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Archive for March 2013

The Broken Pledge (Reel)

Jimmy O'Brien Moran recorded a nice setting of this pretty much after the Ennis version. It appears on the last track of his CD Sean Reid's Favourite.

It's a very nice reel which lends itself to interpretation on the pipes. I've kept in the Ennis-type crans in because I like the rhythmic kink they give to the first part.

There's a bit of a contra bass hum going on on this recording. Not sure what that's about, but it's a drone I didn't pay for or expect.


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Toss the Feathers (Reel)

Not much to say about this other than this version is one of several that are in or around the key of D. Another slightly more popular setting is in E minor.

The title is associated with piping going back a long way, and it appears in some of the early collections.

I like to try and vary the cran parts of the first part. I've used the Ennisean cran and some tight tripletty things to that end here.

You can hear a fine rendition of this from Waterford piper Caoimhín Ó Fearghail HERE.


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Leo Rowsome

This venerable old dance tune and song air was collected by Bunting as early as 1792.

Pipers may be most familiar with this one due to Leo Rowsome's inspired arrangement of it. He set it with drums and violin accompaniment for a 78 record. You can hear a sample of that epic track HERE.

Hope you enjoy the Green Day frolics. Be careful out there (but not too careful).


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The Blooming Meadows (Jig).

Some of the sharper points among you might have noticed that I had previously recorded the last tune on the C pipes... ahem... I'm surprised I got this far without unnoticed duplicates actually.

This old piping jig was played by several of the greats including Rowsome and Ennis. It seems more than casually related to The Braes of Busby in its tripartite melodic structure... hmmmmm...

I like the second part which sort of demands plaintive colouring of the long high G at the start of the phrases. Ennis in particular made a nice job of that.

Two settings of this one appear in O'Neill under the title above.

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