Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

I get hip staples out tomorrow - still in post-op pain and had to leave hosp. early as 2 robotic young female nurses treated me with uncaring cruelty and I discharged myself, early….. Tune suggestions for one in a miserable place, anyone? All suggestions welcome. PS Am fond of polkas!

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Two sets that our ceili band enjoys playing:
The Top of the Maol/The Knocknaboul (polkas)
This is My Love Do You Like Her/Bedford Cross/She Hasn’t the Thing She Thought She Had (slides)

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Banish Misfortune. It’s well known but a great tune - and on topic.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Susan K., I feel your pain; I had a horrible experience in a hospital emergency room 47 years ago, and still have an unreasonable fear of doctors, hospitals, blood, needles, etc. to this day. I hope your staple removal goes as smoothly as painlessly as possible.

My grandson and I are learning The Cuil Aodha polka and it sounds cheerful to me:

https://thesession.org/tunes/1535

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Thanks so much - some lovely polkas, esp. Cuil Aodha. Got up tune big on screen by asking it to print! Good for sitting and having a go at tunes on fiddle (laptop on knees). Will also play through waltz I like (St Patrick’s Breastplate - qv on thesession). Will play through all above suggestions tomorrow!

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

I like the Scartaglen Polka, especially when it goes up high in the 3rd part. Good luck with the staple removal!
See: https://thesession.org/tunes/1764

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Polka…Dan Sullivan’s Irish Swing Band. Jig…My Dungannon Sweetheart… Hornpipes….the Mathematician or the High Level. They all make me grin out loud. Good luck healing!

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

How about that well-known reel (not too well-known), Hips are Ailing?

https://thesession.org/tunes/543

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

"2 robotic young female nurses treated me with uncaring cruelty "

Sorry that this was your perceived experience of The NHS Staff. I’ve always found them wonderful and they don’t usually deliberately wish to cause or leave patients in pain unecessarily.

Anyway, I hope you feel better soon. How about "When sick, is it tea that you want?"

https://thesession.org/tunes/427

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Try Maison de Glace (The Ice House):
https://thesession.org/tunes/9002
Never fails to give me a lift. In fact, any of the tunes from Mari Black’s album Flight are cheering and many of them have dots on this site.
https://thesession.org/recordings/5689
I’ve met and played with Mari and she says of this album that these are the tunes she goes to when she’s feeling down.
Hope you get better and have a full recovery.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Susan, I looked for 2 robotic young musicians playing a polka to balance things out. Didn’t happen, but I did find a lovely set of polkas as dance accompaniment:

https://youtu.be/-DjTOSpv9Lk


If you need advice on staple removal, give a shout.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Swinging on a Gate
Rookery
Lad O’Beirnes, several, including Gmajor and Fmajor

Coming of Spring
Diplodicus
Con Cassidy’s
Maids of Selma

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Hi Susan
I hope your recovery goes well

There’s a great polka, which I hope didn’t cause your injury.

"As I stepped out upon the ice"

and, relating to your forthcoming procedure

"(Un) Fasten the Leg in Her"
🙂

All the best
Brian x

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

I hope you get well soon Susan K, Drops of brandy is a cheerful tune.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

2 of my favorite polkas are Ballyhoora Mountains and Sweeneys, both in A major - the latter always reminds me of tree-roosting Mad King Sweeney in Flann O Brien’s ‘Swim Two Birds’ possibly the funniest and craziest book I have ever read. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Hello again Susan
Some more terrible offerings to you, I hope you can have a giggle

"The New Rigid Hip"
"Da Hip is full Hale"

Alluding to staples…

"The Staplechase"

and, forgive me, Charlie Lennon’s wonderful

"Twelve Pins"

All the best
Brian x

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

"Fair Jenny’s Jig" and "Irishman’s Heart to the Ladies" are light tunes that I could actually play on the mandolin with a cast on. The cast is now off but I have to re-learn and modify every hand motion for playing after having my right wrist fused. I will overcome the impediments and I’m equally certain that you will as well Susan. Keep your spirits up and recover fully.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Thanks callison, I recall my plaster cast when I broke my leg (Kilnamanagh, Co Wexford - years back!). I so liked being let off sport and collecting messages on the stookie (how d’you spell Glasgow word for plaster?) Quick recovery to you too.

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Máire Breatnach has written a lot of nice tunes, polkas included. The ones I like best are on the album Celtic Lovers (track #1 and #3).

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

How about The Flying Wheelchair?
https://thesession.org/tunes/4185
Great tune, uplifting.

Feel better soon!

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

I don’t play a ton of polkas — something I’m working on, because they’re fun (but the real notey ones are somewhat of a challenge on banjo). But this one gets stuck in my head: https://thesession.org/tunes/5877

Hope your hip staples come out easily and with little pain!

Re: Any cheering Irish tunes (not too well-known) to give me a boost at a very painful time?

Reverend: staples out this a.m. cheerful and funny lass who extracted them (lots) with but one twinge.

Thanks to all for ideas, can’t play em all but have made a start. Will limit time online and have another go…