Monday, September 28, 2015

RISK learns the Cajun tune "Tit Galop Pour Mamou" with David Lange on Sept 29

Hey RISKees!  Dave Lange & Company will rejoin us Tuesday, September 29th for more Cajun music from down South.

They'll lead us through some songs he's already taught us, like Bayou Pom Pom, Back Door, Don't Mess with My Toot Toot, then on to the new song, which is—

Tit Galop Pour Mamou (Slow Galop to Mamou) 

You might even recognize the tune in this jaunty YouTube video of a string band playing this at a party. Some funny balloon commentary floating over the band playing.

And here's the tune's writer, Dewey Balfa, and brother playing on a pretty static YouTube, but hey, he wrote the thing.

The lyrics in English are:

Canter, canter to Mamou! 
I sold my little mule for fifteen cents.
I bought some red candy for the kids, 
some sugar and coffee for the old folks.
Canter, canter to Mamou!
I sold my little wagon for fifteen cents.
I bought some red candy for the kids,
and a yard of ribbon for my wife.

At SoundCloud, I've uploaded the melody and harmony parts separate and together. Here's a link to the LEAD + Harmony voices 1 & 2—all fiddle parts.

Finally, here's the music to the A part and the french cajun lyrics.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fall 2015 Schedule for RISK

Rock Island String Kollective (RISK) will start up again on Tuesday, September 22.

NEW TIME!  3:15-4:15 meshes better with school schedules.

SAME PLACE: Minglement, otherwise known as the coffee roasterie south of Vashon town and just north of the school campus, kitty-corner from the VAA's new center-in-construction.

SAME GOAL: for kids and adults to improve their skills on string instruments, build repertoire in Celtic, American Trad, Klezmer, and Cajun musics, and have a ball!

COST: $45 for the quarter, $40 if you pay during sessions 1-2.  $5 for single sessions.

DATES:  Sept 22, 29th
Oct. 6, 13, not 20th, 27
Nov. 3, 10, 17

Note that October 20th is a break.

Look forward to jamming with all my RISKees!