After Danny Thompson’s Dargai and Richard Thompson’s Scott Skinner Medley, I’m going to end this Scott Skinner Fest with Richard and Linda Thompson’s Dimming of the Day / Dargai from Pour Down Like Silver.
When I listened to this version of Dargai in the 1970s, it was the first time I had heard the tune. The title Dargai, the eastern sound of the tune and the fact of the Thompsons’ adoption of the Sufi faith, all led me to assume that the tune was middle eastern. Nought out of ten for ethno-musicology, methinks!
The other version of this tune that I know, though don’t own (yet), is by the Katherine Tickell Band. I once had all three versions of Dargai played back to back on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction programme. This must count as the pinnacle of my cultural achievements!