The Gathering Forum

Full Version: Sarah's song- John Kelly
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
Pages: 1 2
John,

I have been enjoying your music on SoundCloud and in particular enjoyed Sarah's song.  Would love learn to play that tune, would you have the dots for it.


Alcluith
No bother, A.  Attached below.  Thanks for listening to my Soundcloud stuff.

[attachment=6]
Lovely tune...

Here's Woody Guthrie with another version....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN_xvE79iXE

Big Grin
(08-10-2016, 09:28 AM)John Kelly Wrote: [ -> ]No bother, A.  Attached below.  Thanks for listening to my Soundcloud stuff.

John,

thank you Now just need to learn how to play it Blush
Your SoundCloud music is really good enjoy listening to it, I like pop it on as background music whilst on the computer.

cheers
Drew
Alcluith
One of my favourite tunes, but then I love many slow airs! Also now popular with some of our local fiddlers, played in the Black Bitch pub in Linlithgow yesterday! Maybe we can do another "over the internet" duo, JK, if I record myself playing it?
I really, really can't take this tune seriously.


Code:
X:1
T:She Was Poor But he Was Honest
C:ed. David Wykes
S:Aline Waites and Robin Hunter: The Illustrated Victorian Songbook [1984]
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:D %Transposed from Eb
Ad|f3 d ed|cB3 b_b|a3 efg|f4
Ad|f3 d ed|cB3 b_b|a3 egf|d4:|



Code:
X:2
T:Sarah's Song (first part)
C:Phil Cunningham (or so he says)
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:D
A f>g|f3 A d>c|cB2 B g>f|e3    d ef |A3
A f>g|f3 A d>c|cB2 B gB |c3 [1 d e>f|d3:|\
                            [2 d e>d|d3||

We can credit Cunningham with the variation that comprises the second part, but NOT the main idea.

Given his backstory for it, I doubt Sarah ought to feel flattered.  A very small sample:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc2X08inolc
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/song-m...283%29.htm
http://www.horntip.com/mp3/1950s/1952ca_...est%5D.mp3

Weirdly, it seems to have started out as a parody of a poem by Longfellow:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-a...tail/50463
(17-10-2016, 06:02 PM)Trish Santer Wrote: [ -> ]One of my favourite tunes, but then I love many slow airs! Also now popular with some of our local fiddlers, played in the Black Bitch pub in Linlithgow yesterday! Maybe we can do another "over the internet" duo, JK, if I record myself playing it?
That sounds like a fun idea, Trish.  My last venture, a couple of years ago, was with a regular on the Mandolin Cafe site, Michael Pastucha, and we recorded Gordon Pattullo's "The Furrows End".  Here's a link to our Youtube offering: The Furrows End

Send me a PM re file format, etc and we can certainly have a go at this tune. 

Jack, to add to your not being able to take the tune seriously, have a look for an old Woodie Guthrie song, Hobo's Lullaby; there's a Youtube posting of Woodie singing this.  Many folk reckon this might also have been a forerunner of Sarah's Song.  The joys of composing!
There are some occasions when plagiarism gets so blatant you really have to wonder what the composer was smoking. Another one is Niel Gow's Lament for his Second Wife: Charlie Gore pointed out in Box and Fiddle a few years back that it's almost identical to the Irish tune "Kitty Tyrrell", attributed to Carolan but also found in Irish tradition as "The Lambs on the Green Hills" (maybe Carolan just arranged it). Not only was Niel Gow so fond of his second wife that he plagiarized a tune specially for her, he published the original in the same book as the lament, a few pages earlier, so everybody could see what he'd done.
(18-10-2016, 10:41 AM)John Kelly Wrote: [ -> ]
(17-10-2016, 06:02 PM)Trish Santer Wrote: [ -> ]One of my favourite tunes, but then I love many slow airs! Also now popular with some of our local fiddlers, played in the Black Bitch pub in Linlithgow yesterday! Maybe we can do another "over the internet" duo, JK, if I record myself playing it?
That sounds like a fun idea, Trish.  My last venture, a couple of years ago, was with a regular on the Mandolin Cafe site, Michael Pastucha, and we recorded Gordon Pattullo's "The Furrows End".  Here's a link to our Youtube offering: The Furrows End

Send me a PM re file format, etc and we can certainly have a go at this tune. 

Jack, to add to your not being able to take the tune seriously, have a look for an old Woodie Guthrie song, Hobo's Lullaby; there's a Youtube posting of Woodie singing this.  Many folk reckon this might also have been a forerunner of Sarah's Song.  The joys of composing!

Thanks John: nice "Furrows End" - one we've played in the Edinburgh "Cafe Ceilidhs" in our wee X-tet ("where X = any number!) And will let you know once I've recorded myself playing "Sarah's Song": can send as mp3 or mp4.
Hi Trish, an mp3 would be fine. When I recorded with Michael we used wav files at 44.1kHz and 24 bits, but they are big files, so mp3 will be fine for our purposes. Looking forward to whatever you come up with and on whatever you are going to play it!
Pages: 1 2