A new tune each Wednesday (more or less) chosen arbitrarily by your Webmaster, a mixture of traditional and new (but traditional in style) tunes. Site visitors are encouraged to nominate tunes for this page via the Suggestion Form.
This week’s tune:
Raemona’s Waltz, Another waltz, again from Canada, but this one from Ontario, said to have been written for the composer’s wife.
Last week’s tune:
November Waltz. Well, it’s well and truly November here in Vermont as I write this with our first wet snow coming down…which calls for this lovely Quebecois waltz by Jean-Claude Mirandette. We play its three parts ABABACAB.
Recent Tunes of the Week:
- Money in Both Pockets, Back in the good old days, we used to play this jig with Banish Misfortune and The Mortgage Burn as “the Obama set.” 🙂
- Swinging on a Gate; a reel from Ireland? England? Scotland? USA? –pretty international 🙂
- The Troll in the Knitting Machine (Trollet i skäkten), a delightful Swedish polska.
- Grey Owl, a new-to-this-site Métis reel by John Arcand, thanks to a site visitor who suggested it.
- The Rambling Pitchfork. A traditional jig from England (?). It goes well with Toss the Feathers as a set.
- The Meeting of the Waters. The story goes that this tune was marched to by British troops under the command of a young British colonial officer named George Washington as they advanced toward what would later be called Pittsburgh, intending to displace French troops during the French and Indian War. The waters were the Monongahela and Allegheny, joining to form the Ohio.
- Union Street Session. This lively reel includes some neat syncopation in the B part. It is said to have been named for a session at Kyle MacNeil’s house, a member of the Barra MacNeils of Cape Breton. Union Street was where Kyle lived.
- Burnt River Jig by Canadian composer Brian Pickell. Learn the story of this tune’s title in the Notes section on its page.
- Meg Gray, a traditional reel in E minor from eastern Kentucky
- In Memory of Herbie MacLeod, a lyrical waltz by the late great Cape Breton Fiddler, Jerry Holland.
- Polska efter Petter Dufva, aka If I Had a Mouse I Would Feed Him Chocolate. This Swedish polska, if it has a name, may be Petter Duvfa Polska number 45 (There appear to be at least 192 polskas by Peter Dufva!) One of our local fiddlers gave it the nickname “If I Had a Mouse I Would Feed Him Chocolate” as a mnemonic way to remember how the tune starts.
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