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Name Some Fiddle Tunes

02 Oct 12 - 09:48 PM (#3413395)
Subject: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

There are some great names to fiddle tunes(and accordion.) and was wondering if we could list a few that you know. Here are some that come to mind.

Smash the Window
Irish Washer Woman
Red Haired Boy

It doesn't matter if they are Reels, Hornpipes, Jigs, Waltz and so on.

Adrien


02 Oct 12 - 10:18 PM (#3413404)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Rapparee

Money Musk.


02 Oct 12 - 10:26 PM (#3413408)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: sian, west wales

Pisio ar y Gwair (Pissing on the Grass).

sian


02 Oct 12 - 10:30 PM (#3413409)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Mike in Brunswick

Last Tango in Harris

Mike


02 Oct 12 - 11:10 PM (#3413414)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,DrWord

Money in both pockets

Haste to the wedding

Dennis


02 Oct 12 - 11:13 PM (#3413415)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

Haste to the wedding we played today at a seniors home.
Good one.
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03 Oct 12 - 12:55 AM (#3413427)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,DrWord

I'll never play Haste to the wedding with sufficient haste, but my elderly penny whistler is slower than I on the mandolin ~ I try to play fiddle tunes on the mando ~ music_with_the_frail_elderly is such a great gig!



Maple sugar

Red River Reel

Tiny's Rag

&c.,&c.

Cheers
Thanx 4 the thread Beer



Dennis


03 Oct 12 - 01:12 AM (#3413431)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Ebbie

There are so many- I sometimes suspect that the same people who name the Avon products are involved in naming fiddle tunes, so colorful, whimsical, graphic, sad, they are.

Cruel Willie
Straight Away
Burnt Potato
Between the Sheets
Lament for the Reverend Archie Beaton
A Mighty Pretty Waltz
Tombstone

So many more.


03 Oct 12 - 03:33 AM (#3413455)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

I Buried My Wife And Danced On Top Of Her.
An Phish Fhliuch (apologies for the spelling).


03 Oct 12 - 03:44 AM (#3413458)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Georgiansilver

The Palatka Band (Transylvania) playing "Slow Dance part one"   My favourite fiddle tune...


03 Oct 12 - 04:18 AM (#3413470)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Dave Hanson

My favourite from ' O'Neill's 1001 Gems ' is the reel,

' Kitty Got a Clinking Coming From The Races '

what does it mean ?

Great name, not much of a tune.

Dave H


03 Oct 12 - 04:22 AM (#3413475)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Bruce from Bathurst

Haste To The Wedding should be followed by Lark In The Morning (and a lecherous grin).


03 Oct 12 - 04:27 AM (#3413477)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Baz Parkes

Haste To The Wedding should be followed by Lark In The Morning (and a lecherous grin).

Then Tripping Upstairs and the Blue Eyed Stranger...

Baz


03 Oct 12 - 04:28 AM (#3413478)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

The Wedding Reel (originally 'McLeod's Farewell', by Donald Shaw)
The Honeymoon Reel (you can find in on thesession.org)
The Acrimonious Divorce Reel
The Fucked-Up Kids Reel


03 Oct 12 - 04:45 AM (#3413482)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: KT

Shove That Pig's Foot a Little Further in the FIre
Jenny Ran Away in the Mud in the Night
Nail That Catfish to the Tree
Tipping Back the Corn


03 Oct 12 - 05:02 AM (#3413492)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Morris-ey

The gander in the pratie hole


03 Oct 12 - 05:56 AM (#3413508)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Mo the caller

Are those all fast tunes? How about some slow Tom Anderson Shetland tunes.
Da Slockit Light
Da Auld Restin' Chair

And there's a list here of too many good tunes to list.

Hmm... just reread the OP. Are you looking for the names of great tunes or just tunes with great names. Easier to think up a good name than a good tune. I have a CD where one track is called by the plain daft name
Sugar in the Spotty One


03 Oct 12 - 06:05 AM (#3413511)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament for the 77th Mounted Lancer's Retreat from the Straits of Loch Knombe, in the Year of Our Lord 1727, on the Occasion of the Announcement of Her Marriage to the Laird of Kinleakie.


03 Oct 12 - 06:33 AM (#3413523)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Bruce from Bathurst

There's a much revered and occasionally feared expat Scot living here in Oz, a bit south of Sydney. Monty's a fiddler and he used to be a police officer in Queensland. A few years ago there was a corrupt Police Commissioner in Queensland who made a few too many (ahem) financial errors of judgement and was incarcerated in the Brisbane nick. He even had to hand back his knighthood.

Monty composed a rather good 16 bar march entitled Terrence Lewis's Triumphal March To The Gates Of Boggo Road Jail.

Monty doesn't live in Queensland any more.


03 Oct 12 - 07:50 AM (#3413553)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Dave Hanson

Chris B that title was invented by Fairport Convention with the sole aim of having the tune with the longest name, it's actually ' Bonnie Kate '

Dave H


03 Oct 12 - 07:50 AM (#3413554)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,pizel

Well known 3 row box player telling his friend of a young player who played very fast, asked by his friend to describe fast he replied--
He plays "The Hopefull Lover" faster than a new made bride can shed her goonie on her wedding night.


03 Oct 12 - 08:07 AM (#3413556)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Sandy Mc Lean

One of the most beautiful fiddle tunes ever composed bears one of the strangest and distinct names.
The slow air "Neil Gows Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife."
Buddy plays it here as the opener on this set:
Buddy MacMaster


03 Oct 12 - 08:12 AM (#3413559)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST

But the SERIOUS question is "Do you want to play all the tunes you can name , or name all the tunes you can play?"


03 Oct 12 - 08:30 AM (#3413573)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Harmonium Hero

Some of the Irish ones are crackers (in both senses), although they're not necessarily just fiddle tunes.
A few examples off the top of me head: Johnny With the Queer Thing,
The Cow Ate the Blanket, Pull the Knife and Stick it Again, Old Hag You Have Killed Me, Up Stairs in a Tent, The Pope's Toe, When Sick is it Tea You Want?, The Unfortunate Cup Of Tea, Fasten The Leg In Her, etc.
John Kelly


03 Oct 12 - 08:44 AM (#3413586)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

i guess what Harmonium said is what struck me by starting this thread. Names of fiddle tunes are just so different than in the "Normal Sense" of a song. Some of the names remind me of race horses. Like, where in the hell did they get that name. But I bet there is a story, short or long behind each.
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03 Oct 12 - 09:01 AM (#3413597)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

Did Neil Gow compose a lament for the death of his first wife? And if not, why not? I think we should be told.


03 Oct 12 - 09:23 AM (#3413612)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: John P

Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought

Verb the Noun


03 Oct 12 - 10:02 AM (#3413633)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Mark Ross

There's A Brown Skin Gal Down The Road Somewhere. As recorded by Eck Robertson, one of my favorites.


03 Oct 12 - 11:27 AM (#3413682)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

That is a very good tune Mark. Just fouind it and listened.
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03 Oct 12 - 11:41 AM (#3413693)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: dick greenhaus

Roaring Jelly
'Taint Nothing
Pigtown Fling


03 Oct 12 - 11:56 AM (#3413702)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Sorry Niel, I spelled his name wrong. "I" before "E".
No tune for wife#1 that I know of.
From Wikipedia:
Niel Gow was married twice. His first wife was Margaret Wiseman, and they had five sons and three daughters. His sons William, Andrew (1760), Nathaniel (1763), and John (1764) all followed their father as fiddlers and composers of fiddle music; two of the daughters were Margaret (1759) and Grizel (1761). The youngest son, Daniel (1765), died in infancy; William died in 1791 at age 40, and Andrew died in 1794 at 34. Of Niel's sons, Nathaniel is by far the most well-known and another fine composer of Scottish music, with nearly two hundred tunes to his credit. As a widower, Niel married Margaret Urquhart from Perth in 1768, and they went on to share a happy marriage until she died in 1805, which prompted his composition of one of his most famous tunes: "Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife". Niel died at Inver on 1 March 1807, aged 80.


03 Oct 12 - 11:57 AM (#3413704)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Mark Ross

Pigtown Fling is also known as Wild Horse, and Stoney Point, or sometimes Wild Horse at Stoney Point, and sometimes (not PC) as Ethiopian In The Fuel Supply.
According to Alan Jabbour the correct full title of Rye Straw is Dog Shit A Rye Straw. I think Tommy Jarrell called it Joke On The Puppy.

Mark Ross


03 Oct 12 - 12:31 PM (#3413717)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Lighter

"The Nine Points of Roguery"


03 Oct 12 - 12:56 PM (#3413727)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Bee-dubya-ell

"(Insert type of animal) _____ (insert preposition) _____ the (insert rural landscape feature) _____"


03 Oct 12 - 01:08 PM (#3413732)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST

A great Milling Song from Howie MacDonald: Hyundai Sonata


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03 Oct 12 - 01:42 PM (#3413751)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

I guess it would sound good with a fiddle accompanying him.
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03 Oct 12 - 01:58 PM (#3413754)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Midchuck

Liberty, f/k/a The Tipsy Parson

I-89 (actually The Road To Boston, but why not abbreviate it?)

Old Gray Bonnet (our old fiddle group used to play it, and I'd sing Oscar Brand's lyrics (the Old Gray Bustle) but no one was offended because the fiddles were too loud for anyone to catch the words.

P.


03 Oct 12 - 05:18 PM (#3413872)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Stringsinger

The Curlew
Coleman's Reel
Hangman's Reel
Mason's Apron
Silver Spire
Morrison's Jig
Drunken Priest
Paddy Goes To London
Lost Injun
Billy In the Low Ground
Maid Behind the Bar
Ashokan Farewell
Sligo Maid
Chicken Reel
Doneybrook Fair
Merilee Kissed the Quaker
Jenny's Chickens
Come West Along the Road
The Contradiction
Salamanca
Earl's Chair
Flowers of Edinburgh
Cottage Grove
Saint Patrick's Day
Dinny O'Brien


03 Oct 12 - 06:23 PM (#3413910)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler

Go to the devil and shake yourself.
Walter Bulwer's No. 2


03 Oct 12 - 08:48 PM (#3414004)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Commander Crabbe

Bee-Dubya-Ell

Would that be "Pigeon On The Gate"?

I'm with Mo for "Da Slockit Light"

Can I also suggest " The Rose Hip"

CC


03 Oct 12 - 08:49 PM (#3414005)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Commander Crabbe

Almost forgot!

"Abbeyfeale"

CC


03 Oct 12 - 09:40 PM (#3414020)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Commander Crabbe, yes, that could be "Pigeon on the Gate".

Or it could be "Geese in the Bog", "Ducks on the Pond", "Ducks on the Millpond", "Gander in the Pratie Hole", "Chuck in the Bush", "Wild Hog in the Woods", "Yearlings in the Canebrake", "Old Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm", or "Possum up a Gum Stump".

Just pick an animal, a preposition, and a rural landscape feature and you've got a ready-made name for a fiddle tune.

I have a few untitled pieces of my own floating around, and plenty of personally experienced animal related incidents to draw titles from. Maybe I'll call one of them "Whitetails in the Sweet 'Tater Patch", "Coons in the Cat Dish", or "Turkey Buzzards in the Big Pine Tree".


03 Oct 12 - 10:49 PM (#3414039)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

Commander,
Is this the tune? Poor video but a lovely joyful celebration.
http://youtu.be/2KveuIIiz4M

Also,
Has anyone heard "Slattery's Mounted Fut" played on the fiddle?
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03 Oct 12 - 10:51 PM (#3414040)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

Great stuff Bee. If you came up with this on a whim you sure struck home.
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04 Oct 12 - 09:03 AM (#3414196)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: clueless don

The Irish slip jig that is sometimes called "O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick" also has a number of other interesting names.

I remember a tune on an album by Danny Carnahan and Robin Petrie. I can't remember the name of the gentleman whose name appears in the title, but the title was

"<forgotten name> very nearly leaves Red Gap"


Don


04 Oct 12 - 09:17 AM (#3414202)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Beer

Found it here Don.

http://www.dannycarnahan.com/music/two4road.html

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04 Oct 12 - 09:40 AM (#3414208)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: voyager

Growling Old Man, Grumbling Old Woman


04 Oct 12 - 09:56 AM (#3414211)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Dave Hanson

Cambells Farewell To Redgap.

Dave H


04 Oct 12 - 01:59 PM (#3414344)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Commander Crabbe

Beer

No unfortunately that's not the tune. The session is in Murphy's Pub in Abbeyfeale town.

The tune I am referring to is by the band Cara and is on their CD "Asleep Behind The Settee"

http://www.carasmusic.com/htdocs/music/asleep_scores.html

Sorry I can't put up a blicky my machine keeps stopping it doing so when I click make a link.

Chris


04 Oct 12 - 02:03 PM (#3414348)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: open mike

Ashogan's Farewell
Swingin' on a Gate
Beaumont Rag
Around the Horn
Road to California
Goin' to California
Caledonian Laddie hornpipe
Mari's Wedding
Flowers of Edinburg
Chorus Jig
Old Grey Cat
Bottom of the punchbowl
and, oh, so many more...


04 Oct 12 - 02:15 PM (#3414364)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: open mike

look on http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/tunefind
John Chamber's tune finder for thousands of others..
also Cole's 1000 fiddle tunes book and others pointed out here by Vivian Williams
http://www.voyagerrecords.com/arbook.htm

of fiddlers fake book
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fiddler%27s_Fakebook

http://edbaggott.com/ has several nice tunes on his web page


04 Oct 12 - 02:25 PM (#3414371)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,Eliza

Lots of Morris tunes have funny names. I don't know much about it, perhaps they're the names of the actual dances that go with them. But I'm thinking of Bonny Green Garters, Y-Fronts, Tabletop Hornpipe, Speed The Plough, Postman's Knock, Kingston Black, Fanny Frail, Shepherds Hey etc. (I have an obsession with Morris dancing.)


04 Oct 12 - 02:43 PM (#3414386)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: dick greenhaus

I'd forgotten one with the pithy title: "Paresis"


05 Oct 12 - 09:12 AM (#3414802)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: GUEST,PatrickH

I heard a lovely setting of the Wind That Shakes the Barely from Australia, called "The Bullshit Over the Calf-Pen."


12 Oct 12 - 02:02 PM (#3418718)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Les from Hull

I've always enjoyed the intentionally mis-named tunes as in:
Varnish my foreskin for Banish misfortune
Barnsley pilgrim for Blarney pilgrim
The slimy road to Otago for the tarry road to Sligo

Any more?


12 Oct 12 - 03:11 PM (#3418754)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Bill D

My personal favorite that is NOT a slow waltz is Ragtime Annie

There are many, many versions of it on YouTube..but the fastest I ever heard is by this 7 yr old.. I don't 'approve', but it is amazing.

The best version was by Joe Birchfield of The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers


12 Oct 12 - 07:08 PM (#3418854)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: Ebbie

"I have a few untitled pieces of my own floating around, and plenty of personally experienced animal related incidents to draw titles from. Maybe I'll call one of them "Whitetails in the Sweet 'Tater Patch", "Coons in the Cat Dish", or "Turkey Buzzards in the Big Pine Tree". " Bee-dubya-ell

Around here it would be more common to name one "Black Bear in the Dog Food." Happens a lot.


12 Oct 12 - 09:08 PM (#3418906)
Subject: RE: Name Some Fiddle Tunes
From: BanjoRay

Some Old Time tunes from the USA:

Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes
Who Shat In Grandpa's Hat
Flatfoot In The Ashes
Shaving A Dead Man
Briar Picker Brown
Old Aunt Jenny With Her Nightcap On
Shaking Down The Acorns
Wild Hog In The Woods
Squirrel Hunters

.....and thousands more.
Ray