In a national newspaper last week, there was an interesting article on the origin of musical notation, which suggested that some instructions for performing music are to be found on Sumerian tablets from around 2000BC (where did they plug them in?)
Although nothing like our modern-day notation, it seems that the method of writing was to just indicate if a note was higher or lower than the previous one with no indication of the note length.
One can imagine the complex sounds coming from a Sumerian four-piece folk quartet, with each player guessing how high or low the next note should be played and for how long.
Thank heavens for Boethius, a Roman philosopher, for coming to the rescue.
It was he who saved us all by introducing the A to G scale system.
Some may say that this system sounds no different from the original Sumerian when listening to some forms of music.
The stave at this point consisted of only four lines, although there were variations. The five-liner took priority around 1200.
It was a century later that note length was introduced, therefore providing rhythm and making music much easier on the ear and, indeed, to read.
-- Congratulations to the Wilson family for their 40 years on the folk circuit – www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXNwd9f1XSo
TUESDAY, MARCH 29
POETS ALOUD: Bay Tree Cafe, St John’s St. 7.30pm £2 on door. Offers a sympathetic platform to local poets. First time readers very welcome Contact Rob www.poetryaloud.org.uk 01284 701947
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
ELY ROYAL FOLK CLUB: King’s Arms Ely 7.30pm-11pm.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
DRINKSTONE VILLAGE HALL: 10am-11.30am. £5 on door.Circle Dancing. firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
WOLF FOLK CLUB: Wolfeton Village Hall. 8pm. Free. Singaround. Contact email@example.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
OAKES BARN: 7.30pm Free. Local Super Group Thy Last Drop Real Ale, DC. Shop. Flyers and posters for autographs. Grab your dance space early this is going to be a brah – ma!
THE GREYHOUND: Bury. ‘No Covers’ evening. April 27. Specifically for singer/song writers, poets and the spoken word. Contact: Eamonn; Tel: 07746071361
STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE: Bookings now being taken for the SqueezEast Concertina Band Day. Details here: www.squeezeast.org.uk
FRIDAY, APRIL 8:
Bury Con Club: Kevin’s Guitar Club Special – Blues and Americana Night. Strumming, plucking, bowing and a’hollering,
Orwell Bluegrass Festival: Hollow Tree Scout Camp, Ipswich, IP10 0JP. www.orwellbluegrass.co.uk/