The Mountain Road

There’s Something so satisfying about this reel. The rolling, bouncy A part is like the rhythm of walking on a crisp, sunny morning on hard packed dirt through the woods. The B part speaks of cresting a rise to see the valley spread out below, or laughter as it echoes off the trees. Ted taught us a two part version of this tune–the most common version–at the last session, but our member Mary swore she had heard a 3 part version somewhere. She found it here:

Good on ya, Mary! Ted’s splendid version can be downloaded at the tunes page. Enjoy!

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An Port Seisiúin is Déanaí–The Breeches Buttoned On

I pretended I knew what the heck I was doing this past session and taught the crowd a tune–a polka called The Breeches Buttoned On, which  I learned from Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly’s album.

This is the only decent youtube vid I could find to share, but it’s probably the best one could ever hope for anyway!

The tune’s page on thesession.org

Na Poirt Seisiúin is Déanaí–The Galway/Mr’s Crotty’s

This past session we learned TWO hornpipes. Inspired by my last blog post, our friend Amanda decided it’d be nice to teach one, but like a good anchor, came ready with two. We had some extra time, and a little brain power, left over after the Galway, so we went ahead and learned Mr’s Crotty’s. They’re actually a nice pairing, so try them out together–The Galway first sounds nice.

Here’s a dude pluckin’ The Galway out of a banjo:

And of course, you can’t beat Youtube user Concertinette! Here she plays Mrs. Crotty’s on the instrument it’s meant to be played on:

An Fonn Seisiúin is Déanaí-The Chanter’s March

Marches. We hadn’t learned any marches at the LVISS until this past session when our most awesome-est anchor Ted decided to teach us one called “The Chanter’s March.” It’s like this–Ted gets obsessed (as do I) with a tune or set, and has to share it (as do I.) At least, I imagine that’s what’s going on, and it’s all to our benefit. This time it happened to be a march called “The Chanter’s March.”

This particular tune has very few notes. It’s a very simple tune, but, like polkas and slides, it’s all in the feel of how you play it.

First the contemporary treatment:

This march also sounds lovely on the harp:

And there are many more of this particular tune on YouTube, if you care to search. Of course, you can find Ted’s version of it on out TUNES page!

Ted teased us with another march that’s very similar, “Bó Mhín na Toitean.” Here’s Altan shredding that one:

For some discussion about marches, click HERE.