Rock Island String Kollective of Vashon Island, Washington, is a string orchestra for all ages & skill levels that meets at our local coffee hang-out, most Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 at MInglement, the Vashon Coffee Roastery. Bring your Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo or Harp and learn Irish music, Klezmer, Cajun, and American Traditional Music in a supportive group setting. Newcomers welcome. $5/session or $40 per quarter. For more information, contact Kim Thal.
This evening I thought I'd post some music for I's the B'y, a song we taught way back before the blog got started. The song's author is unknown, and may be a re-writing of an older ballad, but in it's most recent form, it originates in Newfoundland. For more info and all the verses, click here.
Each chord gets 3 beats. The chords for it are:
G G D D
G G C D
G G D D
C D G G
The melody is the top line:
The words vary widely depending on whose version you sing. Here's the version we have sung:
I's the B'y who builds the boat
I's the B'y who sails her
I's the B'y who catches the fish
and brings 'em home to Liza
I took Liza to the dance
Faith but she could travel
Every step that Liza took
Covered an acre of gravel
From the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada - We are told that although the song may have originated in the 1870s, probably in a Newfoundland fishing village, interest in I's The B'y
did not spread outside Newfoundland until after the song was heard and
transcribed by two researchers interested in Newfoundland's folk
traditions, Kenneth Peacock and Gerald S. Doyle. Its melody and lyrics
were transmitted throughout Canada in the songbook Folk Songs of Canada
by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston (1954), relying on Peacock's
transcription. Teachers and students outside Newfoundland were eager to
learn about the music of the newest province, which had joined Canada a
mere five years earlier, and I's the B'y quickly became a favourite of classrooms and choirs across the country.
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