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Clive Williams

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Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:43:57 PM »

Good evening all, and happy new year to those in Australia (shouldn't wish happy new year until the new year apparently), this month's winner is

Weaver's March - a lovely trad English tune from the playing of Tony Hall, via Mcgrooger of this parish - first tune in this set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pLIRi7Y1us

I have no words of wisdom on this one other than it's a great tune which I tend to find myself playing along one row - but your experience, and probably that of Tony Hall, may differ.

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 09:57:41 AM »

Mooching around yootoob ...came across this version inspired by ...read it for yourself ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cx3-W96GiQ
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 07:26:08 PM »

A tune which I have always found to be popular when played in session and malleable according to the company and circumstances in which it is played.

Here are three (fairly pedestrian) takes on the tune, all of which differ from the way I have played it hitherto, so good fun to rethink. Hohner D 4 stop,Hohner Pokerwork D/G and Hohner Erica A/D with timings to facilitate skipping on.

https://youtu.be/4wku2jejMmE

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 12:53:38 PM »

A recording of me playing this tune about 5 years ago.
Can't recall where I learned it, but a little different from Tony Hall's or the Bampton (?) melody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB-JyBo98ws

(Some knowledgeable person (?) claimed that weekend that it was in fact the regimental march of some obscure Scottish regiment, the name of which I've forgotten, but I can't find any reference to it in that context.)
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 09:32:41 PM »

Gosh, not many people trying this one are they?

Here's my take on a Hohner Liliput in G/C (a la Kay Albrecht) in the key of C

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

A quick google does indeed show there's quite a lot of history behind this tune, and calling it English is probably an over-simplification. Robert Burns (scottish poet, etc) put words to it in the late 18th Century, so I think a Scottish origin is possible, and it's certainly at least that old.

In terms of melodeon antics, I don't think there's any particular tricks to this tune - my version is a simple 'up and down the row' exercise.

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 12:39:15 PM »

Gosh, not many people trying this one are they?
We're trying to play it, it just takes a little bit of time to get right (:)

This is my current state, with some tempo failures, a terrible camera angle and other issues, but I think it's passable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_KK79Gwvqo
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 12:50:36 PM »

A quick google does indeed show there's quite a lot of history behind this tune, and calling it English is probably an over-simplification. Robert Burns (scottish poet, etc) put words to it in the late 18th Century, so I think a Scottish origin is possible, and it's certainly at least that old.
Cheers,
Clive

Isn't it the tune of Work of the Weavers played in a different tempo?

Great tune...I'll try to record before the end of January...
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 11:56:36 AM »

Taking note of another thread about love (or lack thereof) for C/F melodeons - here's a quick rendition on my Hohner Club IIB Victoria in C.

https://youtu.be/82cs7YSEJlc

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2018, 09:31:13 PM »

Taking note of another thread about love (or lack thereof) for C/F melodeons

Mitch

What Mitch said...C/F Pressedwood. Ignore the comedy lurch....my granny always said no good would come of sitting on the arm of a chair...

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2018, 12:04:06 AM »

Hello

Here's a short version captured by my infinitely better half as I was waiting for the bbq to reach optimum temperature to burn the chicken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynlMjzeK5C0

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2018, 12:14:05 PM »

My best effort. The setting is straight from the 1782 edition of Aird's Airs, except that every time I tried to include some of his embellishments (a few more trills) I went wrong, so this is more or less straight. [Edit, and it is in G, not D  (:)]

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/weavers-march
« Last Edit: January 23, 2018, 08:48:23 AM by Tone Dumb Greg »
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2018, 08:14:25 PM »

My go at this tune, I just listened to some versions of this that were posted and look at the dots. About an hour ago, so not much effort in getting it down, Crappy bass as usual.

It's a nice tune! I'm playing it in D. I'm not sure what the usual key is? Played on My "pepperpot"
Also I got the notes from the session site so I'm not sure how correct my version is.

https://soundcloud.com/boxcall/weavers-march
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 01:07:33 AM »

Many thanks to Mrs. Ellison for having the good judgement and quick wits to go for her camera while Martin was waiting for the grill to heat. Martin's version of the tune was the first I had heard, and it has become the paradigm to which I aspire. I can hardly wait until the warmer weather gives me a chance to see if it improves with the smell of smoldering charcoal.
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2018, 03:43:15 PM »

My first attempt at a traditional tune in D.  Played on my G/C melodeon, so somewhat finger-twisting!  I should probably have transposed it into C or G, but I learned it by ear from a recording in D .......I do need to buy myself a D/G box

https://youtu.be/nAyxo0fN_K8

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 08:13:04 PM »

I really didn't like this tune at first. I thought it was rather plain; but several of you fine players above inspired me to take another few looks. Now I'm happy to include this tune in my tune box.

https://youtu.be/Krmur95m-Sc

I also gave the opening dropped a third to my little composing machine folk-rnn to see what it would generate in minor. Here's one version, which I think should be titled, "The Weavers Marched Totally Modally":

X:1
T:The Weavers Marched Totally Modally
C:folk-rnn (v2)
M:4/4
K:Emin
|:GA|BcBA GAB2|BcBA GFG2|BABc dcB2|
g4g2f2|e^dBA BcBA|BcBG BAGF|E^DEF GABc|B2B2E2:|
|:f/2g/2a|begb agfa|gfe^d e2B2|f^dcB/2^c/2 dBcA|
B2Be ^d2B2|Bd^cB ABcd|edcB AGFE|GAB^c dBcA|B2E2E2:|

Look at all those accidentals! Luckily my machine has them, but I'm still working to get them under my fingers. The B section is lovely. Also bar 4 against Bminor-Dmajor.
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2018, 08:25:21 PM »

I did end up learning this piece; like boblsturm, I didn't really like it to begin with either. Ended up playing with the chords a bit and got it to a place I liked, taking basically all inspiration from Eshed's performance. Haven't managed to record it despite trying for a bit tonight, but for the B music, playing it on the outside row of a DG, fitting a roundabout B minor (B bass push, D chord pull) in there was particularly pleasing:
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"D"f2gf "A"e2fe | "Bm"dfed "A"cBA2 | "G"Bcd2 "A"cde2 | "Em"g2f2 "A"e4 |
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 11:40:28 PM »

I did end up learning this piece; like boblsturm, I didn't really like it to begin with either. Ended up playing with the chords a bit and got it to a place I liked, taking basically all inspiration from Eshed's performance.
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I forgot to mention it, but I drew my inspiration from Martin Ellison's brilliant playing.

Folk music in a nutshell!
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2018, 12:45:13 PM »

I forgot to mention it, but I drew my inspiration from Martin Ellison's brilliant playing.

Folk music in a nutshell!

Don't we all! Thanks folks on to the next tune - late contribs as ever, bung 'em on the end here.

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2018, 08:59:21 AM »

This may not be quite in the spirit of ToM, but there's a full band arrangement by my band Albireo here:

https://albireo.bandcamp.com/track/weavers-march
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2018: Weaver's March
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2018, 10:01:57 AM »

This may not be quite in the spirit of ToM, but there's a full band arrangement by my band Albireo here:

https://albireo.bandcamp.com/track/weavers-march

Seems exactly in the right spirit to me and a great arrangement to boot. Thanks for the link.
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