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Posted at Nov. 7, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

A New Tune for The Folk Orchestra November 9, 2016

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Posted at Nov. 7, 2016, 1:16 p.m.

A New Tune for the folk orchestra - Wednesday Nov 9, 2016

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Posted at Nov. 22, 2014, 9:10 a.m.

IT'S SO QUIET - A great new tune for the Crooked Stovepipe Folk Orchestra. Some of us learned this from Jim Childress at the fiddle workshop on Nov. 15th. I transcribed it (in a bare-bones form) from Gayle's recording of Jim that day. (Thanks Gayle!) I hope I got it right. (no guarantees!) I didn't write down all the ornaments, but you can hear them on the little video here:

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Posted at Nov. 22, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

For the CSFO - "PILTON" - One more tune for our final Folk Orchestra Get-Together of the season. This is a seasonal number. It's pretty, and it's very simple. This is the way at least some Upper Canadians would have sung "Hark The Herald". It's taken from Ontario's first words and music hymnal "Sacred Harmony" - published in 1838. (My copy is a slightly later printing from the 1850s) The melody is in the middle line but it would be good to try them all, so we can mix it up from one verse to another.

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Posted at Nov. 10, 2014, 10:49 p.m.

For the CROOKED STOVEPIPE FOLK ORCHESTRA - Here's part of the music and a video for the basic version of Highland Laddie. E-mail for the complete music (in concert pitch or for B flat instruments.

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Posted at Oct. 28, 2014, 9:47 p.m.

CROOKED STOVEPIPE FOLK ORCHESTRA - A New Tune for Wednesday night, "ROLY POLY" - We continue to embrace our fiddle and reed sections with some more western swing - another classic from Bob Wills. The little intro riff is pretty frisky but the rest isn't too fast. There's a riff at the end that's like a steel guitar part. I didn't even try to write the "swing" into the notation. You can figure that out! I'll get the version for B flat instruments out to you soon. If anyone's feeling brave enough to take a solo on ...

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Posted at Oct. 12, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

A rough-and-ready recording of our CSFO tune for this week. Forgive the mistakes that pop up here and there. I played the melody and harmony parts on a dobro guitar, but it reminds me of the theme from the movie "The Third Man" that Anton Karas made famous with his zither. "Till We Meet Again" is an American song from the end of World War One but is best known in Canada as the closing theme of the old "Don Messer's Jubilee" show - sung by "Marg and Charlie" E-mail for a complete copy of the music or for the ...

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Posted at June 23, 2014, 10:56 p.m.

We seem to be on a "Scottish/Canadian Classics" kick here at the CSFO. Here's a tune for our last get-together of the season. I think I probably learned this from fiddler Dave Weir when we were playing for night school square dance classes in Toronto in the early 1980s. I still like this old chestnut a lot. It's a good tune to play for dancers and it's always nice the way it jumps up to the IV chord at the beginning of the B-part. So play it in good health, and remember, "It ain't good ...

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Posted at June 9, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

Here's the tune transposed for the Clarinets.
This has long been a standard tune for Scottish country dancing. There's a simple backup part written under the melody.

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Posted at June 9, 2014, 1:11 p.m.

A Tune for the CSFO - The title of this tune refers to the white ribbons that identified supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Melody is on top - There's a simple backup part in the second line.

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