Free Tab for January 2018 - "Cradle Song" (James S. Skinner)

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Free Tab for January 2018 - "Cradle Song" (James S. Skinner)

Postby Tull » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:12 am

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that the tab for January has been posted on my website, Eagle Creek Music. This month's tab is an arrangement of a Scottish aire called "Cradle Song", written by the famous Scottish fiddler and composer, James Scott Skinner. Born near Aberdeen, Scotland in 1843, Skinner began playing music professionally with his older brother at the age of 7, playing both violin and cello. The duo performed public and private concerts, and also provided music for lots of dances. It was during those years that Skinner became interested in learning to call the dances, as well as play for them, and for years he made a living as a "dance master", teaching both the musicians and the dancers in Scottish folk dances such as strathspeys and reels. He started composing some of his own music for the dances, including aires and waltzes. He is credited with over 600 compositions in his lifetime, the best known of which include "The Bonnie Lass of Bon Accord," "Cradle Song," "Bovaglie's Plaid," "The Music o' Spey," and "Hector the Hero."

He is said to have been inspired to write "Cradle Song" after watching a young mother care for her infant son who had taken ill. The incident took place in the town of Forres, so the tune is sometimes referred to as "Forres Cradle Song".
Skinner went on to become one of the most important figures in Scottish traditional music in general, and fiddle music in particular. His influence was enhanced by the advent of the wax cylinder recorder early in the 20th century, which he used to make over 80 recordings.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of the tune being played by a trio consisting of violin, cello, and piano.


This is a 2-part arrangement, melody and harmony, so find a playing partner, and add it to your list of tunes to learn over the coming year.

Wishing you all peace, joy, and music, now and throughout the New Year!

In music and friendship,
--Tull

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Re: Free Tab for January 2018 - "Cradle Song" (James S. Skin

Postby Robin the Busker » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:29 am

Happy New Year Tull !!!!

And thanks for pointing us towards yet another wonderful tune. It's history and the timing of your post is serendipitous as I lived in Forres up on the Moray Firth in Scotland for a few years, and I've just had a new granddaughter arrive - I am heading north to Scotland to see her tomorrow - So I feel it is a tune I should learn !!!

All the best,

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Re: Free Tab for January 2018 - "Cradle Song" (James S. Skin

Postby Dusty Turtle » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:55 pm

Thanks, Tull, for your creative arrangements and informative "liner notes." It so happens that a while back I had tabbed out a simple version of this tune for my local dulcimer group, and it was one of the more successful efforts in the sense that even beginners were able to pick up the tune fairly quickly. I'm going to point everyone to your arrangement in the hopes that it will make for some fun group play for us. Thanks again!
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Re: Free Tab for January 2018 - "Cradle Song" (James S. Skin

Postby Robin the Busker » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:11 am

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Hi Tull, I've finally had a chance to look at the Cradle Song this morning and I've ended up going completely off-piste with my noter drone arrangement! I got thinking about when the tune was written and pulled out my old 1890s Essex and Cammeyer banjo and my Mawhee reproduction dulcimer from the same period. So this is an Appalachian take on the tune :lol: I had to take it up to 90 bpm from the 60 bpm of the original music as that's about the slowest I could play the more typical Appalachian rhythm on my instruments - so it is not quite a cradle song anymore :shock: But the tune itself is sweet to play.

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Re: Free Tab for January 2018 - "Cradle Song" (James S. Skin

Postby Tull » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:55 pm

That is wonderful, Robin! Thanks so much for sharing. Congrats on your new grand daughter as well. You can definite ly use this arrangement to rock her! :-)
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Postby Tull » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:57 pm

Dusty, thanks for your kind words. Would love to hear your group's arrangement sometime as well.
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