I have posted a few tunes from "Die Oudag Boereorkes" before, but I could not resist adding just this one little gem. It will be my last one from them for a while; if you like their music you will just have to buy it :) According to the CD, the tune was written by Harry Bartz. From the Traditi... More
I have posted a few tunes from "Die Oudag Boereorkes" before, but I could not resist adding just this one little gem. It will be my last one from them for a while; if you like their music you will just have to buy it :)
According to the CD, the tune was written by Harry Bartz. From the Traditional Boeremusiek Club of South Africa: Harry's real name was Herman Carl Bartz (1916 - 1996). He was born and lived in the vicinity of Cape Town for most of his life, and was a school pal of Japie Laubscher. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way he lost interest, and stopped playing the concertina for a period of 25 years. Listening to this fantastic medieval, almost Celtic, sounding tune from his hand it is a pity that he was not active longer.
Fortunately through the efforts of the Oudag Boereorkes this piece of South Africa's musical heritage has been preserved. You can support their efforts by buying their music. This particular album, "Oudag Herhinderinge" (Old Time Memories), does not seem to be in print anymore, but they have plenty of other material available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/searc
319258724 -------------------- UPDATE ---------------------- According to Konsertina (Sean Minnie) (see comments below), this tune is actually a rendition of the song "Sweet Marie" which appeared in the 1947 movie, "Life with Father". Here is the song as sung in that movie as sung by Irene Dunne and William Powell: http://youtu.be/F06IElvdzGw And here is the link supplied by Sean to a version by Mark Gilston on dulcimer: http://youtu.be/Qp_W773Q0FY (Thank you, Sean!!) And now that we know where it comes from, here are some other versions: Hank Snow: http://youtu.be/r2v5JrvhtU8 Randy Adams: http://youtu.be/zE-iJ2WHnFY A little further research shows that the tune was written by Raymond Moore in 1893 with words by Cy Warman. http://books.google.com/books?
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