Friday, November 2, 2012

The Moon and Seven Stars Pendant

It had to be done didn’t it? – a pendant to celebrate the name of this blog.  It is a continuation of the idea from my ‘Taking Flight’pendant – using a shape cut from silver along with the negative space it leaves behind.  I’ve made this pendant two-sided.  

If you are in the mood for silver you can choose this side….

But if you’d like a flash of colour choose this side……

(Sterling Silver and Resin)

People have asked me why I choose this particular name for this blog.  It is actually the name of a folk tune.  You may or may not know that I play the fiddle.  I think you would describe my playing as serviceable – I’m no great musician! – but I do enjoy it.
The Moon and Seven Stars is a jig that I learnt from a fabulous fiddle player – Carolyn Francis – when I used to play with the Lakeland Fiddlers (I moved house and play with a different group now).  It is a great tune, and I’ve always thought the name was pretty special, so I thought I’d borrow it!  It comes from the Winder manuscripts.  The Winder family came from Wyresdale, near where I live, and happily they kept manuscripts (from around 1790 to the start of the First World War) of the music they played.  Andy Hornby - a much more talented musician than I - has done some research on the Winders if you are interested. 

If you are curious how the tune goes, there are quite a few versions on YouTube – here is one on the mandolin…. 

….and if you can play music, the dots (sheet music) are available on Andy’s website.  

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