"trad" arrangements of christmas music

"trad" arrangements of christmas music

The overhead piped in music just played a fun "Irish" jig arrangement of the Christmas Carol "We Three Kings".

Just for fun: Do you have any arrangements of Christmas tunes in "traditional Irish / Celtic" dance tune format that you can share?

A quick check in the tunes section here found:

https://thesession.org/tunes/11656

https://thesession.org/tunes/1598

https://thesession.org/tunes/6575

https://thesession.org/tunes/443

https://thesession.org/tunes/8044

Several "Christmas" themed tunes:

https://thesession.org/tunes/search?type=&mode=&q=o+christmas+tree

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Oy to the World, indeed! Hilarious!

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This one needs no arrangement https://thesession.org/tunes/1469 .

A number of Christmas Carols are based on traditional dance tunes anyway (although not necessarily Irish). The tune to Deck The Halls (see also above) is known in the Welsh dance music repertoire as Nos Galan https://thesession.org/tunes/8086

Ding Dong Merrily and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, I’m told, are based on French dance tunes. Whether or not that is the case, they both work well played in a trad style.

Jig-time carols, such as The Sussex Carol, I Saw Three Ships and In Dulce Jubilo sound to me very much like English dance tunes, and respond well to being played in that style.

The Wexford Carol makes a beautiful slow air.

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Rosion Elsafty and Ronan Browne have a Christmas album with the lyrics to well known Christmas songs in Irish.
It’s pleasant enough to listen too and of course lovely whistle etc.

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A friend brought a 6/8 jig version of "It came upon a midnight clear" to a session some years ago, same tune as the usual rather ploddy 4/4 version, but quite different from it too: usually raises a smile when people recognise it! So we put it as the 4th tune in a set of jigs, also including I saw 3 ships, We three Kings, and The 7 Joys of Mary.

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This is very strange: this thread prompted me to wonder whether I could remember a reel based on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which I wrote many years ago and posted on the old Woodenflute list under the title "Rudolph’s Fancy" I hadn’t been playing all that long but it kind of worked. Before searching my files I glanced at the links above and, to my amazement, there it was (or something very close to it), posted by Redbird 15 years ago. It must have been picked up from woodenflute and added here.

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We went to a session where we were informed there must be a "seasonal" tune about every five tunes. This was taken in various not serious ways. The 29th of May got an airing. Stop the Cavalry was an obvious one. Someone or other’s Delight was played because she (might) always (have) asked for it to be played at Christmas. Also Rudolph and company got some rough treatment. A traditional session slings everything it knows out traditionally. There is no need for any special arrangement.

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Is "Arthur McBride" a Christmas song?

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Listen to "On Christmas Night" by Cherish the Ladies. Sets that move seamlessly between traditional Irish and Christmas Carols. Magnificent Album

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