidh's
« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2018, 03:11:34 PM »

All this talk of the coal trade reminds me of a Ken Dodd joke that I read recently in his obituary:

In Germany it's what comes after fünf  ....
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Re: sets of tunes for ceilidh
« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2018, 05:18:28 PM »

Good to see someone else plays "Me Laddie's Ower Bonny For the Coal Trade"

Didn't know it as such, but it's more or less 2/3 of The Royals Quickstep from William Clarke.
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« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2018, 07:38:59 PM »

The Tuneworks Tunebook
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Bearing in mind that that list is very Celtic-leaning and therefore on the relative fringes of my playing experience, I am intrigued by some of  the choices; for instance, I would never consider "Morpeth Rant" a "beginner's" tune, nor "Harvest Home" - the pedal notes in the B music can be a problem even for relatively experienced players. Conversely, some of the "improvers'" tunes seem to me easier than some of the beginners' category - "My Love Is But A Lassie", for instance, or "Saddle The Pony".

Maybe the tunes are selected with an eye on semitone boxes, and perhaps the beginners' tunes are easier on that style of instrument than on a 4th-apart box, or maybe it's just that my ears (and fingers!) are more accustomed to English tunes. 

Please note I am not criticising the list, simply wondering about what defines a "beginner's" tune.

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