MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Harmonica Tunes

Performed by Raymond Noseworthy Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 13 Track 5
Community: Pouch Cove Audio:
Genre: Harmonica dance tunes


Four tunes are put together here. The first is a reel (fast tempo, 4/4 metre) called "Devil in the Garden." The second, a jig (fast, 6/8 metre), is named "Irishman's Shanty" in Leach's documentation but it is more widely known as "Irish Washerwoman." The third is an unnamed jig. Like many Newfoundland tunes, this one has some extra beats in some of the duple metre phrases. The tune repeats the first line with its characteristic octave leap three times and then cadences with a new phrase.   The fourth jig is called "Dry Billy Goat."

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