A book of Country Dance Music and Other Stuff from Peter Jenkins containing 42 original tunes
This A4 book has original compositions — jigs, reels, strathspeys, waltzes and other stuff — written for people, places, dances and fun.
Here's what's in it.
A Minor Catastrophe — but it's in E minor! Altered Jig The Apprentice — for the dance by Colin Hume — "Dances with a Difference", volume 1. Ayrshire Bacon — from the old joke about the Scottish butcher "just warming his hands". But NOT Morrismen! Cat's Cradle — for the dance by Charles Bolton — "Optimistic Dances", volume 2. Here is a dance-length mp3 version of Cat's Cradle, played by PJ, courtesy of Charles Bolton. Connor O' Dennis Drear Life The Humours of Hillingdon Jacki's Jig — for the (36 bar) dance by Colin Hume — "Dances with a Difference", volume 1. Jig Without a Name The Last Buss The Loss of Much One Mor The Promised Land — for the dance by Colin Hume. Siobhan Cottage Splash!
All the way to Beckenham — for the dance by Colin Hume — "Dances with a Difference", volume 1. Here is a 32 bar snippet of All the way to Beckenham taken from the "Dances with a Difference", volume 1, album recorded by Kafoozalum in 1988 (Mollie, fiddle; Paul, guitar; Peter, accordion); courtesy of Colin Hume. At the top of the Steppes The Band Wagon — used by Charles Bolton for his dance "The Band Wagon" — "Optimistic Dances", volume 4. Hear an mp3 of The Band Wagon, played by PJ, courtesy of Charles Bolton. Cheers The Cyclist's Hornpipe Diminished Responsibility Dog Walk The Facelift Hugh & Cry — for the dance by Barrie Bullimore to celebrate the wedding of Rosemary and Gordon. Here is a JPG file of the original "publication" showing dance instructions & tune. Sorry it's a bit scruffy; it's the only copy I've got! Mrs L. P. Fogg Pearl of Welwyn — for the dance by Mark Elvins (from the collection "In With Both Feet" — available as an e-book from Dave Brown). Phumblin' The Spa Weekend The Stuttering Loom
The Driving Force — for the display dance "Expo Steam" by Wendy Chandler of Peterborough RSCDS. Here is a JPG file of a sheet, constructed by PJ in the days of cut & paste with scissors and Tipp-Ex, showing the dance instructions and tune. This file looks rubbish on my screen (and maybe on your screen, too), but it does print OK from a saved file. Lightmeter Rant Lost your marbles? Silky Blue Summer
A Virgin from Waverley — a waltz. Here is a JPG file of the score for you to save and print, free! See note above regarding the quality of the picture displayed on screen. See a picture of "A Virgin from Waverley"! Lesley's Welcome Return from Canada — a waltz. One for Roger! — a waltz. Peter Jenkins' compliments to Ron Fiske — 6/8 time but only 12 bars - my alternative tune for "The Lum Hat Wantin' The Croon" (a John Drewry dance to a song by D. Rorie). Click to hear this tune played by Kafoozalum in 1985 (Mollie, fiddle; Peter, accordion; David Griffiths, 2nd box; Bill Budge, drums). Puddles — a bourrée in 3/8 time. Here is an mp3. Simply Rosie — for "The Lilt" — in 9/8 time and "GHB legal". Rosie, the lady for whom the tune was written. I have arranged "Simply Rosie" (GHB with second part) for 4 steps of "The Lilt"; it is available as a MIDI file or as an mp3. The White Barn — a waltz. — once our favourite restaurant near Maentwrog — but sadly, now closed. Hear an arrangement of this tune (mp3)
Enough of this titillation… How do you get your copy??
The Beast of Drumnadrochit — reel Have you seen it? — reel Sabotage — reel Highland Toenail — reel Streak! — jig ECML — jig McGonagall — strathspey Pinkasaurus — waltz Pure Invention — jig It takes two to Tango — reel (tango!) Elderberry Bubblegum — 5/4 time (dance-length, seven turns, available as a MIDI file or as an MP3 file) and now even a YouTube video to view HERE. Colin Hume with Contradition — video by Sue Carter. Slate of Hand — jig The Snowball Jig — jig Glaw Cymreig (Welsh Rain) — strathspey Mr. Merton of Puns — reel
…more to be added in due course, when I write them… PJ's current tunecount — 15 as at 21st August 2013
You can view the score and hear a MIDI version of all my compositions (the entire Tunebook plus the new ones; FREE!) at the abcnotation.com site — but this takes a while to up-date with the newer tunes, so you might not get the latest additions.