Have y'all heard the ballad of St. Anne's reel?

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  • #76814
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
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    Well you have now! I’ve just gotten addicted to this song, and that means I’m singing it in my head all day, and posting on forums about it 😁

    It’s a really fun song I believe it was first done by John Denver, but I’m not sure of that

    #76827
    Frederick
    Frederick
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    Never heard it. Nice arrangement. Thanks for posting.

    #76830
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Here is a very informal audition for our state’s homeschool talent exhibition that my girls and some of our fiddle campers did a few years ago. I love this version!

    #76836
    cricket
    cricket
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    That’s cool.  I love St. Anne’s Reel because it can just do so many things…it’s just such a nice tune.

    Gunnar…never heard it before…it’s great.  Thanks for sharing!

    John, your daughters and their jamming pals are absolutely great…I love what they did with it and the dancing was cool!

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by cricket cricket.
    #76838
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
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    That was cool John! That’s like a completely different song.

    If I’m playing the dubliners version, should I be playing it in G with the solo in D, or play both in D? I think I’ve heard it both ways

    #76839
    Frederick
    Frederick
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    Wonderful harmony. All so well done. Very entertaining. Thanks, John. Good acoustics for a room under construction.

    #76842
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thank you Fred and Cricket! Gunnar, I just listened to the Dubliner tune, I’ve never heard it before! I think you should do the whole thing in D, in my opinion, it is a better key for male singing.

    #76844
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
    Participant

    I missed Cricket’s post somehow, but totally what she said about your daughter’s (and friends) performance.

    For playing the dubliners version, I do it a bit differently depending on my instrument, on banjo I sing in G, cuz it’s easy to play backup, and then solo in D, but I’ve capoed up to Bb/F for my voice. On guitar, I’ve been playing it in F/C (my guitar is tuned down a step) or straight D (other guitar). I’ll keep experimenting, I’m not much of a singer, but this song makes me want to be, so I’m gonna keep singing it

    #76847
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I did notice the drywall being pasted…ugh…I pretended to ignore that…makes me tired. I hope I never have to fiddle with drywall again.

    #76856
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
    Participant

    I just watched your daughter’s/fiddle campers version again (I’ve watched it maybe four times now?) It’s really great. The dancing sounds very Canadian in style, which fits the tune perfectly. I wish I could hear the singing a bit better, could you post the lyrics?

    #76857
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Thanks! The dance is in the Ottowa Valley style. The song is by Wil Marring, it’s called “A Dance to the St. Anne’s Reel.”

    A DANCE TO THE ST. ANNE’S REEL
    Lyrics Wil Maring, melody Traditional

    He stood on the deck with his case in hand.
    He gazed to the west at a strange, new land.
    He hummed an old tune that his grandpa sang-
    A tune called the St. Annes Reel.

    The work was hard and the days were long,
    But the land was their own and it made them strong.
    Work’s all done, roll the rug to the wall
    For a dance to the St. Annes Reel.

    So get out the fiddle and the mandolin.
    Toe to heel to a tune like it’s always been.
    Take a peck on the cheek as he takes her hand,
    For a dance to the St. Annes Reel.

    The shuffle of the shoes on a wooden floor,
    As they twirl to a tune from another shore,
    A song come down from the days of yore-
    It’s a tune called the St. Annes Reel.

    That young man’s son had a son, now old,
    who rests on a bench as his own son holds
    the hand of the girl with the hair of gold
    for a dance to the St. Annes Reel.

    The strange, new land is home sweet home,
    and no one recalls where the tune came from.
    They still gather ’round when the work’s all done,
    for a dance to the St. Annes Reel.

    Chorus
    A song come down from the days of yore,
    and it’s still called the St. Annes Reel.

    #76860
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
    Participant

    Cool thanks

    #76910
    Fiddle4me
    Fiddle4me
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    My band plays “The Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel” and then we go into an Irish reel called “The Banshee”! We are the Duke City Ceili Band (I’m the one in the checkered dress in the video 😁.)

    https://youtu.be/5aLmS95FYQE

     

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Fiddle4me Fiddle4me.
    #76915
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
    Participant

    That was great! Looks like a fun band!

    #76917
    Fiddle4me
    Fiddle4me
    Participant

    Thanks Gunnar!

     

    #76918
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
    Participant

    Do you have any other video of your band? I checked your YouTube channel (the one that video is on) and it said no content

    #76957
    Fiddle4me
    Fiddle4me
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    There are some videos that other people posted on YouTube. If you just search “Duke City Ceili Band” they should come up😁

    #76958
    Gunnar Salyer
    Gunnar Salyer
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    Ok cool!

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