Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Fox in Town

Here's a reel from Brendan Mulholland, Paul McSherry, and Brendan Hendry's album "Tuned Up." The fiddle is tuned up a half step.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Pitnacree Ferryman

I was at a Celtic Festival in Evanston this weekend. On Friday night, Téada headlined and on Saturday, Natalie Haas & Alasdair Fraser headlined. The two groups converged Saturday night for a post-concert session, where all attempts at finding cross-over Irish/Scottish tunes were made. Eventually, the evening dissolved into Alasdair and Seamus Begley (who was accompanying Téada for this part of their tour) sat and played Gallic songs from Scotland and Ireland and Natalie accompanied. It was wonderful. To commemorate the weekend, I learned a tune off of Alasdair and Natalie's latest recording. This reel is a common session tune in Scotland.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Winnie Hayes'

Here's a really simple jig in E dorian. I learned this particular version from a youtube video of Donal Lunny playing with Mary Custy.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Liffey Banks

Here's a nice old reel in G. I love the melody, especially the opening phrase. I learned this particular version from a Téada recording.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kitty's Rambles

Here's a jig I learned off of a Bobby Casey album. I've tuned my fiddle to Bobby's tuning, down a half-step.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pat and Al's

I've been posting less frequently because I'm in the middle of preparing my master's thesis, and it's going to get worse before it gets better, so as per usual, in a stressful time I've learned a Liz Carroll tune. Here's a jig from her Lost in the Loop album.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wolves a Howlin'

Another tune I learned straight for the source of all that is good: youtube. This is an old time tune in G tuning that I learned from a video of Rayna Gellert.