Q&A August 2013, Part III
9/6/2013 (updated 9/7/2013)

Re: Adieu, adieu
Could you tell me the tuning for the above song? Thanks, Rob Fuke, Millie Dolan

This is not a song I play regularly, although I did it on the Folk Britannia series. I learned it many years ago from the late great Cyril Tawney. Fairport did a revved up version just after I left the band.

I would do it in drop D, and play it in F capoed at 3rd fret. This suits my range, as the lowest note is an A - good for baritones.



Re: Traditional music
Hi Richard,

I'm a big fan of your work, and I'm a guitarist. I'm currently studying traditional Irish, Scottish, and English music on guitar. On a live version of Nobody's Wedding from Folk City in 1982, you play a tune (hornpipe?) at the end of the song - very exciting wedding music. What is the name of it? I was expecting to hear Mairi's Wedding, but this other piece is there. Also, what is the name of the strathspey that you play as an interlude after the first verse? I learned it from your 3 cassette instructional book - which I love.

Which guitarists in traditional music were you most influenced by, if any? Which other traditional musicians other than guitarists were you most influenced by? Thanks, Scott

I don't have that CD to hand to check the tune at the end of Nobody's Wedding. It's probably a reel, but I used to interchange those, so I've no idea. Also, forgive me, I forget the title of the strathspey in the middle.

I never listened a lot to other guitarists, and if I did, I tried to develop my own style, and not be too influenced. I 'discovered' DADGAD tuning from trying to play Clarence Ashley banjo tunes, without realizing everyone else had got there first.

I listened to mostly pipers (Scots, Irish, and Northumrian) and fiddlers, and still borrow ideas from those instruments.