Michael's Mazurka (Shetland)

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is a slow air in mazurka time from Shetland, written by the late Michael Ferrie and mostly associated with the playing of Catriona MacDonald. It's also a popular session tune. I'm playing this as a mandolin duet with tenor guitar backing, based on a second fiddle part by The Kings Band:


    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin
    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Ozark tenor guitar

  2. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Fine tune, Martin, and thanks for the score. Your arrangements and performances are always welcome.
  3. Njugglebreck
    This is the nearly same view as 30s in, but taken a couple of days ago!! It's meant to drop down to only Gale Force tomorrow.......

  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Jim --

    Thanks for the kind comment -- great to hear from an actual Shetlander, and I trust you will emerge from winter not any more wind-battered than normal!

    I hope my interpretation of this grand tune isn't too badly at odds with how it's played at Shetland sessions these days.

  5. Njugglebreck
    I haven't heard it played here for a while.... But since I play the TB; when slow tunes start, then it's time to head to the bar or to the toilet......
  6. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    I was playing this tune recently accompanying my fiddle-playing duo member Alison, and thought it would be a good mandolin tune as well, and a wee foray into different territory for me - a mazurka, indeed! I did a quick search and found that Martin had posted it back in 2015 so am adding this update to the original thread. The notation can be found on The Session website and elsewhere. Does this make it a Revisited Tune, Barbara?

    Michael Ferrie, the composer, was a founding member of the wonderful Shetland group Fiddlers Bid and I believe he wrote this tune in 1996 in the last week or so of his life before dying tragically from cancer at a young age.

    I have played about a bit with the rhythm in the tune, retaining a basic 3/4 timing but alternating the chordal structures throughout, so not strict mazurka dance rhythm.

  7. Gelsenbury
    Lovely playing and stunning sound quality, John. Thank you.
  8. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    This is very pretty - and a bit outside the box for you, John. Way to go !! Lovely video to accompany this tune.
  9. Pierpaolo S.
    Pierpaolo S.
    A beautiful tune and you played it very well. Very clean, with a sound quality that I envy you ....bravo.
  10. Frithjof
    Great sound of the melody, John. And you show a manifold of opportunities to accompany three-four time.
  11. Don Grieser
    Don Grieser
    That's really nice, John. Mazurkas are taking over, and that's a good thing!
  12. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Thanks for so many positive comments, folks. The recent surge of activity in the group has been really encouraging, and it brings home strongly the power of music to lift our spirits in trying times.
    Mazurkas are indeed a great form, Don, and it is good to move away from our usual comfort zones.
  13. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Well played John, inspiring.
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