7 folk songs (6 traditional and 1 original)
arranged/composed by David W Solomons
Duets for clarinet and guitar and for flute and guitar
Guitar parts edited and fingered by Alessandro Balsimini
Scores (pdf format) available from MusicaNeo:
Notes on the Folk Songs (the links are for mp3 electronic previews)
Gilderoy was a "devil may care" brave Scottish rascal, maybe even highwayman, who would lead many a young lady astray with his charm and fortitude, but eventually ran foul of the law....
Variations on the old song of the sailor who promises to marry his girl when he finally gets home - the singer believes him; well, she is clearly besotted.
OWEN, DAVID (‘Dafydd y Garreg Wen'; 1711/12-1741), blind harpist; He attained fame both as harpist and as the reputed composer of the airs called ‘Dafydd y Garreg Wen’ (‘David of the White Rock’), ‘Codiad yr Ehedydd’ (‘The rising of the lark’), and ‘Difyrrwch gwŷr Criccieth’ (‘The delight of the men of Criccieth’).
The White Rock was the name of a farm near Morfa Bychan, near where he lived.
Tradition has it that as Owen lay on his death bed at age 29, he called for his harp and composed this air.
Traditional folksong - I think the hare escapes - he does in my video anyway!
Irish folksong (also known as "I'll tell me ma when I get home") - I certainly told mine!
This is an original tune dressed up to appear as a traditional Scottish folksong.
To date no words have been associated with it, but (clean!) suggestions are welcome
Based on the old folksong "The Ash Grove", this version is an upbeat hoe-down version.
Folk song Snapshots
For melody instrument and piano
2 Bobby Shafto
3 David of the White Rock
4 Hunting the hare
5 I have a bonnet
6 The Scottish banana
7 Hoe Down in the Ash Grove
All 7 pieces together: