Workshop Information

Recently, we have been trialling running a short tune-learning workshop at the beginning of each session. This involves spending 30-40 minutes learning a new tune by ear. The idea is to increase the confidence of the sessioners for playing tunes by ear and relying less on the music. After we have learned a tune, we will post notes about the tune we learned here.

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2013.04.12 - Laride ("Gavotte") (Laride a six temps)

A change of country for today's tunes. We're heading over to France and introducing some Breton tunes. The first is a Laride in six - that is, there are 6 beats in the dance.

The Laride dance is a very simple arm swinging dance. For a Laride in six, you join hands in a circle and swing your bent arms back and forth twice, then once down. When you swing your arms down you step to your left. That's it. A Laride in eight you swing your arms down twice. Simple.

This tune is loosely associated with the Irish repertoire because the band Lunasa recorded this on their self-titled album (the first track after the Lord Mayo March). They called it Gavotte (hence the title in quotes) but it's not - it's a Laride.

The second tune isn't actually Breton but it's Breton-style. It was written by a local musician, Richard Wirdnam, and can be danced as a Laride in eight. Richard uses it in ceilidhs for a serpent dance. You can see Richard in his band Celtic Confusion playing the tune below.

X: 1
T: Laride ("Gavotte")
R: Laride a six temps
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: AEAB c2 LBc dc Az | AEAB c2 LBc dc Az :|
| ecA ecA Lc2 Bcdz | ecA ecA Lc2 BcAz :|

X: 1
T: Estampie
R: Laride a huit temps
C: Richard Wirdnam
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A3 B c2 d2 | c2 B2 A2 G2 | A3 B c2 d2 | c2 B2 A2 z2 |
A3 B c2 d2 | c2 B2 A2 Bc | d2 d2 c2 B2 | A2 G2 A2 z2 :|
d3 d e2 d2 | c2 A2 B2 c2 | d3 d e2 d2 | c2 A2 B2 z2 |
d3 d e2 d2 | c2 A2 B2 Bc | d2 d2 c2 B2 | A2 G2 A2 z2 :|

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