[Has anyone got the notes or ABCs for Kitty's playing of Galway Rambler/London Lasses set?
The Sessions settings don't seem the thing at all.]
Yes, there's much to be said for trying to ear-learn in "weird" or unfamiliar keys. But yours truly had their hands too full with other basics to take that on for a long, long time..... Not being tech-literate enough to to get the software to re-record in desired keys (which is certainly one option), what I did for dog's years was, find a recording of the desired tune(s) in keys my ear could handle, and in a version I really liked, usually an old-school, relaxed-tempo version, and learn that. Then I would transpose to the key I hadn't been able to handle learning in straight off. Finally, if the version in the flat key had little differences I really yearned to adopt, I would work on nailing those down. Roundabout, yes, but a good learning experience in a different way. Today, I can learn Kitty's "F" versions out of the gate, but that came only after a long time.
I got my own "Galway Rambler/London Lasses" set from this lovely East Galway flute-and-box record, "The Galway Rambler," by Ena O'Brien and Pat O'Gorman. It's a very traditional, classic setting; as Peter notes, Kitty's is very close. Lovely relaxed pace and swing, plus this CD is chock-full of tunes one who likes the Clare-ish, East-Galway-ish stuff would use over and over....Set list and samples at the first link. I note at the second link, that a used copy is currently available at Amazon....