Family Session Tunes September 2016
Here are the tunes played at the September 2016 Milwaukee Irish Fest Family Session. We will include links to some good examples of video or audio recordings for tunes that aren't as familiar to musicians that were present.
Jigs: Jimmy Ward’s/Connachtman’s Rambles
Polkas: We Won’t Go Home Till Morning/Cuz’s/Britches Full of Stitches (key of A)
Reels: Humors of Tulla/Drowsy Maggie/Mountain Road
March: Dawning of the Day
Hornpipes: Boys of Bluehill/Off to California
Slip Jigs: The Butterfly/A Fig for a Kiss (slip jigs)
Jigs: Swallowtail/Humors of Glendart (jigs)
During the session, we chatted a bit about a couple tune transcriptions available, and some demonstrations of bowing styles of the Sligo fiddle masters. Here are a couple links.
Jesse Smith talk and demonstration of bowing from NPU (great example of Michael Coleman's bowing around the 15:59 mark)
The Professor, James Morrison - facsimile reproduction of hand written Irish fiddle manuscripts by James Morrison
Having trouble keeping the tempo steady while playing tunes? Let’s look at ways to work on potential timing issues as you practice Irish music.
Flute player Shannon Heaton helps Irish music students dig into and really know their tunes in our first guest blog.