Gilderoy

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    "Gilderoy" is an old Scottish broadside ballad, based on a (possibly mythical) highwayman said to have been hung in 1638. The use of the name for a tune is somewhat complicated, as various tunes are in use for the ballad, and the name "Gilderoy" is used for some tunes that do not to me seem to be related to the ballad at all. In the US, Gilderoy mostly seems to be an alternative name for The Red-Haired Boy (and indeed, "Gilderoy" is an anglicised form of the Gaelic for "Red-Haired Boy"), but the similarity of that tune to the sung versions appears to me tentative (possibly because of the speed difference). Other references say that "Star Of The Country Down" and "Salisbury Plain" are both variants of Gilderoy, and I don't think I hear that either.

    Anyway, I have in the past recorded the tune that Nigel Gatherer gives for the song on my Ajr (Link), but have recently encountered a quite different version which I have now recorded on the Mid-Mo with tenor guitar backing. The sheet music is here: Link



    This variant does have some (but not much) resemblance to The Red-Haired Boy, but I'm playing it much slower than one would play that tune, which I think suits it well.

    Martin
  2. GHall
    GHall
    A seldom heard but fun tune to play. I'm playing a Red Valley flat top, and my daughter is playing an A-5 Silverangel.

  3. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Great versions all. Greg, that duo is unbeatable, again
  4. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Awhhh so cute! (The vid above)


    https://youtu.be/R7vm7-MWK10

    BTW sorry some of you guys (about the capo). This version is in F/Dm because Mr. Guitar said so!
  5. Gelsenbury
    Gelsenbury
    Great stuff, Simon! What you wrote in the other thread about using the metronome regularly made me think that your fluent playing may come from that. You've invested the work, and it's paying off.
  6. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Fine performance, Simon.
  7. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks D and J, always a pleasure to hear from you, this is probably not as authentic as it could be, but that’s history for you.
    I think it’s cool that the lyrics of the song are about a hungry civil rights activist, and about land rights and racism.
  8. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    I really like this one Simon. Super nice playing.
  9. Simon DS
    Simon DS
  10. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Three nice versions of this Scottish broadside ballad!
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