Where are all the B minor tunes?
I’m surprised there are so few “core” tunes in B minor/B Aeolian. Compared to the number of tunes in D major or E dorian—which on fiddle at least use the same fingering—I would have expected there to be a lot more.
Of course there are loads of tunes in B minor but there are relatively few that have become session standards. Reels like The Musical Priest and the Otter’s Holt come to mind. And then there’s… Um… Maybe one of the Martin Wynne’s..? For jigs, I think of The Shores of Lough Gowna. And then there’s… Um… The B part of The Connaughtman’s Rambles..?
Any conjecture on why this particular mode/key never really caught on?