Range and keys
Now and then I play with a bunch of people - hurdy-gurdy, various bagpipes and mandola (I play fiddle and box). As you can see, it’s not Irish music, but they like it and want to include some Irish tunes in the repertoire. The hurdy-gurdy is fully chromatic in two octaves, but sounds best with a G drone (and G as the lowest melody note). In other words, G major/minor and C major/minor work best. Those happen to be the best keys on at least one of the pipes (G drone and more or less G-a, I have heard a low F# as well) Now, considering this unusual range (for Irish music, that is), I simply have no idea what do play. It feels like 95% of my repertoire have gone out the window. G tunes are pretty much out of the question, unless the range of the actual tunes is more or less one octave, from low G to high g (any suggestions?). I could perhaps transpose one-octave tunes in D (if there are any?) to G. Or maybe find tunes in C (from low G to high g - similar to the way G tunes are played on a D whistle/flute).
Any suggestions are helpful. In the meantime, I’ll struggle with tunes in G, C, Gm and Cm on both fiddle and C#/D box (quite a challenge!).