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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:37 am 
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I am more of a slow air guy, not hugely into the upbeat tunes. I think Cooleys at normal speed is OK, but played slow with some ornamentation I think its the most beautiful thing I've ever heard, and have play it at least a few times each day for a few years now.

It doesn't work seem to work with most tunes. I was wondering if any else has any tunes that take on a new life played slow?
I seem to mention something like this in a post but couldn't find it.

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I rather like this one more than the full speed 'originals' I have heard......

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Killarney Boys of Pleasure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPqFhdWXxhU

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father kellys reel I like better slow


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Star of Munster (the reel). Éamon De Buitléar & Ceoltóirí Laighean did a gorgeous version of it, alternating between slow and fast on their An Bóthar Cam LP.

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Don't forget that the same melodies will exist in traditional music (Irish, Scottish, English) as song-airs, and the melodies reshaped over the years into various dance music idioms as needed.

So when you're slowing down a dance-tune and turning it into an air, in many cases you're reversing a process that may have happened centuries ago.

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DrPhill wrote:
I rather like this one more than the full speed 'originals' I have heard......




That was wonderful!
Thanks!


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JoFo wrote:
DrPhill wrote:
I rather like this one more than the full speed 'originals' I have heard......

That was wonderful!
Thanks!

A pleasure.
That was the first time I heard Dunmore Lasses. I learnt the tune from that recording and was unaware that most folk locally play it (a lot) faster.
I do not find the latter parts of the recording as pleasurable, but the first half is a delight.

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Lisnagun Jig sounds lovely played slow (or at least much slower than you usually hear it)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_RkTGWmQA
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J.B. Reel is great slow.... Jimmy's Gone to Flanders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRXpYUwudJ4

When we get to airs, it's really helpful to have the words to the song in my head.


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These are great suggestions. Thanks all.


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A few tunes that I enjoy slower (but many more as well). I play these at an even slower tempo on my own. To me, you can feel the shape of the melodies so much better when played slower.

The High Jig - Martin Hayes/Dennis Cahill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bZ8UANXKYc

King of the Fairies - The Dubliners (John Sheahan)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnlZpRp5Yg0

The Humours of Tullycrine - Niall & Cillian Vallely
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mznRzNylNuo


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Don't forget that the same melodies will exist in traditional music (Irish, Scottish, English) as song-airs, and the melodies reshaped over the years into various dance music idioms as needed.

So when you're slowing down a dance-tune and turning it into an air, in many cases you're reversing a process that may have happened centuries ago.


That's interesting, Richard. I hadn't quite thought of it that way. Thanks for clarifying.


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tstermitz wrote:
J.B. Reel is great slow.... Jimmy's Gone to Flanders.


In a similar vein, "Farewell to the Creeks" makes a great slow air in Hamish Henderson's "Banks of Sicily".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8jnHsjS7nw
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