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Sweet Hesleyside
« on: December 27, 2007, 01:20:15 PM »

Would just like to recommend this beautiful tune which can be found on the Folkworks at Sage CD and book of dots volume 111. It's in G and described as a Northumbrian slow air but seems to work at faster tempo's too. There's loads of opportunity for a novice to experiment with bass harmonisation etc and its just a wonderful haunting tune. Can't find any history about it, would be very interested if anybody knows.

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PS IMHO its a great shame more sessions don't go for some slower tunes.

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Re: Sweet Hesleyside
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2007, 02:08:53 PM »

There is a lovely version of it (played on Northumbrian smallpipes) on Kathryn Tickell's On Kielder Side LP and CD. I've started several impromptu sessions at the Northeast Squeeze-In by starting to play Sweet Hesleyside, Crooked Bawbee or Da Slockit Light at a very low tempo. They make a nice change from the frenetic pace of so much of the other music on the weekend.

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Re: Sweet Hesleyside
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2007, 05:05:51 PM »

What a nice tune! I discovered I have the notes for it in
Pete Loud's Collection of Northumbrian etc Tunes for the Fiddle
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Re: Sweet Hesleyside
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2007, 05:48:55 PM »

It's also in The Northumbrian Piper's Tune Book, which is where I learned it from.
Among others, Saltarelle Pastourelle II D/G; Hohner 4-stop 1-rows in C & G; assorted Hohners; 3-voice German (?) G/C of uncertain parentage; lovely little Hlavacek 1-row Heligonka; B♭/E♭ Koch. Newly acquired G/C Hohner Viktoria. Also Fender Jazz bass, Telecaster, Stratocaster, Epiphone Sheraton, Charvel-Jackson 00-style acoustic guitar and other stuff..........

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