Tune Order and the Universal Unspoken Significance of The Foxhunters Reel
Not having played the Music as long as many friends here, I often am blissfully unaware of traditions/protocols/conventions and such handed down since the dawn of Traditional Music time. Maybe a sign of arrogance, I am at the point of actually thinking about stringing tunes together in sets, rather than playing and then jumping into the next tune that comes to mind.
After hearing a 12 year old prodigy, Liz Carroll, Jackie Daly and John Williams play several tunes individually or in some combination unbelievably- Galway Rambler, Bucks of Oranmore and Foxhunters I thought I would learn them.
So I learned them, got them to speed, amassed the courage to play them one evening in session, got through GR and Bucks passably, changing one tune into the other smoothly… And the session leader stopped when I went from Bucks into Foxhunters…….. Later I was quietly counseled that playing Bucks into Foxhunters signals to people the evening is ended. I never knew that. Any anecdotes about certain tunes send signals to player?
Does anyone play any of these together, and what gets played with Foxhunters and when so that the other musicians don’t reflexively pack up and leave me alone with the punters?