The girls learned an old fiddle tune from David Kaynor several years ago. We first uploaded the song to YouTube back in 2012. I really don’t remember if we made a guess at the name or if we found it online somewhere—either way we spelled the tune Baerendans.
Last week were were pickin and grinnin in the kitchen after a performance and Paul said we ought to do the old tune since it had been a good long while since we played it.
Chatter filmed it for their channel and I decided to share it with you for today’s Pickin and Grinnin’ in the Kitchen Spot.
On the day Chatter uploaded the video she asked me how to spell the name of the song. I did a quick search and found a piece of sheet music for Barendans, so that’s what she titled the video.
As I began to prepare this post I searched for the history of the song and came up with nothing. I couldn’t even find the piece of sheet music I found a week ago. Deciding we must have spelled the name wrong I went searching for all sorts of variations of the word. I even drug out the girls’ Portland Collection Songbook but the song wasn’t in there.
I went back in the channel archives and discovered we’d titled the song Baerendans in 2012 so I searched for that and found a very interesting page.
The North Atlantic Tune List had a post from 2017 about the song. Basically they were asking for information about the song. The heading was: Baerendans (or Baerentanz).
That find sent me off on a search for Barentanz where I found this great version.
After listening to it I headed back to the North Atlantic Tune List.
By this point Chitter had come to help me. As I scrolled down the page I said “Would you look at that! They’ve got the video of you playing the tune in Blairsville back in 2012. We were both surprised to see our version highlighted.
Just above the video there’s a music player you can click to hear a sample of the song. I clicked it and Chitter said “Wait a minute let that play, that’s David Kaynor if I’ve ever heard him.” I said are you sure? Chitter assured me it was without a doubt David.
She wandered off back through the house and I kept searching.
Having finally decided that Chatter spelled it wrong in her recent video I called her back to show her what I’d found.
Wondering if Chitter was right about David being the fiddle player on the page I started the player to see what Chatter would say. The tune had barely began when she said “That’s David playing how did they get that?”
I hope you enjoyed the tune! I’m still smiling over the serendipity of finding Chitter and her mentor David Kaynor used as examples on the same webpage.