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Aug 3, 2022 - 12:34:57 PM
597 posts since 6/11/2019

Let's say you were requested to play instrumentally for an hour or so at a wedding reception as guests arrive.  The bride is your niece, so you gladly do it gratis.  She has no special requests, and leaves the set list up to you.

It's not an stiffshirt crowd, and you know many of them, so you can play traditional fiddle tunes, to which they may jig clowning around with a beer, but you want some pretty ones to go with the rambunctious ones.  Light classical is OK, too--like Ode to Joy, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and such as that.  But, no Pachelbel Canon, Ave Maria or Air on the G String.

What do you put on your list to play if you're solo?

WHAT ABOUT if you had a guitar comping and picking with you?

Aug 3, 2022 - 1:49:45 PM
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2067 posts since 12/11/2008

First off, chances are better than decent that nobody is really listening to you as you saw away. Because of this, if you pretty much stick to the tunes you're good at you'll be more than OK. I do, though, like to include at least some tunes that everybody might easily recognize. Things like Arkansas Traveler, Sugar Hill, the Eighth of January, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

Aug 3, 2022 - 2:11:39 PM
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DougD

USA

10651 posts since 12/2/2007

"Oh Haste to the Wedding" or "Too Young to Marry" - depending.

Aug 3, 2022 - 3:42:30 PM
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3052 posts since 9/13/2009

I've done lot's of those. 

For wedding prelude music...  I tend to view it as we are just background (not for dancing or concert)... just creating an overall background ambiance, mood for the event. The focus is on the joyful gathering for the couple; not really drawing attention to us (it's not about us).

Typically will include lot of somewhat lively tunes but with moderate, smooth slight laid back feel; along the lines of "Farewell Trion", "Coleman's March"; "Winderslide", "Wild Rose of the Mountain", "Susanna Gal"... to "Lover's Waltz" "Ashokan Farewell". I have also worked up some instrumental fiddle versions of more recognizable popular songs that I might include... such as "All I Have to Do is Dream"; "Hallelujah" are popular (though might want to question that if folks might think about associated lyrics laugh)

Aug 3, 2022 - 3:51:31 PM
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DougD

USA

10651 posts since 12/2/2007

Remember this is "at a wedding reception as guests arrive," not a wedding. A party, not a ceremony. Probably depends on the nature of the folks you expect will be there.

Aug 3, 2022 - 6:34:07 PM

13466 posts since 9/23/2009

You'd have to find out what they like or risk boring them to death...lol.

Aug 3, 2022 - 6:42:03 PM
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597 posts since 6/11/2019

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

You'd have to find out what they like or risk boring them to death...lol.


Peggy, I never play boring material...people are forevermore standing around me, pointing and laughing...

Aug 3, 2022 - 7:37:42 PM

3052 posts since 9/13/2009

Sorry, misinterpreted...  I was thinking wedding as overall long event, with separate parts.

Conventional format/parts... with different music requirements

Prelude - is the part where folks start to arrive, until when get seated. Usually not quite "party" atmosphere, just brief greeting/visiting. About 30 minutes is common, but can be longer or shorter. 

Processional - Music the actual wedding party enters. The last is the bride, usually with separate music. (note, whatever the bride wants, but... I think slow stately marches are traditionally much better/easier than waltzes)

Ceremony - The talking part, blah blah blah vows... Sometimes music in this part, such as a love song before vows; sometimes a song after.

Recessional - Music the wedding party exits. Livelier and more joyous than processional.

Reception - this is more the party, with food and drink; and possibly dancing. (not sure if any different music need for guest arriving?)

Of course that is just the conventional format... not all weddings follow at all.

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 08/03/2022 19:39:26

Aug 4, 2022 - 4:47:24 AM
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177 posts since 12/30/2008

Mairi's Wedding

Aug 4, 2022 - 5:51:54 AM
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9 posts since 5/5/2010

I played Blinf Mary and Three Legged Dog and several obscure tunes.
What fun.

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Aug 5, 2022 - 4:40:14 AM
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100 posts since 9/4/2007

Played a yoga class event once out in the countryside. Seemed like a bit of a weird match up to me but they knew what we sounded like and they paid us to play. It's been awhile but I remember picking out songs that weren't necessarily dance tunes, or if they were dance tunes they could be played slower with out (what I think of as) the drive of dance tunes. These included:
Winderslide
Johnny Come Along
Seneca Square Dance
Ashoken Farewell
Margaret's Waltz
Jone's Waltz
Big Scotty
St. Anne's Reel
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Crow Little Rooster
Bonapart Crossing the Rhine
And again- some square dance tunes played at a sedate pace.
At this later point in my fiddle playing I would probably add some simply Irish stuff like: Haste to the Wedding, Boys of Bluehill, etc.

Edited by - pmiller510 on 08/05/2022 04:41:03

Aug 5, 2022 - 6:03:18 AM
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2703 posts since 10/22/2007

I like a slow version of Bonapart Crossing the Rhine.
Faded Love
Swinging Doors
Lots Waltzes. Some known. Some made up.
Ashokan Farewell
Cambells farewell to Redgap
Seems like I can remember more tunes when I'm playing, than just sitting here. It must sorta flow.

Blackest Crow 

I like stuff I can clog up with double stops.

Edited by - farmerjones on 08/05/2022 06:06:02

Aug 5, 2022 - 7:13:22 PM

597 posts since 6/11/2019

Well, I reckon I like all y'all--thanks

Especially Haste to the Wedding, Blackest Crow, Ashoken, Faded Love, Coleman's, A/T, all of which I'm current on. Most of the rest I'll have to research or knock the rust off of.

What a fun gig to do. Very forgiving audience, I imagine.

Edited by - Flat_the_3rd_n7th on 08/05/2022 19:13:37

Aug 5, 2022 - 7:21:11 PM
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Mobob

USA

205 posts since 10/1/2009

Faded Love? For a wedding reception?????

Aug 5, 2022 - 7:46:26 PM

DougD

USA

10651 posts since 12/2/2007

Ha ha! I think I'd prefer "Waltz Across Texas." Also, even though it might seem like a good idea, I don't think "Friends in Low Places" is appropriate either. "Blackest Crow" is a sad song of parting, but that may not matter if you don't sing it.
Some good suggestions from pmiller510. I think you want tunes that are bright and cheerful, but not frantic - and that you know of course. Others might be "Muddy Roads," "Waterbound," "Julianne Johnson," "Briarpicker Brown" and "Flying Clouds" if you know it.
If I could have a good guitar player I'd like it, although it complicates things a bit.

Edited by - DougD on 08/05/2022 19:50:45

Aug 6, 2022 - 5:30:02 AM

597 posts since 6/11/2019

yeah, Faded Love may have to wait for another venue. That's what happens when I just think of the pretty melody and not the lyrics.enlightened

I do like Blackest Crow, though, since it sings about her name written on his heart in gold. Anyway, there'll be no singing, just playing.

Aug 6, 2022 - 6:08:03 AM

597 posts since 6/11/2019

Come to think of it, there's not a lot of songs folks would recognize that are NOT about broken love. KY Waltz, TN Waltz, A Fool Such as I, Blue Moon of KY--all about being dumped.

I guess there's Footprints in the Snow--oh, wait

That's country music for you.

Edited by - Flat_the_3rd_n7th on 08/06/2022 06:22:03

Aug 6, 2022 - 8:10:13 AM

2703 posts since 10/22/2007

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Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th

yeah, Faded Love may have to wait for another venue. That's what happens when I just think of the pretty melody and not the lyrics 


Well, that's what I thought. A good melody is a good melody. 

Of all the shunes with three or four titles, I could sure make one up if I was asked, "is that Faded Love?" 

"Naw, naw, that's an old tune called Many Happy Returns. But they do sound similar."smiley

Aug 6, 2022 - 8:13:44 AM

2703 posts since 10/22/2007

If you put a 'round the horn turn around in between verses, wala! You've got a new tune.

Aug 6, 2022 - 9:15:03 AM
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Earworm

USA

337 posts since 1/30/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th
...It's not an stiffshirt crowd, and you know many of them, so you can play traditional fiddle tunes, to which they may jig clowning around with a beer, but you want some pretty ones to go with the rambunctious ones...

Well, this just caught my eye. Please don't discount American traditional tunes as being all "rambunctious." You can also alter them a little to tame them if you think they're nuts. Anyway they asked you to play, so maybe your niece likes what she's heard. You don't have to sound like someone else. I'm not saying you shouldn't have a variety, but it's not like traditional tunes are all the same. Also, it might be a fun time to slide in "Where's That Preacher With the Rabbi's Wife." wink

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