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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #80 on: December 17, 2009, 07:18:57 PM »

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #81 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #82 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #83 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"

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #84 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #85 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #86 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #87 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #88 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #89 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  (:)

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #90 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #91 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #92 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?
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #93 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 which is Welsh so nearer to England   ;D

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #94 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. Skip the first minute to get to the tune.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #95 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #96 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #97 on: December 30, 2018, 10:52:16 PM »

Le roulier, a French air. Played by myself.

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #98 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #99 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.
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