Belting banjo sets

Belting banjo sets

Your recommendations please…

Looking for sets of reels, jigs and polkas to have as standards for our annual banjo/mandolin get together here in New Zealand.

What are your favourite sets that flow out of the fingers and sound great?

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Handsome Young Maidens, Donegal Lass, Atholl Highlanders. Killer set.

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That Dubliners track Kenny posted above of The Scholar-The Teetotaler-The High Reel is a fantastic combo (though I don’t know if there’s a banjo medley that doesn’t sound great when you end it with The High Reel).

Reels:
The Sligo Maid- The Mason’s Apron- The Longford Collector
-Another McKenna concoction that kills, probably my favorite recording of Sligo Maid:
https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/sound/sligo-maid-mckenna

Jigs:
10 Penny Bit- The Lilting Banshee
-nice and modal 1-2 punch, nice version here:
https://youtu.be/taMLzBVYaRc


A Mug of Brown Ale-Saddle The Pony-The Lark in the Morning
-Good Flow- classic jigs
https://youtu.be/wBvoXUbAHCg


Polkas:
Salmon Tails Up The Water-The Tulla Polka- The Rattlin Bog
-Salmon Tails is closely related to the Tulla Polka and a great preamble if you don’t mind the similarity- I forget if Tulla or Rattlin is called "The Siege of Ennis" on here.
https://youtu.be/zWgPiSKh7kU


I’d be interested to see what you end up using!

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Geese in the bog and hag at the churn flow really well in to eachother. I’m not sure what you could start/finish it with. I’ve been doing Kitty Lie Over at the start and flattening the c# to a C throughout the entire tune and it sounds pretty good.

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triplet, lovely set with Angelina Carberry - by chance our local session has almost the same set, except we play
Fermoy Lasses/Sporting Pat/John Stenson’s absolutely cracking banjo tunes.

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To the OP may I ask where and when the get together takes place? I may be visiting one day soon….

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Also, no vid for it though: The Congress/Down The Broom/Star of Munster