Essence of SCD (was changing tunes)

Rod Downey

Message 55452 · 25 Mar 2009 20:21:27 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi Campbell,

whilst appreciating the idea that SCD borrows from other
forms (pas de basque...), my understanding
is that waltzing matilda (first performed in 1895) uses a tune
much older than that called Craigielea or The Bonnie Lass
of Craigielea by Rober Tannerhill. (The great Song Theosaurus, 2nd ed)
Certainly Scottish.

Here it is used by Peter Elmes in his set for the Lea Rig
which is based on a set by Stan Hamilton for the same dance
and Stan also used the tune.

best

rod

Campbell Tyler said:>
> Thank you for addressing what was for me the key question when I started
> this thread. It does seem to me that we are heading in the direction you
> describe. The music is going there faster than the dancing, with all sorts
> of examples having been mentioned in previous contributions on this topic.
> So we can handle (and indeed enjoy) Waltzing Matilda in The Glengarry
> Homestead because the dance is recognisably SCD and Marian Anderson is
> playing it on the accordion with an SCD Band.

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