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What is a Rant?
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ELCBK
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Found this "Islay Rant" - a great tune, played by Veronica McGuinn! 

Islay Rant

What the heck is a Rant? 

Seems it's really about North East England (Northumbria), but I sure wouldn't have known that from hearing one! 

According to this Newcastle University article about Folk music in NE England, by Simon McKerrell: 

"The traditional music of the North East is heavily influenced by the music of Scotland and Ireland and jigs, slip jigs, reels, waltzes and airs also form a large part of the local repertoire." 

"Another distinctive tune type in the North East is the rant. A rant is also in 4/4 time, but without the dotted rhythm of a hornpipe and the rant dance step is used often in local traditional dancing." 

For more info and Sheet Music, here.  

Folk Music in NE England 

I'm thinking Rants can't be THAT distinct. 

I've listened to some I swear could be Hornpipes (listed as Reels), and some are listed as Hornpipes, Reels, Strathspeys, Marches and even Jigs at thesession.org. 

More reasons I'm always confused.  🤪 

I like "The Oyster Wife's Rant" - is listed as a Reel, with other versions at thesession.org.  Katy Adelson plays a version, also.  Here's a video sheet music version (Alejandro de Higueras).  

The Oyster Wive's (Wife's) Rant

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I enjoy other Northumbrian tunes, like "Bonny at Morn" & "The Three Ravens", maybe worth checking out more? 

- Emily

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One of the tunes from my childhood was the Morpeth Rant; a favourite of my Border Scots' stepfather.

Peter

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@ELCBK - Really liked the Islay Rant, maybe in a decade or two I'll be able to play it! lol

@Peter - That Morpeth Rant is great! Another one I'll tackle in a decade or two!

The old curmudgeon!

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@JohnG -

You're too modest! 

You are soooo far ahead of where I was when I started and you'll be AMAZING by the end of the year! 

No reason you can't transcribe one of these in musescore and set the speed as low as you need.  You can look for motifs in the tune that reoccur & just practice those (like a riff).  Or, just start by trying to nibble away at the 1st part.

Just keep listening - and start a "list", like the rest of us do (I have a few, now) - good luck in trying to decide which tune to try next! 

 

@Peter -

Seems "The Morpeth Rant" is probably the most popular - have you played it?

I Love Music Smiley- Emily

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@ELCBK - "You're too modest! ", Thanks, I don't always feel that way! And "good luck in trying to decide which tune to try next! ", I already know that! I just picked up Ashokan Farewell from The Sessions and added it to my practice today!

The old curmudgeon!

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ELCBK said
Seems "The Morpeth Rant" is probably the most popular - have you played it?

I Love Music Smiley- Emily  

@ELCBK - Oddly enough, no. Like @JohnG , I'll be leaving it until I've more experience. Then again, no harm in trying. 

Peter

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"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great

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A rant is a Scottish word meaning a noisy frolic or a lively tune, from the German ranzen which means to make a racket.

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@Gordon Shumway -

Thank you!   

You just described 99% of ALL Fiddle Tunes. 🤣

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- Emily

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