Week #307 ~ The Mason's Apron

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner, by overwhelming majority, is The Mason's Apron, which was submitted as an IT (Irish Traditional) tune. I'm not familiar with it, but that's one of my favorite genre!

    Here is the link to the tune on The Session, which says: Also known as Braes Of Glenorchy, Isla, Lady Carbury, Lowrie Tarrell, Mason Laddie, Masonís Aprons, Ooh! Matronís Apron, Parsonís Moan, Toss The Feather, The Wooden Spoon And The Apron. There are 11 settings to the tune on that site. Plus, many more suggestions and links in the extensive comments section!

    Here's a link to the standard notation on abcnotation.com from John Chambers music book collection.

    Here are some You Tube videos:

  2. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Nice choice. The definitive Mason's Apron is by Fairport Convention from 1970 (in a set with Jenny's Chickens):

    or in better quality, but audio only:

  3. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Here's Sean Macguire, one of many great Irish fiddlers...

    Dave Hum on 5 string banjo...

  4. cwboal
    Here is my swing at this. I can do better, but apparently not when recording myself! Seems like I'm nothing but thumbs when the video is recording.

  5. GKWilson
    That sounds good to me CWB.
    Most of us get red-light-itus.
    Supposedly it dwindles as you record more.
    I still had it whenl my light broke. Haven't replaced it yet.
    That's a pretty Newell.
  6. Manfred Hacker
    Manfred Hacker
    Nice playing CWB.
    I finally was able to get a reasonable take. Almost made it before the new tune was posted.
    This version is from the Fiddler's Fakebook. Glad I found it, because I like the double stops in the B part.
  7. Obiwan
    Awesome job manfred. For some reason yours doesn't show up cwb on my iPad but I'm sure it's well played. here is me really just messing around on a Eastman mandocello on vacation in Maine any way I played a few licks of masons apron. It was fun to play a giant mandolin

  8. maudlin mandolin
    maudlin mandolin

    Great stuff Cw and Manfred-two very different versions. Obiwan that cello seemed to have a tag on it- did you buy it in the end?
    I have been trying to play along with the BBC Virtual Session for this piece. I can just about manage once through then I loose it as I did on this video taken at the same pace.
  9. Mike Floorstand
    Mike Floorstand
    Thanks to everyone who has submitted their version so far, enjoyed listening to them very much.

    I was aiming for the 5-part version from thesession but forgot to put the third part in, I guess I could have recorded it again but it's the first time in a while that I've managed to record anything this close to the actual week, so not pushing my luck. So here is the rarely heard 4-part version of this reel.

    Not sure why but this tune seems to invite all sorts of variations on possible ornaments. I believe it is often played in G too, I shall have to try that next...
  10. KyleG_MandolinMuse
    Here's my rather modest (in comparison to the other postings here) work-up of The Mason's Apron. Trying to play these IT reminds how much a special technical niche they occupy.

    Good work all.

  11. jonny250
    some really good versions of this tune this week - really impressed by all the versions. I do like the tenor banjo version with the 4 parts. i used a mp3 by a guy called Fiddling Jonny to learn this tune - well to start learning it as i only just got going.
    here is my effort, lots of woopsies in the second time round when i tried to do something different lol:
  12. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    I can hardly play this dead horse in sessions and therefore don't play it often (ever after I played it approx. 100 times in an after-hours session in Kilcar, Co. Donegal 30 years ago); I thawed it for this occasion, however, with the only one of its fancy X parts I ever bothered to learn...

  13. maudlin mandolin
    maudlin mandolin

    An interesting variation there, Bertram.
    Here is the virtual session with me struggling to keep up.
  14. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Ha! Maudlin, here come the cavalry! I totally forgot about the Virtual Session.
  15. crisscross
    I did the apron two ways, first kind of a relaxed OT hornpipe with acoustic guitar and tenor banjo, then in gypsy jazz fashion.
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