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Clive Williams

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Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« on: July 01, 2011, 12:26:16 AM »

A nice simple theme this month since many people will be away on holiday and at festivals, so I'm sure you'll be able to squeeze (pun intended) something in your spare time!

Music from Ireland - any music from Ireland, North or South. A country full of beautiful, evocative and driving traditional music, in many forms and styles. And, lest we forget, this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXouSYabDig

Plenty of opportunity to choose tunes that we all know, or something a little more esoteric if the mood takes you!

Enjoy,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 01:29:24 PM »

In my quest to find music online (before I knew about melnet or ABC) I stumbled upon this fantastic resource of Irish tunes: http://www.novasession.org/Bog%20Kit/bwindex.htm

it´s separated pretty well into jigs, double jigs, reels, etc. and the files are in PDF, ABC, or you can download all the songs as a PDF. I love just selecting a random page and seeing what's there as well... i've been throwing together some polkas from that database as well, it's got a bit of everything!

Well then, since this might be my favorite theme of the month to date, I better get working on it...

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2011, 02:33:53 PM »

In my quest to find music online (before I knew about melnet or ABC) I stumbled upon this fantastic resource of Irish tunes: http://www.novasession.org/Bog%20Kit/bwindex.htm

Nice collection, but don't rely on every single one being Irish in origin.  Oops, probably just opened a can of worms!
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2011, 04:38:22 PM »

A nice simple theme this month since many people will be away on holiday and at festivals, so I'm sure you'll be able to squeeze (pun intended) something in your spare time!

Music from Ireland - any music from Ireland, North or South. A country full of beautiful, evocative and driving traditional music, in many forms and styles. And, lest we forget, this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXouSYabDig

Plenty of opportunity to choose tunes that we all know, or something a little more esoteric if the mood takes you!

Enjoy,

Clive

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I can't believe I clicked on that link, aaargh my eyes!
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2011, 10:51:29 PM »

I can't believe I clicked on that link, aaargh my eyes!

Oh, my mistake! I meant this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps3kxGo_gro

(Those of a delicate musical constitution should definitely not click that one)

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2011, 11:17:06 PM »

I can't believe I clicked on that link, aaargh my eyes!

Oh, my mistake! I meant this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps3kxGo_gro

(Those of a delicate musical constitution should definitely not click that one)

WOW  -  how on earth have I managed to get through life without having seen that GEM of musical genius before?   
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2011, 12:02:32 PM »

I'd like to think of myself as a rather articulate person but I think as that video was playing and i was waiting for the cracking accordion solo, the only thought running through my mind was "what the #&%*?!"

so, in short, thank you for sharing that!!  :Ph
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 10:22:41 PM »



Music from Ireland - any music from Ireland, North or South. A country full of beautiful, evocative and driving traditional music, in many forms and styles.

Clive
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I often play this set in Irish sessions, strange how few people join in  >:E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm9PH8QO2M4&feature=related

My real point is that, as Clive says, there is more to Irish music than what we normally hear and that it is well worth looking beyond the obvious. I just wish I could manage to play more of it.
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 12:35:37 PM »

I don't play that many Irish tunes other than accompanying them on guitar at the local session where some of the peops play mainly Irish. However, for a goodly number of years I've known the song, The Sally Gardens. I think I probably first heard it from Sam Bracken who's an extermely talented singer and musician and originally from Northern Ireland and who for a number of years has lived round these parts. I remember him singing it in a folk club some of us used to run in Kendal in the 1980s. Apparently the tune which was put to Yeats' poem on which the song is based is The Maids of the Mourne Shore. I experimented a bit with the left hand chords which went more or less ok until the very end which is a bit of a dog's breakfast - but having got that far, I didn't fancy having another go! Played on my Saltarelle Pastourelle III with the 3rds out on the LH and all the other stops in.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHYJBC3gCyQ
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2011, 05:43:57 PM »

I don't really do Irish music but now and again one sticks. These are two kerry polkas from Denis Doody "The Gullane and Jimmy Doyle's" played on a D/G Baffetti.

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=59583
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2011, 05:25:41 PM »

Couple of earlier recordings
Right's of Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYN93lb__z8

And Cooleys Reel recorded with my good mate Marcus on mandola

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK3CwjddBzE

Sorry the sun is shining , beautifull day

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2011, 01:17:32 AM »

My, quiet around here, isn't it?  :D

Here's this month's theme effort from me:

Dobbin's Flowery Vale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xUQE06f6zI

Played on my newly reworked Hohner Preciosa 12 bass in Bb/Eb, which I have to say has turned out to be a *stunning* box to play. This tune - actually 2 tunes joined together, a slow air, and a slow reel - comes from Altan's early album "Harvest Storm" (which is on Spotify by the way), when Frankie Kennedy, one of the founding members and an extraordinary flute player was still with them. I've always loved Frankie's playing - I had the privilege of hearing him play solo at one of the *very* early Folkworks weeks, and it was one of those jaw dropping moments - so much emotion and feeling in how he played.

So here we have it, one of the reasons I love ThOTM is the way it makes me learn tunes that I've always liked, but never thrown a decent amount of effort at which is what I need to get something like this up to standard. My recording is by no means perfect, but I'll keep practicing this at home, and in a few months it should get up to a good performance standard - Silta, which I tried a few months back has come along great by the way, and I expect this will too.

In terms of notes on how to play it, well, first get yourself a preciosa in Bb/Eb, get it fully restored, graft a modified piano accordion on the bass end, and then have the basses custom tuned to a unisonoric layout... you get the idea. This arrangement is very heavily wired to the box I'm playing it on. The treble end is certainly playable on any standard 2 row D/G (it would come out in A mixolydian and A minor for the 2 parts of the tune) if you have a F natural accidental to hand. The basses would be harder! Maybe not impossible, but you'd certainly need 3rds out, and a A chord on the push (D/G speak) and a F chord to have any chance. My advice... get someone else to play the chords for you!

I've sorted out video quality this time - used a different approach. Record the video *and sound* in Amcap, the Windows webcam configuration utility... then load into mixcraft to tweak the sound (which can load video files)... then take the result from that and load it into windows moviemaker to stick a title thing on it and post it to youtube. No more trying to get the video and audio tracks to sync. Bliss.

Enjoy,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2011, 09:12:47 AM »

Oops. Spoke too soon on the video thing! I seem to have managed to get a delay effect on the video; not on the audio, just the video! Effect - after about 40 secs in, you get a ghost image following the main image about .5 seconds later. How did I manage that?  ???

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 10:13:54 AM »

It's visual reverb!
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2011, 12:37:17 PM »

And the ghosting goes away towards the end.  An interesting effect with the two heads, Clive.

(And lovely playing, too!)
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2011, 09:24:57 PM »

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=60740

Out on the Ocean, played as a kinda slow jig/not quite a waltz, and inspired quite a bit by Saul Rose's treatment of Banks of the Dee (been listening to it a lot recently). Recorded on my Beltuna Alex 3 in D/G.

Enjoy.  (:)
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2011, 12:53:02 AM »

Very nice! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2011, 03:10:52 PM »

Gimme a few days, I'll throw one or two up, purely 'cos Anatoly wants to hear the Gaillard in action tho!

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2011: Tunes from Ireland
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2011, 09:54:04 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-wh_asAk-4

There ye go. Three polkas, the last two are from the playing of Benny McCarthy. There's no practice or warm-up on this one so it could be better I'm afraid.

Anatoly, that's what m'box is like with 2 of the 3 voices on, I'll get a sample up with the full LMM on if I can.

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