News of the Victory Barn
dance and ceilidh band
Electric ceilidh for the mind and body
is a list of tunes currently in our performing repertoire. Scrolling
down the page and clicking on any hyperlinks will allow you to
hear extracts from live performances. All the tunes are composed
or selected and initially arranged by Derek. All members of the
band contribute to the final arrangements through improvisation
believe it is important to acknowledge our sources and all reasonable
efforts have been made to trace the composers of our tunes. However,
if anyone has any information regarding unattributed tunes we
should like to hear from them.
jig. People often ask if we play any Irish music. Well, yes we
do; this Thin Lizzy classic IS our full Irish repertoire. Look!
If you want Irish music, get an Irish band!
Joy Derek Paice
jig. Raise a glass to the best of the past and for good times
Gateaux de Monsieur Lesage Derek Paice
jig. Sebastien Lesage, true to his name, is a genius. His cakes
are even more delicious than they look. He is always coming up
with brilliant new recipes. It is a delight to be be served in
the refurbished shop
by his charming wife.
heavy 32-bar jig grabbed from near the back of Mel Stevens' "Massif
Central Tune Book No 2".
Amimour Derek Paice
jig, although it should really be played as a waltz. No tune played
in this world could ever do the subject justice. The quest is
always on, but if Derek ever wrote a tune as beautiful as Dark
Isle he could die happily knowing his work was done. A good tune
can survive whatever people do to it. You only have to listen
to some of the dreadful versions of Dark Isle on the web to know
at Cock Crow Derek Paice
jig. No need to guess what time of day this was written. It was
an early attempt to write something specifically for a fiddle
Tune trad arr Derek Paice
jig from Occitanian band Nadau's repertoire. Many times I've nearly
found out the proper title but till then it is known as "Nadau's".
Trip to Halesworth Derek Paice
jig. An evening adventure to a place that's always further away
than I think, but didn't we have a luvverly time?!
jig This is as close as we get to traditional. The Fenland connection
runs deep. Derek first encounted this tune in his earliest molly
dancing days in the mid 80s.
Devil Amongst the Groceries Derek
punk jig. Composed in anger after a particularly trying visit
to the supermarket. Why is it that supermarkets in other countries
look so much more interesting? Why does LIDL look the same wherever
you go? And why, oh why, oh why do so many parents take their
children to a supermarket to shout at them? This
extract from 2004 gives an idea of how we often walk the dances
through, before launching into the tune. The second
extract is a little further on in the performance. It's worth
listening to for Ivan's outrageous chords. Maybe he was bored
by the hypnotic 2-chord trick ... The cd
version is without the calling and all the better for it.
Divine Miss M Derek Paice
jig. No, not Bette Midler. This French lady is renowned in at
least three countries for her great taste, secretarial skills,
crinoline ballgowns and the obvious ownership of any stage upon
which she dances.
News of the Victory attributed to Thomas Hardy
arr Derek Paice
jig. Composer: Thomas Hardy MS 1820. Source: Barnes(1)139 / ~MM329
I've always thought it would make a really upbeat name for a band
Perfect Cure collected from the playing of Herbert
Mallett in Norfolk
jig. There isn't one.
Week Before Christmas Derek Paice
jig. It usually manages to produce a happier outcome than the
Week Before Easter. No one dies in this version.
Round the Block Derek Paice
jig. Some conversations need a good ten mile walk.
Pied Dans La Merde Derek Paice
-bar jig. The almost-infinitely more scatological French language
encourages this modest highlighting of the unwary pedestrian's
urban experience. Why the French take such huge pride in the appearance
of their towns through magnificent municipal floral displays whilst
allowing their dogs to unload anywhere is baffling to the averagely
repressed ros'bif. On the other foot, it could also be allegorical.
Your Friend Becomes Your Mother-In-Law Derek Paice
jig. Not an everyday tale of life in this, or any other country.
Sadly the relationship didn't last, but I would like my friend
Galop Derek Paice
jig. No wonder the ancients anthropomorphised the elements. They
can get fierce enough to make it feel like revenge.
polka. Not only English, but also French tradition informs the
music of The NotV. This is one of the first tunes Derek heard
Blowzabella play and is notated in the indispensable Encyclopaedia
Blowzabellica. It's such a good tune it's been with The NotV since
the Cake, Lost the Nozzle Derek Paice
polka. Heavy, loud, fast, no prisoners taken - not even time for
one squeeze of a piping bag in the Pachelbellish C-music.
Personal Tragedy Derek Paice
polka. One of the first tunes Derek tried to score, many years
ago, using "Logic". Whoever thought up the name for
that computer software is either guilty of misrepresentation or
has an imagination befitting a computer programmer. After nearly
3 years of getting nowhere Derek gave up and arranged for a consultant
to visit and train him in its use. Said consultant didn't show,
but later phoned, declaring that a "personal tragedy"
had prevented him fulfilling the engagement. It's intriguing to
consider what might constitute a personal tragedy. Many years
further on and Derek uses Logic regularly. Unfortunately, logic
is often absent otherwise.
600-Mile Polka Derek Paice
polka. It's that time of the month when a good boy goes home,
is bad and is very good at it.
reel. Possibly Canadian ... have to check this one out. Surprised
more people don't play this, it's a jolly fine tune.
Baby Derek Paice
reel. Let's celebrate total upheaval in interesting lives!
Bridge In Luton Derek Paice
reel. Every bridge in Luton amplifies the sound of one hundred
samba drummers to head splitting volume, specially when the carnival
parade is doubled back on itself and there's nowhere else to go.
In the Sump Derek Paice
reel. A great dance tune and celebration of the effects of driving
an Austin Maestro on to a field at Rookery Farm. Often played
as a polka instead.
Rose of Essex Derek Paice
reel. A long and narrow boat.
Wedding in the Wood Derek Paice
reel. See The Parson and the Celt, above.
Sauteuse de Rett trad
reel. More from Encyclopaedia Blowzabellica. Confusingly, while
it may be a "valse" by name, there's not a 3-beat bar
in sight. The idea of a jumping waltz is perversely alluring although
I have not the foggiest idea where (or indeed who) Rett might
Colour Rabbit Derek Paice
reel. You can't disappoint a four year old much more than by coming
home from the pet shop with the wrong colour rabbit!
bar schottische. A lifetime's experience taking in the Nene, Wissey,
Waveney and Glaven en route.
schottishe. Another simple and beautiful tune composed by the
great man, Frederic Paris.
Your Own Way Lindsay Buckingham
eminently suitable title for the tune we use in one particular
dance, where the dancers invariably end up doing exactly what
it says on the tin.
Cowboys Derek Paice
schottishe. There's much more to Heacham than lavender and caravans
Don't Save the Wheels Derek Paice
schottishe. Always check your pockets when someone else has helpfully
moved your coat.
Café Derek Paice
schottishe. Jo is a Geordie who takes himself to work on the metro
every day. He loves to cook, dance, listen to music chat online
and text. Some people say he has learning difficulties.
Items Derek Paice
schottishe. Words are more than these alone.
and Pearls Derek Paice
remember how this one got its title. Maybe there wasn't a very
good reason at all. Now, if only we could have come up with a
title like Paul Hurst's "Nine Ferrets and a Chainsaw".
Les Amis Derek Paice
schottishe. "Growltiger was disposed to show his sentimental
Jaz and the Teaspoon Derek Paice
a family thing ...
Lift Derek Paice
schottische. I first knew the whereabouts of three, one in Peterborough,
England; one in La Roche sur Foron, France and one in Geneva,
Switzerland, but now they are everywhere. Does a German company
appreciate the pun?
City David Bowie arr Derek Paice
band member, guitarist Jarom Paice (now living in the USA), once
said what a great ceilidh tune this would make. He's right, even
if Derek had to interfere with the structure to make it work.
schottische, composed in commemoration of John and Carol's wedding,
as was The Wedding in the Wood. They exchanged their vows and
rings in a clearing in a wood on Nick and Suzie's farm at Oxborough
in Norfolk. The ceremony was conducted jointly by a Church of
England vicar and a Celtic celebrant. Carol wore pre-Raphaelite
green and John was splendid in a black kaftan. The wedding reception
featured much music making and was the first time Henry and Sianed
played NotV repertoire.
Come Up Too Soon Derek Paice
schottische. Some nights are just too short.
Nae Luck About the House trad
schottische. How true how often.
St Lawrence Longdance Derek Paice
schottische. Derek lived in Tilney St Lawrence for many years.
It's a nice village with lots of interesting people, one of the
largest in the Marshland area, but it manages to have remarkably
little recorded history. To try and redress the balance Derek
composed this tune and a dance to go with it. Unfortunately, the
dance is too fussy for most ceilidhs, but the tune is not.
to Mark and John this version smells like English ceilidh
Trouble With The English Derek Paice
schottische. For French people it's the same trouble Derek has
avec le français.
Toilet Attendant's Tambourine Derek Paice
schottische. Picture an Aipine folk festival. Marie-Jo has kept
the facilities clean and usable for festival goers for many years.
On the Sunday night after the main musical guests have gone home
to Italy, Austria or Slovenia the local French, along with a few
hardcore Swiss, stay behind to dance to the house band well into
the night. On such occasions Marie-Jo is sometimes allowed on
stage with her tambourine.
Pied Dans L'Eau trad
schottische done by loads of other people, but we hope we bring
a special something to bear on this simple and beautiful tune
- proof, if any were needed, that if the devil has all the best
tunes he lives in France. A thrilling techno-samba groove complete
with full percussion section in the middle. Well, one has to make
an effort. The same 4 bars repeated over and over has a tendency
to become a trifle too trance-like otherwise.
Kimber's Schottishe trad arr Derek Paice
schottische. The famous Headington morris dancer William or "Merry"
Kimber (18721961) was born at Huggins Cottage in Old Road,
Titup on 8 September 1872. He carried on performing until he was
89. He died a few months afterward. Moral - keep on dancing!
Brooklyn Derek Paice
"mambo-schottische". Walking across Brooklyn Bridge
in New York, one falls into a natural rhythm interrupted only
when dodging runners and cyclists, while people really do talk
like they do in the films and on rap recordings.
Still Got Time Derek Paice
bossa-schottische. For Mark, who assured Derek he did.
slip jig. Preferable to peacocks a-squawking any day.
Be Damned Derek Paice
slip jig. The Californian people, with the encouragement of an
unholy alliance of vested interests, voted by the slimmest of
margins in 2008 to remove the right of its citizens to marry the
person of their choice when they voted for Proposition 8 - the
first time in American history the democratic process has been
used to remove a person's rights. On 4th August 2010 Judge Vaughan
Walker declared this spiteful legislation "unconstitutional".
waltz. Dedicated to a septuagenarian from the Ardeche who never
misses a dance and has the most mischievous twinkling eyes in
Farewell Jay Unger arr. David Prestidge
waltz, arranged for the band many years ago by our former guitarist.
Leandro, or ... Derek Paice
waltz. So, Chantal's baby is a boy, but what did she call him?
waltz. The source music gives only the tune, so the chords are
Derek's idea. It took years to find musicians who would trust
his harmonies enough to play what he'd written. It's not controversial
... just scrumptiously scrunchy in places.
Drove Derek Paice
romantic 32-bar waltz with a little rocky quote in the B-music
composed as a wedding gift when Stef got married.
Battle of the Somme
contribution to the band during the time of former guitar-playing
member, David Prestidge. Not really a surprise he chose a waltz
with this title. He spends a lot of time visiting and studying
WW1 sites in France and Belgium.
Highland Boat Song
surprise that this elegant waltz (from Scotland?) is unattributed.
Lime and the Pink Derek Paice
waltz. One does not always wear black ...
Albert's Playground Derek Paice
waltz. More to do with a street named after the future King Albert
ll of Belgium than an intimate adornment, but ... who knows?
Unforbidden Waltz Derek Paice
waltz. Two lovers may grace the ballroom and the sky doesn't fall
simple circle dance involving a lot of shuffling sideways and
stamping. It is a children's dance from Rumania and the name means
"hazelnut". In some circle dance ... er, circles, it
is associated with Beltane (May Day). Allegedly, the Maypole has
phallic associations and the hazel nuts, testicular, but "in
a playful way". This would seem to be a very good reason
never to believe what you are told without corroborative evidence.
de Bourgoyne trad
hang-over from Derek's Elizabethan days. Why is it that no stand-in
musician can play the "oh so simple" A-music first time
On A Crane Derek Paice
rant. More interesting than cranes on a cabin.
All Your Sharp-Dressed Smoke Collected from the
archives of Hill, Gibbons, Beard, Glover, Lord, Paice and Blackmore.
Arranged by Derek Paice from an idea by David Prestidge.
don't have to listen too hard to hear quotes from all kinds of
rock classics during our performances. This arrangement of "Gimme
All Your Loving" and "Sharp-Dressed Man" by ZZ
Top has been mixed up with Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water"
for no particular reason other than Derek wanted to hear what
it sounded like (that is unless one counts revenge on an awkward
aunt who was "difficult" at the birthday party of a
very sprightly 80 year old we played at). Of course, most pop
songs have middle-8s and bridges in them that make them unsuitable
for barn-dancing. Hence some of the tunes you know and love have
been adulterated. One day Derek will have the courage to leave
the tunes alone and make the dancers move out of their 4, 8, 16
and 32 bar straightjackets. Guess we'll have to invent a new form
of ceilidh before that happens.
Shelter/Jumpin' Jack Flash Jagger/Richards Arr
this is more like it. Real traditional music! Ah, that hot summer
day in Hyde Park in 1969 ... All those butterflies! Ohhhh children
... it's just a kiss away
Dro sequence Derek Paice/Toby Paice/trad.
we slip into a new-age dreamy meditation. The Breton Hanter Dro
is often best danced with the eyes closed, as long as you aren't
leading the line. This sequence is actually three tunes. Tune
number one never really had a title, Toby's "Raspberry Ripple"
and a poorly recalled version of a song about "Trois Matelots"
Per Myhr arr Derek Paice
polska. Sweden produces some of the best musicians in the world.
This tune is from "Groove", an album by one of their
best bands, Hoven Droven. Being a polska, the phrase lengths sound
all wrong and it's sometimes hard to work out where the bar begins,
but it's such a beautiful tune we had to do it. Derek's given
everyone plenty of warning that he wants this tune played at his
funeral. The rest of the band is a little worried that he's going
to attempt to turn Elevation of Love, by the Esbjorn Svennsen
Trio into a ceilidh tune ...
Fever Derek Paice
tango. Considering how often Derek is reduced to a hyperventilating
wreck by crowds, enclosed spaces and heights it is odd that he
flies so often. On one flight his aisle seat was boxed in for
nearly half an hour by the cabin crew's refreshment trolley. As
the panic took hold, Derek took out his manuscript book and music
came to the rescue ... again.
In Half Derek Paice
polska. It's not often that our tunes reflect any kind of emotional
connection to their titles, but this one does. Over a period of
several months Derek spent many days reworking and recording a
song for a "tribute cd" project. Each track was by a
different artist or band, but all the music was by the same songwriters.
The track was edited, without his knowledge, to half its length
by a production team that clearly had more of an eye on the clock
than they had on the style and form of the music. Hence a carefully
constructed lancaran-style piece was chopped in and out arbitrarily,
in the middle of phrases, at the beginning and end of the song
making the whole thing sound ridiculous. This tune is dedicated
to the prima donna who dwells somewhere in all of us.
Gift of Thora's Grave Derek Paice
mazurka written in humble acknowledgement of an extraordinary
act of compassion. Thora is a published academic, currently (and
for many years past) a lecturer in politics at a French university,
although a native of Canada. Derek loves going to Thora's house.
Each visit is an adventure (and it's not just the hairpin mountain
roads!). She recently had an exhibition in a museum in Lyon to
celebrate her book on the history of illustrated characters in
Horse's Branle trad
danced a branle to this tune long before he realised it had crossed
over into the folk world. It somehow feels weird to be dancing
what has become, supposedly, the traditional French dance steps
rather than a courtly branle; especially without the aid of doublet
Underfoot Anon, Neithart von Reuenthal, Jimmy Page,
Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, arr Derek Paice
tune slams two pieces of medieval music together (a heavily squared
off Danse Royal/Ductia with von Reuenthal's catchy little number
written in the 13th century, "Winder Wie Ist") and mixes
the result, quite unfeasibly, with Led Zeppelin's "Trampled
Underfoot". If nothing else, it is an interesting exercise
in exploring the medieval origins of 70s rock. For those who don't
know, a trotto is a medieval dance and we invariably use this
tune for the oldest dance in the repertoire, a farandole.
rant. An appropriate rhythm for an irritating occurrence. Derek
has always worn purple. One day he'll be old enough for the red
the Letter, Wise Its Better Derek Paice
something. Written for our friends and supporters at Keir Hardie
Ceilidhs in Norwich, just to gibe them something different to
get their feet around when we play there in December 2010.
the Windows, Cafouillée and Un Pied Dans
L'Eau were recorded live in January 2006 and are offered in
.mp3 format along with smaller, lower resolution, .wav files of
an older, 2004, ceilidh. Hopefully they give you a flavour of
what we sound like at some points during an evening! Bearing in
mind that many people have broadband and can cope easily with
larger soundfiles, the newer Un Pied Dans L'Eau is offered as
a full 9-minute MP3. The other soundfiles are from the 2004 ceilidh.
Steve is the violinist on the new recordings and Uli on the older
one. We've also put some snatches of the cd, NotV,hereincluding The Personal Tragedy, The Devil Amongst the Groceries,
A Peck On the Cheek, The Gift of Thora's Grave and Hole in the
Sump. Full versions of these tracks are on the music player on
the welcome page.