Dave and Dave play a mixture of traditional music and song. Many of the tunes are based on morris dances and are played in a traditional style. They started playing as a duo in early 2004 and also perform regularly as part of their own ceilidh band, mainly in the Hereford / Worcester area.
1. Happy Man / Banbury Bill / Glorishears. (trad)
Three Morris Dance tunes form the Cotswolds – The first is from the village of Adderbury and has a song associated with it that is often sung when the dance is performed. “Banbury Bill” is from the village of Bampton (one of the few villages whose Morris team has an unbroken lineage going back before the First World War). The last tune in this set is from Fieldtown (now known as Leafield)The dance has a “leapfrog” figure at the end, the music slowing to allow the dancers to land safely!
2. The White Hare. (trad)
Our rendition of the “The White Hare” is from the singing of Martin Carthy, heard many years ago on a compilation LP. A celebration of the life and death of the mystical White Hare.
3. The Pete Coe 3. (trad)
The first two tunes in this set, come from the playing of Pete and Chris Coe. The third is of unknown origin – dragged up from the deep recesses of our collective memories, but just had to follow the first two.
4. Mrs Casey / Morrison’s No.1 (trad)
This set starts with another Cotswold Morris Dance tune. There are several versions of “Mrs Casey”, this particular one comes from the village of Ascot – under – Wychwood in Oxfordshire.The second tune is a well-known Irish jig, derived from a version played by the great Irish fiddler, Sean Maguire.
5. Unknown / Waiting for the TGV. (unknown / Dave Young)
Some years ago I was waiting to catch a train at Lyon in central France, and found myself humming the first part of this tune. I’m not really sure where it came from, but when I arrived home, I wrote the second part. Despite extensive searches of my record / CD collection, I have never been able to find the original source.
6. He Called for a Candle / The Road to Lisdoonvarna. (trad)
Another song from the singing of Martin Carthy. The tune has slightly changed as the arrangement developed. A lovely song in which there is love, hope and enough money to plan for the future!Our version of “The Road to Lisdoonvarna” is loosely based upon a Chieftains recording.
7. The O’Mally Blackwells of Ross / Hunting the Squirrel / Frankie’s Tune.
(Liam O’ Flynn / trad / Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh)
The first tune in this set was written by Liam O’ Flynn and was arranged for the unlikely combination of Uillian Pipes and a string quartet! “Hunting the Squirrel” appears in many versions, both for Morris and country dances. This version was learned from Malvern fiddle player, John Williams. “Frankie’s tune” was written by Altan’s Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh,in memory of their flute player, Frankie Kennedy.
8. The Shirt of Life / Orange in Bloom. (Dave Young / trad)
Two waltzes – the first self-penned a few years ago. Lack of space precludes us from relaying the story behind the strange title. Suffice to say, it arose from a misheard remark at a very drunken barn dance. “Orange in Bloom” is a Morris Dance tune from the village of Sherborne, Gloucestershire, popularly played as a waltz, although the original dance tune is in 6/8 time.
9. The Hambledon Yew / Idbury Hill / The Beaux of London City. (Dave Young / trad)
The first tune is this set was written for Cup Hill Morris Men, as a parting gift, when I left Surrey to live in Worcestershire. “Mitch” Mitchell devised a dance to fit the tune, in the style of Ascot – under – Wychwood, and it has remained in Cup Hill’s repertoire ever since.“Idbury Hill” is a Morris tune from Bledington on the Oxfordshire / Gloucestershire border.The final tune in this set, comes from Badby in Northamptonshire, and is used for a stick dance.
10. Just As the Tide was Flowing. (trad)
We learnt this song from the book “Marrow Bones” which states – “One of the finest tunes in the English tradition and that there is little variation in both tune and words, in different collections” The tune was apparently adapted by Morris musicians and became known as “The Blue Eyed Stranger”
11. Kentra Bay / Beer and Black Pudding. (Dave Young)
Two of my tunes – Kentra Bay is on the west coast of Scotland near Mallaig, and I visited here many years ago, when I was a student studying fishery management. It has the most beautiful white sand beach.Beer and Black Pudding is not the latest diet fad, although if it were, it would get my vote! Some years ago my partner Lisa, gave me several bottles of beer and an organic black pudding on Valentine’s day. I wrote her this tune in return.
12. Princess Royal. (trad)
We finish as be began – Two versions of this very well known Morris Dance tune. The first from the village of Adderbury, the second of unknown origin (in a minor key), but probably an amalgam of several other versions.