March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

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March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby Dally » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:37 am

Many thanks to Julia for picking a classic for our March TOTM. Julia writes:

William Dixon's "Adam a Bell" and its tune family - through the Peacock
"My Dearie sits ower late up" (and the similar but not identical one in Clough).
If any new players find these too intimidating there's a 2 strain version in the
NPS first tunebook.

Its an old tune whose title commemorates an even older event in West Border history
- see the ballad of the same name.

Dixon's version has 9 strains, Peacock's 5 - I'm sure others must have extended
these or inserted strains of their own to suit their own taste for inventiveness.
It would be interesting to hear the latest additions. I'm also interested in the
different rhythmic emphasis occasioned by the 9/4 or 9/8 time signatures.


It goes on both BP and nsp: if anyone wants a transposition of Dixon's

version into G for nsp, I can supply either appropriate abc or "the dots".

I might even try to find the time to fire up my own recorder and register
on soundcloud. Mind...I did say "try"!
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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby Matt Seattle » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:23 am

If anyone wants the dots of the Dixon version, they're in 'The Master Piper', available from NPS. If they need to transcribe it into G before playing it that will be a useful exercise.

See the credit for the photo of the Edinburgh pub sign 'Jingling Geordie' which appears with the tune following Adam A Bell in the latest edition. A surprise to me, and a nice touch.
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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby Dally » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:24 pm

Something to consider if you transpose Dixon's setting to G is that the tune would then have a flat 7th, or a Fnat.
You may want to consider playing them as written in Matt's book (nominal A mixolydian), because, as discussed elsewhere on the forum, the Fnat key is a bit tricky. The sound of nominal A mixolydian on the F chanter will produce the tune in G, Dixon's origianl key. Of course, Dixon's G probably wasn't our G. The C# key is a preferred alternative to the Fnat. key, in my experience. Of course, you could play Dixon's tunes in Ionian (major scale), playing F# instead of an Fnat in the key of G, but the purest might consider that a cop-out if not down right wrong.
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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby Julia Say » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:32 pm

Or you could take the view that if Dixon (or his source) was playing a BP with # seventh, there isn't a problem.

Since we don't know, all suggestions are valid.

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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby OldTomsRant » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:04 pm

Here's the Clough setting of My Dearie Sits Ower Late Up. In my haste to get to the variations, I missed out the repeat of the second strain first time through the tune - sorry :oops:
A large wave file can be found here (right click and save): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/55194209/My%20D ... e%20Up.wav
Or a compressed version here: http://soundcloud.com/chrisormston/my-d ... er-late-up

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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby Wallie Ogilvie » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:55 pm

Hi,

I've just received a nice new plain chanter from Richard Evans this weeks so thought I'd try it out on the Peacock version (although to be honest, I can't see any difference between the one in Peacocks and the one in Cloughs - maybe I'm not looking close enough!)

I've played it straight through as there are no repeats marked in my book. I then checked my old facsimile of Peacocks and couldn't see any repeats either.

Anyway my version is here:- http://soundcloud.com/wallie-ogilvie/my ... er-late-up

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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby edric » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:49 pm

Here's a version that's my imitation of the Kerr/Fagan pairing of Elsie Marley and My Laddie Sits Ower Late Up.

http://soundcloud.com/edric-ellis/elsie-marley-my-laddie-sits
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Re: March 2012: Julia Say picks "Adam a Bell"

Postby Dally » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:13 pm

I hope I'm not the only one who wrestled with this tune for a long while. Some day, I'm confident I'll get a setting of "Adam a' Bell" on the NSP that I'm happy with, but for now I defaulted to "My Deary".

http://soundcloud.com/john-dally/my-dea ... er-late-up

But here is Dixon's "Adam a' Bell" on the SSP in A.

http://soundcloud.com/john-dally/adam-a-bell
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