Rietmann’s Obscurity Index
Last night at my session it occurred to me that you could rank tunes on how on or off the beaten path they are: a rating of 1 would be done to death amateur hour nightmare fuel like the Boys of Bluehill, Kesh Jig, Miss McLeod, Maid Behind the Silver Blarney Cliffs of Ballydesmond Rights of Harvest. ;) Can you guess I’m a bit tired of playing these?
2 might be, I dunno, Peeler’s Jacket or Sally Gardens. 3 could be something like Trim the Velvet. 4 = Galway Hornpipe. 5 = Hollybush Reel. These are off the top of my head. YMMV. I was going all the way up to 10, which would be something composed last month I guess. The more oddball Reavy tunes could be 9’s. Even crack musos round where I live aren’t familiar with Red Tom of the Hills.
It seems to be a lot more diplomatic to tell someone that the Sligo Maid is a class 1 tune that everyone in the world should know, no exceptions, instead of telling them what you really think. You know what I’m talking about. ;)