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Title: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 07, 2009, 09:00:36 PM
I'm a sucker for a slow air...and looking to add to my (small) collection. My favourite at the moment is 'Culloden' by Fergie MacDonald. What's yours?
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: xgx on September 07, 2009, 09:45:58 PM
Track 6 on this one?

http://www.allcelticmusic.com/music/fbc5e5f2-d975-102a-b8f3-000f1f67beb1/Kings_of_the_Button_Keyed_Box.html (http://www.allcelticmusic.com/music/fbc5e5f2-d975-102a-b8f3-000f1f67beb1/Kings_of_the_Button_Keyed_Box.html)

don't suppose you have the dots Al ?  (I'll wager a drink that Bill has them ;))
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 07, 2009, 09:55:57 PM
Yes that's it!
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: xgx on September 07, 2009, 10:08:02 PM
and there are words....

free download:

http://www.allcelticmusic.com/music/18ea7e5a-cf37-102c-967a-12313b000932/Culloden.html (http://www.allcelticmusic.com/music/18ea7e5a-cf37-102c-967a-12313b000932/Culloden.html)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: xgx on September 07, 2009, 10:24:31 PM
Planxty Irwin....... Dark Island..... and more.... luv 'em all.......

Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bill Young on September 07, 2009, 11:06:54 PM
Track 6 on this one?

http://www.allcelticmusic.com/music/fbc5e5f2-d975-102a-b8f3-000f1f67beb1/Kings_of_the_Button_Keyed_Box.html (http://www.allcelticmusic.com/music/fbc5e5f2-d975-102a-b8f3-000f1f67beb1/Kings_of_the_Button_Keyed_Box.html)

don't suppose you have the dots Al ?  (I'll wager a drink that Bill has them ;))
Would I let you down? Luckily I have the CD and was able to get the tune title - Iain Rhuaidh's Lament, or Lament for Red Iain. I also have it in D as a Gaelic song.
The Peter Morrison song seems to be a different one.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: xgx on September 07, 2009, 11:11:29 PM
....
The Peter Morrison song seems to be a different one.


to my finely tuned ears ........they all sound the same :P

(Thanks Bill!)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on September 07, 2009, 11:18:46 PM
I still rather like Ashcan Farwell.  (:)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Sandy on September 08, 2009, 12:05:47 AM
I really like Red Kites. (think that is a slow air)

cheers

Sandy
 (:)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Rees on September 08, 2009, 12:30:44 AM
The Banks of Sullane. (Jackie Daly - Ossian Publications OSS CD 30 - track 11)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on September 08, 2009, 01:07:12 AM
The slow airs I play most frequently (and therefore - presumably - the ones I like most) are, in no particular order,
Dark Island
Ashokan Farewell
Stilta (a Finnish tune that Julian Sutton included in the music for Melodeons at Witney 2008)
In Dreams (aka the Hobbit theme from Lord of the Rings)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 08, 2009, 07:23:23 AM
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Dark Island
yes - that's pretty high up on my list too - nary a day goes by without me playing that on my D/G. Am trying to get it right on my Trichord so that I can modulate the tune and include a key change for the final time through.
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Lester on September 08, 2009, 07:42:16 AM
Leafield Morris Shepherd's Hey "signposts" played solo instrument

That would be Field Town Shepherd's Hey ten, none of your new fangled names near sonny.  :P

Slow air, I like L'Inconnue de Limoise


X: 187
T:L'Inconnue de Limoise
M:9/8
K:G
D G2 A|B3 -B2 G c2 A|B3 -B2 B c2 d|c3 -c2 B A2 G|D3 -D2 D G2 A|
B3 -B2 G c2 A|B3 -B2 B c2 d|c3 -c2 B A2 G|A3 -A2||
B c2 d|e3 g2 f e2 f|d3 -d2 c B2 A|G2 F G2 B A2 G|
D6 G2 F|E3 -E2 F G2 A|G3 F3 E3|F3 -F2 G A2 B|A3 -A2||
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 08, 2009, 08:36:27 AM
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L'Inconnue de Limoise
Beautiful tune
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Lester on September 08, 2009, 10:55:56 AM
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L'Inconnue de Limoise
Beautiful tune

It even has a nice back story - copied from The Session site:

The name (The Stranger From Limoise) has a story behind it, as you might guess. When they were doing some roadworks, or demolition, or moving a graveyard, or something like that in Limoise they came across a grave containing both a skeleton and the remains of a set of pipes. The grave was un-named, so the identity of the piper was unknown, but the story caught the imagination of the French folk world and M Heintzen penned the tune in the piper's honour
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 08, 2009, 11:11:01 AM
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It even has a nice back story
This is marvellous stuff - nothing better than a beautiful tune and a good tale to go with it! I think one of the reasons I like Fergie Macdonald's 'Culloden' is that one of his ancestors actually managed to survive the slaughter at that particular point in history - so there's a kind of poignancy about it.
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: mikesamwild on September 08, 2009, 11:22:24 AM
Her Mantle So Green.  Minor tune -Jackie Daly did it and Margaret Barry sang it amongst others
I also love the tune Miss Hamilton  which was composed by Cornelius Lyons (it's his only written down tune), harper pal of Carolan. John Williams conc and accordion wiz plays it


A lot of Jigs make nice airs and waltzes like The Boat Band's 'Westmoreland' from Playford I think
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on September 08, 2009, 12:38:08 PM
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L'Inconnue de Limoise
Beautiful tune
It even has a nice back story - copied from The Session site:
The name (The Stranger From Limoise) has a story behind it, as you might guess. When they were doing some roadworks, or demolition, or moving a graveyard, or something like that in Limoise they came across a grave containing both a skeleton and the remains of a set of pipes. The grave was un-named, so the identity of the piper was unknown, but the story caught the imagination of the French folk world and M Heintzen penned the tune in the piper's honour

I agree that it's a beautiful tune. I learnt it from Emmanuel Pariselle, but as a waltz rather than a slow air, which I pair with Michael Turner's Waltz. Emmanuelle told the back story differently. He said that a redevelopment was taking place in Limoise that involved moving the graves from an old cemetery to a new location. In the process of moving them, the bones got mixed up so that nobody knew which skeleton was which. There was a public outcry in France over this and Maxou Heintzen wrote the tune to commemorate the incident. L'Inconnue in this context means 'unknown' because the identities of the remains are no longer known.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 08, 2009, 02:30:32 PM
Quote from: Lester
Slow air, I like L'Inconnue de Limoise

The French being French (and Maxu being Maxu!) the feminine form inconnue will mean something too.  Corps cadavre and squelette are masculine. I visited the Ossuary at Douaumont (http://www.verdun-douaumont.com/) on the way back. There all the corpses are unknown, the bones are sorted more or less anatomically (everyone should go there once IMO).

One translation would be 'the unknown woman', but context is all in French and we don't have much. Anyone know?
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: waltzman on September 08, 2009, 06:01:39 PM
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L'Inconnue de Limoise
Beautiful tune
It even has a nice back story - copied from The Session site:
The name (The Stranger From Limoise) has a story behind it, as you might guess. When they were doing some roadworks, or demolition, or moving a graveyard, or something like that in Limoise they came across a grave containing both a skeleton and the remains of a set of pipes. The grave was un-named, so the identity of the piper was unknown, but the story caught the imagination of the French folk world and M Heintzen penned the tune in the piper's honour

I agree that it's a beautiful tune. I learnt it from Emmanuel Pariselle, but as a waltz rather than a slow air, which I pair with Michael Turner's Waltz. Emmanuelle told the back story differently. He said that a redevelopment was taking place in Limoise that involved moving the graves from an old cemetery to a new location. In the process of moving them, the bones got mixed up so that nobody knew which skeleton was which. There was a public outcry in France over this and Maxou Heintzen wrote the tune to commemorate the incident. L'Inconnue in this context means 'unknown' because the identities of the remains are no longer known.

Beautiful tune.  I learned it as a mazurka.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Tyker on September 08, 2009, 06:19:04 PM
The Banks of Sullane. (Jackie Daly - Ossian Publications OSS CD 30 - track 11)



Cailin Deas Cruite na mBo [Pretty Maid Milking the Cows](Banks of Sullane is a variation , I believe)

Eamonn a'Chnoic [Ned of the Hills but NOT the Pogues beast ]

Fear a Bhata

I only seem to like Irish and Scottish airs . There is no English air that 'gets' me .
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve Fox on September 08, 2009, 08:50:37 PM
Sorry to sidetrack this thread slightly.  Does anyone use Five Line Skink as an ABC 'reader'?  If so, do you often encounter an error message when you copy in a new tune?  I ask because I have just tried to copy in 'L'Inconnue de Limoise' and it (the program) didn't like it for some reason.  :-[
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ollie on September 08, 2009, 09:43:48 PM
Floating from Skerry is one of my favourites. Also Battle of the Somme - not technically a slow air, but still a beautiful (and very powerful) tune.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Sandy on September 08, 2009, 10:05:09 PM
Also Battle of the Somme - not technically a slow air, but still a beautiful (and very powerful) tune.

What technically is a slow air ?   

cheers

Sandy
 (:)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ollie on September 08, 2009, 10:22:12 PM
"A tune or song played or sung (rhythmically) freely" according to Google.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: waltzman on September 09, 2009, 02:10:44 AM
"A tune or song played or sung (rhythmically) freely" according to Google.


Does that mean that an air is a waltz or mazurka that is played in such a way that you can't dance to it? 
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 09, 2009, 08:24:34 AM
Does that mean that an air is a waltz or mazurka that is played in such a way that you can't dance to it? 

That's been more or less my observation over the years. However many of the Irish ones seem to be song tunes. France's Patrick Bouffard and Ann-Lise Foy also commonly play slow airs - which commonly lead on to Ann-Lise singing.

To turn this thread slightly - I'm presently working on Petters Erik Eriksson's Grind Hans Jässpodspolska, unusually in G major. Yes it's a dance, yes you can dance to it - but has all the lyricism of a slow air. Have to say its timing is sending me mad, but defo my favourite at the moment. Kris
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 09, 2009, 09:37:49 AM
I only seem to like Irish and Scottish airs . There is no English air that 'gets' me .
Here are two which 'get' me:

I'll love my Love - Cornish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cQqsn4iGt0

Bonny at Morn - Northumbrian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e3Ozc2tbpU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIRv-MqBnSk
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 09, 2009, 09:53:13 AM
Great tunes Steve, thanks for that - though its usually the slow scots airs that 'get' me too!
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Lester on September 09, 2009, 10:27:37 AM
Great tunes Steve, thanks for that - though its usually the slow scots airs that 'get' me too!
AL

Al

I recommend Calon Lan to stir your Welshness up and to get you to forsake these northern tendancies
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on September 09, 2009, 11:39:39 AM
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"A tune or song played or sung (rhythmically) freely" according to Google.


Does that mean that an air is a waltz or mazurka that is played in such a way that you can't dance to it? 

If so then I must be an Air expert, most people would find it difficult to dance to anything I play. ;D

My favourite at the mo is "Archie Macdonald of Keppoch" (the title is something like that).  A lovely tune.

Louise
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 09, 2009, 12:55:25 PM
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I recommend Calon Lan to stir your Welshness up and to get you to forsake these northern tendancies
Funnily enough I play Calon Lan very often - but much more of a stirring anthem rather than a slow air...might be something to do with the way I grew up singing it at the rugby!
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 09, 2009, 01:52:46 PM
Bonny at Morn - Northumbrian

My daughter Dolly is named after another song from Northumbrian Minstrelsey, and I sang her 'Bonny at Morn' as a lullaby. Nice to hear her then singing it on Radio Sheffield last year ..

  "How long have you known that song, Dolly"?
  "I can't actually remember a time that I haven't known it"  8)

I'd never thought of it as a 'tune' per se - but why not? Mally's bookshop now has Minstrelsy in facsimile incidentally. Great set of tunes. 
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: mikesamwild on September 09, 2009, 06:09:42 PM
Great tunes Steve, thanks for that - though its usually the slow scots airs that 'get' me too!
AL

Al

I recommend Calon Lan to stir your Welshness up and to get you to forsake these northern tendancies


Is Calon lan that Irish harpist who lived in China for a bit? ;)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: pbsalt on September 09, 2009, 06:48:28 PM
Mine is the Northern Lass which I learnt via a Brian Peters LP
and John of the Greeny Way ( the 1980's printing) but which I later found out first made its revival appearance  on Crookfinger Jack's Beggar Boy of the North album 
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 09, 2009, 07:51:26 PM
Mine is the Northern Lass which I learnt via a Brian Peters LP
Ah yes, I'd forgotten about that. It's a good'n.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: craigus on September 14, 2009, 11:58:48 AM
I heard Brian Peters play that live many years ago, and I'd forgotten all about it until now. It's so lovely.

What about The Hills of Pomeroy? That has the advantage of being a slow air that can also be played as a faster march.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 14, 2009, 12:01:49 PM
Northern Lass - any idea where I could get to hear this tune? Folkie ignoramus here!
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Pete Dunk on September 14, 2009, 12:57:06 PM
The Breamish is a lovely slow air and I often add Random at the end to speed things up a bit.

X:1
T:Breamish, The
Z:Peter Dunk January 2009
O:Northumberland
C:Traditional, arr. Dunk
Q:1/4=120
L:1/8
M:3/4
R:Slow Air
K:D
Ad | f4 d2 | A4 F2 | G6 | B6 | A4 c2 | e4 g2 | f6 | d4 Ad|
f4 d2 | A4 F2 | G6 | B6 | A4 c2 | e4 g2 | (d6|d2) e2 f2 |
({a}g3) f g2 | B2 d2 g2 | f3 e f2 | A2 d2 f2 | e3 ^def | g2 B2 c2 | d2 (3cdc (3BcB | A2 d2 f2 |
({a}g3) f g2 | B2 d2 g2 | f3 e f2 | A2 d2 f2 | e3 ^def | g2 B2 c2 |(d6 |d4) :|

X:1
T:Random
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:300
K:D
A | d2 d f(ed) | cea ecA | B2 B d(fg) | Bed cBA | d2 d f(ed) cea ecA |
B2 B d(fg) | B(ec) d2 :||: D | DFA FAd | Adf dfa | aga geg fdf ecA |
DFA FAd | Adf dfa | dcd fed c(dB) A2 :||: B | Aaa Bbb | Ggg Aaa |
Ddd efg | Bed cBA | Aaa Bbb | Ggg Aaa | Ddd efg | B(ec)d :|

 ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Tyker on September 14, 2009, 01:09:15 PM
Northern Lass - any idea where I could get to hear this tune? Folkie ignoramus here!
AL


It's on Brian Peters' CD Anglophilia (PUGCD 006)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Dazbo on September 14, 2009, 01:25:53 PM
I was going to nominate Bonny At Morn till Steve got there first.  Another (from Brian Peters too) is The Moving Moon (I think ???).  A new one I've just started dabbling with is You've got To Hide Your Love Away by some bloke(s) from a few miles west of Manchester.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Keithypete. on September 14, 2009, 01:26:53 PM
The old resting chair - which I think is an air - was one of the first tunes I learnt to play on the B/C. Its a lovely tune, and fantastic if you can get someone to accompany you on the cello. Just got to grips with the Culloden at the front of this post. Another lovely tune.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Clive Williams on September 14, 2009, 01:45:23 PM
The main theme from Jean Michel Jarre's 'Fishing Junks at Sunset' fits rather better on a 2 row than you'd expect... without all the frilly parts of course  ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: pbsalt on September 14, 2009, 06:04:07 PM
[quote]Northern Lass - any idea where I could get to hear this tune?[/quote]
Besides it being on Brian Peter's 'Anglophilia - which I'd forgotten about it's on The Beggar Boy of the North  Greg Stephens  & Crookfinger Jack  HARCD 051 & and if you'll find an abc version at www.andyhornby.net  - although this is basically in Am  whereas I play it in Em.   
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 14, 2009, 08:03:36 PM
I was going to nominate Bonny At Morn till Steve got there first.

Sorry - it'll always be a song for me. I find it difficult even to play it as 'music', despite knowing it backwards. Beautiful, any fashion.

I've aways sung it absolutely free (seeking to get back on this thread ..) and have found it difficult to conceal my horror when folk club audiences joined its chorus in the style of 'Nellie the Elephant'

       Canny at night,   Bonny at morn
    Thou's o'er lang in thy bed,
                            Bonny at morn.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on September 15, 2009, 11:40:49 AM
Remember Anne Briggs' version?
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 15, 2009, 01:46:04 PM
Remember Anne Briggs' version?

No. We booked her at Cambridge St Lawrence FC in the 70's, and she was deeply into Irish stuff. Then she sort of disappeared.

I really can't remember who I first got B@m from. Possibly the book itself. Northumbian Minstelsey was the first book I got out on Newcastle library when I moved there.  But I must have heard someone do it while I'd lived as a spotted youth in Darlington.  Had a very active folk scene, with 8 clubs available weekly if you included the surrounding villages.

The only melodeonist about was Dave Wood, the EFDSS agent. Anyone know what happened to him? He "sort of disappeared"!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on September 15, 2009, 04:43:11 PM
The Best at the moment is Phil Cunningham's 'A Bright Star in Cepheus' written by Phil and played by Aly Bain here (http://www.myspace.com/philcunningham). It is the most beautiful and soulful piece of music that I have ever heard. Please listen to it if you can.
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: liammcg on September 15, 2009, 05:39:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_leFY8oFbg
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: mikesamwild on September 15, 2009, 05:59:02 PM
The Best at the moment is Phil Cunningham's 'A Bright Star in Cepheus' written by Phil and played by Aly Bain here (http://www.myspace.com/philcunningham). It is the most beautiful and soulful piece of music that I have ever heard. Please listen to it if you can.
AL

Very moving! He composed it for his brother Johnny, the fiddler, who died tragically young
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on September 16, 2009, 11:54:30 AM
I have just been playing through a few slow airs and when I came to In Dreams I couldn't stop smiling because it is such a beautiful tune. For anyone not familiar with it, Howard Shore wrote it as the main hobbit theme in the film music for Lord of the Rings. There is another hobbit theme, called Concerning Hobbits, but it is not as nice, in my opinion, as In Dreams. Anyone who was in the session in the Rugby Club at Sidmouth hosted by Saul Rose and Maclaine Colston may remember Maclaine playing it in a set along with The History Man.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Keithypete. on September 16, 2009, 12:07:12 PM
Do you have the dots for In Dreams? I'd love to give it a go.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on September 16, 2009, 12:34:07 PM
Do you have the dots for In Dreams? I'd love to give it a go.

This is my arrangement of In Dreams for the melodeon. The melody line is fairly faithful to Howard Shore's film score apart from the key change (it was written in E flat modulating to F) and the resultant alteration in the basses to those I have on my three-row box that fit the tune in the altered keys. The fingering is arranged so that there are runs on the push and on the pull to enable the basses to be droned using only the chords. Of course, your melodeon(s) will probably not have the same accidentals in the same places as mine or the D on the pull and the E on the push on the A row, so you will have to find your own way round that problem. However, it is worth it.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ada on September 16, 2009, 03:37:09 PM
Long-time favourite is 'The Wounded Hussar', 'specially as played by Tony MacMahon - stunning.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Owen Woods on September 21, 2009, 05:29:16 PM
At the moment? Les Poules Huppees.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: DanCeekey on November 25, 2009, 05:37:48 PM
The Best at the moment is Phil Cunningham's 'A Bright Star in Cepheus' written by Phil and played by Aly Bain here (http://www.myspace.com/philcunningham). It is the most beautiful and soulful piece of music that I have ever heard. Please listen to it if you can.
AL

Very moving! He composed it for his brother Johnny, the fiddler, who died tragically young

I totally agree. This is a composition of an unearthly beauty. Here is a YouTube-video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDLtLwqu58I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDLtLwqu58I). Check it out.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on November 28, 2009, 05:15:23 PM
Currently I'm going for Ashokan Farewell, despite the fact that I have to fudge some of the bottom notes! i'm going to give "Bonnie" a go though!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Andrew Culwell on November 28, 2009, 07:50:19 PM
Two of my favorites are
Flowers of the Forest , a pipe tune If my memory serves me and  Tony McMahon plays a lovely slow version of 
My Dear Irish Boy on his Traditional Irish Accordion Album
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: NeilA on November 28, 2009, 09:54:04 PM
One of my favourite slow airs on the smallpipes is The Fair maid of Barra. I've still to try it on the DBA. Not sure if it will translate well.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 28, 2009, 10:14:51 PM
Currently I'm going for Ashokan Farewell, despite the fact that I have to fudge some of the bottom notes!

Ashokan Farewell is such a beautiful tune, capable of being played with so much expressed emotion! However, I rarely play it in sessions because I like to play it as Jay Ungar originally wrote it, which involves going down to a low A (when played in D) on two occasions in the last four bars. Every time I introduce it in a session, I get drowned out by people going up high in the last few bars, which I find annoying because I think it sounds better as it was originally written. It is also bad manners not to follow the person who introduced the tune.

Grump over!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on November 29, 2009, 08:41:04 AM
Ashokan Farewell is such a beautiful tune, capable of being played with so much expressed emotion! However, I rarely play it in sessions because I like to play it as Jay Ungar originally wrote it, which involves going down to a low A (when played in D) on two occasions in the last four bars.

Never knew its name, but isn't Ashokan Farewell beautiful! Bob, I'm not sure what you mean about those low A's. This youtube plays it more or less as I have it in my head. Wrong or right?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QGKlZLgz3w  (TIA)
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Every time I introduce it in a session, I get drowned out by people going up high in the last few bars, which I find annoying because I think it sounds better as it was originally written. It is also bad manners not to follow the person who introduced the tune.

Well, the very best of luck on that one, mate! See above  re my own experiences of sessioners singing Bonny at Morn's chorus to the rhythm of a Bavarian thigh-slapping dance :-\  Chris
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 29, 2009, 09:28:51 AM
Never knew its name, but isn't Ashokan Farewell beautiful! Bob, I'm not sure what you mean about those low A's. This youtube plays it more or less as I have it in my head. Wrong or right?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QGKlZLgz3w 
Thanks for that link, Chris
That's a lovely version of the tune. Going down into the low octave in the final phrase is a revelation. I've never heard it played like that before. It makes so much sense, and brings the tune to a beautiful and satisfying ending.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Chris Ryall on November 29, 2009, 09:42:32 AM
Quote from: Steve_freereeder link=topic=2364.msg35654#msg35654
That's a lovely version of the tune. Going down into the low octave in the final phrase is a revelation. I've never heard it played like that before. It makes so much sense, and brings the tune to a beautiful and satisfying ending.

.. there is another way  ???

[edit]    ... seems there is. Thanks Bob.

  btw Geert oude Weernink (at Witney) pointed out that the
  whole of Britain plays the Flemish tune Bear Dance wrongly  :-\
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 29, 2009, 09:51:22 AM
Jay Ungar wrote Ashokan Farewell as the theme tune for an American TV series about the American Civil War. If you can find a copy of the TV series, you will hear how it was played originally. In case you can't find that, I attach a copy of the notation.

I am not infringing copyright because Mr. Ungar sent me the notation by e-mail a few years ago and said that he was thrilled to know that it was being played in sessions in England and that I was welcome to share the tune with anyone who wanted to play it, provided his authorship was acknowledged.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 29, 2009, 10:29:26 AM
Quote from: Steve_freereeder link=topic=2364.msg35654#msg35654
That's a lovely version of the tune. Going down into the low octave in the final phrase is a revelation. I've never heard it played like that before. It makes so much sense, and brings the tune to a beautiful and satisfying ending.

.. there is another way  ???
Yes - I first came across this tune in a Peak District session frequented by a fair few fiddle players. I was always a bit puzzled by the clunky ending which they habitually played, but went along with it as I thought that's how it was.

I attach a copy of the notation.
Thanks, Bob. I will play the 'fishull version from now on....  (:)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 29, 2009, 10:46:23 AM
Thanks, Bob. I will play the 'fishull version from now on....  (:)

You're welcome, Steve. I am not trying to impose the 'fishull version on everyone. It is just that this is the version I prefer to play and I think it is sad that I can't start it in a session without others drowning me out with the other variation.  :(
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Theo on November 29, 2009, 11:14:05 AM
Thanks, Bob. I will play the 'fishull version from now on....  (:)

You're welcome, Steve. I am not trying to impose the 'fishull version on everyone. It is just that this is the version I prefer to play and I think it is sad that I can't start it in a session without others drowning me out with the other variation.  :(

I think that is a general thing about slow airs in sessions.  The nature of a session is that we all join in with tunes we recognise.   For anything with a regular rhythm such as the dance tunes that form the majority of session repertoire that works really well, because of the nature of the tunes.  Slow airs seem to me to be completely different in that they are open to a wide range of interpretations of phrasing, dynamics, pulse and rhythm, so its hardly surprising that one persons interpretation can get steamrollered.  In addition, because they are slow, it can appear they are 'easy' so its natural for people to try and join in who have only travelled a short way down the learning path.  The result is often an unsatisfactory feeling for all concerned.   Am I alone in believing that slow tunes are actually more difficult to play well that fast ones?
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 29, 2009, 11:46:39 AM
Am I alone in believing that slow tunes are actually more difficult to play well that fast ones?
No, not at all. I think you are quite right.
The same applies to classical music too. One of the more nerve-wracking pieces I have played in my orchestra recently was the Beethoven violin concerto. In the second (slow) movement - a beautiful, sublime episode - the orchestral clarinettist (i.e. me on this occasion) has an intimate musical dialogue with the solo violinist. It can very scary being so exposed. Here's what I mean......
(NB this is the Berlin Phil and not my orchestra!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTM8R1IwhQM
The initial dialogue opens at around 1:15 and goes on to about 2:08 when the bassoon takes it over.
It's rendered even harder by being placed so far away from the soloist, yet you have to be absolutely spot-on together, both rhythmically and in tune.

But moments like this are times of true divine musical experience and for me, what orchestral playing is all about.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Owen Woods on November 29, 2009, 01:16:37 PM
Am I alone in believing that slow tunes are actually more difficult to play well that fast ones?

Not all, I've always said the same thing. They may be technically easier, but in terms of musicality, playing slow tunes is a lot more difficult, especially when playing with others and having to react to what they are doing.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Simon on November 29, 2009, 02:27:01 PM
Jay Ungar wrote Ashokan Farewell as the theme tune for an American TV series about the American Civil War. If you can find a copy of the TV series, you will hear how it was played originally.
According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashokan_Farewell) he actually wrote it eight years before the series. I guess this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Ka476nmSw) is the version from the series, which should be the original by Ungar.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Andy Next Tune on November 29, 2009, 06:32:04 PM
Thanks Bob,
Ashokan Farewell, what a lovely tune to learn and play on a wet and dreary November sunday.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 29, 2009, 08:08:07 PM
Thanks Bob,
Ashokan Farewell, what a lovely tune to learn and play on a wet and dreary November sunday.

You're welcome, Andy, although the thanks are really due to Jay Ungar for writing it. Maybe we should consider it for January's Tune of the Month.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on November 29, 2009, 08:39:31 PM
Quote
Maybe we should consider it for January's Tune of the Month.
You beat me to it - I was going to suggest the same.
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Ollie on November 29, 2009, 08:46:15 PM
Quote
Maybe we should consider it for January's Tune of the Month.
You beat me to it - I was going to suggest the same.
AL

It is a great tune, but disappears off the end of most boxes and if you play it up the dusty end, it gets stupidly high on a two-voice D/G.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: HallelujahAl on November 29, 2009, 09:04:43 PM
Quote
It is a great tune, but disappears off the end of most boxes and if you play it up the dusty end, it gets stupidly high on a two-voice D/G.
Yes it might mean slipping between registers once or twice. But if I can play it on my little 10 hole diatonic harmonica then I'm reasonably sure that it's eminently do-able on just about any melodeon (even a 1 row).
AL
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 29, 2009, 09:31:01 PM
It is a great tune, but disappears off the end of most boxes and if you play it up the dusty end, it gets stupidly high on a two-voice D/G.

This may well be why the version usually played in sessions is a bit different from the original. If it were to become a Tune of the Month, various versions could be played depending on the range of the instrument. It might prove interesting to see how different people adapt it to their particular instruments.

Now, I wonder how it would sound on a Cajun box..... >:E
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: mikesamwild on December 16, 2009, 01:19:33 PM
This is a nice tune,  Miss Hamilton,

 http://www.youtube.com/user/mlydiat#p/a/u/0/keuuM6k4Q3k

The only extant tune known to have been composed by Cornelius Lyons harper friend of Carolan's  You can play it slower. It goes OK in D or G
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve Fox on December 16, 2009, 03:42:28 PM

 http://www.youtube.com/user/mlydiat#p/a/u/0/keuuM6k4Q3k


Lovely tune, very nicely played.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve C. on December 16, 2009, 10:12:41 PM
How about:

Brudemarsj from Judassvingen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIXhwrce-eY

ABC courtesy of Nigel/strad

X:1
T:Brudesmarsj fra Judassvingen
T:Brides March from Judassvingen
P:AABABA
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:C
GF|E4 G2|F4 E2|D4 F2|E4 D2|C4 E2|F2-FE DC|C4 B,2|C4:|
G2|c4 B2|A4 Bc|d4 c2|B4 cd|e4 d2|c4 B2|A4 Bc|B4 cd|
e4 d2|c4 de|f4 e2|d4 ab|c'4 ge|f2-fe dc|c4 B2|c4||
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: mikesamwild on December 17, 2009, 03:42:55 PM
Thanks for that, lovely chords on what seems to be a three voice Corona or Corso or similar.  The composer is Norwegian but the player seems to be Estonian
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: NeilA on December 17, 2009, 07:18:57 PM
How about:

Brudemarsj from Judassvingen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIXhwrce-eY



Puts me in mind of this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9NTXPoOSNo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9NTXPoOSNo)

Neil
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: diatosoldo on October 29, 2011, 01:30:34 PM
This is a nice tune,  Miss Hamilton,

 http://www.youtube.com/user/mlydiat#p/a/u/0/keuuM6k4Q3k

The only extant tune known to have been composed by Cornelius Lyons harper friend of Carolan's  You can play it slower. It goes OK in D or G

hereabove another beautiful version of Mrs Hamilton, french style ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzhhyyAldFE
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on October 29, 2011, 03:10:36 PM

hereabove another beautiful version of Mrs Hamilton, french style ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzhhyyAldFE

Very, very beautiful to hear. Thanks so much for pointing us to it.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: george garside on October 29, 2011, 04:21:57 PM
Have just come accross a utube clip of Ashoken farewell ( previously mentioned  on this threas) played by its composer  Jay Ungar together with Ali Bain, Phil Cunningham & others.  "jay Ungar - Ashoken Farewell - with Aly Bain & friends"

george
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Gary on October 30, 2011, 03:17:21 PM
Another totally moving tune, with solo by Phil Cunningham in his Silly Wizard days,
Bridget O Malley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7KHV1nKMAw&feature=related
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve Fox on October 30, 2011, 05:17:21 PM
This is a tune that has become one of my favourites:

http://soundcloud.com/steve-fox/hector-the-hero-1 (http://soundcloud.com/steve-fox/hector-the-hero-1)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Bob Ellis on October 30, 2011, 05:39:37 PM
When I click on that link, Steve, it says that it can't find the page. Perhaps one needs to have signed up to soundcloud, which I am reluctant to do as I know nothing about it and don't want to sign up to yet another site. I guess I shall just have to pass on listening to this and any other clips on that site.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve Fox on October 30, 2011, 05:42:47 PM
When I click on that link, Steve, it says that it can't find the page. Perhaps one needs to have signed up to soundcloud, which I am reluctant to do as I know nothing about it and don't want to sign up to yet another site. I guess I shall just have to pass on listening to this and any other clips on that site.

Understandably, yes.  I will investigate and see if there is a way round it.  I know Lester uses SoundCloud - perhaps he can help if he's around somewhere.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve Fox on October 30, 2011, 05:51:32 PM
I think I have now made the track public.  Would be interested to know if it works for people now - I'm afraid I'm not used to this sharing music business! :|bl
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Lester on October 30, 2011, 06:12:26 PM
I think I have now made the track public.  Would be interested to know if it works for people now - I'm afraid I'm not used to this sharing music business! :|bl

Works for me, nicely played  (:)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: MandoC on October 30, 2011, 06:19:54 PM
My favorite slow air is by the brilliant mandolinist Peter Ostroushko.  It is called Heart of the Heartland.  My wife and I play it. See attached video.  Charlie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgJn2F6lMcM
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: marvelle on October 30, 2011, 09:19:13 PM
I think I have now made the track public.  Would be interested to know if it works for people now - I'm afraid I'm not used to this sharing music business! :|bl

It works fine for me.  And I'm just a "public," not a Soundcloud member.  Thank you sharing a beautiful melody, beautifully played.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Hugh Taylor on October 31, 2011, 07:45:11 PM
Am I right in thinking that most responses (not all) have been about Scottish/Irish tunes, and does that imply that the English are less romantic?
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Lester on October 31, 2011, 08:04:25 PM
Am I right in thinking that most responses (not all) have been about Scottish/Irish tunes, and does that imply that the English are less romantic?

Of course there is always Calon Lan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7P6U1DHEZU) which is Welsh so nearer to England   ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 29, 2018, 11:09:02 PM
This was a great topic. Hundreds of great tunes have passed by in the meantime but here's my current favourite, which surfaced in the Tune of the Month poll a few days ago. This is so clever!

The Lounge Bar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsMniutrofI). Skip the first minute to get to the tune.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Stotty on December 30, 2018, 08:23:41 PM
I really like a couple of slow air I picked up from Kathryn Tickell.  The first is a Tom Anderson tune  "Da Slockit Light" which Kathryn play so sympathetically.  (I understand she had fiddle lessons with Tom) 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJne71TH7fA

The second is one of her own tunes, Brafferton, which is great when played as a slow air:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe_VxPMCx5I

Aside from KT, I think Phil Cunningham is an absolute master of slow airs with tunes (not songs!) like Sarah's Song, Loch Katrines Lady etc.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Pearse Rossa on December 30, 2018, 08:35:52 PM
Am I right in thinking that most responses (not all) have been about Scottish/Irish tunes, and does that imply that the English are less romantic?

I don't know if it implies that the English are less romantic than the Irish or Scottish.
I suspect the real reason has to do with history.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Gary Chapin on December 30, 2018, 10:52:16 PM
Le roulier, a French air. Played by myself.

https://wordpress.com/post/accordeonaire.com/915
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Anne Croucher on December 31, 2018, 08:43:41 PM
The tune for My love's an arbutus aka strawberry tree.

I sang the song 60 years ago and the tune has never left me.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Andrew Wigglesworth on January 05, 2019, 10:13:59 AM
Am I right in thinking that most responses (not all) have been about Scottish/Irish tunes, and does that imply that the English are less romantic?

I don't know if it implies that the English are less romantic than the Irish or Scottish.
I suspect the real reason has to do with history.

Apart from the original statement being incorrect (I looked at the thread), which bit of "history" would mean that ordinary English folk were incapable of composing or appreciating airs?

Many, if not most, of these airs (tunes) are used for songs. If you want good airs, then English traditional music is awash with them.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: fc diato on January 06, 2019, 11:31:01 AM
How about Denis Pépin (québec) paying “Un canadien errant”: an overheard (here) tune transformed by one-row magic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-eViH5hyc
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Andy on January 06, 2019, 02:05:35 PM
This might be a bit of an obvious one but it does it for me.

Hector The Hero

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woqsh3WqtJ0&list=RDWoqsh3WqtJ0&start_radio=1

Have to admit though that this is one tune, written for the fiddle, that really needs the fiddle.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Hugh Taylor on January 15, 2019, 05:22:10 PM
Many, if not most, of these airs (tunes) are used for songs. If you want good airs, then English traditional music is awash with them.

That may well be true, but no one has posted one. I think my original query still stands.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Anahata on January 15, 2019, 06:41:06 PM
Here's one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATnZbEc5-9M)!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Lester on January 15, 2019, 06:47:55 PM
Or THIS (https://youtu.be/SGG8k1uhI9g) albeit played a bit too fast
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 16, 2019, 07:46:29 AM
Here's one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATnZbEc5-9M)!
Lovely!
I see the nasty unjustified comment about the source of the tune, to which we both responded, has since been removed.  (:)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Hugh Taylor on January 17, 2019, 10:57:21 AM
Ok, so we may not be on the same page regarding what a 'slow air' is. One definition I like is "a piece that gives pause for thought or reflection". Interestingly, the two pieces that were posted above by Anahata and Lester in response to my English query, are both Northumbrian which I consider to be half Scottish anyway.
So come on you English music players, lets have an English slow air that gives pause for thought or reflection.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Squeaky Pete on January 17, 2019, 12:04:08 PM
Northumbrian which I consider to be half Scottish anyway.


Hoi! Haway man hinny!!!!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: george garside on January 17, 2019, 01:24:54 PM
to me it is the way a tune is played that makes it a slow air  eg many waltzes or pipe marches can be played slowly and hauntingly  as slow airs, with the phrasing adjusted on the hoof as necessary.

on an 8 bass melodeon  I think they can sound better without bass  so that  the full range of treble dynamics can be used  and if required  gentler right hand chords can be added/

Just a few of my favourites in no particular order are
sweet hesleyside
farewell to the creeks
oh gin I were a barons heir
crooked bawbee
waters of tyne

george
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 17, 2019, 06:42:33 PM
to me it is the way a tune is played that makes it a slow air  eg many waltzes or pipe marches can be played slowly and hauntingly  as slow airs, with the phrasing adjusted on the hoof as necessary.
Yes - I agree with this, George!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: george garside on January 17, 2019, 07:40:37 PM
There is a   youtube vid of Jimmy Shand playing 'oh gin I were a barons heir'  on a two row melodeon. just put in jimmy shand melodeon solo

george


Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: boxcall on January 17, 2019, 11:01:49 PM
This slow version of Bonaparte’s retreat could fit?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eNigFpaBBf8

A nice march tune and this is a good version, I think.
This is not a melodeon but it sits well on a box.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 18, 2019, 09:40:06 AM
This slow version of Bonaparte’s retreat could fit?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eNigFpaBBf8

In the comments, there is a link to a performance on a Minnesota radio show, by Aly and Phil. Less overblown than that one and more to my taste. Starts at about 52 minutes in.
https://www.prairiehome.org/shows/58059.html
Well worth the effort to locate it. Beautifully done.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 18, 2019, 09:45:00 AM
If think this lives nicely in the slow air tradition.
Jay Ungar, Midnight on the Water, followed by Bonaparte's (as a reel)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3KkstP-VFk
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: boxcall on January 18, 2019, 02:44:15 PM
This slow version of Bonaparte’s retreat could fit?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eNigFpaBBf8

In the comments, there is a link to a performance on a Minnesota radio show, by Aly and Phil. Less overblown than that one and more to my taste. Starts at about 52 minutes in.
https://www.prairiehome.org/shows/58059.html
Well worth the effort to locate it. Beautifully done.

Aly sounded the same in that one, he just needed a stand up bass , guitar, dobro, second fiddle , etc. to fill things out ;)
Anyway,
It’s a good tune! when played on the fiddle I like when done like this fellow, getting the pipe sound.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2QGQYrvNbf4

Or if you want to get your march on!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-V-9rE005a4

Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Anahata on January 18, 2019, 04:45:38 PM
This (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiWaWjsP3tc&t=148s) is the proper way to play Bonaparte's retreat! On melodeons too.
(I think I may be dancing in that one)
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: boxcall on January 18, 2019, 05:33:25 PM
Good video! It’s nice to see it danced to.   

You might dance in this one too? On melodeon.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-GVo4-LLTpg
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Andrew Wigglesworth on January 19, 2019, 05:17:05 PM
Many, if not most, of these airs (tunes) are used for songs. If you want good airs, then English traditional music is awash with them.

That may well be true, but no one has posted one. I think my original query still stands.

There are five English tunes mentioned on the first two pages, also a couple of French tunes, a Finnish one.

Like I said, your original claim was not really correct.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Rob Lands on January 19, 2019, 05:46:54 PM
Cecil Sharp & Ralph Vaughan Williams certainly concluded that there were English folk airs and in sufficient quantity to analyse them and to suggest that they tended to be in modes with a flattened seventh and that they rarely modulated so perhaps deeper reading is needed. I doubt they have disappeared in the last 120 years. They will be tunes used for slow songs as suggested.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Maggie on January 21, 2019, 09:27:53 AM
I have started to learn some Scottish tunes now that my D/G Lilliput is in working order. 

One of my favourites is Callum’s Road, a modern slow strathspey often played as a slow air. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqrxbJp0ons

Another is Farewell to Nigg, composed by Duncan Johnstone, my version here
https://youtu.be/2--K1MmKOnI

Here in France, Wals voor Polle, another lovely tune, is played at waltz speed, but in a session in Scotland, we played it as a slow air.  This is a link to a slow version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZiSRO-eHgA

Maggie  :|||:
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Theo on January 21, 2019, 10:01:05 AM
Andy May has written some superb slow tunes for example Leaving Copenhagen which is recorded here with Andy May on piano, Ian Stephenson on C#D box and Sophy Ball on Fiddle https://andymaytrio.bandcamp.com/track/leaving-copenhagen from the Andy May Trio album “About Time”

And Ellington, a lament for the closure of the last coal mine in the northeast of England

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lNx5hY4XI-M

From his album “Happy Hours”



Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Pete Dunk on January 21, 2019, 12:58:23 PM
(Lament for) Ian Dickson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aktwjk2NGE4) written, and played in this video by Anthony Robb, is a lovely tune. I have the abc somewhere and can dig it out if anyone is interested. The original title was simplified to 'Ian Dickson' at the request of Ian Dickson's widow.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 21, 2019, 01:59:52 PM
(Lament for) Ian Dickson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aktwjk2NGE4) written, and played in this video by Anthony Robb, is a lovely tune. I have the abc somewhere and can dig it out if anyone is interested.

I would appreciate the abc for Ian Dickson  very much. I love the tune and play it after a fashion, but I've never managed to get it quite right.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Theo on January 21, 2019, 02:08:37 PM
(Lament for) Ian Dickson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aktwjk2NGE4) written, and played in this video by Anthony Robb,

And not forgetting Alice Burn too.
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Pete Dunk on January 21, 2019, 08:43:33 PM
I would appreciate the abc for Ian Dickson  very much. I love the tune and play it after a fashion, but I've never managed to get it quite right.

X:42
T:Ian Dickson
T:Formerly Lament for Ian Dickson
C:©Anthony Robb
C:Slow Air
M:3/4
L:1/8
%%titlefont Helvetica, 22
%%subtitlefont Helvetica,16
%%composerfont Helvetica
%%partsfont Arial, 20
%%partsbox
%%gchordfont Arial, 16
%%barnumbers 1
%%MIDI program 73 % flute
Q:1/4=90
K:G
D2|G3 B AF|G4B2|c4B2|A6|d3c BA|c3B AG|B4d2|A4D2|
G3B AF|G4B2|c4e2|A6|d3c BA|c3B AG|d4F2|G4:|
d2|e3 fg2|fd3g2|fd3B2|d4d2|e3fg2|fd3B2|e3c e<c|A4d2|
e3fg2|ae3 ag|e3fg2|e6|e3c BA|d3B AG|d4F2|G4d2|
e3fg2|fd3g2|fd3B2|d4d2|e3fg2|fd3B2|e3c e<c|A4D2|
G3B AF|G4B2|c4e2|A6|d3c BA|c3B AG|d4F2|G4|]

And not forgetting Alice Burn too.

Ah yes, I was only trying to get the tune across really but I should have mentioned the fine accompaniment too. Alice Burn has come on quite a lot since then!
Title: Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on January 21, 2019, 10:45:40 PM
Thank you Pete