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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #20 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 .
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #21 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.  :-[
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #22 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #23 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 ?   

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2009, 10:22:12 PM »

"A tune or song played or sung (rhythmically) freely" according to Google.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #25 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? 
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #26 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 , 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #27 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #28 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!
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #29 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!
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #30 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.

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #31 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!
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #32 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. 
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #33 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!
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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? ;)
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #34 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 
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #36 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2009, 12:01:49 PM »

Northern Lass - any idea where I could get to hear this tune? Folkie ignoramus here!
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #38 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 :|

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #39 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)
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