Pam Weeks

 

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Pam Weeks
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'Dan the Cobbler' is a fine Irish jig.
'Brandy's Trip...' was another tune written for my old black lab-x. At age 13 she was still hiking up mountains with me. Tumbledown Mountain, in Western Maine is a relatively short day hike distinguished by the beaver pond at the summit. You can imagine Brandy's delight after a strenous climb to find water to swim in at the top! You can read the sheet music here.
'The Merry-go-round' was written after playing the contradance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Nat. Park, Maryland. At the time the historic carousel in the park across from the Ballroom was about to undergo restoration. Now it's completely restored, as is the Ballroom itself, and they are both magnificent!
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Pam Weeks

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I wrote this waltz for Greg Anderson, bandmate and hammered dulcimer wizard in Scrod Pudding. For many years he has gifted me with use of his family's cabin on Sebec Lake, Maine, for an annual soul-renewing and tune-writing retreat. You can read the sheet music here.
Pam Weeks
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trad. American

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Three great tunes I learned along the way. "The Silver Spire" and "Julie Anne Johnson" are from local fiddler Hank Washburn. "The Silver Spire" is also called "La Grondeuse" in the New England Fiddlers Repertoire by Randy Miller. "Leather Britches" I learned from Allan Block many years ago; he said it was a North Carolina version.
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Pam Weeks

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I wrote Charlotte's Waltz in honor of Charlotte Stonebraker. She was a librarian at Hebron Academy, and for many years a beloved 'campus mom' for the boarding students. She was a quiet person, but her smile could light up the room. Charlotte died after a long struggle with cancer, during which she showed the rest of us how to live with grace and dignity in a devestating situation. You can read the sheet music here.
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Pam Weeks
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trad. American

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"Ducks on the Pond" and "Billy in the Lowground" I learned from Allan Block. "Cattle in the Cane" came from Bill Hicks during a memorable visit with him and his wife Libby on Okracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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Pam Weeks

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Both of these tunes were inspired by my regular retreat to Sebec Lake in Maine, where my bandmate Greg Anderson owns a camp which he graciously allows me to use. The road is as twisty and bumpy as the tune! Tim's Cove is the little section of the lake Greg's camp is located on. You can read the sheet music for 'The Road to Sebec' here and 'Tim's Cove' here.
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Pam Weeks

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I wrote this tune after talking to my dear friend, Bill Olson, about ham radio operation during the Perseids meteor shower. The idea of all these people waiting by their radio sets hoping to catch a burst of communication aided by a meteor struck me as a great metaphor for the human condition.....waiting all alone for a long time and reaching out through the darkness hoping for a connection....or maybe I just like the idea of hanging out under the stars in the middle of the night....You can read the sheet music here.
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P. Weeks/trad./G. Townsend

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"The 32nd of August" - One year, in late August I wrote several tunes, day after day. This tune was the last of the series, written on Sept. 1. "Pat the Budgie" was written by Graham Townsend in honor of his pet budgie who used to ride on his bowstick as he played. There's a smooth fiddler!
Pam Weeks
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trad. Swedish

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I learned this mysterious polska from David Kaynor, dance caller, composer, and fiddler from Montague, MA. It's still one of my favorites to play for a hambo in the middle of the evening of contradancing.
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Pam Weeks

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"Kat's Waltz" was written for Kat Logan, art teacher at Hebron Academy while I was teaching there. "Summer on Marshall Pond" was also written while I was at Hebron. Marshall Pond is on the academy's property and is home to several great blue herons that I enjoyed watching as I paddled around the pond. You can read the sheet music for 'Kat's Waltz' here
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trad. Irish/trad. Irish/D. Hebert
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P. Weeks/trad./E. Reavey

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"Tumbledown Switchback" is another tune inspired by Tumbledown Mountain. A switchback is when the trail suddenly doubles back almost on itself for a short distance, usually to avoid a major obstacle. The more challenging trail up Tumbledown is full of them. I love Doreen Conboy's bass licks on this tune! 'John Brain's' is an Irish tune with many other names, among them'Conlon's' and 'The Funny'. 'Hunter House' is a classic written by Ed Reavey. You can read the sheet music for 'Tumbledown Switchback' here.