Wait, today’s tune is called New Year’s Eve? What a coincidence.
When we were working on the sound effects for the Discworld App, Chris Vallance bought me this, well, this stick and said “I bet you can’t get a tune out of it”. Challenge accepted. It is apparently a semitone flat, so this is the first F# major tune on the blog.
“So, Graham, why did you choose this tune?”
“Is it not obvious? I hadn’t done one beginning with E yet.”
Another “classic” Morris tune. For some reason, while you can’t go to a session in Oxfordshire without tripping over twenty musicians all playing this tune, nobody does it around Warwickshire. Or I go to the wrong/right sessions (delete as appropriate).
This is on the same page in my edition of Playford as yesterday’s tune so I found it when playing that. Maggot means something fanciful. As you might expect…
I’m not sure what they found cheery in this tune, maybe it was named ironically by puritans.
I wasn’t willing to let Christmas go past without doing this bransle (a French dance) from Arbeau.
Frankly it’s a good job everybody knows this by the name of the song, and not the name of the tune.
Who names these things?
A silly name, and a silly collection of notes best played with a silly grin at about warp factor 5.