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 Post subject: Easy Irish tunes
PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:03 am 
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So, couple of years back happened to be in Dublin for work for the first time, walked into the Cobblestone with co workers for a beer and happened upon open mic night for local folk music school and got to hear at least Ook pik waltz. Well I loved the tune, came back home and looked it up and discovered family band Morghande had done it and a few others that I especially liked, like Crested Hens, Star of the County Down, Frailich. All very melodic and I found easy to play. Looking for other similar tunes. Unfortunately for me not a lot of waltzey slow Irish tunes I can find. I suppose it is not just a question of the time or tempo of the tunes or the melodic nature of the tunes but they seem esp accessible to my level of skill and especially since not versed in the typical rigors of Irish flute style I can play them without embarrassing myself too much. Looking for more of the same, songs/tunes that are good for some starting to develop not only an appreciation but slowly developing skills. Aran Boat Song, Ook Pik Waltz, Crested Hens, Frailich, Star of the County Down all tunes I got pretty adept at quickly if that tells you anything. Now retired and looking to spend more time working on my music and in the hopes one day to expand opportunities to play with others. I play concert flute though I did pick up a Tony Dixon D polymer not that long ago, quite a learning curve, ie. covering holes properly. Thanks Rich


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:43 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:21 pm 
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You might want to check out Shannon Heaton’s “First 50” , it’s pretty much exactly what you’re looking for. there’s a review here: https://tradconnect.com/m/blogpost?id=6 ... t%3A205554


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:58 pm 
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Unfortunately for me not a lot of waltzey slow Irish tunes I can find. I suppose it is not just a question of the time or tempo of the tunes or the melodic nature of the tunes but they seem esp accessible to my level of skill and especially since not versed in the typical rigors of Irish flute style I can play them without embarrassing myself too much. Looking for more of the same, songs/tunes that are good for some starting to develop not only an appreciation but slowly developing skills. Aran Boat Song, Ook Pik Waltz, Crested Hens, Frailich, Star of the County Down all tunes I got pretty adept at quickly if that tells you anything.

You do know that...
Ookpik Waltz is Canadian?
Crested Hens (Les Poules Huppées) is French?
Itzkel (Frailock) is from the Klezmer tradition?
Aran Boat Song is potentially Scottish (possibly referring to neither the Aran Islands nor Isle of Arran)?

Nothing wrong with your choice of tunes, but please don't attribute them all to Ireland.

That said, The South Wind springs to mind as suiting your needs.

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