caledonian set

caledonian set

been playing irish flute for about 7- 8 months, dont have an irish trad teacher close by ,so have been learning basics from a regular flute teacher, my mom grew up in clare and ive looked on line to try to find if there are any tipical music pieces that are trad played in this set , if you could list by name for me that would be great , hope to be able to play it some day.

thanks james

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Check out theses recordings, all these musicians not only played and play for "The Caledonian", but they also danced/dance it, and Chris is a charm both on floor and providing the music for it ~

Chris Droney, Mrs. Crotty, Junior Crehan, etc…

For a treasure trove, 6 CDs, "The Clare Set"
http://www.free-reed.co.uk/
http://www.free-reed.co.uk/anclar-06

"Chris Droney:
Down From Bell Harbour"
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1888
Irish Dance Music"
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1633
The Fertile Rock"
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/723
The Flowing Tide" (part of ‘The Clare Set’)
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1739

& tunes specifically put together for "The Caledonian":

Michael Sexton Ceili Band ~ the first 6 sets
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1916

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thanks for the info

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There was a series of recordings done by Eamonn McGivney, Tommy McCarthy and Michael Tubrdy (with a bit of help from Junior Crehan). Especially for the sets.

Ideally, you want to get those.

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Michael Tubridy & Co. ~

Yes, the Tubridy recordings for the set, highly recommended, came out as a cassette first, one of five if I remember rightly, and then released with a few sets from the cassettes, including "The Caledonian", for the book "Set Dances of Ireland: Tradition & Evolution" by Larry Lynch. You can sometimes still find copies of the book with the CD for sale online. The CD has the same name as the book ~ "Set Dances of Ireland: Music for Listening & Dancing", and again, the first 6 tracks are "The Caledonian":

http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/2812

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Tunes for the figures :

Reels
Reels
Reels
Jigs
Reels
Hornpipe

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thanks again for the wealth of info

The Caledonian Set & Set Dancing News

Bill Lynch’s Set Dancing News
http://www.setdancingnews.net/

The Caledonian Set

http://www.setdanceteacher.co.uk/
http://www.setdancingnews.net/teacher/caledonian.htm

http://www.personal.kent.edu/~ltaylor1/crooked_river_set_dancers.htm
http://www.personal.kent.edu/~ltaylor1/caledonian.htm
http://www.personal.kent.edu/~ltaylor1/caledonian%20around%20house.htm


http://www.setdance.com/
http://www.setdance.com/sets/caledonian

http://setsintheburg.org/
http://setsintheburg.org/assets/cheatnotes/essentialCALEDONIAN.pdf

Whew! Happy dancing, as it will help your playing for it… Now I really do have to run off… Best of luck…

WARNING: Quite a lot of the misconceptions and mutations happen as things spread around and get affected by media and the heat of attention and fad, as set dancing rose up like a tusnami in the 80s. Much of what you find online to view an listen to is OK, but not necessarily good representations of Clare traditions. Enjoy, but be wary, with a grain of salt… ;-)

tsunami ~ trans-continental… :-D

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Larry Lynch’s book "Set Dances of Ireland" lists tunes frequently played for the Caledonian Set in several areas of Clare, as related to him by local dance musicians. Is there a particular area you’re looking for?

“Set Dances of Ireland” ~ no fewer than five entries

Page vii

The Caledonian Set - Crusheen
The Caledonian Set - Lakyle
The Caledonian Set - Miltown Malbay
The Caledonian Set - Mullagh
The Caledonian Set - (Today) - Mullagh

Just one example of the tune lists, the easiest ~

Hornpipes:
The Boys of Bluehill / Tim the Turncoat / The Friendly Visit / John Ryan’s / The Quarrelsome Piper / The Harvest Home //
The Derry / The Liverpool / The Stack of Wheat / Off To California /
The Boys of Bluehill / The Cork / The First of May / The Harvest Home /
The Rights of Man //
Kitty’s Weddiing / The Stack of Barley //
The Rights of Man / Bantry Bay //

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my mom grew up in seafield , no far from miltown, hope to make a trip some day but cost and everday life seem always to get in the way, maybe in 2012 , would be nice to see the family other than on skype.

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There used to be a nice old documentary posted on youtube about the sets in Quilty, in Martin Morissey’s. They were actually trying to introduce the Plain set. Michael Falsey and John Fennel were among the musicians. Not sure it’s still there.

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i remeber meeting michael when i was little, i dont think i ever got to here him play