Grandfather's Tune (1)

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X: 1 T:Grandfather's Tune [1] T:Sheepshearing R:Reel C:Trad. O:England M:4/4 L:1/8 Q:1/4=210 K:D "D"F2A2 B2c2|dcde f2 a2|"Em"g2f2 e2d2|"A"c2B2 A2G2| "D"F2A2 B2c2|dcde f2 a2|"Em"g2f2 eABc|"D"d2f2 d4:| |:"Em"e4 f4|g2f2 e4|g2f2 e2d2|"A"c2B2 A2G2| "D"F2A2 B2c2|dcde f2 a2|"Em"g2f2 eABc|"D"d2f2 d4:|

GRANDFATHER'S TUNE [1]. AKA - "Grandfather's Polka." AKA and see "Sheepshearing." English, Morris Dance Tune (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Barber): AA'BB' (Wade). The tune has been employed in the North-West England morris dance tradition for a polka step. Phillip Heath Coleman [1] has identified the tune as "a simplified ('disarpeggiated') and rather zippy version of the "Cliff Hornpipe". One member of the [Dorset Trio] (who recorded it in 1941) described it as his "grandfather's tune", whence the popular title of the version now in circulation," although the tune was entitled "Sheepshearing." The Dorset Trio consisted of musicians playing fiddle, concertina and cello.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barber (Nick Barber's English Choice), No. 51, p. 25. Wade (Mally's North West Morris Book), 1988; p. 28.

Recorded sources : - DMPCD 0204, Nick & Mary Barber with Huw Jones - "Lovely Nancy" (2002). Flowers and Frolics - "Bees on Horseback" (2008). Topic Records TSCD659, Dorset Trio - "Rig-a-Jig-Jig: Dance Music of the South of England."

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