Monday, April 30, 2012

The Frieze Britches

Here's a long jig I learned off of Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughin's album The South West Wind. They play a version with 6 parts, although there seems to be many different version floating around with 4, 5, or 7 parts as well.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trip to Dingle

Here's a polka composed by Alan Kelly. I've learned what I think is quite a unique version of it, from a recording of Peter Staunton and Niamh Varian-Barry.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Salt River

Finally! An old-time tune! This one I learned off of one of Bruce Molsky's recordings.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Laird of Drumblair

Here's a Scottish strathspey I learned from the playing of Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples. It's a quick and easy one to learn. (Don't be fooled by the fast notes, they're just up-and-down the scale.)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bonnie Kate

Here's an old tune. I learned it from the playing of Tommy Reck, and I've tuned the fiddle down a major third in order to play along with him.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Siobhan O'Donnell's

Here's a happy reel in A written by John Brady. I learned it in order to teach a student of mine who wanted to learn it, too.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tatter Jack Walsh

Here's a great jig I heard the first time eons ago listening to Ashley MacIsaac's crazy fiddle/rock recording. I listened and learned a version from Liz and Yvonne Kane.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cutting Ferns

Here's a polka I learned from some recordings a friend sent me who is currently a masters student of traditional Irish music at the University of Limerick.

Stuck on a Log

Andy Reiner of Tuneswappers wrote and taught me this cool old-timeyish crooked tune in 3.