Video: The Poisonous Polonaise (Polonoise No. 19, Wittenberger Apothekenhandschrift, Deutschland)
More music from Emilyn, John and me!
This one is a beautiful polonaise found in the Wittenberger Apothekenhandschrift, a hand written dance manuscript found in the Giftschrank (poisonous substance cabinet) in an old pharmacy in Wittenberge, Germany.
Sheet music for this piece, and many other amazing northern German traditional music, can be found in volumes 1-3 of Neues aus Alten Büchern (new things from old books) published by Tramudea e.V., and also on tanzmusikarchiv.de and the TradTanzMusik youtube channel.
Recorded in Toronto, Canada on 2017-05-12
Video: Lights in the Sky (Barnaby Walters)
Finally the first video from my trip to Canada last month! Playing with Emilyn and John is always a blast, and this time we recorded a bunch of tunes. More to come!
A waltz I wrote whilst living in Iceland, recorded for the first time with Emilyn Stam and John David Williams on 2017-05-12 in Toronto, Canada.
New singing goal: be able to sing all of Moondog 2, which just blew my mind
I couldn’t find the lyrics for all of the tracks collected together in one place, so here are as many as I can find or figure out.
Bells are ringing dinga linga linga linga ling-a linga linga linga ling
dinga linga linga linga ling-a linga linga linga ling
dig all the kids who carry bells, merry bells
who are they?
why they're the
Voices of spring were in chorus
each voice was singing a song
I could not sing in that chorus until I wrote me a song
I wrote my song and joined the throng (source)
What’s the most exciting thing about life?
tell me or I’ll tell you
come on come on
I know you know what I know it’s in your eyes
I’ll have to tell you, I can’t wait
it’s L O V E it’s love
and I’m in love; I’m so happy
it’s L O V E it’s love
I’m incoherent my dear
oh happy happiness
oh happy happiness, happiness
Darling the answer is love (source)
All is loneliness before me
loneliness before me
My tiny butterfly butters my bread
my briny flutterby keeps me well fed
why should I mutter?
Why spend a dark night with you?
what a fearful price to pay
other nights nights would but be
lonely dark ages for me
Coffee beans make the finest coffee of all
it’s time to take
a coffee break
to sit a while and savour
the rarest coffee flavor
of bean coffee
I make with bottled spring water
is my day (source)
Down is up and so up is down because the earth is round
there is no such thing as up or down
Be a hobo and go with me
from Hoboken to the sea
Remember, remember, remember, memeber
to vote the way
the way we say
or else what
I love you
for your lovely still small voice
I will love your still small voice
till my voice
Nero’s expedition up the Nile
because the water hyacinth
had blocked the river
denying Nero’s vessels passage through
the Sud of Nubia
No, the wheel was never invented.
no, no, no, no
your legs are spokes of a two legged wheel
and your hips are knobbly axles
the world was always on wheels
With my wealth I wish I had lived when great genius lived
what I would not have done
Fool, the writings of your dying beggar reveal that he is
by far the greatest one
This student of life
as that student for life
his Alma Mater
is all the world
with father time as mentor
Some trust all
some trust some, ho
some trust one
I trust none, ho
not even myself
Wine, woman and song are too, too much for me
I am contented with the latter two
woman and my song are simply
wine enough you see
Sadness was so mixed with gladness
that she wept with joy
she was so sad
tears filled but enhanced the smile on her face
she was so glad
Maybe, maybe, maybe someday
I’ll be recognised for what I am
before I’m dead and gone
or if not before then after it all
Each today is yesterday’s tomorrow which is now
now is all I have
now is all I need
now is all I want
Imagine what it's like to have a long suffering
night walker walking on you
I’m standing there barefoot, facing the meadow
oh, oh, something is crawling on my muddy foot
what the, it's a wet worm
I tell you I started walking, too
I mean we parted company
maybe we think it safe enough to say,
we had quite enough of us that night
You, the vandal
plunder the village as you will
the earthworm will pillage you
when you are under
Trees against the sky
fields of plenty
rivers to the sea
spreads before me
Behold the willow bows before me
but not the oak I’m uprooting
remarked the wind
Sparrows wake me in the morning in Gotham where I live
except when I’m up to Tioga
other birds wake me there
so fair their singing
Emilyn Stam (5 string fiddle) and Barnaby Walters (hurdy gurdy) playing some tunes in the basement at Folk Marathon 2016 Tübingen. 2016 changed into 2017 half way through the third tune (in our timezone, at least).
High Park Schottisch (John David Williams)
Squat Waltz (Barnaby Walters)
Kathryn’s Yellow Schottisch (Emilyn Stam)
New music from Solarference! Not only amazingly innovative sounds but solid artistic and cultural goals:
“…songs that carry a collective theme of freedom: freedom from the constraints of relationships, gender, poverty, imprisonment and working conditions.”
Sounds good to me. Go support them on indiegogo! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solarference-locks-bolts-album
Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop on Saturday! It was great fun to dance with you all, and to get some international perspectives on polka traditions :) I hope you all had as good a time as I did!
If you missed it, didn’t hear about it or want to do it all over again, we’ll be running a similar workshop at this year’s Vaka festival in Akureyri (15th-18th June), and there’ll be all sorts of other nice stuff going on too.
Until then, keep up the nice music and dancing in Reykjavík, I’m looking forward to being back :)
P.S. if anyone took photos, it’d be great to have copies — posted here is fine, emailed in high resolution to email@example.com is even better!
Event: Tanzimpro/Balfolk Workshop in Múltí Kúltí
Where: Múltí Kúltí, Barónsstígur 3, Reykjavík
Tanzimpro (“Traditional European Dance-improvisation, also known as “balfolk” or “eurodance”) is a form of music and dance which has evolved all over Europe for centuries, and continues to do so today. Casting aside the nationalism, gender roles and silly costumes so commonly associated with “folk dance”, tanzimpro focuses on the intense, flowing connection between dancers, music and musicians as everyone involved improvises and reacts to each other.
If that sounds like fun, come along and learn the basic grooves for a variety of common dances (wickler/slängpolska, schottisch, polka, waltz, mazurka, polska… if we have time!) as well as techniques for building connection with your partner and the music, and ideas for improvisation and variations.
No need to bring a dance partner along if you don’t have one, you’ll probably end up dancing with everyone anyway :)
Entry is free, donations for the musicians and dance leader are gladly accepted.
Barnaby Walters (Hodgepig, Buzz, Duo Gerhardt & Walters) is a hurdy gurdy player and builder who, after spending ten years playing various folk and traditional music, discovered tanzimpro two years ago and wondered what he had been doing with his life for the previous eight years. Trying to make up for lost time, he has since danced and played for dancing in Iceland, Turkey, France, England, Germany and Austria, most recently as half of Duo Gerhardt & Walters.
Benjamin Bech (Bech and Bomholt, PÚLK, Vildspil, Tyrolerband) is an excellent dancer and clarinet player from Denmark, currently researching Icelandic traditional dance music.
Woohoo, die beste Drehleierspieler und Schalmeispielerin werden in Hamburg spielen! Verpass das nicht, Norddeutsche freunde :)
Discoordinated “Studio” selfie!
(I’m not very good at selfies) Recordings arrive on gerhardtwalters.eu tomorrow!
Endlich! Noch eine neue Internetseite für ein Projekt gebaut: gerhardtwalters.eu
Duo Gerhardt & Walters, now available for dance concerts ;) Recordings/video coming soon!
Found in The Division Viol (1659): an interesting social comment on mid-17th Century acceptance of the idea of a heliocentric solar system:
Also of interest: “American English” spelling of “centre” as “center”…
“(Chuse whether you will have the Sun, or Earth to be the Fixed Center)”