best ‘modern’ tunes
I’m interested to hear others’ opinions on the best modern tunes. Sometimes on this site you see folksbemoaning the quality of new tunes. Here’s a challenge then, tell us which modern tunes - say in the last 30 years (is that too much time?) or 20 years, that you think are really great.
*Perhaps they perfectly fit into the tradition
*Maybe a tune you like does something a little different, but still regarded as fitting into a session without jarring (or something like that)
Tell us who discovered the tune and what it is about it that you particularly like.
Some that come to mind for me:
Muirrean’s Jig - Niall Vallely - an amazing tune, 4 parts, complex in some ways, so simple in others
Lizzy in the Lowground - Liz Caroll, a very funky tune - I think that Liz Caroll took ‘Billy’ and made her own version. Could be wrong on that, anyway a great tune.
Old maids of galway - another Liz Caroll tune, I like the way she puts a whole lot of swing into it.
Drive the golden spike - Brian McNeill. Probably my favourite hornpipe. It’s a bit different from lots of hornpipes - is that why I like it? Actually I do like lots of hornpipes, but this one just does something a little different..
I’d be interested to hear others’ thoughts - it will give me ideas of other great tunes to learn.