Inspirational Players

Inspirational Players

After reading comments on ‘The Tarbolton Set’ and specifically Martin Hayes take on ‘The Sailors Bonnet’. It brought to mind another fiddle players rendering of a popular tune. Cathal Hayden plays ‘The Home Ruler’ with to my mind a truly inspired feel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKreRX7JG_o

The way it is played has given me the incentive to look deeper into that particular hornpipe with all its possibilities. I wonder what tunes have inspired others in this way?

Cheers.

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Welcome, Fizzit!

Just staying in the world of bog standard hornpipes, I think of 3 players whose versions changed the way I thought about a particular tune:

Eileen Ivers’ jazzy take on “The Rights of Man”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hd4znXT0pY


Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin’s version of “The Boys of Blue Hill”
https://www.amazon.com/Independence-Suite-Traditional-Ireland-Scotland/dp/B000621NSK

Fermanagh man John Gordon’s version of “Harvest Home”
http://celticgrooves.homestead.com/CG_Gordon_John.html

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Joe,

Couldn’t open the Eileen Ivers video but I am listening to some other stuff of hers, lovely touch! I play whistle myself but do enjoy listening to committed musicians with individual/idiosyncratic interpretation of tunes, whatever their instrument.

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I’ve always been inspired by Oisin MacDiarmada’s playing of Humours of Lissadell with Teada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9W11d2bYmU


Another one that has stuck with me is John Carty’s banjo version of the Steampacket on I Will If I Can. It’s what every banjo player should strive for with their double stops - subtle and smooth, often on the back beat, and never stealing the show from the melody.

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Can’t seem to open the last two videos. Is it just me?

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No, me neither! May be one of those regional variation things, e.g.blocked in the UK.

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Various aspects to what inspires you instrumentally.
1. People who play the same instruments as yours, but far better than you do. I play B/C accordion, so would include people like Sharon Shannon, Jackie Daly, various Begleys, Tim Edey. But then there are others who play a fairly similar instrument but in different tunings, and you try to translate their playing to yours, e.g. Andy Cutting, Jon Spiers. (And add in Tim Edey again, as he can play in both B/C and G/D tunings, and has both in one box: now that is truly inspirational!)
2. People who play(ed) a different instrument from yours but still have some fantastic tunes that you want to play, e.g. O’Carolan, The Gows, William Marshall, Scott Skinner, Phil Cunningham, John McCusker, Blair Douglas.
3. People who play in a style you want to emulate, even if, again, you don’t play the instrument the tune was first written for: I am a total sucker for slow airs (not known in this parish!) so it would be people like Duncan Chisholm, Phil Cunningham, O’Carolan, Aly Bain, and some more medium-paced tunes but with a lovely Baroque feel to them, from John Sheahan.

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Trish, in agreement there.
Although not slow airs, ‘History Man’ (Andy Cutting) ‘Leaving friday Harbour’ (John McCusker) are a couple of my favourite tunes. I particularly like this type of tune because the they need clear articulation and have interesting melodies. Also my fingers are not as nimble as they used to be, nor the brain for that matter! I am learning Swan LK 43 at the moment which has a superb arrangement played with Aly Bain on The Transatlantic sessions and of course Phil Cunningham has penned some superb tunes.
I also enjoy the flow of tunes played on concertina especially some of the younger players, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Mohsen Amini. The list is endless, which means, to me there is always a nice suprise round the corner!