Tunes by Phil Cunningham

Tunes by Phil Cunningham

Is there such a thing anywhere as a list of all (or most) of the tunes written by Phil Cunningham?

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We could pool our not inconsiderable knowledge and do it here. Here’s a start:

A B Corsie (The Lad from Orkney) https://thesession.org/tunes/6571
Andy M Stewart’s Reel https://thesession.org/tunes/6978
Appropriate Dipstick, The https://thesession.org/tunes/6885
Banks of the Lee, The
Belle Mere’s Waltz https://thesession.org/tunes/12763
Farewell to The Heb
Finlay M MacRae https://thesession.org/tunes/17269
Glint of Silver, A https://thesession.org/tunes/6361
Hut on Staffin Island, The https://thesession.org/tunes/2067
Jack Cunningham’s Farewell to Benbecula
Laura Lynn Cunningham https://thesession.org/tunes/699
Lover’s Heart
Man Who Shot the Windmill, The https://thesession.org/tunes/6355
Miss Rowan Davies https://thesession.org/tunes/5561
Mo Nighean Donn, Gradh Mo Chridhe
Monday Morning Reel, The https://thesession.org/tunes/5698
Pearl, The https://thesession.org/tunes/6417
Ross Memorial Hospital, The https://thesession.org/tunes/12444
Sandy Macleod of Garafoid https://thesession.org/tunes/4536
Simon Mackenzie’s Welcome to his Twin Sisters
Soft Horse, The https://thesession.org/tunes/11825
When Summer Ends
Wing Commander Donald MacKenzie’s Reel https://thesession.org/tunes/4635
Hogtie’s Reel https://thesession.org/tunes/290
Harsh February, The https://thesession.org/tunes/1655
Gingerhog’s No 2 https://thesession.org/tunes/7428
Double Rise, The https://thesession.org/tunes/7604
Sarah’s Song https://thesession.org/tunes/15513
Leire’s Welcome to Cozac https://thesession.org/tunes/11226
House In Rose Valley, The
Mary Thorburn Cunningham https://thesession.org/tunes/8282
Centenery Jewel, The https://thesession.org/tunes/10219
Loch Katrine’s Lady
Pernod Waltz, The https://thesession.org/tunes/4232
Cathcart https://thesession.org/tunes/12656
Gentle Light that Wakes Me, The https://thesession.org/tunes/11698
Bluejay, The https://thesession.org/tunes/13466
Scott MacMillan’s Nightmare https://thesession.org/tunes/13467
Manus Lunny’s Terracotta Plower Pot https://thesession.org/tunes/435
Frank McConnell’s Three Step
Below the Aigas Dam
Cutting a Slide https://thesession.org/tunes/5703
Blackwell Court https://thesession.org/tunes/8155
Ceol Anna
Donna’s Waltz https://thesession.org/tunes/7484
Tonder, the Eternal Friendship https://thesession.org/tunes/3013

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A few more favourites:
Bright Star In Cepheus (written for brother Johnny)
By Dundas Loch
Flatwater Fran
Irish Beauty
The Ruby
Spring the Summer Long

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The Craic at Clashmore Hall
The Voice of The Borders
The Bombadier Beetle
Webbs Wonderful
Palimona Waltz
Four Stroke Reel
Mairtin O’Connor’s Flying Clog
The Wedding
Violet Tulloch’s Welcome to the Crask of Aigus
Ciara McCarthy’s Lullaby
My Lily
Golden memories
A waltz for Aly
Cliff and Viv’s Homecoming
The Feis Ros Reel
The Gamekeeper’s Waltz
Sheenagh’s Air
Kimberley’s Waltz
Violet Tulloch, Queen of lerwick
The Wee Bells of Tak ma Doon Road
The Ruby
Farewell to Govan/Youngest Ancient Mariner
Colours of Cape breton
Spring the Summer long
Drew Tulloch’s magic cupboard
Eleanor of Usan

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As Jimmy Cricket would have said…

"and theres more…"

Bonnie Nancy
Quendale Bay
Centenary Jewel
Belle mere’s Waltz
The Blue Jay
Frank McConnel’s three step
The gentle Light that awakes me
The Dundas Stumble
Crombie’s Hornpipe
The Fernlea Valley

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How could I forget this one?

"Tam The Gun" Bang, bang

also The Queensferry Cooper
and Derry Cunningham’s jig..

There’s more, Im sure, but it’s time someone else had a go.

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Minor correction - I think it was Johnny who wrote "The Pernod Waltz", not Phil. Could be wrong about that - would need to find the tape.
There’s also this, which was a joint composition - one of my favourite pieces of music ever. I tried to get it transcribed here some years ago, but nobody managed. If anyone wants to have a go, be my guest.

https://youtu.be/vQ6vca1dOiM

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I do like transcribing, and have indeed done so with some of Phil’s tunes, but at that pace, NO! Sorry!

I did once ask him, after he had played at our local festival, if he had any plans for a further tunebook after "The House in Rose Valley", and he said he was thinking about making scores available online for a small fee. but I don’t think this has ever happened! He’s such a busy man: so in the meantime, those of us who can transcribe do, from recordings, and maybe some of the tunes n this site arrived this way. But he has been most generous, to my knowledge, in allowing those who do ask for permission to play his tunes to allow them to do so.

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This is great, thanks everyone! As a piano accordionist, Phil’s tunes fall under the fingers in a very pleasing way, so I thought I’d make a project of learning a few good sets; then I starting wondering which tunes that I already knew might have been his. There’s enough here to keep me going for a while!
The Kosher Reel is great although I have to say that the last two sections sound more Bulgarian than Jewish to my ears - not a lot of odd metres in Klezmer.

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Aw, don’t spoil the story, Joe 🙂 I bow to your superior knowledge of Bulgarian and Klezmer music.

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To digress - what about monologues or expositions by Phil Cunningham? E.g., Live at Biddulph Town Hall with Aly Bain - by the time he’s done talking, you’ve forgotten that you intended to listen to the tunes.

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Ha-ha Fred! We did have a German chap living in the area near our local festival a few years back: he has never heard of Aly and Phil, who were our headline concert guests. He summed it up as "2 old guys telling jokes and playing the ocasional tune in between".

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Has anyone clapped eyes on sheet music for "Aberlady"?