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What tune will we play in January?

Dark Girl Dressed in Blue (aka Duchess...)
- 17 (34.7%)
Belfast Hornpipe
- 7 (14.3%)
3 Sea Captains
- 6 (12.2%)
La Marianne
- 19 (38.8%)

Total Members Voted: 48

Voting closed: December 31, 2010, 11:17:00 PM


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Clive Williams

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Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« on: December 27, 2010, 10:14:56 AM »

You know what, last month was so close, let's just run the poll again with one new tune to replace the last months winner:

The Belfast Hornpipe (ah, so that's what that tune's called!).

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Last month's contenders:

ABC for Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, courtesy of Lester:

Code: [Select]
X:79
T:Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
A3G F2G2|AB cA B2G2|A3G F2G2|A2d2d4|
A3G F2G2|AB cA B2G2|A2d2^c2e2|d4d4:|
f2f2g2f2|de dB A4|f2f2g2f2|d3B A4|
f2f2g2f2|de dB A2B2|c2B2c2G2|[1A2AB c2d2:|[2A8|]

Spotify users can find an amazing version of Duchess/Dark Girl (labelled 'The Duchess Dressed in Blue') on Tiger Moth's album 'Mothballs Plus'; Courtesy of our own Anahata, we have a splendid version by Ethel's Cats (second tune). We're talking about the english tune by the way, not the irish tune with the same name which is *completely* different.

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Three Sea Captains:

Here's a nice slow version, played on guitar. It's been embellished with a few extra accidentals in this video, but you get the idea. An infeasibly catchy tune which sticks in the brain.

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La Marianne:

A beautifully simple waltz written by Frederic Paris of La Chavanee, the chap who wrote Canal in October.

Here's a version of it played on a Castagnari Giordy! All you need is half a melodeon to play this apparently!  ;D

... and there you go. Happy voting!

Clive

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2010, 10:31:35 AM »

Clive that fiddle playing might frighten some off the Belfast Hornpipe, but to give them hope I've found this one on a box.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcdo_AYX2k0&feature=related

Cheers and Happy New Year to all  :|glug
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2010, 11:42:04 AM »

Well done, Chas. I've only heard a scary tin whistle version by the Dubliners. Cool tune though.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010, 01:40:47 PM »

I have encountered DGDIB as 'Over the Waterfall' wearing my 'transatlantic hat' and wonder how many times it crossed the water,from which direction initially, and became inverted and reinvented.
An enthusiastic indicator of the close relationship between the tunes can be found at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSBD45Isf6g

No doctoral thesis responses please, I just met both tunes and recognised a similarity beyond coincidence which may be worth sharing. Even the OSB version was barely English.
Others may disagree.

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 09:03:25 AM »

I think that girl has got to change her dress. (or hair colour)
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 10:35:41 AM »

(I'll leave Lester to disagree  >:E)

Eh?

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2010, 12:13:04 AM »

Whatever the tune is (not voting) I'm contributing this month. Sort of like telling everybody I've quit smoking, a bit of pressure on myself. (:)
« Last Edit: December 30, 2010, 12:15:12 AM by stevejay »
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010, 01:16:14 AM »

Whatever the tune is (not voting) I'm contributing this month. Sort of like telling everybody I've quit smoking, a bit of pressure on myself. (:)

I've tried that, it doesn't always work :P

I mean, er, so am I :P
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2010, 02:06:41 AM »

Whatever the tune is (not voting) I'm contributing this month. Sort of like telling everybody I've quit smoking, a bit of pressure on myself. (:)
Just wait till Jan 1 and then you can follow the mob and break your resolution.
Of if you are really feeling any crowd pressure angst you just ignore it because, as Kierkegaard  told the world melodeon totm conference in 1850  : "In a world of cowards, the man who runs in the opposite direction is not necessarily afraid...." :P
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010, 01:18:40 PM »

I will seriously try to contribute in January too!!! I'm getting my life back really soon. (=thesis over with, no courses until April)
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2010, 04:49:12 PM »

The trouble with the international ban on smoking in pubs is that when I screw up in a session, I can no longer casually light a cigarette, hoping no-one noticed.

Maybe I should give up smoking and start doing some contributions - but then, if my resolution is to do something to improve the world, maybe I shouldn't contribute...  Resolve to play quieter?

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2010, 06:17:30 PM »

The trouble with the international ban on smoking in pubs is that when I screw up in a session, I can no longer casually light a cigarette, hoping no-one noticed.

Maybe I should give up smoking and start doing some contributions - but then, if my resolution is to do something to improve the world, maybe I shouldn't contribute...  Resolve to play quieter?

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2010, 06:30:32 PM »

Giving up smoking's easy. I do it often.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010, 10:46:46 PM »

No doctoral thesis responses please, I just met both tunes and recognised a similarity beyond coincidence which may be worth sharing. Even the OSB version was barely English.
Others may disagree.

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2010, 10:15:35 AM »

OSB = Old Swan Band.
Over The Waterfall was introduced to me recently as "an American version of Dark Girl Dressed in Blue"
- there was no pretence that they were anything other than two versions of the same tune, after you've swapped the A and B in one of them.
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2010, 12:33:27 PM »

According to the Fiddler's Companion, "Dark Girl" was first published as a song around 1855.  The first noted appearance of "Over the Waterfall" in America seems to be early 20th Century  - but all this tells us is that no one had got around to publishing it or recording it sooner.  There is also an Irish version of "Dark Girl" which is even closer to OTW than the usual English version.

Of course, since "Dark Girl" was originally a song it is entirely possible that it was put to an existing tune.

Which leaves us none the wiser, really  (:)

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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2010, 05:34:53 PM »

There is also an Irish version of "Dark Girl" which is even closer to OTW than the usual English version.

Considering how many proud citizens of the USA still claim to be Irish, that's hardly surprising!   ;)
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2010, 07:02:17 PM »

Another version of Belfast Hornpipe, by a delightful little group of young ladies from France:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UctlxVooYFM


Revised to add: Oops, one of the troupe is a young gentleman :|bl
« Last Edit: December 31, 2010, 07:16:47 PM by j.w.forrest »
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Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for January 2011
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2011, 07:01:23 AM »

I have to confess to having not voted for our
eventual winner - but now I've researched her
I think I can perhaps live with ...
 
   the dark girl ..

    (undressed) ..

      in blouse  :o

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