ceolachan

tunebook 825 tunes.

April 3rd, 2014 ~ But always in serious need of an overhaul, like me…
~ including testing all these links to make sure they are all still active… ;-)

Ceol = music / Olachan = drunk or drunkard…
In other words, those of the person who put this on me ~ "someone who gets drunk on music…"

A further sense of the existence & limitations of this mind in time & space: I don’t tailgate! ~ not even in a so-called bumper-to-bumper stand still. I always leave breathing space, a safe distance, but also out of respect and consideration for the next driver in front. I know how uncomfortable it is to have someone tailgating you, including within inches and at speed or faster. I’ve even been bumped a few times, and, seriously ploughed into. I do my best to get out of the way of people who use their vehicles in such an aggressive, disrespectful, unsafe and intimidating way. Foolishly, in the past when there was no clear and immediate means to get out of the way, there were a few times when I tried using my brake lights in an attempt to get someone to back off. I know now that doesn’t work. It only tends to rile such road hogs and they become more road possessive and aggressive. I’m a relatively quick learner. That is no longer an option I consider.

When I see someone at a side road waiting to join the rest of us, If it looks like I can, more often than not I’ll slow down and signal for them to enter the space I’ve made for them. However, sometimes, if it is someone being particularly aggressive and pushy, I admit it, I don’t really want to, and rarely I won’t. Mostly I do, whoever it is wanting to get to wherever they are going. I sympathize, empathize. I’ll help if I can. I’ll make space and time for them.

If I see someone in distress, stranded, or struggling ~ stranger or friend or foe or asshole ~ I will ask if there’s anything I can do, "Can I help?" If someone asks me for help, I’ll do my damnedest, which often means finding someone more capable to address their needs. The only potential confusions of limitations here are old things ~ me, memory, equipment ~ and ~ situations, concerns, distractions ~ often beyond my control, or offering me difficult challenges and/or limited options. Sometimes that has been the loss of or care for a loved one, our wider family. Such problems are on the increase the older I get.

Yes, I do foolish and inconsiderate things, usually out of ignorance or misunderstanding than anything with intent. When there is intent, it is usually my concern for someone else hard done by the person who has attracted my ire. Sometimes passion, as for music and dance, gets the better of sense and reason and care, or the awareness that some folks are way too over precious about it all, themselves and their involvement in it. I have been pulled up more than once for having clumsily stepped on someone’s foot, violating personal space and sensitivies, so to speak, when not being fully conscious of my actions or the tenderness of others. Yes, I stumble, can be quite clumsy, including suffering that old ailment ‘foot-in-mouth’, where I say something without thought or rashly and, if I have unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings, regretting it afterwards. But, to be honest, sometimes I don’t regret it and even wish I’d been braver and more outspoken.

As to that minority population of tailgaters, jerks, assholes ~ when repeat experience gives sufficient evidence of this, in how I or others are treated, or in how highly they consider themselves above the rest of us, or how precious they might be ~ I do try my best to avoid these few. It’s not worth the pain, the agro, the bother. Sometimes it is best to turn your back to a bad situation and to walk away, or to move aside as soon as possible and let them past. Egotism and delusion are rarely open states of mind where a reasonable discussion or relationship can be had. I prefer to associate with those who mostly have traits I can respect, and that I aspire to. I have a fairly good amount of patience, if not fo myself, especially for the unpretentious, and most definitely for those with a beginner’s mind, open and inquisitive. Also, those who care are worth caring for. Those who are considerate are most worthy of consideration… I tend to, at least initially and readily, offer time, respect & consideration, though the lifespan of that varies dependant upon the recipient. While I don’t forget an abuse, I don’t hold a grudge, and harrassment and intimidation are not in my toolbox.

The only one I’ve ever felt the need to better is myself…

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The history of Ireland, including its traditions of music and dance, has never been out of context with the rest of the world. The nature of many things purified is their toxicity… IMO ‘c’

MUSIC ~

i.) Tune search tools
ii.) ABCs
iii.) DIGITAL MUSIC ~ Some Resources for the Ears
iv.) Small Things: a passion for the affordable & portable
v.) MUSIC in discussion

DANCE ~

vi.) DANCE HISTORY
vii.) DANCE DESCRIPTIONS
viii.) DANCE: VARSOVIENNES & MAZURKAS
ix.) DANCE in discussion
x.) DANCE : ALBA & BEYOND

QUOTES ~

xi.) QUOTE: Roche: Note On Irish Dancing
xii.) QUOTE: Reg Hall

ETC…

xiii.) Personally speaking
xiv.) Compositions


MUSIC ~ MUSIC ~ MUSIC ~ MUSIC ~ MUSIC ~ MUSIC ~ MUSIC


I. ) ~ TUNE SEARCH TOOLS


For a kick of information check out ~
ANDREW KUNTZ’S ~ THE FIDDLER’S COMPANION:
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html

NOTICE: 1/1/12 The Fiddler’s Companion is being converted to a Wiki format and is renamed to the Traditional Tune Archive (TTA) at www.tunearch.org. The new wiki will provide greater utility for searches, data submission, querying, etc., and each and every entry is being re-researched for the latest information, and new entries are being added. If you have found the F/C useful, please check the TTA at www.tunearch.org.

CHRIS WALSHAW’S
amassed insanity of ABCs, but there is order to his madness:
http://www.walshaw.plus.com/abc/

RICHARD ROBINSON’S TUNEBOOK:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/tunebook.html

JOHN CHAMBERS’ (JC’s) ABC Tune Find ~ on trillian.mit.edu
John Chambers’ Homepage
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/homepage.html
ABC SEARCH: JC’s (John Chambers) ABC Tune Finder / Match
~ for finding tunes published in abc on the web.
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/tunefind
John Chambers’ ABC music collection
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/

ABCs on the WWW =
numbered and alphabetical index ~ not all links are active…
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/

example ~ ABC tunes starting with ~ examples ~
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/00.html
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/55.html
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/98.html

http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/AA.html
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/BU.html
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/MM.html
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/ZY.html

Reverend Pete’s ABC Phantasmagoria
http://www.thesession.org/members/11048
http://abctunesearch.com

ALAN NG’S ~ IRISH TRADITIONAL MUISC TUNE INDEX
http://www.irishtune.info/

ALAN SNYDER’S ~ CAPE BRETON FIDDLE RECORDING INDEX
http://www.cbfiddle.com/rx/

TUNEPAL DOT ORG ~ Dr. Bryan Duggan
A query-by-playing search engine for traditonal irish dance tunes…
http://tunepal.org/tunepal/index.php

JC’s Scandinavian Folk Dance Music
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/Scand/


II. ) ABCs ~ etc.

STEVE MANSFIELD’S recommended introduction to the ABCs:
http://www.lesession.co.uk/abc/abc_notation.htm

JOHN CHAMBERS
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/doc/ABCtutorial.html
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/doc/ABCprimer.html

CHRIS WALSHAW’s site, the modern influence on an old from of notation. We have him and his associates to thank for moving ABC notation into ASCII code for computer use…
http://abcnotation.com/
http://abcnotation.com/learn.html
http://abcnotation.com/examples.html

WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abc_notation


~ ETC. ~ a few resources to help clear up some of the issues? :-/

A rich mix on modes and scales, courtesy of member Mix O’Lydian
http://www.intermix.freeuk.com/index.htm


ABCs in Discussion:

How Does One read the ABC charts here?
# Posted on August 14th 2008 by Big Dog
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/18756

Now I know my ABCs: ABC help & suggestions for learning and teaching
# Posted on June 10th 2007 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/14069


III. ) ~ DIGITAL MUSIC ~ Some Resources for the Ears

DIGITAL MUSIC ~ FROM CYLINDERS & 78s:

University of California, Santa Barbara
Donald C. Davidson Library
Department of Special Collections
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php
http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php? ~ the search page

Juneberry 78s:
http://www.juneberry78s.com/

The Listening Room:
http://www.juneberry78s.com/sounds/index.htm

Irish Dance Music:
http://www.juneberry78s.com/sounds/ListenToIrishDance.htm

Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org/

Open Source Audio
http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_audio

The Dunn Family Collection: Francis O’Neill Cylinders
http://archives.irishfest.com/dunn-family-collection.htm
http://archives.irishfest.com/dunn-family-collection/Music/Cylinders1.htm

Discussion: 78s online - finally!
# Posted on June 5th 2007 by Kevin Rietmann
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/14008

"After a couple false starts I’ve found a home for my dubs of 78s - the Internet Archive. Am starting with pipers, search for "uilleann" and you’ll see what I’ve done to date. I’m keeping a daily log of what I’ve added at the Chiff and Fipple Uilleann Pipes Forum, too, it’s a "Sticky" topic at the top, "78 RPM recordings available online." Will proceed to fiddling, then fluting. I’ll be throwing in most anything that isn’t commercially available at the moment, lots of sides that have never been reissued too. Enjoy!"

EXAMPLES:

Phil Martin, uilleann pipes: The Cup of Tea / The Flogging Reel
http://www.archive.org/details/PhilMartinTheCupofTeaTheFloggingReel2

Michael Coleman: Lord McDonald / Ballinasloe Fair
http://www.archive.org/details/Coleman

Paddy Killoran: The Gold Ring / Haste to the Wedding
http://www.archive.org/details/PaddyKilloranTheGoldRingHasteToTheWedding

Library and Archives Canada
The Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings
Discographical information & audio files: RA RealAudio & MP3
Library and Archives Canada
http://www.collectioncanada.ca/
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/

Le Gramophone Virtuel / The Virtual Gramophone:
Canadian Historical Sound Recordings
http://www.collectioncanada.ca/gramophone/
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/

Introduction
http://www.collectioncanada.ca/gramophone/index-e.html
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/index-e.html

Collection Search
http://www.collectioncanada.ca/gramophone/m2-5000-e.html

Collection Search ~ complete digital collection - sorted by performer
Gigue De Touristes
A
http://www.collectioncanada.ca/gramophone/m2-9003a-e.html
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/m2-9003a-e.html
Q
http://www.collectioncanada.ca/gramophone/m2-9002q-e.html
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/m2-9002q-e.html

A few MP3s as examples
"Reel De L’aveugle"
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/m2/f7/14026.mp3

"Quadrille Quadrille français"
http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/13937.mp3

"Quadrille des Montagnards"?
http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14599.mp3


IV. ) ~ SMALL THINGS: a passion for the affordable & portable

The Whistle
Discussion: YouTube Lessons
# Posted on March 11th 2007 by RyanDunsSJ
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/12983

Discussion: Can someone lecture on the evolution of whistle playing?
# Posted on May 29th 2007 by Bob himself
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/13911

Discussion: HELP!!! ~ learning the whistle (& muting it)
# Posted on October 6th 2007 by Greg M
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/15402

Discussion: Lowering down the volume (for neighbors’ sake)
# Posted on January 22nd 2008 by Anal
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/16471

Discussion: Playing a roll on D …
# Posted on January 25th 2008 by iloveyouliam
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/16504

Discussion: Whistle question - The Mason’s Apron
# Posted on February 18th 2008 by jamascc
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/16771

Not just another review ~
http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/2499/comments

Discussion: Tin Whistle A nd B rolls
# Posted on July 25th 2012 by hughjmasterson
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/30303

Discussion: Chaniging Octaves Cleanly ~ whistle
# Posted on August 6th 2012 by hughjmasterson
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/30366

Discussion: Help on Enunciating clean Whistle Notes
# Posted on August 17th 2012 by hughjmasterson
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/30411


V. ) ~ MUSIC in discussion & contemplation

Comments: Tune: Danish Contra
Under the influence ~
# Posted on February 19th - 20th 2011 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11071/comments

Discussion: 5-Part Jigs ~ (& if you want to go higher, that’s OK too) :-D
# Posted on June 26th 2010 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/24935

Discussion: 5-Part Single Reels ~ not 2, 3, 4 or 6 ~ 5!
# Posted on June 25th 2010 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/24927

Discussion: By Heart
# Posted on January 31st 2010 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/23710

Discussion: What One Octave Tunes in D exist?
# Posted on September 19th 2007 by Sarah the Flute
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/15202

The Phrost is All Over - - - 4 bar second endings…
# Posted on February 3rd 2005 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/5739


DISCUSSIONS ~ Sadly, not always the case… ;-)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Objective Measures of Tradition?!
# Posted on March 7th 2010 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/23982

When my mind is attentive but the feet don’t move
# Posted on July 31st 2008 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/18616

The Invention of Tradition
# Posted on February 28th 2008 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/16872

Invasion of the Body Snatchers ~
# Posted on July 23rd 2007 by ceolachan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/14548

Am I the only one who doesn’t like all the Additives and all the other trendy E’s?
Re: Am I the only one who doesn’t like Lúnasa and all the other trendy trad types?
# Posted on August 4th 2006 by frisbee
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/10832

Are we losing the tradition to academics and commercialism?
# Posted on June 12th 2006 by Bernie
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/10335

"Neppendorfer Laendler" ~ comment
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on June 12th 2006 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5855/comments


DANCE ~ DANCE ~ DANCE ~ DANCE ~ DANCE ~ DANCE ~ DANCE

VI.) ~ DANCE HISTORY

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals Ca. 1490-1920
The Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html

Dance Manuals on CD, 1490 - 1920
http://www.ushistoricalarchive.com/
http://www.ushistoricalarchive.com/cds/index2.html

Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
http://memory.loc.gov/

American Sheet Music
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/smhtml/


VII. ) ~ DANCE DESCRIPTIONS

DANCE ~ TANZ ~ RINCE ~ links to DANCE DESCRIPTIONS in the ‘comments’:

discussion: Ceili(dh) Dances
dance: "Rince Mhor Mixer", a circle mixer
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/22715

tune: The Gates of Derry = The Quaker’s Wife
dance: The Gates of Derry
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8247/comments

tune: Nos Galan
dance: Dawns Calan / New Year’s Eve Dance ~ a Welsh Twmpath Dawns
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8086/comments

tune: Glanbargoed
dances: 2 x Twmpath Dances - Drioedd / Dances for Threes (Triads)
1.) "Benthyg Dwy" / "Borrowing Two" & 2.) "Seren Tair Llaw" / "The Three Hand Star"
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/9395/comments

tune: The Westphalia Waltz
dance: The Waltz of the Bells - - - including a mini rave of mine on ‘giving weight’
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6876/comments

tune: The McCusker Brothers’
dance: a couple of ‘Germans’ - - - including - - - VIDEO DANCE LINKS & NOTES
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3371/comments

tune: The Cherry Blossom Polka
dance: The Kickin’ Polka / Polkie
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5664/comments

tune: Petronella
dance: Petronella / Cirtonella
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1083/comments

tune: Bjorn’s Polka
dance: Scanidinavian / Norwegian / Paris / Seattle Polka
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3881/comments

tune: Lucy Farr’s
dance: The 7-Step
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1307/comments

tune: The Sliabh League Schottische
dance: a Schottische/Barndance
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3359/comments

tune: Paddy McGinty’s Barndance
dance: a couple of barndances/highlands
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3357/comments

tune: Corn Reeks / Corn Rigs
dance: The Corn Rigs
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1094/comments

tune: Down the Glen
dance: a Schottische
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3397/comments

tune: Peach Blossoms - barndance
dance: Barndance - short/long
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3469/comments

tune: Hayes’ Barndance
dance: The Canadian Barndance/Barn Dance
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3462/comments

tune: Paddy Joe’s Highland
dance:
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3368/comments

tune: The Bluebird’s Schottische
dance:
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3482/comments

tune: The Marine ~ single jig
dance: The Marine
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3370/comments

tune: The Peeler and the Goat ~ single jig
dance: The Peeler and the Goat
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5327/comments

tunes: The Old Crossroads March; The Centenary March; The Halting/Pikeman’s March
dance: The Heel & Toe / The Military Two-Step
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3659/comments
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3655
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1330

tune: Major Molle ~ a little history in the ‘Comments’
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3306/comments

THE RANT!!! ( something I might be accused of )
tune: "Jimmy Allen" ~ in the comments
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6354/comments

Money Musk
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1387/comments

Discussion: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Objective Measures of Tradition?!
Dance: The Millennium Barndance
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/23982


VIII.) ~ DANCE: VARSOVIENNES & MAZURKAS

- - - THE MAZURKA / Mazourka / Mazoulka / Masolka / Mazur -
VARSOVIENNE / Varsovien / Varsouvienne / Varsoviana / Varsovianna = Shoot the Donkey!

tune: Versevanna / Varsovienne
dance: Varsovienne - Shoe the Donkey
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2320/comments

tune: Jackie Donnan’s Mazurka or Varsovienne
dance: Mazurka-Waltz
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3305/comments

Discussion: Re: good mazurkas
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/4712

Approaches to notation:

"Dick’s Quadrille Call-Book, and Ball-room Prompter" - 1878
Polka-Redowa - NN | NN N2 NN | N>N N2 N2 |
Redowa - | NN N2 N2 |
Varsovienne - | N>N N2 N2 |
Mazurka - | N>N N2 N2 | N>N N>N N>N |

More links with relevant ‘comments’, including variations,
not all mazurkas or names on site are listed:

Garrett Barry’s/The Hag With The Fiddle/The Old Donegal/Sonny Brogan’s
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1276

Tommy People’s
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1302

The Donegal/James Byrne’s/Johnny Doherty’s - M or V
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1323

The Glenties/Vincent Campbell’s/Francie Mooney’s/Phroinsias’
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1332

The Barnacle Redowa
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1908

Versevanna/Varsovienne/Shoe the Donkey
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2320

Johnny Doherty’s
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2497

The Kilcar - V or M
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3286/

Hugh Gillespie’s - V or M
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3293

Rachel on the Rock/Varsovienne
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3298

Varsovienne - or M
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3315

Varsovienne - or M
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3316

The Preston City Mazurka
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3341

Mick Hoy’s Recipe for Bioled Cabbage - 3-part
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3343

McCuskers’ M or V
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3499

Barring Controversy
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3505


IX.) ~ DANCE in discussion

RELATED ISSUES (if I’ve missed any you’d recommend let me know):
What is a barndance, mazurka, strathspey, etc ?
Posted by monkeyos ~ January 25th 2006
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/9005

Social Dance
Posted on Friday, September 3rd 2004 by Paul Brennan
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/4413

Barndances, Germans, Hornpipes, Highlands, Flings, Highland Flings, Schottisches, etc.
Posted on Thursday, July 29th 2004 by Dow
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/4149

Barn Dance on BBC2Folk
Posted on Thursday, November 13th 2003 by Janek
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/2392

Wot’s a barndance?
Posted on Friday, September 28th 2003 by Dow
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/2180

Bauern Dance
Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2003 by paul95
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/1741

Flings-what are they????
Posted on Sunday, December 8th 2002 by fiddlefeet
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/1132

Flings
# Posted on July 8th 2006 by Dow
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/10585

What is a "Schottische"?
# Posted on March 6th 2008 by buyseps
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/16939

sliabh luchra polkas / Sliabh Luachra Polkas
# Posted on September 2nd 2008 by dickens metrognome
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/18948


X.) ~ DANCE : ALBA & BEYOND

SCOTTISH DANCE - some traditions shared with the Irish:

NOTE: Despite some re-creations recently circulating and being promoted in Ireland, including visuals, the couple dances as danced in Ireland were not so pompous and pretentious as found in ‘The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society’ / ‘R.S.C.D.S.’ Balls, nor is it ‘ballroom dancing’ as TV knows it. Better craic was had all around in Ireland, at least in its past! It just isn’t generally in the Irish nature to prance around so, with affected airs, though you can always find exceptions. Nor is it the usual in the countryside traditions of Eire or Alba/Scotland, that is ~ pre that overwhelming and domineering dogma of Miss Jean C. Milligan and her phalanx / cadre / cohorts / cronies / fogies. The ‘Royal’ in their regimental identity is a clear giveaway to these pretensions… You can still find some great Scottish ceilidhs that have managed to keep the kick and stave off the starchy influences of the ‘R.S.C.D.S.’, more especially in the islands, sans the kit, Prince Andrew’s kilt and the ball dresses… But, it is attitude not costume that is the main spoiler.

(Recommended view: an Australian comic gem - "Strictly Ballroom", written and directed by Baz Luhrmann.)
From ‘Grand Chain: The Edinburgh Scottish Dance Resource’
http://www.scottishdance.net/

‘Ceilidh Dance Instructions’
http://www.scottishdance.net/ceilidh/dances.html

- The Canadian or Highland Barn Dance
- The Gay Gordons
- The Highland Schottische
- The Military Two-Step
- The Pride of Erin Waltz
- The St. Bernard’s Waltz
James Scott Skinner ~ etc… The University of Aberdeen
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/scottskinner/


THE SCHOTTISCHE:
The Schottische/Scottish in Scotland ~
A fracas between two know-it-alls:

"The steps ~ are as contrived as Skinner’s stage garb." - Weejie

"The Orange And Blue" / "Brochan Lom"
Submitted on October 26th 2003 by Kenny.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2091/comments

& this tune elsewhere - as a reel and otherwise:

"Allt-y-Caethiwed" / "The Orange And Blue" / "Brochan Lom"
Submitted on December 22nd 2002 by Trevor Jennings.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1245

"Kitty Jones’ Reel" / "The Orange And Blue" / "Brochan Lom"
Submitted on February 13th 2004 by slainte.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2499

Another Scottish Schottische, by James Scott Skinner:

"The Balmoral Schottische"
Submitted on February 6th 2012 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11764


AUSTRALIAN DANCE - more correlations:

‘Queensland Colonial and Heritage Dancers’
http://home.quicknet.com.au/colonialdance/default.htm

‘Australia’s Social Dance History’ - page 1
http://home.quicknet.com.au/colonialdance/page11.htm

1815 - Waltz
1825 - First Set (French - also known as ‘The Plain Set’ and ‘The Quadrilles’, the first ‘set of figures’ in a booklet of seven, sometimes refered to as ‘The Paris Sets’)
1830 - Waltz Cotillon
1844 - The German Polka/German/Plain Schottische
1850 - The Varsovienne
1854 - Highland Fling Schottische
1855 - Highland Schottische
1860s - Barn Dance / Pop Goes the Weasel
1875 - The Mazurka
1888 - Military Schottische
1890 - Schottische/The Two Step
1900 - Valeta/Valeta Waltz/Pride of Erin
1902 - Boston 2-Step
1904 - Military Two-Step/St Bernard’s Waltz
1909 - Latchford Schottische
1914 - Fox Trot
1915 - Four Sisters Barn Dance
1919 - Bradford Barn Dance (Progressive)/Canadian Barn Dance
1924 - Pride of Erin (Scottish)

An excerpt ~
http://www.folktrax.com/folktrax2/BST001.php

"One thing we found particularly interesting in listening to the older players in the collection was the emphasis on the tunes as dance music. With tunes as we know them these days tending to have a much more rarefied life of their own, it was quickly apparent to us that for the older players the tunes were intimately tied with their function as music for dancing. Repertoires were consequently shaped to a large extent by the demands of the dancers, who evidently insisted on great variety! The old dance players had to have a wide array tunes from jigs and reels to mazurkas, varsoviennas and schottisches. This impetus is still apparent in the tunes and styles of playing which are today thought of as constituting Australian traditional music, with close linkages maintained between music and dance."

Adrian Barker (fiddle) and Ben Stephenson (flute), March 2006.


BRETON DANCE & MUSIC:
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/4405/
http://www.breizh.net/icdbl/saozg/guide.htm#Chapters


QUOTES ~ QUOTES ~ QUOTES ~ QUOTES ~ QUOTES ~ QUOTES ~ QUOTES

XI. ) ~ QUOTE: Roche: Note On Irish Dancing
“The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume III”, 1927

NOTE ON IRISH DANCING

A few remarks on certain aspects of Irish Dancing, as they affect our National Music, may form a suitable introduction to a Collection in which our dance tunes are such a prominent feature.

Up to the beginning of the present century, or for some time thereafter, the traditional style of dancing the Jig, Reel, Hornpipe and many social figure dances—four and eight-hand jigs and reels, etc.—was in vogue amongst a considerable number of our people, and was still taught by a few of the old masters of the art, but as these retired or passed away a notable and regrettable change set in; the old style began to wane until, as time wore on, it became submerged in what has been called "revival dancing," with injurious effects on our dance music.

This deterioration did not materially affect the double Jig tunes as these continued to be extensively played, the dance itself having been kept up with vigour, but the style peculiar to this, and the hornpipe for females no longer survived, and it was not unusual to find numbers of both sexes competing in the same items, and dancing the same kind of steps at Feiseanna and Aeridheachta.

It was unfortunate that in the general scheme to recreate an Irish Ireland the work of preserving or reviving our old national dances should have largely fallen to the lot of those who were but poorly equipped for the task. For the most part they were lacking in insight, and a due appreciation of the pure old style, and had, as it appears, but a slender knowledge of the old repertoire.

For instance, the Single and Hop Jigs, the Fling —Irish version—the fine solid Double Reel for men, and the sprightly Single Hornpipe for females, as well as many of our Set Dances must, if known to them, have been regarded as possessing neither Artistic, Social nor National value, as they all either languished or died out during the period of their activities, the result being that some of the best and most characteristic of our dance tunes were never heard at all.

The musicians were, apparently, as slack in tunes as most of the others proved to have been in dances. Despite the great extent and variety of our dance music a few only of the more commonplace single reels and double hornpipes were to be heard during the years under discussion. The Double Reel and Single Hornpipe were never touched, but those few were specialised in ; they were served out on all occasions with unfailing regularity, and an assurance not always commendable, until, through constant and excessive hacking, they had become a downright infliction. But the musicians were not entirely to blame, for the dancers, having in most cases been taught certain dances to one particular tune only, could keep time to no other—the single and figure reels danced invariably to the tune of Miss McLeod is an example.

The spectacular and difficult dances for the few were cultivated to the neglect of the simple ones for the many, leaving the social side untouched, except to criticise, or condemn. The ballroom dances in vogue at the time were the Quadrilles, or Sets, Lancers, Valse, Polka, Schottische or Barn Dance, Two Step, and Mazurka. These were all banned and nothing put in their place but a couple of long dances.

An exception should have been made, one would imagine, in favour of the popular old Sets (that had become Irishised), if only on account of the fine old tunes with which they were usually associated; but they were decried amongst the rest.

It seems strange that such a policy should have been decided upon and pursued considering that no substitutes were provided beyond those mentioned, A few years later, however, the Bridge of Athlone, Siege of Ennis, and an incomplete form of Haste to the Wedding were introduced, but, as might have been expected, these simple contre dances proved inadequate as substitutes for all those that had been prohibited. The showy and intricate four and eight-hand jigs and reels of the Revival, although interesting to the spectator, were generally looked on as designed only for competition or display on account of their difficulty, and, consequently, had no appeal as social dances. A praiseworthy effort was made some years ago by Bean Sheain O Cuirrin of Limerick in arranging a new dance for couples on Irish lines suitable for the ballroom, but it has not, so far, appeared beyond a rather limited circle. It is to be regretted that this, and others of a similar nature had not been provided earlier, and popularised, as they would have removed the anomaly complained of as well as helping as a protection against those corrupt foreign influences that have been creeping in, and spreading so widely amongst us, for the past decade, or more.

B’fheidir na taithneoch gach a bfhuil scriobhte again thuas le cach, ach ni mor an fhirinne a radh ma’s mian linn an sceal do leigheas.

The object of this "Note" is not to apportion blame or affix censure, but to suggest that a united effort should now be made to remedy as far as possible the mistakes and errors of the past.

The Double Jig appears to have been regarded by those not conversant with Irish dancing as the most admired and favoured of our national dances because of the much larger number of tunes in that classification, and of hearing them oftener apart from dancing than the others. The disparity in this respect between the jigs and the hornpipes, for example, indicates no preference whatever for this dance beyond the reel or the hornpipe by dancers, but it probably denotes a greater liking for its simpler rhythm by the average player, or the unskilled musician. This disproportion may be explained by stating that our old music abounded in airs and tunes of the jig type, and that very many of them have been utilised for the dance, or adapted to it, and classified as double jigs, while in the hornpipe, the tunes are for the greater part original. At present the Double is danced only as about consisting of elaborate and difficult steps, but, formerly, it also included a range of easy steps called the "Moinin Jig" which was in much request on social occasions.

The Reel, in the old style, had two distinct sets or ranges of steps—single and double. The former, being simple, were danced to lively tunes in single or two-four time, while for the latter, which are of a difficult hornpipe character, the slower old double reel tunes in ¢ (= 2/2, cut time) time were employed. The steps, as a whole, ranged from very easy to very difficult. As a social dance with partners it was a general favourite, for many of the steps were so easy that young and old could participate. The double steps towards the end (if used) were danced by the girls with a becoming grace, and free from any appearance of vulgarity. When danced as a bout it comprised a selection from both ranges of steps. These formed a splendid item—varied, robust, and enthusing; the music contributing in no small degree thereto, for two tunes contrasting in style were required for its performance. The change from one to the other was made on a signal from the dancers—usually a promenade in the bout, and hands across in the other case. In comparing the merits of this truly national and fine dance with the feeble, flurried, forced, and generally inferior style of that which has been put in its place the conclusion to be drawn is obvious.

The Single, or Ladies’ Hornpipe, to which reference has already been made, was a special set of steps for the fair sex. They ranged from very easy to moderately difficult, and were in many respects not unlike the more advanced steps of the single reel, excluding their peculiar hornpipe finish. In style it was, appropriately, light, easy and graceful, and was danced to the lively simple tunes in two-four time. The Male, or Double Hornpipe, with which we are all familiar, is composed of difficult trebling steps, and necessitates the employment of the slower and more complex tunes in ¢ (= 2/2, cut time) for performance.

All noisy masculine movements of the drumming and grinding description were rigidly excluded from female dancing by the old masters, and both the shuffle and light batter used instead. The teachers of the old school were strict regarding style and neatness of execution, and were of courteous manner. They were carefully and thoroughly trained for their calling, and taught the art to their sons, so that the traditional style became a heritage which it was their privilege to preserve and to impart to others—a duty which they performed with the utmost fidelity. Alas, that this fine old type should have passed away, and that we should be compelled to witness so much that is spurious and vulgar, and altogether at variance with our great traditions.

The Single and Hop Jigs, although danced as bouts, are mainly social dances. They are of a simple, sprightly and graceful character and include steps and figures; for example, the slip and side-steps for changing places, hands across and hands four round alternatively.

Regarding our national dances in general, it may be observed that the Slip or Hop Jig is the oldest as well as the most characteristic of them. Other nations also have their gigas, reels, and hornpipes, but none of them a dance in any respect like this. We can, therefore, claim it as being exclusively our own.

The Fling has been danced in Ireland for generations and is the only dance in which gestures are used. The steps are varied and interesting, some of the movements resembling those of the Single Jig.

Set Dances are special solo dances or "bouts" resembling the jig, reel and hornpipe in character, but, owing to their irregular structure in comparison with them, are more difficult, and demand a more finished technique from the performer. They have always appealed, accordingly, to accomplished dancers as a medium giving full scope for a display of skill and dexterity. We have about twenty of these fine dances, and in such a variety of style and rhythm as to embrace all our step dances, but, with the exception of the "Blackbird," and one or two others, they have been sadly neglected all these years during which we have been surfeited with "Miss McLeod" and her progeny. Apart from those in one movement only, their chief peculiarity lies in the irregularity of form or development of the second move¬ment which constitutes the "Set." This varies from four to twelve bars in length and generally modulates into the first movement, or a strain thereof, with which it is brought to a close. Competitions were usually decided in former times, particularly between rival teachers, according to the degree of proficiency displaced by the competitors—-often on a soaped table—in all these dances.

Rinnci Fada are simple social dances in which any number of couples may take part. There are about ten of these Long or Contre Dances, five of which call for no special reference, or comment, as they are regularly danced at Ceilidhthe, and sometimes at other reunions also. Details regarding An Rinnce Mor, and the Fairy Reel would be of little use here, for they are more elaborate than the others, and an adequate knowledge of them can only be acquired where they are taught, or practiced. The Cotillion was formerly well known in the south, but it is now, apparently, quite forgotten; the tune is inserted in this volume not so much in the expectation of its revival as in the hope that a new dance may be supplied to replace it. The "Limerick Lasses" is a quiet easy dance in quadrille, or reel time. The dancers stand in two lines opposite their partners—gents with left shoulders to top. First couple join hands and lead down the middle, and return (8 bars); change sides, balence, or set to 2nd lady and gent respectively and turn (8 bars); face partners, set and turn (8 bars); lead down, and return as before; change sides, and dance with 3rd lady and gent. When the 3rd couple has been danced with, the 2nd joins in after the 1st and so on until all are engaged. When the leading couples reach the end, having danced with all in succession, they fall back to their respective sides, remain in line and keep moving gradually up until reaching their original position. To finish, advance, retire and turn partners. Should a very large number be engaged, and the dance considered too long, it may be brought to a close whenever desired, or by the dancers falling out as they reach the end until only two couples remain, who may wind up by dancing some reel steps. "Haste to the Wedding" is a lively dance in jig time. The dancers range themselves in two lines as in the "Limerick Lasses." First couple step forward to about a pace from each other before commencing. Change places, balence twice (heel, toe and grind for gents), and turn partner (8 bars) ; lead down and return (8 bars); hands three around with 2nd lady, gallopade by left (4 bars), form an arch allowing her to pass through during accented notes, and change hands (4 bars); repeat figure with 2nd gent, and resume starting position (8 bars); next time hands round with 3rd couple, after which 2nd couple join in, and so on to the end. This dance may be concluded in a similar manner to the previous one, the steps, of course, in this case being of the jig variety. Sir Roger, though not of Irish origin, has, like the Fling, been danced here for generations. It is a simple lively dance in 9/8 or slip time, and is uncommon on that account. A description of it may be found in a Ballroom Guide.

Hop Jig tunes lend themselves admirably to contre dances like Sir Roger, as the Double Jig tunes do to the "Kerry Dance," "Haste to the Wedding," etc., while the Single Time has always been a great favourite for some figures of the old sets.

The habit of dancing too fast and accelerating the speed, so prevalent of late years, should be checked and discouraged; it tends to spoil the effect of both dance and tune and is at variance with the traditional style in which the pace was moderate and steady. This undesirable practice is particularly noticeable in the Single Reel, which is usually danced nowadays ar nós an sidhe gaoithe.

Children’s deportment should be attended to during the course of their training so that they may not dance with their toes turned in, or with shoulders stooped or contracted.

Irish Dancing is cultural, graceful and diversified, it is also manly and athletic, and, as stated on high authority, "it does not make degenerates." The difficulty of step dancing has often been made to serve as an excuse for the apathy and indifference of many towards Irish Dancing altogether, but we have a number of interesting figure and other dances, some so simple that all may take part in them.

Pernicious and degrading foreign influences must be combated and suppressed if our dancing and music are to be restored to their rightful place in the social life of our people.

Proinsias de Roiste / Frank Roche ~ Nodlag / December , 1927


XII. ) ~ QUOTE: Reg Hall

Somewhere I have the Reg Hall quote (a book of his exploits and observations is long over due), though I still haven’t found it, and we also own the Roche collection, but this is where I was remined of the two following quotes and lifted them via cut-and-paste:

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/leitrim.htm

Reg Hall: "’The Gaelic League’s proscription of what it believed was foreign material resulted in a section of the rural repertory rarely being represented in radio programmes, and certainly not being tolerated at Gaelic-revival events, while the League’s approval of what it believed was genuinely Irish boosted that section of the repertory. Thus, in music competitions at feiseanna, for example, the reel, jig and hornpipe were given equal status and playing time, while tunes for the barndance, schottische and waltz were disallowed, which was a distortion of the values then current among rural musicians themselves.

The presentation of instrumental music on the feis competition stage and on the radio took it one step away from its primary rural function as dance music towards programme music. ~

(at this point Reg Hall, lacking that understanding, dishes the ‘march’ as being introduced by the ‘League’ for ceili band competitions and he wrongly states that it was not a regular part of the repertoire in the countryside, when it was, along with the schottische and other ‘dance’ music.)

The Gaelic League’s influence made some rural music-makers self-conscious about their inherited repertory and made them devalue parts of it in their own esteem. Apart from contributing to a reshaping of repertory, the League, in promoting slow airs and marches (!), introduced a nationalist dimension to music-making. Under this influence some rural musicians in Ireland began to think of their music as Irish rather than simply as their own music.’


GO RAIBH MA’ AGAT

Thanks to all those hearts out there that have helped me face some difficult times, and with some humour. Thanks to Jeremy for all the hard work to create and maintain this site, and thanks to TheSesh for bringing us all together from different places and inclinations and allowing us to interact and share, thanks for the opportunities and introductions and for having a place for my ‘ways’, however off kilter of norm…

IF I MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP ~

If anyone thinks I might be able to help them with anything, whether direct or with reference to someone or somewhere else, you know I’ll do my damnedest for you if I can. You can always email me via this site. It will be welcome, as long as it isn’t antagonistic or with vitriol, not that I might sometimes deserve that…


DIVISIONS OF LABOUR ~ & THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH

As emotions brought me here, probably too often they have also had times where they ruled over what reason and senses I have. I feel a debt to my sources and to this site, and now looking at my history here, I suspect I’ve paid some small amount of that back. If I consider added debt from my occassional rambles and rants or tredding on the feet or ego of others, the debt mounts. I’m here because of situations that have insured my favourite dance partner and best friend is still present and I can hold her in my arms and we can dance, in the kitchen, to the bath, on walks in the countryside, anytime the whim gets us. My dear wife gets angry about things like attacks on my character, for which there have been a few, but mostly my experiences here and memories are of grand and generous people, characters who have kind enough to share their time, experiences and humour with us all, which includes music, dance, idiocyncrasies and concerns. I have those blessings like water wings keeping me afloat. That I irritate folks here occassionally doesn’t surprise me, I get irritated with myself. Some might value my presence, some might be fed up with it. I’m not here to win friends, but that’s lovely when it happens, I’m here because I love and care passionately about this music…

For anyone that might feel under risk of being misguided by me, here are a few recommended reads to fill out your understandings and widen your perspectives on it all. Again, apologies for when my passion gets the better of me and I sound less than open and welcoming, and when I slip into making statements as if I were the font of all wisdom. If there is any that gets through, it isn’t mine, it would have been my attempt to pass on what was given to me, not to possess, and apologies if I ever stood in the way and misrepresented it… Here’s a short few of the reads I recommend… ~

"The Northern Fiddler" Allen Feldman & Eamonn O’Doherty
"The Story of Irish Dance" Helen Brennan
"Set Dances of Ireland: Tradition & Evolution" Larry Lynch
"The Stone Fiddle" & "Where Songs do Thunder" Paddy Tunney
"Between the Jigs and the Reels: The Donegal Fiddle Tradition" by Caoimhín MacAoidh
"Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians" Fintan Vallely & Charles Piggott
"Stone Mad for Music: The Sliabh Luachra Story" Donal Hickey
"The Companion to Irish Traditional Music" Fintan Vallely
"See You at the Hall: Boston’s Golden Era of Irish Music and Dance" Susan Gedutis

Breandán Breathnach’s works, some of which I have yet to set eyes on *:
"Folk Music and Dances of Ireland"
"Dancing in Ireland"
"The man & his music: An anthology of the writings of Breandan Breathnach" *
"The Use of Notation in the Transmission of Irish Folk Music" *

Captain Francis O’Neill’s works:
"Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby", 1910
"Irish Minstrels and Musicians: Story of Traditional Irish Music, Its Collectors and Performers ", 1913

etc., etc., etc…

The list could be endless, and nothing is complete, as the bearers I would rather have you know are no longer with us except their music, and that would seem an endless list. As with all things, even this tradition, EARS FIRST! It is too easy to misread the written or to let our biases colour the tone of what we read or write… Listen and listen well, within the playing of that musician or musicians is a whole lifetime, good and bad, and there’s humour usually to be found, and if you relax and open up to it you’ll find a smile and a nod of welcome. Step in, set yourself at ease, join in the craic…


RECIPES ~ remind me of any I’ve missed…

# Posted on June 4th 2009 by Carabus
Guinness cake
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/21737

# Posted on May 23rd 2007 by ceolachan
Callie / Cally / Champ / Pandy / Poundies / Stampy ~
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2666/comments

Submitted on May 2nd 2007 by ceolachan.
Dublin Coddle
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7133/comments


XIV. ) ~ COMPOSITIONS
~ ~ ~ on the most part, some ‘adaptations’, the most recent first:

jig: "Pwdin Du A Bara Lawr Wedi Frio"/"Fried Black Pudding & Laverbread"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13498

reel: "Annwyl Ioan" / "Dear John" / "Dear Jon"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13294

jig: "A Jig For Christmas"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13273

march: "Christmas" / / "A Christmas March" / "A March For Christmas"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13244

jig: "Jacob’s Join"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13213

waltz: "A Memory Of Friends Past"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13123

jig: "A Memory Of Friends Past"
http://thesession.org/tunes/13075

hornpipe: "The Pickled Toe"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12910

march: "Hm?"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12830

varsovienne: "A Cuppa Java"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12804

march: "You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone" / "The March of the Bungalows"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12775

jig: "Yr Ail O Ddau I Lawenydd" / "Two For Joy #2"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12570

jig: "Yr Gyntaf O Ddau I Lawenydd" / "Two For Joy #1"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12567

3/2: "Cod Cheeks & Tongues"
http://thesession.org/tunes/12518

jig: Mustard Seeds / Mustardia
http://thesession.org/tunes/12346

slide/quickstep: The Savages Of Roscommon
http://thesession.org/tunes/12304

slide: A Jig for Jack
http://thesession.org/tunes/12271

Lament: A Lament For A Friend (Bill Martin, etc.)
http://thesession.org/tunes/12169

jig: The Dunning-Kruger Effect
http://thesession.org/tunes/11957

polka: Bill of Rights / Poke-A-Billy / Polka-Billy
http://thesession.org/tunes/11866

slide: "Marshmallows" - inspired by "The Rakes of Mallow"
http://thesession.org/tunes/11744

jig: "The (Bubba Martin’s) Ceilidh / Ceili House Jig"
http://thesession.org/tunes/11722

reel: Big John Campbell
http://thesession.org/tunes/11506

hornpipe (straight or swung): Billy on the High Ground
http://thesession.org/tunes/11317

jig: The Martin House
http://thesession.org/tunes/11139

hornpipe: The Statistician
http://thesession.org/tunes/10624

bardance / reel: The Bare Assed
http://thesession.org/tunes/10615

mazurka: 2D or not 2D
http://thesession.org/tunes/10543

highland fling: Just Another Fling / Catherine’s Fling ~ D Major & D minor in comments
http://thesession.org/tunes/10395

schottische: The Amaryllis Schottische
http://thesession.org/tunes/10329

jig: Emily’s Gigue
http://thesession.org/tunes/10257

reel: The Yuletide Log
http://thesession.org/tunes/10088

jig: A Jig For Sarah
http://thesession.org/tunes/10035

hornpipe: Michael Joseph Dunne
http://thesession.org/tunes/9905

barndance/hornpipe: The Gimboling Gyre
http://thesession.org/tunes/9644

mazurka: Nikita’s Hackbrett
http://thesession.org/tunes/9630

waltz: Hats off to Hatao / The Ferris Wheel Waltz
http://thesession.org/tunes/9594

waltz: A Chara / Bubba Martin’s Waltz
http://thesession.org/tunes/9410

hornpipe: Cliff’s Edge
http://thesession.org/tunes/9373

jig: The Ooh Arr Of Ee Arr / Y Llaw o Llig
http://thesession.org/tunes/9297

march: A March For Giving Thanks
http://thesession.org/tunes/9122

polka: A Dram at the Wake and then We Dance
http://thesession.org/tunes/9105

jig: Obamas In The White House
http://thesession.org/tunes/9059

reel: Gypsy Meghan ~ a twist on "Small Coals and Little Money" ("Sleepy Maggie")
I was spurred on by others… ;-)
http://thesession.org/tunes/9029

jig: Ye Buddin’ Bodhranistas
http://thesession.org/tunes/9020

slide: Holoholo
http://thesession.org/tunes/8959

gypsy curse, 24/8 ;-) ~ Yr Hen Gythraul
http://thesession.org/tunes/8865

barndance: Dancin’ With My Sweetie
http://thesession.org/tunes/8851

mazurka: The Broderick Brothers’ Bike
http://thesession.org/tunes/8814

reel: The Horologist’s Reel
http://thesession.org/tunes/8796

hornpipe: Bubba Martin’s Old Time Kick About
http://thesession.org/tunes/8737

slip jig: The Mermaid’s Bridal March
http://thesession.org/tunes/8694
inspiration ~ "The Papa Stour Bridal March"

jig: By Way Of The Dow
http://thesession.org/tunes/8649

waltz: Bouchard’s Waltz Quadrille
http://thesession.org/tunes/8632
adapted from the 6/8 melody, ‘Bouchard’s Quadrille’ ~
http://thesession.org/tunes/8631

single jig: A Quantum Singularity
http://thesession.org/tunes/8612

single jig: Follies Sean Nos
http://thesession.org/tunes/8480

hornpipe: The Lurgy
http://thesession.org/tunes/8288

mazurka: The Flowers Of Alston
~ extracted from "The Alston Hornpipe"
http://thesession.org/tunes/8163

slip jig: The Grumpy Old Fart / The Gillard Family Slip
http://thesession.org/tunes/8004

GROUP EFFORT ~
jig: Sauerkraut, Wurst Und Kartoffelbrei
http://thesession.org/tunes/7786

single reel: Three Knocks To The Noggin
http://thesession.org/tunes/7687

march/mazurka: The Baiji March
http://thesession.org/tunes/7613

jig: The Accidental Tourist
http://thesession.org/tunes/7536

two-step / jig: Many Happy Returns
http://thesession.org/tunes/7243

barndance / schottische: Adam Rennie / Adam Rennie’s
http://thesession.org/tunes/7196

varsovienne: "Dublin Coddle"
http://thesession.org/tunes/7133

hornpipe: "The Dhow "
For Dow/Mark’s 30th birthday
http://thesession.org/tunes/7094

jig (waltz): "O For I For"
This came easily, as they seem to, but I have some suspicion of a ‘prehistory’ rather than just the usual divine inspiration? ;-)
http://thesession.org/tunes/6979

jig: Glasgow’s Passion For Fashion
~ for Dick Glasgow of Antrim way
http://thesession.org/tunes/6963

reel: The Fiddler’s Settle / Fiddlers Settle / Fiddlers’ Settle
Inspiration courtesy of Maryland Highlander’s tune “The Fiddler’s Chair”
http://thesession.org/tunes/6926

jig: The Curlews
~ Josephine Keegan’s reel as a jig
http://thesession.org/tunes/6814
jig: Roast Gander And Tatties
~ messing around with "Gander in the Pratie Hole"
http://thesession.org/tunes/6733

hornpipe: Corsydd Lleidiog Crawcwellt / The Mucky Bogs Of Crawcwellt
http://thesession.org/tunes/6703

slip jig: Mark In The Dark
http://thesession.org/tunes/6630

jig: A Jig For Jay Witcher
http://thesession.org/tunes/6593

jig: an ‘arrangement’ ~ I Saw Three Ships
http://thesession.org/tunes/6494

hornpipe: Zina Warrior Princess
http://thesession.org/tunes/6483

RIP-OFF: from another’s efforts: Ricky’s Hornpipe by Jakob Robinson
march: Richard Robinson’s March
http://thesession.org/tunes/6449

mazurkas: Hwylie / Hwylie Un A Ddau (x 2)
http://thesession.org/tunes/6391

slip Jig with a bit of a shlide: The Jig in the Hopper
http://thesession.org/tunes/6262

slide: The Lads In The Loo
http://thesession.org/tunes/6024

highland fling: Dick Glasgow’s Toup ~ an evolution with Ptarmigan
http://thesession.org/tunes/5987

slide / single jig: The Ptarmigan Flushed ~ an evolution with Dow & Ptarmigan
http://thesession.org/tunes/5986

jig: How Can I Keep My Maidenhead - inspired by the historic songs and melodies
http://thesession.org/tunes/5980

slide: Shlide Aside ~ extraction from another tune
http://thesession.org/tunes/5954

highland fling: The Anderson Family Fling
http://thesession.org/tunes/5911

slide: Maggie In The Woods ~ not really a comp, the result of a faulty memory? ~ polka into slide?
http://thesession.org/tunes/5945

7/8: Skolios
http://thesession.org/tunes/5761

polka: The Cherry Blossom Polka
http://thesession.org/tunes/5664

reel: Sláinte Ag An Doras
Highland Fling: Hiro’s Highland Fling
http://thesession.org/tunes/5624

slide: Rosebud
http://thesession.org/tunes/5343

7/8 (& 5/8 in the ‘Comments’) : Myxamatosis
Inspited from something Dow / Mark was experimenting with
http://thesession.org/tunes/5334

slide: Damned if I Know
http://thesession.org/tunes/5156

hornpipe - adapted from the reel: The Hornpipe on the Turnpike / The Turnpike
http://thesession.org/tunes/5150

jig: Wakin’ Nancy (& dance)
http://thesession.org/tunes/5147

mazurka: Steak & Ale
http://thesession.org/tunes/5103

mazurka: Joanie’s
http://thesession.org/tunes/5098

schottische: I Schottische Lan Yr Wyddfa
? ~ this just feels too damned familiar, but it is an old friend revisited…
http://thesession.org/tunes/5043

schottische: Le Schottische Pistou
http://thesession.org/tunes/5041

jig: Blueberry Rhubarb
http://thesession.org/tunes/4753

7/8: The Whiz ~ for Jeremy
http://thesession.org/tunes/4727

waltz adapted from the jig:
Hommage à Elmer Briand / The Cheticamp Waltz
All I’ve really done is sing Elmer’s tune "The Cheticamp Jig" into waltz time. It just happened…
http://thesession.org/tunes/4674

jig: A Pride of Ignorance
http://thesession.org/tunes/4630

GROUP EFFORT ~
jig: James and the Giant Peach / Peach Schnapps
http://thesession.org/tunes/4605

slangpols: Dancin’ Nancy
http://thesession.org/tunes/4503

mazurka: La Citernalia
http://thesession.org/tunes/4144

Polka: Nathan’s Study
http://thesession.org/tunes/3926

Jig: Taoing the Mark / Mark on the Box
http://thesession.org/tunes/3898

jig, 3-part: Keeping Mary Up Late
http://thesession.org/tunes/3762

Breton four finger study/dance: Peder Bis
http://thesession.org/tunes/3733

mazurka: The Rain in Slane
http://thesession.org/tunes/3683

hornpipe: The Portland Hornpipe / The Five Portlands
http://thesession.org/tunes/3665

reel, single: The Feakle Fiddle
http://thesession.org/tunes/3646

waltz: The Otters Waltz
http://thesession.org/tunes/3587

barndance: Dancin’ at the Gate
http://thesession.org/tunes/3582

barndance: Jack Gilder’s Beard
http://thesession.org/tunes/3558

mazurka: Barring Controversy
http://thesession.org/tunes/3505

hornpipe - for Jimmy Troy: The Tyred Fiddle
http://thesession.org/tunes/3477

hornpipe: Madra Mor Madra Beag
http://thesession.org/tunes/3405

barndance/schottische: The Sliabh League Schottische
http://thesession.org/tunes/3359

jig: Paul Cranford’s Map of Cape Breton
http://thesession.org/tunes/3349

mazurka: Mick Hoy’s Recipe for Boiled Cabbage
http://thesession.org/tunes/3343

polka: Bernie Oldrid’s Boots
http://thesession.org/tunes/3843