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Re: Tune of the Month for April 2010 - Battle of the Somme
« Reply #200 on: May 08, 2014, 01:55:41 PM »

Here's my very quick stab at this tune, played as a lament/slow march:

Well, Clive, quick stab or not, it has certainly inspired me. Heard this played at Sheffield Sessions Festival a couple of nights ago by Richard Arrowsmith in a very noisy alehouse and was captivated by this melody. Searching for it I came across the long debate about who wrote it and what time signature...! But in the midst of that found your recording from four years ago (before I joined Melnet) and have learned it from that. Terrific, haunting, evocative...thanks.

I was there too! Didn't spot you though. It sounded phenomenal on Saturday afternoon in the Bb/Eb session with full horn section!
I was the grumpy old fellow sitting opposite the door, with a better looking young son in law. We were there 9 to about 10 30.  Worked out who you were eventually.  Have got the Battle of the Somme off now, after a rather shaky first try at a recent session.  Hope to see you at another session sometime.
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