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    Default Paddy Fahy RIP

    Paddy Fahy, fiddle player and renowned composer of tradition Irish tunes has passed away at the age of 102.

    RIP



    https://youtu.be/y-i6h35CAH0

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    Wow, 102! Love, love, love his fiddle tunes. RIP Paddy.

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    Saw this last night, Brian Conway posted the news. Amazing composer. He'll be sorely missed.
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    Sad to hear this news - we've lost so many of the greats in recent years.
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    I posted this link (posted by someone else earlier) on thesession.org, it's a field recording of Paddy Fahy in his home, playing tunes from 1972, a mix of his own and other tunes:

    http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coc...rim_JH24-2.htm

    Here's a PDF compilation of his tunes by Maria Holohan:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o7U...2JV-uMzII/view

    With his own compositions, you can hear his genius in composing tunes that can't be pinned down to a major or minor sound. He liked playing games with Cnats and C# in the same tune.

    You have to get used to the way they're all called "Paddy Fahy's." I think it was Kevin Burke that said about him, that it was a great way to be remembered -- not to name your tunes, but just be remembered by the composer.


    Makes it a little tough on those who learn these tunes, but at least we get to have fun with the running joke in sessions... "What's that tune?" "It's Paddy Fahy's"... Oh, right!

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    I remember hearing the Kane sisters in concert and i think the only tunes they played -- for, what 90 minutes? -- were all named "paddy fahey's"
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