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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #100 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #101 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #102 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #103 on: January 15, 2019, 06:41:06 PM »

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #104 on: January 15, 2019, 06:47:55 PM »

Or THIS albeit played a bit too fast

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #105 on: January 16, 2019, 07:46:29 AM »

Here's one!
Lovely!
I see the nasty unjustified comment about the source of the tune, to which we both responded, has since been removed.  (:)
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #106 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #107 on: January 17, 2019, 12:04:08 PM »

Northumbrian which I consider to be half Scottish anyway.


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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #108 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

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #109 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!
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #110 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

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #111 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #112 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #113 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #114 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

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #115 on: January 18, 2019, 04:45:38 PM »

This is the proper way to play Bonaparte's retreat! On melodeons too.
(I think I may be dancing in that one)
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #116 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
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #117 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.

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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #118 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.
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Re: Favourite Slow Airs?
« Reply #119 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

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