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I've found that I really enjoy haunting tunes like "the Curragh of Kildare" and "Her Mantle So Green".

 

Are there any other recommendations in the same vein from your wide knowledge of folk music ??

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I've found that I really enjoy haunting tunes like "the Curragh of Kildare" and "Her Mantle So Green".

 

Are there any other recommendations in the same vein from your wide knowledge of folk music ??

 

 

Not an Irish Air, but "Northern Lass" fits the haunting bill. It's on Brian Peter's "Anglophelia" CD, and I think there was a video of it being played as a duet posted on the forum a few months back.

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A nice collection can be found at: http://anglo-concertina.net/tunes/

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the link, some lovely tunes smile.gif There's also Dafydd y Garreg Wen a beautiful Welsh tune.

 

A couple of links to tune information:-

 

http://www.contempla...es/davidwr.html

 

Having learned it from a Brass Band recording I prefer the slower pace from the first link but each to their own biggrin.gif

 

Cheers Ann

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Not an Irish Air, but "Northern Lass" fits the haunting bill. It's on Brian Peter's "Anglophelia" CD, and I think there was a video of it being played as a duet posted on the forum a few months back.

I love Brian's version on Anglophilia. Here's a link to a video of Mary Humphries and Anahata doing (what sounds to me) a very similar arrangement of it plus another tune which also sounds nice on Concertina...

 

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A nice collection can be found at: http://anglo-concertina.net/tunes/

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the link, some lovely tunes smile.gif There's also Dafydd y Garreg Wen a beautiful Welsh tune.

 

A couple of links to tune information:-

 

http://www.contempla...es/davidwr.html

 

Having learned it from a Brass Band recording I prefer the slower pace from the first link but each to their own biggrin.gif

 

Cheers Ann

 

 

My Dad once played us begin the Beguine on a Euphonium , one note per breath, hilarious social club turn!

 

 

Try the youtube link below , it's a nice slow air called Miss Hamilton played by my mate and me.

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There's a useful book (sheet music and CD) called the Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland by Tomas O Canainn as here but found elsewhere http://www.musicroom...34/details.html

I can't remember if Bunclody is in it but anyways the best way to learn pieces like these is by ear from a recording.

 

Bunclody is there - tune number 99 page 85.

 

regards,

 

John Wild

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I've found that I really enjoy haunting tunes like "the Curragh of Kildare" and "Her Mantle So Green".

Are there any other recommendations in the same vein from your wide knowledge of folk music ??

 

I tool like laments and slow airs, and there are several in my downloadable tunebooks - both Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook and Paul Hardy's Annex Tunebook - see http://www.pghardy.n...tina/tunebooks/. My favorites include:

Ar Eirin

Archibald McDonald of Keppoch

Arran Boat

Blind Mary

Boolavogue

Burning of the Piper's Hut

Da Slockit Light

Dark Island

Farewell to Whiskey

Inisheer

Nathaniel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Brother

Niel Gow's Lament on the Death of his Second Wife

Planxty Irwin

Roslin Castle

Shenandoah

Suo Gan

 

See also my recent posting in http://www.concertin...?showtopic=7145 about current offer on printed copies of the Session Tunebook.

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Hi friends,

 

here 's my list of Slow airs

 

Auld lang syne

Caroline and her young sailor bold

Carrickfergus

cliffs of doneen

Danny boy

dimmers

factory girl

for Ireland I won’t day her name

I wish I had someone to love me

Inion Ni Scanlainn

Inisheer

Jock Stewart (C en D)

Josephine's waltz

Jutland

Sailing through the narrows

She moved through the fair

Si beagh si mhor

Skibbereen

South wind

 

enjoy

 

Dirk, Flanders, Belgium

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I've found that I really enjoy haunting tunes like "the Curragh of Kildare" and "Her Mantle So Green".

 

Are there any other recommendations in the same vein from your wide knowledge of folk music ??

The first 110 pages of O'Neill's Music of Ireland, 1850 Melodies contain 625 airs. They're not all necessarily particularly "slow" or ghostly, but the speed and feeling when playing them is a matter of personal taste, anyway. If you can read music, it's very rewarding to just try reading through them, selecting those you particularly like.

 

Of course, there are also many other airs that were composed after this O'Neill's collection was first published.

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