Three barn dances. I learned ‘Rosalie’ from Hard Core English. although I think I was already vaguely familiar with the tune from the recording of it being played by Billy Ballantine and Jimmy Hunter on Ranting and Reeling, the Northumbrian volume in the Voice of the People series.
‘James Winder’s Barn Dance’ is a lovely little tune which deserves to be more widely played. I got it from Andy Hornby’s The Winders of Wyresdale – a really excellent collection of tunes which I can heartily recommend. Given that James Winder’s MS was compiled between 1834 and 1842, the term “barn dance” must have been in use in Britain rather earlier than I had supposed.
Finally, ‘Lucy Farr’s Barn Dance’ is one of those Irish tunes which has become firmly ensconced in the English music scene. It comes, of course, from the Galway-born fiddler Lucy Farr. I believe I first heard it being played by Andy Cheyne at one of the famous Wednesday night English music sessions at Eynsham, in the late 1980s. You can hear Lucy herself playing it on Heart and Home, which I have on cassette, but which I’m very pleased to see is now available as a CD. This tune is listed on that album as ‘Gan Ainm’ (i.e. untitled) and actually described as a fling rather than a barn dance. I guess it could easily be a fling or a barn dance, depending on how fast you want to play it.
Rosalie the Prairie Flower / James Winder’s Barn Dance / Lucy Farr’s Barn Dance
played on G/D anglo-concertina