I have put three new tunes up on the Kitchen Musician website:
Since the hot weather in July sometimes drives us cuckoo, there are three
different cuckoo tunes.
"The Cuckoo" is the minor key English/Appalachian (and probably Scots and Irish
as well) tune and song.
"Oh, The Cuckoo. She's a pretty bird.......But she never hollers "cuckoo", til
the Fourth Day of July." That one, set in Aminor, with the long intro. I have
included one verse, but there are others which you can find on the internet,
including some on YouTube. There's even a folk/ethnic/rock version by the 70's
band "Kaleidoscope", with a slightly different and even longer intro:
"The Cuckoo's Nest" is another widespread "cuckoo" tune/song, in D and D
mixolydian. It can be played as a reel, or more slowly as a song. You can
find various sets of lyrics on the internet. Some of the sets of lyrics may be
soft core X rated, in which a "cuckoo's nest" is a metaphor for something else.
Lastly, there's "Nyth y Gwcw", the Welsh "Cuckoo's Nest", and a different tune
in a different mode, D minor, though the tunes may be distantly related. "Nyth
y Gwcw" is pronounced something like "nith ee goocoo"...I think. In addition
to the Dm setting, I included one in Am, for people who do not like F majors in
fast tunes. (There are no B flats in the Dm version.) Or you could alternate
between the two keys.
The sheet music is in PDF; the music is in MIDI.
Kitchen Musician Website
Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling
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