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    Anybody seen or heard a 4-part version of the jig Calliope House, suited to the GHB? It's a fun session tune, but I've only seen it printed with two parts. I'm tinkering with composing two additional parts, so wondering if somebody else has done the same.

    It seems to be a common fiddle tune, also known as the Cowboy's Jig. I first heard it years ago in Edinburgh, played by Alisdair Fraser on The Road North album - a sweet and almost melancholy rendition: Calliope House / The Cowboy Jig - YouTube
    Eddie
    "All politeness is owing to Liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our Corners and rough Sides by a sort of amicable Collision." Lord Shaftesbury

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    Great tune but I've never heard a 4-part version. Unfortunately the composer got the two parts mixed up -- he wrote the second part first and the first part second. Here it is the right way round. ;-)
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    • #3
      It was written by Dave Richardson of Boys of the Lough, and he and they recorded it both ways, with the high part first and the low part first.

      It was originally written in the key of E (of course being played on Octave Mandolin/cittern a capo might have been involved) but in Irish sessions it's standard to play it in D, which is the key that works best on Highland pipes, though there are low F#'s below the GHB range.

      I suppose anybody could invent more parts, here some versions have three parts Calliope House (jig) on The Session
      proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; Son of the Revolution and Civil War; first European settlers on the Guyandotte

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Eddie Selden View Post
        Anybody seen or heard a 4-part version of the jig Calliope House, suited to the GHB? It's a fun session tune, but I've only seen it printed with two parts. I'm tinkering with composing two additional parts, so wondering if somebody else has done the same.

        It seems to be a common fiddle tune, also known as the Cowboy's Jig. I first heard it years ago in Edinburgh, played by Alisdair Fraser on The Road North album - a sweet and almost melancholy rendition: Calliope House / The Cowboy Jig - YouTube
        Just to be clear, the Cowboy Jig is a separate tune. Not an alternate name for Calliope.

        I first heard the Fraser / Machlis recording of Calliope and Cowboy over 30 years ago. Magical.

        Cheers,

        Matt

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        • #5
          If you were to combine the two parts of Calliope House, with Cowboy Jig, that would give you the four parts, eh?
          Slainte Leibh/ Slan Leat, Bob Cameron

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Klondike Waldo View Post
            If you were to combine the two parts of Calliope House, with Cowboy Jig, that would give you the four parts, eh?
            That's a good idea! The two tunes go well together.
            Eddie
            "All politeness is owing to Liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our Corners and rough Sides by a sort of amicable Collision." Lord Shaftesbury

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