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What tune shall we play in January?

The Northern Lass
- 12 (21.4%)
La Mal-Aimable
- 21 (37.5%)
One for Dan
- 10 (17.9%)
The Star Above the Garter
- 13 (23.2%)

Total Members Voted: 42

Voting closed: January 01, 2020, 09:55:55 AM


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Thrupenny Bit

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2020, 01:54:28 PM »

Yes, subjective is right.
I have tunes I stumble through. Though some are deemed 'easy' they somehow hit my blind spot and don't really become absorbed. I'm sure I'm not alone in this.
As Julian says,  easy for one is not necessarily easy for all.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2020, 02:27:30 PM »

I remember at last year's DG Weekend at Halsway, Speed the Plough was my absolute favourite tune in the evening sessions.
It was started steadily by one of the beginners and was studiously kept at that speed, steady and with power. It meant those of us who already knew the tune could really get into it. It was a glorious crescendo....

There is plenty of power in that tune, accounting for its longevity and popularity. John Kirkpatrick plays a version of Speed the Plough as a swaggering dotted hornpipe with lots of swing and dynamics, on overdubbed treble, baritone, and bass anglo concertina, and it completely changed my perspective on this tune.

I don't know if this link will work for those in the UK, but it's on his Duck Race album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUSgmnWdGoQ&t=391
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2020, 02:31:17 PM »

I don't know if this link will work for those in the UK, but it's on his Duck Race album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUSgmnWdGoQ&t=391

It won't but this one will  (:)
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2020, 02:34:09 PM »

It won't but this one will  (:)

And contrariwise, I don't get to view that one, even though it's the same track! Seems like a very silly form of region-locking.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2020, 02:42:51 PM »

Ah, that's why clicking on the email reply link inJesse's original post won't allow me onto melnet as my clock is at a different time!!! :o
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2020, 02:56:36 PM »

I may well be mistaken (and Little Eggy will surely correct me if I am) but I rather fancy that "Speed the Plough" was just meant as an example of an English tune as opposed to one from the European mainland.

Is this the same Plough as in the eponymous Scottish Country Dance?

Speed the Plough/Inverness Country Dance

I believe it's closely related, if not identical. There are various settings of the tune. It's very old.  Do you have a link to an example?

Slow settings are fun, but it does lend itself to speeding. I rather like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWwk-dC8Ojc&feature=emb_logo
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2020, 05:39:21 PM »

I guess we can choose a tune from the UK in Feb when we've left the EU.

Which is, of course, just in time to avoid EU directive 5666/2019 which prohibits all traditional music other than German hiking tunes,
standardises all melodeons to C/F Hohners, specifies three years imprisonment for playing 'Speed the Plough' in public and requires
Andy Cutting to be renamed Andreas Schneider.

Happy 2020 everyone.

You've sparked an interesting discussion about starter tunes with your comment. I don't know if I should really write any further comment but I think I can't let this stand on its own... I dislike your post's undertone and would kindly like to ask you, not to bring up politics (esp. Brexit) in this forum. I think we've all been happy to have a nice enclave here which does not talk about these things at all. Just my two cents, thanks for your understanding.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2020, 07:06:58 PM »

Sorry Fred
Just trying to make light of something that’s created such antagonism.
Your advice is very wise and I won’t do it again.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2020
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2020, 09:20:25 PM »

Greg...I haven't got a link
But it was dance No.4 in the SCDS Book 2
A note in my(later) RSCDS edition states the tune was introduced to Scotland and published by Colonel MacKenzie of Delvine.
I looked for a video online but it seems to have become a yah dance.
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