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Theme Of The Month For November, 2014: Something Irish


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#1 Jim Besser

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:47 AM

I’m not an Irish traditional music player -  I may be the only person to ever flunk out of a Noel Hill school. Not really, but the point stands: I have little to no expertise in this genre.

 

That doesn't mean I don't like the music; there are some truly fantastic tunes out there in ITM land, and some amazing players, Noel being just one of them, and more than a few right here on concertina.net. I enjoy tunes played in genuine ITM style - and Irish tunes adapted to other genres.

 

So that's this month's challenge: record and share the Irish tune of your choice-  jig, slip jig, slide, reel, hornpipe, air, waltz, a common session tune or an obscure one, something from O’Carolan  - in short, whatever interests you.   If you need inspiration, spend some time onThe Session Web site, which has a fantastic collection of Irish tune notation.

 

And it doesn’t have to be in true ITM style.  So choose your tune, choose how you want to play it, and let’s see what turns up!


Edited by Jim Besser, 30 October 2014 - 10:50 PM.


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:57 PM

This has been ignored till now so I thought I would post something. My default style for playing Irish tunes on G/D anglo, no attempt to be authentic:

 

http://youtu.be/yse_AJN-OYs



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:20 PM

Nice! Thanks for breaking the ice

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 09:45 PM

This has been ignored till now so I thought I would post something. My default style for playing Irish tunes on G/D anglo, no attempt to be authentic:
 
http://youtu.be/yse_AJN-OYs


That was great. Dusty Window Sills is one of my all time favorites.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 12:04 PM

 

This has been ignored till now so I thought I would post something. My default style for playing Irish tunes on G/D anglo, no attempt to be authentic:
 
http://youtu.be/yse_AJN-OYs


That was great. Dusty Window Sills is one of my all time favorites.

 

Thank you. A few more, sorry for the lack of light, a dismal day.

 

http://youtu.be/cES4kEchBK4

 

http://youtu.be/6dKEmbkFwB4

 

http://youtu.be/uZtvG24eghU



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 01:14 PM

This has been ignored till now so I thought I would post something. My default style for playing Irish tunes on G/D anglo, no attempt to be authentic:

http://youtu.be/yse_AJN-OYs


I find no fault in your default. :)
 

A few more....
 
http://youtu.be/cES4kEchBK4
 
http://youtu.be/6dKEmbkFwB4
 
http://youtu.be/uZtvG24eghU


Great listening, all of them.

Even prompted me to try playing along on more than one. B)



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:54 PM

 

 

This has been ignored till now so I thought I would post something. My default style for playing Irish tunes on G/D anglo, no attempt to be authentic:
 
http://youtu.be/yse_AJN-OYs


That was great. Dusty Window Sills is one of my all time favorites.

 

Thank you. A few more, sorry for the lack of light, a dismal day.

 

http://youtu.be/cES4kEchBK4

 

http://youtu.be/6dKEmbkFwB4

 

http://youtu.be/uZtvG24eghU

 

 

Very nice, all. Glad to hear some O'Carolan!



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 04:59 AM

Two tracks for  this months theme;

 

Firstly  the Air   Valencia Harbour   (also called" the song of the books")  the tragic tale  of the loss of the school master's books during a short voyage across the harbour in a small boat, which capsized.  The song  written by said school teacher, whilst he awaited a new suit of clothes after the dunking!   This is in the genre of the  Sean Nos song traditions. I learned this from the playing of Seamus Ennis.

Played on 56key Baritone /Treble Aeola  (Wheatstone English).

 

    https://soundcloud.com/geoff-wooff/valenciamp3 

 

 

Second track;

 

A  Hornpipe  the name of which I have forgotten ( no doubt someone will inform us)   played on  a 46key Wakker Hayden Duet  with the idea of  emulating the robust style of the older  Anglo players I met in Co.Clare. A certain ' along the rows' flavour with some octave playing.

 

    https://soundcloud.com/geoff-wooff/itmduet3mp3 


Edited by Geoff Wooff, 13 November 2014 - 05:04 AM.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 07:53 AM

Lovely job. An Suisín Ban, arguably more often classed as a set dance.

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 08:40 AM

Lovely job. An Suisín Ban, arguably more often classed as a set dance.

Thanks Peter.

 

Yes , Set dance... I agree ! :)



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 01:45 PM

For something different, I wanted to try a slow, non-dance tune. For me, playing is always much harder when I don't have dancers to watch, and this was no exception.

 

I first heard Miss Hamilton,  a  18th Century Irish harp tune,  played on button accordion by John Williams on his Steam CD.  He has another instrument doing a wonderful drone that I tried - and failed - to replicate.  Gotta change keys to do that on my G/D.
 
Here's some  background on the tune from the Comhaltas site: http://comhaltas.ie/...amilton</span>/

 

I plan to keep working on it to smooth out the rhythm and try some different chords and harmonies.

 

Played on a 30 button Jeffries G/D Anglo.


Edited by Jim Besser, 13 November 2014 - 01:59 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 06:08 PM

Very nice Jim - lovely displaying the virtues of the Anglo!

Here's an impromptu (just newly recorded) from my side, a slow air you'll all know:
 

Boulavogue

 

Best wishes - Wolf


Edited by blue eyed sailor, 13 November 2014 - 06:08 PM.


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 11:14 AM

I have never played in the Irish style, and am not certain what it entails.  I just played this melody only and tried to keep a good rhythm.Hope this qualifies as "Irish Style":)

 

https://soundcloud.c...ss-the-quaker-3

 

 

My second Irish selection I played in my usual harmonic style.  I tried to have my Anglo G/D concertina sound like bagpipes.  The song is often played much faster, but Ken Kolodner plays it on the hammered dulcimer in a slow , melodic style that I tried to emulate.

 

It is the March of the King of Laois

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=FUdgFzgN10o


Edited by Daria, 15 November 2014 - 11:21 AM.


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 11:20 AM

Very nice Jim - lovely displaying the virtues of the Anglo!

Here's an impromptu (just newly recorded) from my side, a slow air you'll all know:
 

Boulavogue

 

Best wishes - Wolf

 

I didn't know it, but I'm glad I do now.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 11:21 AM

I have never played in the Irish style, and am not certain what it entails.  I just played this melody only and tried to keep a good rhythm.Hope this qualifies as "Irish Style":)

 

https://soundcloud.c...ss-the-quaker-3

 

You're making amazing progress on that Morse G/D!



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 01:58 PM

 

I have never played in the Irish style, and am not certain what it entails.  I just played this melody only and tried to keep a good rhythm.Hope this qualifies as "Irish Style":)

 

https://soundcloud.c...ss-the-quaker-3

 

You're making amazing progress on that Morse G/D!

 

Thanks so much.  This TOTM forum has been such a good learning tool for me.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:04 PM

Two tracks for  this months theme;

 

Firstly  the Air   Valencia Harbour   (also called" the song of the books")  the tragic tale  of the loss of the school master's books during a short voyage across the harbour in a small boat, which capsized.  The song  written by said school teacher, whilst he awaited a new suit of clothes after the dunking!   This is in the genre of the  Sean Nos song traditions. I learned this from the playing of Seamus Ennis.

Played on 56key Baritone /Treble Aeola  (Wheatstone English).

 

    https://soundcloud.com/geoff-wooff/valenciamp3 

 

 

Second track;

 

A  Hornpipe  the name of which I have forgotten ( no doubt someone will inform us)   played on  a 46key Wakker Hayden Duet  with the idea of  emulating the robust style of the older  Anglo players I met in Co.Clare. A certain ' along the rows' flavour with some octave playing.

 

    https://soundcloud.com/geoff-wooff/itmduet3mp3 

 

Those were both really nice.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 05:51 PM

Some really nice stuff this month. I like it all but I am surprised that, so far, we have had no real die-hard ITM breakneck Anglo playing.

Going out on a limb here and I will probably get shot down for this suggestion, but listening to Geoff's Valentia Harbour this is not the first time that a Sean Nos tune has reminded me of Portuguese Fado. I really know nothing about either genres but they both have a sad, mournful slow sound. Maybe they both use the same flatted scales?

Anyway, great stuff from Geoff, Wolf and all of the others. Thank you.

Don.




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