Week #44 ~ King of the Faeries (hornpipe)

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  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    David, thanks! Worked like a charm!
  2. mculliton123
    mculliton123
    All great versions, whilst i'm still trying to learn the b part.

    DJ, love the sound of your 'studio' has a lot of energy!!




    mc
  3. mikeyes
    mikeyes
    I like this tune, but it really isn't a hornpipe, it is a set dance and it has been an "official" set dance tune in the past.

    It is meant to be played for dancers who, in turn, will want you to sound just like the recording they used to dance to while practicing. Since the primary feature of most dance practice CDs is dead on tempo a lot of interpretation gets thrown out the window The first few video renditions of this tune are strange, to say the least, if you have had to play it at a lot of contests.

    I like what everyone has done with this tune so far. I rarely hear it in a session mostly because it is hard to find a tune to go with it, I suspect.

    And I love that Bridger!
  4. dj coffey
    dj coffey
    Reels, Hornpipes, Set Dances, Polkas, Jigs, Slip Jigs, Slides.

    The mind reels <haha> So what distinguishes a Set Dance from a Reel or a Hornpipe?
  5. mculliton123
    mculliton123
    DJ, this link might help. someone generously answered a similar question I had.

    http://sites.google.com/site/irishmusicrhythms/

    this is a great resource.



    mc
  6. BlueMt.
    BlueMt.
    OK, here is my first ever video of of myself playing. I played this as a hornpipe, I guess, at least that's what the bodhran track is supposed to be (another first). The quality seems pretty poor, is that because I chose the mobile option? My Old Wave really does sound better than this, even if I don't.


  7. Eddie Sheehy
    Rí na Síog - played on an Eastman 815MDA Mandola

  8. Manfred Hacker
    Manfred Hacker
    Great first video, BlueMt.
    Under the message window, you click on "Go Advanced".
    Then you will see more icons on top of the window.
    Click on the red button "Tube" and and you will get a window where you can insert the information copied from the Youtube page. In your present video, this should be: "5t0SmLb60_E"

    Mandolinistically,
    Manfred
  9. BlueMt.
    BlueMt.
    Thanks! Manfred.

    Eric
  10. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Just found a version that offers some potential to the dancers amongst us:



    Just occurred to me that that is something we haven't seen Eddie do yet, have we?
  11. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Wow, what a production!
  12. mculliton123
    mculliton123
    Bertram, I agree, I'd love to see Eddie "Lord of the Dance" Sheehy favor us with a jig or 2.


    mc
  13. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Hey, he's got a whole crew, haven't you seen his family santa photos! I bet he could get THEM to do it!
  14. mculliton123
    mculliton123
    Yeah! Who needs Riverdance when we have Eddies Cru?????

    haha

    mc
  15. Eddie Sheehy
    Actually......
  16. CelticDude
    CelticDude
    Am I supposed to be looking at her feet?

    Another vote for Eddie's Cru!
  17. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Dana, believe it or not, Irish stepdancing is supposed to be strictly about feet only
    There is a historic reason why they hold their arms down, but Michael Flatley definitely can't remember what it was...
  18. Eddie Sheehy
    My dog can dance a version of a jig... I call it Roverdance...
  19. dj coffey
    dj coffey
    Has Mattel released Riverdance Barbie yet?
  20. Eddie Sheehy
    No, but they released Divorce Barbie - she comes with half Ken's stuff...
  21. Solas
    Solas
    Just discovered the group and and thought it would be good motivation to build my abysmally small repertoire.

    Hope you don't mind me bumping some old discussions in the coming weeks.


  22. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Welcome Solas - yeah, that was exactly the same motivation that brought me here, too. And it does help a lot.

    No problem about bumping old discussions, most of them deserve to be brought back to memory and some actually start a second life that way.

    Your dexterity is remarkable, so technique is certainly not a problem of yours
    However, did I hear the odd left-out measure here and there?
  23. Solas
    Solas
    There is one left out measure at the end that I know about. Also, I just noticed I didn't arrange the tune correctly. May have to record it again later.
  24. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Welcome to the group! Tell us a little about yourself and your mando! Please look through our past Tune of the Weeks, PLUS our huge list of 'Other Tunes' and feel free to submit any! Or, any tune that you like to play, that hasn't been played yet!
  25. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I've just introduced myself over in the "new people" thread (well, not new to the Cafe but new to this group), and as I play King of the Fairies every now and then, I did a quick clip of it with my resonator tenor guitar. Barbara said earlier that the tune works well on tenor banjo, and the reso is rather similar in character:



    Martin
  26. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Martin, very nice. Your reso tenor guitar has a very nice sound to it...
  27. Martin Whitehead
    Martin Whitehead
    Been wantin' to record this for a while. Not sure if I'm playing it right. Just sort of picked it out by ear.

  28. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I've long liked this tune, and have been meaning to record an accompanied version for some time. I was prompted to finally do so when Cafe member harper (Evelyn) kindly sent me the arrangement she had made for her contra dance band. A good tune for a thumping mandocello bassline. I tend to channel the Horslips version when I play this tune, so this is faster than it is sometimes heard.

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin
    1925 Zimmermann waldzither
    Ozark tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello



    Martin
  29. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    Bump
  30. Aidan Crossey
    Aidan Crossey
    My take on this set dance. For those of us who grew up in Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s, Horslips' version of this song will be forever etched into our memories and it's quite hard sometimes when playing this to avoid lapsing into some of their idiosyncratic syncopations... Played on my G&O #34 mandolin.

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