Tune of the Week

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:

Valse efter Manneberg A charming Swedish waltz.  Don’t miss the interesting back story in the Notes section, contributed by a site visitor from Sweden,

Last week’s tune:

Kildare Fancy. A lovely Irish hornpipe, a favorite in jams and sessions around here.

Recent Tunes of the Week:

  • April Waltz (aka Snow In April).  OK, it’s April, and we did have some wet snow just two days ago here in Vermont, so this waltz seemed appropriate.
  • King of the Pipers. A wonderful 5-part jig from Ireland.  We play it AABBCCDDEE.
  • The Coffee Tune, Kaffelåten. A Swedish polska celebrating what may be Sweden’s national beverage.
  • Breton Schottische in D major. From Brittany, France, This charming schottische was part of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra’s repertoire for a few years in the 2000-teens.
  • Maple Sugar Seeing as it’s sugaring season here in Vermont (week of March 20), This two-step seems appropriate, even if its origin was in Ontario.
  • Haste to the Wedding  This classic jig from Ireland and Scotland is a favorite jam session tune.
  • Loggieville  This great Canadian two-step is from New Brunswick and the title refers to a village, now part of city of Miramichi in northeastern New Brunswick.  Don’t miss the YouTube of composer Matilda Murdoch playing her tune at age 90.
  • Da Slockit Light.  This tune was featured here a few weeks ago but I’m repeating it, having found and added a video of the composer, the immortal Tom Anderson of Shetland, playing it on the occasion of his 80th birthday — about as authentic a rendition as could be wished.
  • Waltzing Matilda Okay, this is a long way from the North Atlantic, but since your webmaster is Australian born, he couldn’t resist.  Besides, as with many Australian songs and tunes, faint echoes of the English and Irish early immigrants–many of them convicts–can be heard.  Don’t miss the glossary of outback slang in the lyrics in the Notes section.
  • Eighteen Fourteen – NOT “In 1814 we took a little trip Along with Col. Jackson down the mighty Mississip” but a Swedish tune of uncertain origin, known as “Slängpolska fra Södermanland”  See the Notes section for more details.