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March 11, 2023 at 5:39 am #336442
To play a piece that ‘represents my home country’ gave me the incentive to finally learn and play that iconic canticle, ‘Scarborough Fair’
This traditional English ballad has been sung and performed by bards and poets over many hundreds of years and as such has been adapted and modified many times over. The ballad was officially published in 1891 and throughout recent years many artists have recorded it, including Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel.
For those who perhaps are not so familiar, Scarborough Fair originated in the 13th century based at the seaside town of Scarborough, in Yorkshire England. The Fair was regularly held in the Autumn of each year where large crowds of tradesmen and visitors from throughout Europe attended this 45 day event for business, pleasure and celebration.
The Fair was granted a royal charter by King Henry III of England in 1253 which awarded Scarborough prestige status and with it, came many privileges.
This was a great idea for a challenge and I’m really looking forward to everyone’s traditional postings this weekend.
March 11, 2023 at 6:09 am #336448Don Patton jrParticipant
An Excellent submission Richard!
I really liked the history surrounding Scarborough fair, in Yorkshire! Great video with pics of the event throughout!
You played it perfectly in a great fingerstyle fashion… enjoyed it 👍🎶🎵
March 11, 2023 at 6:36 am #336451MrOParticipant
Beautiful in all respects! Thank you.
March 11, 2023 at 7:05 am #336462BillParticipant
That is some really sweet fingerpicking Richard. And thanks for the history too!
March 11, 2023 at 7:07 am #336463Andy WrightParticipant
Really beautiful Richard, great choice. You played really well. Probably one of the most beautiful tunes ever. You make me want to go and learn it.
March 11, 2023 at 8:18 am #336475John HParticipant
Richard-Thank you much… could not have been played more beautifully. What a wonderful arrangement. You never disappoint.
March 11, 2023 at 8:28 am #336484GuidoParticipant
Wonderful arrangement, beautifully played, Richard! It’s an evergreen brilliant and moving tune and I never get tired to listen to it! Loved the background photos too.
March 11, 2023 at 8:37 am #336488James BParticipant
What a treat, Richard. I knew this was going to be special. The Martin’s clear ringing tones never sounded better. Great finger style technique. It’s amazing that this lovely melody has been played and enjoyed for hundreds of years.
March 11, 2023 at 9:32 am #336515Sumanto BanerjeeParticipant
Wowww… what rendition. Loved everything about it. 🙏🙏
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March 11, 2023 at 9:56 am #336529Phil BParticipant
Richard, not only are you a mine of information but you can play with such a great feel. You’ve posted a lot great submissions since I have been doing the challenges but this one just took my breath away – absolutely beautiful!
March 11, 2023 at 12:04 pm #336567Andre HParticipant
Simply beautiful and so elegant. A Joy to listen to
March 11, 2023 at 12:38 pm #336582AndréMParticipant
Awesome performance Richard.
Excellent finger picking.
Best version I heard of this song.
Were you playing in DADGAD tuning, sounds whimsical.
March 11, 2023 at 12:51 pm #336592
Many thanks for your kind comments Andre, however just standard tuning.
March 11, 2023 at 2:28 pm #336671LightsParticipant
Oh, man How beautiful it is! Extremely professional performance, Rich!
March 11, 2023 at 3:43 pm #336735cloughieParticipant
Beautifully done. Some of my ancestors come from around there. A 45 day festival of business and community fun – those 13th century people had it right!
Be kind to yourself (especially when you're trying to play this instrument!)
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March 11, 2023 at 3:46 pm #336736GarryParticipant
Exceptional guitar playing and performance of an iconic melody and song Richard. And your sound quality is crystal clear. Thanks for adding the pics, overall a stellar submission. Standing ovation! 👏👏👏🌟👏👏👏 Keep on pickin’ and all the best! 🥸🎸🥸
March 11, 2023 at 4:46 pm #336769Scott MParticipant
Beautifully played and delivered with the deft and delicate touch that the song requires, I also enjoyed the alternating period images as part of the performance. Well done Richard 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
March 11, 2023 at 4:48 pm #336770Alan KParticipant
Another throw back in history song. Played smooth as silk with such crystal clarity. Always a pleasure to hear you play Richard.
March 11, 2023 at 6:32 pm #336836PatParticipant
Ur guitar sounds soo good. Nice picking of a classic piece.
March 12, 2023 at 3:34 am #336908Helen LazaridouParticipant
Noone ever gets tired of listening to this sublime music but your playing was simply mesmerizing 💞💗💞Every single note you played thrilled me💗Thank you so much for the historical background as well as the images !😍❣️💓
March 12, 2023 at 5:50 am #336931Martyn in FranceParticipant
As usual Richard, your playing is outstanding. You are a very accomplished guitarist indeed. And thanks for the history of the song and festival. A thoroughly excellent listen.
March 12, 2023 at 5:59 am #336935Martin WParticipant
Hi Richard, such a nice arrangement you capture every essence from this classic ,the tone is just perfect almost mesmerising, interesting to read the history of the song and the visuals added to the very English flavour.
Really enjoyed it .
March 12, 2023 at 9:29 am #337031Bob UtbergParticipant
Such a beautiful song Richard! The haunting tone and style is perfect – you nailed it! I did not know the story behind this great tune. Thank you for sharing. Bob
Bob U. (aka Bobby Ut)
March 12, 2023 at 11:03 am #337100Andy NParticipant
I’ve realised now I used 3 times as many
Guitars as was necessary in my submission !😛. But seriously that was a beautiful piece of music. Such clarity in your fingerpicking. I liked how you wove Paul Simon’s refrain in around the melody. That must have been a bit tricky at the points where the melody comes back on the trailing beats of the bar but it sounded wonderful.
March 12, 2023 at 11:08 am #337107Serena CParticipant
Very nice and dreamy arrangement Richard, congrats!
If I wasn't making mistakes I wouldn't be the kind of player I want to be. Perfection is dangerous.
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March 12, 2023 at 11:55 am #337175Catherine ArsenaultParticipant
Beautiful Richard wow🇨🇦🥰
March 12, 2023 at 1:05 pm #337231snakechislerParticipant
That was a truly beautiful rendition of a really iconic tune
Been to Scarborough loads especially during my Youth my parents used to take me on day trips in the summer I was fascinated by the model boat display it was a full model naval battle on Peasholm Park
March 12, 2023 at 1:50 pm #337262David BParticipant
Fantastic piece, I think I know a version by Simon&Gartfunkel or at least it reminds me a lot.
Your play here is perfect clean, Is really a pro like.
congratulations for this fantastic play.
by the way.. if you have the tab/score I would like to play it too.
March 12, 2023 at 1:55 pm #337266
Private mail me David…….Richard
March 12, 2023 at 2:45 pm #337317Eric CParticipant
One of my favourite tunes ever and you played it so well, Richard! Beautifully done!
March 12, 2023 at 5:12 pm #337409PapParticipant
Richard, that was simply beautiful playing. I think Simon and Garfunkel would have sounded even better with this accompanyment. Cheers and well done. Pap
March 12, 2023 at 6:24 pm #337450Tom DParticipant
You’re in my very favorite tier of fingerstyle players Richard. And it’s so interesting to hear SF in light of the history behind the song. Your rendition is both beautiful and celebratory. Very enjoyable.
March 12, 2023 at 9:28 pm #337482JoLaParticipant
Good Lord! This is the most beautiful version of that classic English song I have ever heard, Richard!
You say this is standard tuning but I also thought it was an open tuning or something because the open strings’ sound is just so clear, like bells throughout. It sounded enchanting to me, you weaved in the Scarborough Fair melody so beautifully, there are no words no describe this gorgeous sound! And then the visual presentation added to the wholesome experience, I absolutely LOVED it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
March 12, 2023 at 10:09 pm #337499sunjamrParticipant
I have loved that song ever since I first heard it when I was a kid. Even so, I have never learned to play it. Your version is super cool, and really well played, from your free-form intro right to very end. I loved it! Maybe I’ll learn to play it next Christmas, since it has a kind of Holidays vibe to my ears. And thanks for the history lesson – I had no idea the song dated back to the 1200s.
March 13, 2023 at 3:09 am #337545Manfred MParticipant
Thanks, Richard, for the background information to this great song. Very interesting! But when listening to your playing, i got lost in it. Purely beautiful and outstanding. Richard, you are a wonderful guitarist!
March 13, 2023 at 11:45 am #337648Michael LParticipant
Wow, Richard! Such a classic tune and you played it amazingly well! The harmonies are beautiful and haunting, lots of feeling in there. You brought out the feel of this one perfectly. I really enjoyed listening!
March 13, 2023 at 12:26 pm #337657Mike WParticipant
That was a stellar performance Richard. Everything about the music was perfect – the arrangement, the playing and the tone. The pictures that were placed in the video took it to another level – so evocative. These days we tend to forget what important events these fairs were. I didn’t realise that Scarborough lasted for over 6 weeks. Thanks for sharing.
March 13, 2023 at 2:01 pm #337680Tim ReadParticipant
wow you captured everything perfectly Richard, really atmospheric tone and beautifully played
March 13, 2023 at 11:42 pm #337795Richard WParticipant
Richard, what a beautiful performance. Just blown away by your skill and musicality here. Beautifully recorded and great video editing on top of that. That’s a high bar!
March 14, 2023 at 5:45 am #337820Laurel CParticipant
Elegantly beautiful. Transported me back to another time. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme has always intrigued, their combination must have a synergy of some sort. Your arrangement was top notch playing.
'To learn the language surround yourself with better players ... thanks, it is rubbing off'
March 14, 2023 at 9:41 am #337855David HParticipant
Richard – I always look forward to your postings. As usual this was wonderful. It made my day. Can’t thank you enough for your contributions here.
March 14, 2023 at 10:01 am #337862PaddyboyParticipant
Enjoyed your beautiful performance Richard
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March 14, 2023 at 12:15 pm #337868WBluesParticipant
Well, Richard, that was the top shelf; I didn’t expect anything else from you. A wonderful sound was allowed to accompany your great technique on the guitar. Perfect! CHAPEAU… more is not possible.
March 14, 2023 at 4:27 pm #337935FergalTParticipant
As usual Richard, your submission is top class. Expertly played with interesting harmonies. Inspiring.
March 14, 2023 at 11:01 pm #337995David GParticipant
Richard this is hauntingly beautiful. Beautifully played and such a wonderful sound that you’ve produced.
March 17, 2023 at 3:25 pm #338188Marie JarreauParticipant
This also is exactly what I’d invisioned in this month’s challenge! Thank you so much for transporting us to that exciting time thru the historic information and your mesmerizing performance!!!
Three Cheers and more!
“Laissez les bon temps rouler“
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