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  1. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I've just paid this year's renewal fees for The Irish Mandolin and I thought it might be an opportune moment to give a bit off an update on how the site has been developing over the last little...
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    Re: Schottische

    I'm quoting directly from "The Companion To Irish Traditional Music" (edited by Fintan Vallely, 1999 edition) here. The passages below relate exclusively to Irish - indeed Donegal - versions of the...
  3. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    The "A to Z" that I mentioned in my previous post is now starting to grow... I was very pleased yesterday to be able to collaborate with Jill McAuley. Our joint playlist is the latest addition to...
  4. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I mentioned in my post above on 22 June that I had a new idea for a collaborative venture in mind.

    Well, I'm pleased to say that it's now seen the light of day.

    The idea is a series of...
  5. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    A dispatch from the trenches...

    Regular visitors to my website and YouTube channel will have noticed that I've been revisiting some of the earlier sound files which I've uploaded to both places. ...
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    And something similar relating to my website.

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  7. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    Two most-recent originals...

    The Pagoda - a reel in D Major.


    https://youtu.be/M8Ckh2Jg1eI

    The Innocents' Jig - in G Major
  8. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    Oops... I messed up in #6 above. Here's the OM version of "A Tune For Fee".


    https://youtu.be/YvJP34_669w
  9. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    That's very kind of you to say, Jill. A few observations. 1) It's just the way my mind works... I become fascinated with a single phrase and then my brain just takes itself off into some sort of...
  10. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    The Kindness Of Strangers is a mazurka which I wrote as a thank you to the many people from various corners of the world who have contacted me since I began work on my website and associated YouTube...
  11. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    Miss Benson's Fancy - a jig in D Major - is dedicated to my partner's friend of many years, one of the warmest, most generous and supportive individuals I;ve had the pleasure to meet in my time on...
  12. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    The following hornpipe in G Major is set out in two versions. Tenor guitar and mandolin.

    The title refers to the area on the southern shores of Lough Neagh where I grew up, also known as The...
  13. A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    A friend who follows my YouTube output suggested that I might like to post some of my work in this part of the forum. I hope that sits OK with people. I thought I'd post a few of my recent...
  14. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Volume 2 of the Irish Mandolin Tunebook is now complete...
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    GRMMA, Jill. That's really kind of you to say. Part 1 of The Seven Derries kind of wrote itself but I spent quite a bit of time on part 2. It was going nowhere until I hit on the "GBdg BedB"...
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    A lot of my efforts in recent days - as well as the usual focus on traditional Irish tunes - have been on original compositions.

    I've been delighted to be able to share four polkas written by...
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    A while ago, in another thread, I recommended Jon Antonsson's website which is aimed at Irish flute players but which contains a number of tools such as drones in a variety of keys and a "bodhrán...
  18. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on that one. I have heard way too many mandolin and banjo players utterly massacre slow airs by using tremolo. I'm willing to be...
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    Hi... A little cryptic. Do I take it you mean tremolo?
  20. Re: The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for March 20121

    Excellent stuff, as ever. It's no mean feat to create and then record these arrangements. There's more than a hint of Planxty in some of the interplay; in the "bigger mixes" in particular...

    I...
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    Re: Looking for some help....

    That's quite a question and for some of us who grew up with this music or who came to it many years ago, it's fairly difficult to answer.

    I'd say the first port of call would be to immerse...
  22. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Jill McAuley has very graciously allowed me to use one of the tunes she's played on her excellent YouTube channel (from which I get much inspiration!) to enable she and I to play a "virtual duet". ...
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    A sensational find...

    Yesterday I was browsing through YouTube - as one does - and I stumbled across an incredibly beautiful song "Suantraí na hOíche" by Macdara Ó Faoláin. Everything about the recording had me...
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    Moderator edit: Please refrain from commerce in the Forum, as per Guidelines. The Classifieds section is more appropriate.
  25. Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    Just flagging a website which I came across recently which I've found really useful.

    Jon Antonsson, a flute player from Sweden, has some terrific resources at his website...
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