Monday, December 31, 2012

Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming

Two tunes for today!

Here's one of my favorite Christmas carols. I meant to post it last week, but technology wasn't on my side.

A Goat in a Boat

I learned this tune from a concert by Louisa Bennion (concertina) and Loïc Bléjean (uilleann pipes) last week. It's fun to learn tunes from non-string players and pick out their variations, ornamentation, and phrasing! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Where Lilies Bloom

Here's a fun polka I learned from a Cheiftains album. Thanks to Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh for convincing me that Polkas are actually cool.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Last year, I heard Frigg play at a festival in Madison, Wisconsin. What a treat! I had never heard of them, but I love Scandinavian music, so I stopped in to listen. I was blown away!

This tune is the first cut off their album, Grannen and was written by Ale Möller.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Garrett Barry's

Here is a classic jig called Garrett Barry's. I first heard this tune on Tommy Potts' CD Liffey Banks, then learned it from Neil Martin, although he transposes it into G from D.

Pushing a baby walker with my foot while playing is more difficult than I expected! But he was a great listener!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Jerry O'Sullivan's


This is my first NTAD post, and I'm excited to start sharing new tunes with you. I'm Liz Davis Maxfield-- Katie Davis Henderson's sister, and I'm the new NTADer!

Here's a lovely slow reel to start. Lúnasa recorded Jerry O'Sullivan's on their album The Kinnitty Sessions. Kevin Crawford plays it in EbMajor on his Bb flute, so I took the liberty to transpose it to DMajor. It is also played in GMajor. 

I play folk cello and my first book, The Irish Cello Book, will be released by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in early 2013. For more information, visit my website,