Demo: Tunes to accompany a Lancers | Bowing Down Home
AS – Archie Stewart
KP – Curator Ken Perlman
AS There was a certain beat of music for each section [figure] of that set. Like when you started first, you wanted a fairly slow beat, because it was a slow back and forth. Then, for the second part, you wanted a good lively tune. And then for the third part you wanted something like a jig, something you could march to, around. And then for the last part, for the Grand Chain, that was a good fast tune.
KP Could you give us an example of what you would play for the four figures of the dance?
AS Yes, I could. See, a lot of those old fellows, like in the Grand Chain, when they got a couple of drinks in them they wanted to step dance, along right in the set, so you'd want to play something good and fast for them. If I was going to play for a set now, probably the first tune I'd play'd be this.
Stewart plays: My Love is But a Lassie Yet
AS And for the second part of the set I'd play:
Stewart plays: The Old Man And the Old Woman
[He calls it The Christmas Rum]
AS And for the third part of the set I'd play
Stewart plays: Kingdom Comin [AKA: Year of Jubilo]
AS And then for the last part, any fast piece.
Stewart plays: Princess Reel
KP The Princess Reel.
AS The Princess Reel, or any of those good old tunes, good fast tunes.