Easy Lithuanian tunes for Irish traditional music students
I am involved in organising ITM classes in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland for both young people and adults. We have two Lithuanian children learning tin whistle. They’re at beginner level and so doing simple tunes such as polkas. They’ll almost certainly be learning a mazurka or two after Christmas if they stick at it.
While the classes are in ITM, it would be good if we could teach the pair of them - and their class mates from an Irish background - one or two Lithuanian pieces. Their families don’t seem to have any knowledge of traditional Lithuanian music.
So what I’m looking for are recommendations for one or two easy Lithuanian folk tunes which would be similar in style to traditional Irish tunes (I’m assuming mazurka, polka or even waltz). The hope is that we could teach one or two of these in the classes and possibly even put the Lithuanian tunes into a set with similar Irish tunes.
While our focus will always remain Irish traditional music, the experience of music from other traditions should benefit our students. It would also be a nice way of helping those coming from another culture to relate better to our tradition.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.