Favourite dark minor’ey sounding tunes?

Favourite dark minor’ey sounding tunes?

Hi all

Just wondering if anyone out there would care to list their favourite minor sounding dark tunes.

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Ahh Dminor…………..brings people to tears INSTANTLY!!

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You’ve got to be a teenager and a Goth to like that stuff!

Not that I notice many in sessions who consistently wear black, though I suspect some wear it inwardly…

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ha ha spinal tap reference there, love it! i wouldnt say a minor song is “dark” though, i think they can be just a uplifting as any major song. however, while we are on the subject there is a song an irish friend of mine used to play and refused to tell me the name or teach me to play it. it was something particular to him. but it was an old sounding tune and the lyrics were all real letters from america to an you irish lad who was born in america and moved back to ireland. all the letters were from his family who were getting sick and all dies in the course of a year. it is such a beatifull song. the first line was “kilkenny in ireland, year 18 an 60 i write to my brother dear john, im sorry to say your mother passed away early last thursday morn.” cant remember any more of it now. does it ring any bells with anybody? i know its a long shot and rather obscure but if anyone has any idea i would love to know, and so would a lot of other people.

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the link was for christofloffer.
@gitane 007- i like “The Sheep in a Boat”

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I would say the Monaghan Jig is pretty dark.

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pipewatcher…. you are an absolute legend. i am quite amazed the you figured that out after listening to it and hearing how wrong the description was. thank you so much, you really dont know how long i have wanted to listen to this again.

there you go gitane007 thats my favorite.

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@christofloffer=my pleasure sir. I’ve always liked that song, and, as must be true of many Americans of Irish descent, there is a similar story in my own family history
cheers,
pipewatcher

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Thanks Henk bos, they’re nice ones!

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Fair play jim!!!…….some nice ones there.

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Pull the Knife and stick it again 😉

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https://thesession.org/tunes/669

as played by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill on “Welcome here again”

In comparison to Eliot Grasso’s version on “Standing Room Only” it’s in deed very dark and sad.

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What a beautiful song that Kilkelly Ireland is! Thank you, pipewatcher!

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The girl that broke my heart………………..beautiful.

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I’m really getting a lot of satisfaction out of this ’un at present. Suits my mood perfectly; dark and played with good dollop of aggression.

https://thesession.org/tunes/6839

Dark tunes?

Yes! Minor keys sound ‘dark’ but they sound dark in the way a day is when it’s grey and rainy and dismal and carries on like that all day.
Mixolydian has a darker quality because you get a feeling of false security by being in a sunny major place to start (modally centrally speaking) with a major triad and then the sun goes in behind a dark cloud and cold showers and thunderstorms seem poosible as you go to the flat VII chord (or D to C if you like whilst in the mode of D mix). Flat VII to tonic myxolidian tune sequences have the opposite effect: dark into light but nearly always ending in the sunshine (but with a bitter wind following up!) e.g. Rakish Paddy .
Maybe the word is foreboding for mix tunes?

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@yhaalhouse:

“Maybe the word is foreboding for mix tunes?”

That’s brilliant! I don’t think it could be better put.

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The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
https://thesession.org/tunes/4712
I play it After Tell Her I Am, and finish off a bit faster with The Maid at the Spinning Wheel, which is like a shaft of sunlight by comparison

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Tarbolton
https://thesession.org/tunes/560

Paddy Fahey’s (jig in Gdor)
https://thesession.org/tunes/532

Paddy Fahey’s (reel in Ddor)
https://thesession.org/tunes/463

The Red Crow
https://thesession.org/tunes/184

Mom’s (savage jig by Jerry Holland; makes me wonder what his mother ever did to him)
https://thesession.org/tunes/2877

The Punters’ Graveyard
https://thesession.org/tunes/4731

Jump at the Sun (I drag this one out on Hallowe’en. It doesn’t need to be played much more often than that.)
https://thesession.org/tunes/736

Old John’s
https://thesession.org/tunes/57

….how is it that no one has mentioned Tamlin?
https://thesession.org/tunes/248

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Trip to Skye is a very “dark” tune.

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Just remembered - Martin Hayes’ minor key version of “The Shoemaker’s Daughter” is positively evil, - but I love it.

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Bah…“The Whistler Of Rosslea”, not “The Shoemaker’s Daughter”. Both great Reavy tunes anyway.

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Gallaghers Frolics

A very aggressive tune

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wow, yaalhouse, that’s as deep as a pint of wig glue.
Excellent! Seriously.

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is it gallagher’s frolics or garret barry’s jig?

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Maids of Mitchelstown (Bothy Band version).