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DavidOl Member

Thu Sep 28, 2006 17:30
Rating: 3

If there was only one tune in the world, what would you want it to be?

What is the best tune ever?

Join in the debate - make your suggestion and give your reasons.

There’s a free term’s enrolment for a Cædmon Folk class of your choice for the best contribution.

 

DavidOl Member

Thu Sep 28, 2006 17:34
Rating: 3

To clarify !

Your 'best tune' might be a song - as long as it has a fantastic melody!!

 

Gill Member

Fri Sep 29, 2006 14:14
Rating: 3

I have had to think very hard to find the best name for the best tune.

It could be called ‘new tune’ because that is what we are often given when we come to our Caedmon Folk classes on Tuesday evenings. A new tune is always exciting – full of unknown possibilities and often a real challenge.

‘New tune’ just won’t do, though, because often the tune we are given is one that I knew in the past and had forgotten. It is such a delight to meet ‘old’ tunes again - they are full of happy memories of when I played them and who I was with.

These two categories are still not enough because the best tune may be the one you are working on in class, maybe creating harmonies, adding embellishments or experimenting with the tempo.

I get such a buzz working in a group, marvelling at the inventiveness of other people.

There’s only one name for it – the best tune at Caedmon Folk is always the ‘NOW’
Tune.

Gill Gray

 

Julia Senior Member

Sun Oct 8, 2006 16:58
Rating: 3

I absolutely love Nanny's A Maisor by Tommy Armstrong - not sure if it's the best in the world, but it's always up there for me. Makes me laugh every time.

As for tunes, I can never remember their darned names!! Always loved The Devil Amongs the Tailors though when i used to Irish dance.

 

Julian Member

Mon Oct 9, 2006 20:14
Rating: 3

The best tune in the world has gotta be (and I know some will cringe when I say this), yes it's.....'Atholl Highlanders'!!
It's much maligned by overplaying but when it's played as part of a set of jigs for dancing....well it's something else. I'd even describe it as blood curdling! When you hear the first note announcing the tune and key change, usually into a vigourous A major chord, ideally screaming out from a fistfull of fiddlers, the pace seems to lift and the dancers are suddenly rejuvenated as if they've had an adrenalin shot!'
Atholl Highlanders certainly does it for me. Anyone else have the same problem?
 

alice Member

Wed Oct 11, 2006 14:12
Rating: 3

the best tune in the world, has to make you laugh and cry at the same time. It has to have something that makes it stand out from other tunes, something that those other tunes don't have, something special, that makes you want to play it over and over again. for me it has to be squirrel up a tree, because although it is quite an upbeat tune, it is so memorable and everyone knows it, i have heard it being played in sessions thousands of times, and when you walk into a session and squirrel up a tree is being played, you can think; 'oh yes i can play that tune!'
 

ruthfiddle1 Member

Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:52
Rating: 3

Personally my "Best Tune in the World" varies on a daily basis.
Tunes I never tire of are: Jimmy Allen, Sir Sydney Smiths March, The Lemonville jig and the Girl I left Behind Me.
The first tune I ever learnt was Salmon Tails.... which is probably The Best.
Hope this provides some interest to some people.
Love Ruth x
 

Maurice Member

Wed Nov 22, 2006 09:14
Rating: 3

I can't play it but I think my favourite at the moment is Sandy River Belle, as played by Sharon Shannon and the Woodchoppers.

I also love Ms Tolfreys Hancock Waltz/The Wuppertal Waltz (available as downloads from our website www.condieandtolfrey.webeden.co.uk)
but then I am biased.

 

denis Member

Fri Dec 8, 2006 13:10
Rating: 3

Jesu Joy of Mans desiring.
an uplifting tune that you just have to whistle to, followed by that all time favourite Jerusalem. Can't decide which one's the best, but they both give that ''get in there'' feeling and can even be sung in the poub after a good nights booze.
 

denis Member

Fri Dec 8, 2006 13:11
Rating: 3

Jesu Joy of Mans desiring.
an uplifting tune that you just have to whistle to, followed by that all time favourite Jerusalem. Can't decide which one's the best, but they both give that ''get in there'' feeling and can even be sung in the poub after a good nights booze.
 
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