Hammered Dulcimer,
Living History, Scottish Fiddle &
Traditional Music

For February

Mardi Gras, Valentines and Presidents' Day

Mardi Gras and New Orleans Tunes

House of the Rising Sun 4/4 version, American traditional, with a bass line - in Am - and a second version, in 6/8 with an arpeggiated bass line and intro - in Am "There is a house in New Orleans...".
Lakes of Pontchartrain - American song of the New Orleans area, with Irish connections.
St. James Infirmary, American folk tune made famous by Louis Armstron)
When the Saints Go Marching In - American gospel tune and New Orleans jazz march

Presidential Tunes

Booth Killed Lincoln, Anerican fiddle tune, perhaps not the best choice for President's Day
Dolley Madison's Minuet - American, composed by Alexander Reinagle in 1809 for the First Lady -Dolley Madison's Minuet Treble Duet - with the bass accompaniment in treble clef
Hunters of Kentucky - The original "Battle of New Orleans" song, from 1815, with the original 1815 accompaniment. President Andrew Jackson used this as a campaign song in his 1824 and 1828 presidential campaigns. American with English melody by Irish composer Michael Kelly - Hunters of Kentucky with Single staff melody line, with intro and coda - Hunters of Kentucky - First page of the 1815 sheet music
Washington's March - American, 1790's,written for President George Washington, and more American than Hail to the Chief which was written in Great Britain for a stage production by Sir Walter Scott.


Valentine Tunes

Heartsease - English Country Dance - Playford 1651
Joy to the Person of My Love - Scottish love song from about 1625. In Dm and also set in Bm. The title and melody might make it a nice wedding or Valentine's Day piece, but the lyrics are of unrequited love. (Boy loves girl, girl doesn't even know he's alive...or care, but he still loves her.)
Little Man and Little Maid - Scots and English, multi-titled tune and song "There was a little man, and he loved a little maid..."



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