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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:18 pm 
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Hello,

I have been feeling that my whistling hobby has been stucked for some time now. I dont know how to proceed.. My musical preference is maybe slower ballads and airs played by low d. I've been playing and practising low d for a year now, but struggle to find new songs to learn. Even if I might develop more in technique, Im not so keen about reels and stuff.. Some songs that I have been playing are "Give me your hand", braveheart stuff, "Si bheag Si Moor", "South wind", "Inion Ni Scannlain".. I dont get excited about "Londonerry Air" or "Foggy Dew".

Can someone give me some ideas about beautifull songs for low d. Thank you!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:19 pm 
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On Low D some of the more contemporary tunes, like Sarah’s Song, Kate Martin’s, McKechnie’s Farewell seem to suit the instrument well. Then there are others like Margaret’s Waltz, Leaving Lismore, Irish Lament, the Ash Grove and the Cheshire Walz to name a few of my preferences. Hope this helps.


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I'll propose Planxty Fanny Power, and Roslin Castle.

Another six months, and you can start playing Christmas Carols. :wink:


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The 'Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland' by Tomas Ó'Canainn is an enjoyable book. I purchased a paper-based version that includes access to 118 recordings from the Hal Leonard website. It's not a note-for-note transcription of the recordings but puts me in the ball park; also beneficial for developing my ear:

• Carrickfergus
• Down By The Sally Gardens
• Lord Inchiquin
• Morgan Magan
• Roisin Dubh
• A Bunnan Bui
• A Stoir Mo Chroi
• Airde Cuan
• Aisling Gheal
• Amhran Na Tra Baine
• An Bianach Og
• An Boithrin Bui
• An Buachaill Caol Dubh
• An Buachaillin Ban
• An Caisideach Ban
• An Droighnean Donn
• An Goirtin Eornan
• An Leanbh Si
• An Londubh Is An Cheirseach
• An Paistin Fionn
• An Raibh Tu Ar An Gcarraig
• An Sceilpin Droighneach
• An Spailpin Fanach
• An Speic Seoigheach
• Anach Cuan
• Ar Eirinn
• Banchnoic Eireann O
• Banks Of Sullane
• Baptist Johnston
• Bean Dubh A Ghleanna
• Beinsin Luachra
• Blind Mary
• Bridin Bheasach
• Buachaill On Eirne
• Bunclody
• Cailin Na Gruaige Doinne
• Caiseal Mumhan
• Cait Ni Dhuibhir
• Caitlin Triall
• Caoineadh Na Dtri Muire
• Caoineadh Ui Dhonail
• Cape Clear
• Cath Cheim An Fhia
• Cill Chais
• Citi Na Gcumann
• Cois A Ghaorthaidh
• Conlach Ghlas An Fhromhair
• Conneries
• Contae Mhuigheo Paddy Lynch's Boat
• Cuachin Gleann Neifin 'Glenroe' Theme
• Cuan Bheil Inse Amhran Na Leabhar
• De Bharr Na Gcnoc
• Death And The Sinner
• Do You Remember That Night
• Donal Og
• Drimin Donn Dilis
• Eamonn A Chnuic
• Eamonn Mhagaine
• Easter Snow
• Eibhlin A Ruin
• Eleanor Plunkett
• Eochaill
• Fainne Geal An Lae
• Fanny Power
• Fath Mo Bhuartha
• Fox's Sleep
• Geaftai Bhaile Bui
• General Monroe's Lament
• George Brabazon
• Gile Mear
• Glenswilly
• Gol Na Mban San Ar
• Inion An Fhaoit
• Is Trua Gan Peata An Mhaoir Agam
• Lagan Love
• Lament For Staker Wallace
• Lament For The Fox
• Loch Na Gcaor
• Maidin Luan Cincise
• Maighdean Mhara
• Mairin De Barra
• Marbha Luimni
• Mo Mhuirin Ban
• Munster Cloak
• O'rahilly's Grave
• Planxtry Irwin
• Planxty Hewlett
• Port Gordon
• Port Na Bpucai
• Princess Royal
• Priosun Chluain Meala
• Raiteachas Na Tairngreacht
• Rosc Catha Na Mumhan
• Sean O Duibhir
• Si Beag, Si Mor
• Siubhan Ni Dhuibhir
• Siul A Ghra
• Slan Le Maigh
• Sliabh Geal Gcua
• Sliabh Na Mban
• Spailpin A Ruin
• Tabhair Dom Do Lamh
• Taimse Ar An Mbaile Seo
• Taimse Mo Chodladh
• The Banks Of The Suir
• The Coolin
• The Month Of January
• The Snowy-Breasted Pearl
• The Trip We Took Over The Mountain
• The Wounded Hussar
• Thugamar Fein An Samhradh Linn
• Tiarna Mhuigheo
• Uir Chill A Chreagain
• Una Bhan
• Wild Geese


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includes access to 118 recordings from the Hal Leonard website.


Doesn't the book come with two CDs? It used to and editions with Cds should still be available from some outlets.

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One of my current faves is Joanie Madden’s “The Hills of New Zealand”. I don’t think it’s in any books yet, but there are versions of it on YouTube.

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One of my current faves is Joanie Madden’s “The Hills of New Zealand”. I don’t think it’s in any books yet, but there are versions of it on YouTube.


It was first posted on thesession.org thirteen years ago though : https://thesession.org/tunes/6179

Brid O'Gorman's take on it is probably the one I'd look at, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Keep in mind that "airs" is used to cover a variety of more or less unrelated genres.

Many people use the term "airs" in a restricted way, referring to airs in the sean nos tradition. These are rubato and sung in the Irish language (though there are airs with English words that I've heard debate about).

Instrumentalists, when they play these airs, are generally expected to pay attention to and respect the way the air is sung.

Then there are the compositions of 17th century harpers like Turlough Carolan and Rory Dall O Cathain (if he indeed existed) like the various Planxties and Give Me Your Hand etc.

Then there are the Irish "folk songs" some old, some composed as part of the "folk song revival" of the 1950s and 1960s, usually in English, many of which have remained popular "pub songs".

Last and least are the "tin pan alley" pseudo-Irish songs written in New York in the early 20th century like Danny Boy and Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

When you go to play tunes from these various traditions it might be good to be aware of which tradition a particular tune comes from, which might impact how you approach it.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH-I6sQhvr8


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:26 pm 
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Doesn't the book come with two CDs? It used to and editions with Cds should still be available from some outlets.


Quite right, however...I ordered the two CD edition from Book Depository (book cover on BD shows '2 CDs enclosed') a couple weeks ago but received a CD-less edition with online access to the recordings only. Informed BD but remains incorrectly advertised.


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