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Wind That Shakes The Barley -- this week's song

Posted by rrode on Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Wind That Shakes The Barley Reel - Also known as An Ghaoth A Bhogann An Eorna, Da Wind Dat Shakes Da Barley, The Kerry Lasses, Little Pack Of Tailors, The Little Pack Of Tailors, The Pack Of Tailors, The Wind That Blows The Barly Down, The Wind That Shake The Barley, Wind That Shakes The Barley.

The origins are either Irish or Scottish.  Being of Scottish ancestry that's where I'll place my vote (our whiskey is better too.)  But it really doesn't matter, as it is such a pretty tune.  And lends itself to a slower playing than many other fiddle tunes, making it a good choice for players of all abilities.  This tune does not seem to share anything with sentimental song The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which was the inspiration for a major motion picture of the same name.  Similar names -- completely different songs. And both wonderful tunes.

The tune was my pick for this week's learn-record-and-post-a-tune-a-week quest.  It was also the subject of The Tune of the week - September 2009 Banjo Hangout http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/158782 .  I started with the version tabbed out in Miles Krassen's Clawhammer Banjo book.  For listening I found Zepp's version on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbjVUuQOCk .  From those sources I worked up my own version and tabbed it out.  There isn't a version posted in the banjo hangout tab area, which seemed like a glaring omission, now rectified.  With more research it turns out Mike Iverson has a version posted - http://bluesageband.com/Tabs.html .  His site is a great -- great playing, good tab -- a fantastic resource.  

I will be posting a complete playing of my current version (with mistakes -- but hey, that way you know it is real!) on http://soundcloud.com/rodeworks .  A shorter version of my playing to accompany the tab is in the tab archive area. 

For other background look here:

The Sessions - http://thesession.org/tunes/116

Vi Wickham - http://www.vithefiddler.com/wind-that-shakes-the-barley-fiddle-tune-a-day-day-70/



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