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Pete Dunk

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The Bell Ringing
« on: December 21, 2019, 11:18:30 PM »

From the Rev. Baring-Gould's book "Songs of the West" this is a sweet little song from Devon which did the folk club rounds for a little while some time ago now. A friend of mine wanted to have a crack at it so I transcribed it from a scan of the book and thought it might be of interest to others. ABC here and PDF attached.

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T:Bell Ringing, The
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L:1/8
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%%MIDI program 73 % flute
%%MIDI chordprog 1 % piano
V:1
V:2
V:3 clef=bass
Q:1/4=120 "   Moderato"
K:D
V:1
z2|Z7|
V:2
(d2|B2G2e2|c2A2f2|B2) (gfed &G2E2G2|cBAGFE &AGFEDC|\
F2A2) ([dF][eG] &D2C2B,2|f2d2e2 &A2F2G2|B2c2-c2 &[GE]2[GE]2 [AF][GE]|
V:3
z2|(D2B,2G,2|A,2C2D2)|Z3|[A,A,,]6|A,,6|
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V:1
z2z2A2|d2A2F2|G2B2 AA|E2A2 (FE)|E2A,2A2|D2F2A2|
w:One day in Oc-to-ber, Nei-ther drunk-en no-r so-ber, O'er Broad-bu-ry
V:2
d4)z2 &[FD]4 z2|d2A2F2 &F2D2D2|G2B2A2 &D4 C2|\
B,2 CDED|E4 FE &D2 CB, C2|D2F2A2 &D4 E2|
V:3
D,4 z2|D,2F,2D,2|B,2G,2A,2|\
G,2F,2G,2|A,2A,,2 A,G,|F,2D,2C,2|
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V:1
G2B2A2|E2G2F2|D4AA|d2B2c2|c2A2d2|G2B2A2|
w:Down I was wend-ing my way, When I heard of some ring-ing, some danc-ing and
V:2
G2B2A2 &D4 C2|E2G2 FE &B,4 C2|D4 de &D4 FG|\
f2 (gfed) &A2 (BAGF)|(cB A2) (dc) &(EDC2) (FE)|(BAGFED) &z6|
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B,,2 G,,2 A,,2|G,2 E,2 A,G, &z4A,,2|[F,D,]4 z2|Z2|(DCB,A,G,F,)|
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E2"^rall."G2F2|"^   a tempo"D2F2A2|G2B2A2|E2G2F2|D4 AA|d2B2c2|A4 A2|
w:sing-ing; I ought to re-mem-ber that Ju-bi-lee day. 'Twas in Ash-wa-ter town, The
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d3e c2 &[BE]2 [BG]2 [AF][GE]|d4A2 &[FD]4C2|d2B2c2 &[AD]2[GD]2[GE]2|A6 &[GE]2[FD]2[EC]2|
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V:1
d2B2c2|A4A2|D2F2A2|G2B2A2|E2G2F2|D4 AA|d2B2d2|
w:Bells they did soun' They rung for a belt and a hat laced with gold, But the men of North
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G2B2A2 &D4C2|G2A2 FE &B,4C2|D4z2|[dF]2[BD]2[dF]2|
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G,2E,2 A,G, &z4A,,2|[F,D,]4 z2|[A,D,]2[B,G,]2[A,D,]2|
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w:Lew, Rang so stea-dy and true That there ne-ver was bet-ter in De-von I hold.
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[dF]2[AD]2[FD]2|G2B2A2 &D4C2|E2G2F2 &B,4C2|"_Fine."D4|]
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[A,A,,]6|[A,D,]2[B,G,]2[A,D,]2|[A,A,,]6|\
[A,D,]2[B,G,]2[A,D,]2|B,2G,2A,2|G,2E,2 A,G, &z4A,,|[F,D,]4|]
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W:One day in October, Neither drunken nor sober,
W:O'er Broadbury Down I was wending my way,
W:When I heard of some ringing, some danc-ing and sing-ing.
W:I ought to remember that Jubilee day.
W:
W:Chorus:
W:'Twas in Ashwater town, The Bells they did sound,
W:They rung for a belt and a hat laced with gold.
W:And the men of Northlew, Rang so steady and true
W:That there never was better in Devon I hold.
W:
W:'Twas misunderstood, for the men of Broadwood
W:Rang a peel on the tenor should never have been.
W:And the men of Northlew rang so steady and true,
W:A difficult matter to beat them I wean
W:
W:(Chorus)
W:
W:Those of Broadwood being naughty, then said to our party,
W:We'll ring you a challenge again in a round.
W:We'll give you the chance,in St.Stephen's by Launceston;
W:The prize to the winner a note of five pound.
W:
W:Chorus:
W:'Twas in Callington town, the bells they did sound, etc.
W:
W:So the match it went on, at good Callington,
W:And the bells they rang out o'er the valley below
W:And theold and young people, the hale and the feeble,
W:They came out to hear the sweet bell music flow.
W:
W:Chorus:
W:'Twas in Callington town, the bells they did sound, etc.
W:
W:Those of Broadwood once more were obliged to give o'er,
W:They were beaten completely once more in a round.
W:And the men of Northlew, rang so steady and true
W:No better than they in the West can be found.
W:
W:Chorus:
W:'Twas in Ashwater town then in Callington town, etc.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2019, 11:20:46 PM by Pete Dunk »
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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2019, 11:50:33 PM »

The song's still being sung in some parts - certainly in the repertoire of one of the Keighley Bacca Pipes residents.
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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2019, 05:12:18 AM »

One of the songs on the LP 'Young Hunting' by the late Tony Rose - Trailer LER 2013 (1970)...
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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2019, 05:45:03 AM »

Still being sung regularly by friends of mine in Devon, a duo called Carillyon. I've used it as a waltz tune in at least two bands. Lovely little tune.

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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2019, 08:43:09 AM »

Yes it is still sung here, and have been know to sing it myself before buttons took over!
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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2019, 09:52:29 AM »

As performed by Aldbury Morris with me on English Concertina
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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2019, 10:15:18 AM »

One of the first tunes I learned to play on the melodeon. It's a lovely song, Mick Ryan does a wonderful job of it, that man can really hold a note  ;)

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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2020, 05:49:56 AM »

Quite by chance, I came across this simple version yesterday:

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T:Bell Ringing
%See Tony Rose's LP 'Young Hunting'
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:D
 "D" z4 A2 | "D" d2 A2 F2 | "G" G2 B2 AA | "G" E2 A2 GF | "A" E2 A,2 A2 | "D" D2 F2 A2 | "G" G2 B2 A2 | "G" E2 G2 F2 |
 "D" D4 AA | "G" d2 B2 c2 | "D" c2 A2 d2 | "G" G2 B2 A2 | "G" E2 G2 F2 | "D" D2 F2 A2 | "G" G2 B2 A2 | "G" E2 G2 F2 |
 "D" D4 AA | "G" d2 B2 d2 | "D" A4 A2 | "G" d2 B2 c2 | "D" A4 A2 | "D" D2 F2 A2 | "G" G2 B2 A2 | "G" E2 G2 F2 |
 "D" D4 AA | "G" d2 B2 d2 | "D" c2 A2 c2 | "G" d2 B2 d2 | "F#m" c2 A2 F2 | "D" D2 F2 A2 | "G" G2 B2 A2 | "G" E2 G2 F2 | "D" D4 z2 |

The chords are mind-numbingly pedestrian, and it is (I think) slightly different than the version
originally posted by PD, but there it is...
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Re: The Bell Ringing
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2020, 02:57:36 AM »

Thanks...........Robin
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