Tunes That Stand Out

Tunes That Stand Out

It seems that the more Irish traditional music I learn, the more I am recognizing common patterns and themes. I’m not going to say that it all sounds the same, but a lot of it sure does sound mighty familiar. This is mostly a good thing and makes it easy to tell straight away if a song is Irish traditional music. I am looking to learn some new tunes though, and every now and then I enjoy some variety. I have been listening to a lot of the MIDIs on this site, but they don’t really do the music justice. Not to mention, my brain can only handle so much…

My question is this. What are your favorite tunes that stand out from the crowd?

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Here are just a few that spring to mind as have a certain distinctiveness (to my ear)

Good Morning to Your Nightcap
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Frank’s Reel
The Commodore
Chief O’Neill’s Favourite
The Fly Fishing Reel
Sport
Planxty Charles O’Connor
Ormond Sound
The Eagle’s Whistle
Donald Blue

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For me:

The Irish Washerwoman
The Kesh
Banish Misfortune
Drowsy Maggie (B part)

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Oh, you cheeky little bitch, STW!

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Mostly modern tunes stand out more to me:
Farewell to London
The Barge Inn
Midsummer’s Night
Pot of Gold
Doberman’s Wallet
(and any slip jig)

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@Smash, you forgot the delightful Merino Waltz 🙂

For me :
The Wren’s Nest - jig (absolute tops in my book)
Silver Spire (not Spear) - reel
The Pregnant Woman (I forget its proper Irish name) - reel
Four Courts No 1 - reel
The Rosewood - jig
Heathery Breeze - reel
The Oak Tree - reel
Woman of the House -reel
Some of the very sweet, but unnamed polkas (esp by the playing of the likes of Johny O’Leary)

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The Drunken Landlady - reel
Jug of Punch - reel
The Curlew - reel
John McGrath’s - reel
Rose in the Heather - jig
Father Tom’s Wager - jig
The Durrow - reel
Leitrim Fancy -horn pipe
Where’s the Cat - slide

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The last bit of the B part in The Butterfly, B2d e2f g2a b2a g2e dBA, stands out as being one of the most unimaginative things ever.

But seriously,

Farewell to Whalley Range https://thesession.org/tunes/2410
Slide From Grace https://thesession.org/tunes/10881
Christy Barry’s https://thesession.org/tunes/820#setting20651
The Milky Way https://thesession.org/tunes/2241
The Old Flail https://thesession.org/tunes/839

The last two are by Vincent Broderick - he had a good eye for awesome tunes.

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Lord Ramseys
Sean sa ceo
Paddy faheys G dorian Jig
Humours of Ballyloughlin

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Those that you don’t need to check out on your mobile phone at a session.
😛

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Lark in the Morning~Jig
Banish Misfortune~Jig
Nine Points of Roguery~Reel
Wind That Shakes The Barley~Reel
Congress~Reel

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But johnny jay surely the ones that you check out on your mobile phone at a session are the ones that stand out

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I love the tunes below and they’ve always felt very distinctive to me. But the longer you keep playing the more you hear what each tune at a session does that’s unique and grow to appreciate the subleties in tunes which you previously thought were samey. I remember I used to think Fergal O’Gara’s was tedious in the extreme but now it’s one of my favourites. Hearing somebody play it in a particular way can also bring a tune to life.

Jigs and Slip jigs
Kid on the Mountain -my all time favourite with nice changes from Em to G and a rhythm that makes it feel almost like a march sometimes even though it’s a slip jig
Monaghan jig
The Woodcock
Tar road to sligo

Reels
Killavil fancy
Humours of Loughrae
Reel with the burl
Mayor harrison’s fedora (gotta be one of the best titles too)
The waterbed
An cathair rhua