Fonn Seisiúin is Déanaí–The Old Flail

Here are two great examples of the tune we learned this past session–The Old Flail jig. Ted also introduced us to a tune that often appears before it called The Whistler at the Wake. Both tunes were written by Vincent Broderick, a Galway man, musician and composer who passed away in 2008.. (You can find recordings of both tunes in the TUNES section of the website.)

This first is Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Mhaonaigh–I saw these two at a house concert once, by the way–amazing! The old Flail is the second tune.

Next up is one of my top three favorite fiddlers, MacDara Ó Raghallaigh, playing a set including The Haunted House, Whistler at the Wake, and The old Flail. Amazing variations going on here. All three tunes are Vincent Broderick tunes! Thanks, Mr. B!

Extra little bit of reading on Vincent Broderick here.


The Kesh Jig-an Old Standard Brought to Life

Ok this is a bit of a teaser. It’s a video of Kevin Burke doing a tutorial video for an online service called fiddlevideos dot com. But, it is the abridged version of the lesson. They hope to leave you wanting more. I’m sure they have some great content, but this isn’t about them, it’s about the Kesh jig! Check them out, though, if you’re so inclined.

This video shows Mr. Burke playing the kesh jig right off the bat. I wanted to share this to show how this simple, perhaps overplayed tune can sound really amazing if its strong points are emphasized. It’s got a lot going on, lots of variety in melody and texture, so to speak, all of which can be emphasized to great effect. Here, have a listen: