6/8 marches

6/8 marches

Tonight we learnt a 6/8 march¬† called the Hen’s March (not to be confused with a different tune called The Hen’s March Over the Midden). It’s a 4-part march so it took us a while to learn it. We’ll consolidate it at the start of next week’s class.

6/8 marches are played for dances like the Military Two-step and Britannia Two-step.

We also played through Terribus, the 2/4 march we learnt in the first class this term. It would go well with Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle (which we learnt over a year ago in the class) for a Gay Gordons. The music for both of these tunes is on the music page. If you want to find out more about what to play for different ceilidh dances, the Grand Chain website is a useful resource. It gives instructions for dances, information on what types of tunes to put into sets for each dance, and how many bars of music you’ll need to play.

Playing 6/8 marches for a Military Twostep
Photo ©Ros Gasson