Aka “The Superman Theme Song.”
Well, that’s what I always think of, and my coworkers have also asked me if that’s what I was humming when I was actually humming Bill Harte’s. It’s one of those jigs that I think comes from the piping tradition, ripe with possibilities for crazy variations and ornamentation. I would suggest playing this slowly, trying something different each time through, to try to liven up the repetitiveness.
Click HERE for some discussion on the tune.
Here are a couple good versions I found on the tube:
Dang, I love this tune. This video is really fun as well–check out Fergal Scahill playing and Emma O’Sullivan dancing this energy packed nugget! Get your trad protein and carb requirements topped up right here, folks!
Following up on a couple things from the last session–Ted taught us a really cool, very “modal” polka called “The Taur Polka.” There’s a link to a fast and slow version on the TUNES page of this website. HUP!
Thanks to Brooks for this video link:
Ted also mentioned a podcast called “Irish Music Stories,” put out by the very accomplished Shannon Heaton–a very talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist currently based in Boston, unless I’m mistaken. Her podcast highlights the stories behind Irish trad, and the musicians that play it. Here’s a link to that–
If you’re interested in top-notch Irish music, performed by some of the best young musicians that the tradition has to offer, I just found out about a concert that I think would be well worth attending. On March 20th, at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA, The Young Irelanders will perform to the delight of all who attend. I caught this show last year, and it was brilliant.
From the Hawks and Reed event page:
To experience Ireland’s traditions in music, song, and dance presented by some of the most talented young performers in the world, this sensational act is an absolute must-see. The future of Ireland’s culture is undoubtedly in safe hands with The Young Irelanders.
Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed across six continents and for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, U.S. Presidents, and royalty including Prince Albert of Monaco. Members have also performed in many noted international venues such as Beijing Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center.
The Young Irelanders are:
Aimee Fitzpatrick – Vocals
Finnian O Connor- Pipes and Whistles
Cillian Mac Cabe- Guitar
Rosie Ferguson- Fiddle
Kevin Murphy- Accordion
Enda Rafferty – Guitar & Vocals
Joe Duffey – Dancer
Ayla Reid – Dancer
A couple of teaser videos to whet your appetite–just what I could find quickly, mind you:
Or…”He’s Gone for Tea.” It’s on the album Aoibhin Crónán by Mick O’ Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Also this brilliant vid with Laura Feddersen and Nathan Gourley.
Simple tune, really fun to play. Enjoy!
(also see https://thesession.org/tunes/2813)
Oi, almost two months since my last post! I am so sorry…
Well here’s one for you–
I have blogged about this reel in the past, but I thought it’d be nice to revisit the railway, as I have recently found it departing my fiddle quite a bit lately. I’ve also heard a new version or two of it since then. Also I should note the tune was written by Junior Crehan.
This first is from one of the albums currently in heavy rotation in my collection–great playing here by Joey Abarta (pipes,) Nathan Gourley (fiddle,) and accompanied by Owen Marshall:
A new one to me: