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What a way to cheer up a rainy bank holiday monday….

we had a little select gathering for our bank holiday session yesterday…it was not an evening for venturing outdoors as the relentless rain i imagine kept people in! i am always pleased that people come to play their uke come rain or shine….and i hope people left feeling a little more sunny! i certainly did.

i owe some of you an apology. i said i wasn’t going to do a new song. i lied.

we started looking at wild mountain thyme. i LOVE this song…i haven’t heard many recordings of it besides the byrds version….i only really know it through hearing my dad, stepmum and their friends playing it at folk things or impromptu sing-a-longs after last orders has been called. so i can imagine that people may notice that i have created a lyrical hybrid of this song as so many versions exist of it.

wild mountain thyme was written by northern irish singer francis mcpeake, but it is based on an scottish song the braes of balquhidder by robert tannahill (1774-1810). it is generally thought that mcpeake knew about the scottish song and developed the melody and lyrics to create what we know as wild mountain thyme.

anyway, it’s lovely. and it presents us with a new chord to get our heads round (Em)! we had a good practise round and round changing from F, Em to Am and it sounded lovely by the end. check out the sheet music here WILD MOUNTAIN THYME lyrics and chords. if i get my voice back to normal soon i will post a little demo of it too.

hope to see you next week and keep practising!

 

x

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