The Nut Tree

My first schottiche, my first tune named after a pub and (therefore?) my first real success. It was also one of the first tunes I invented on my Wheatstone Aeola concertina.

This tune was named after the place where I first played it, The Nut Tree in Murcot, Oxon. Back then, it was a nice local pub with a dwindling band of regulars, trying to keep going by offering good food. It did that rather well, and now it’s a swanky restaurant with a Michelin star and who knows what.

Oxford City Morris used to dance there quite often, on summer Wednesday evenings, and it was during their 1993 visit that I first played this.

Originally, it was a 2-part, 32-bar tune, and that’s they way I play it most often. However, a friend wanted to play it as part of her entry in a competition, and asked if I could add another section to make it longer. I did this by adding another 16 bars in the middle. I’ve published them both here, so you can make your own choices.

Here’s a PDF of the score: Nut Tree Score PDF

And here’s the ABC text for both versions:

X:2
T:The Nut Tree – 2 part version
Z:Mark Fry
Z:Copyright © 1993 Mark Fry
Z:All Rights Reserved
L:1/8
Q:1/4=288
M:2/2
I:linebreak $
K:G
EFGA B2 cB | A2 BA G2 E2 | EFGA B2 cB | A2 d2 d4 | EFGA B2 cB | A2 BA G2 E2 | cBAG FGAB | G2 E2 E4 :: e2 ee e2 de | f2 e2 d2 B2 | Bd d2 d2 ed | B2 e2 e3 B | e2 ee e2 de | f2 e2 d2 B2 | cBAG FGAB | G2 E2 E4 😐

X:3
T:The Nut Tree – 3 part version
Z:Mark Fry
Z:Copyright © 1998 Mark Fry
Z:All Rights Reserved
L:1/8
Q:1/4=288
M:2/2
I:linebreak $
K:G
EFGA B2 cB | A2 BA G2 E2 | EFGA B2 cB | A2 d2 d4 | EFGA B2 cB | A2 BA G2 E2 | cBAG FGAB | G2 E2 E4 :: D2 c2 c2 dc | BAGA B4 | AGFE DEFG | F3 G/F/ E4 | D2 c2 c2 dc | BAGA B4 | cBAG FGAB | G2 E2 E4 :: e2 ee e2 de | f2 e2 d2 B2 | Bd d2 d2 ed | B2 e2 e3 B | e2 ee e2 de | f2 e2 d2 B2 | cBAG FGAB | G2 E2 E4 😐

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