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The Priest in his Boots (Jig)

Here's a jigeen. I want to include a few tunes that I got from non-piping sources. This is one such crater that I think suits the chanter well (at least I enjoy it on the chanter).

It comes from the Limerick fluter Paddy Taylor. He played a wooden bodied flute with boehm style keys, sometimes called the 'reform flute'. His style was very interesting and quirky besides being very musical and accomplished. Incredible tone. There's an old LP of his called 'The Boy in The Gap'. Not sure if it went to CD (don't think so). Anyway, this tune is on it, but I suspect I've changed a few notes in playing it over the years (in fact I know I have!)

There's another more popular setting of this tune that you'll find on thesession.org, but this ain't it.

And if the image of a priest standing in front of you in nothing more than a pair of boots doesn't make you uncomfortable enough then listen out for the out-of-tune regulator parp at the end of this, or maybe it's a nearby ship in distress...

***I EQ-ed the audio file attached... might be less tinny now***

Regards,

Harry.

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Bonnie Kate & Here We Go!

Well,

I set up this weblog to share a few tunes with some piping pals of mine, but everybody (be they pipers or just pipe-ist sympathisers), is welcome. It was inspired by my buddy Michael Clarkson who has a similar blog/podcast site for flute tunes.

I plan to add a new tune every few days in order to keep me practicing. I have a shit microphone, and am recording to freeware, so don't expect much (that's before we even get to the playing!)

Here's Bonnie Kate (click on the 'play' button below this text), one of the tunes I like playing most on the pipes. Anyone who know's Seamus Ennis' music will hear that I owe a lot to his version, but the great track of Tommy Reck playing it is in my head too.

I've thrown it down after a couple of takes and am not too concerned with getting the very best take here; this is meant to be fun after all!

I've never recorded with the pipes before, so it'll take me a while to get used to it. The playing will probably get less self conscious and glitchy as we go along.

Oh, BTW, the pipes I play are a lovely set in C by Joe Kennedy of the Toronto area in Canada. They're made from rosewood.

Well, there you go.

All the best,

Harry.

***I EQ-ed the audio file attached... might be less tinny now***

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