Slow & fast

Slow & fast

Hallo, I haven’t played slow airs or songs for a while.
Can anybody help with a few suggestions for a song or air followed by a jig or reel.
I’m sure this is not the first time this questions has been asked so maybe a link to a thread alternatively.
Thanks, Rosie.

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This version of Lament for Limerick followed by Foxhunter’s reel by Noel Hill and his daughter Aisling is incredible. I often watch in the (rare) moments when I need reminding of how incredible traditional music can sound, don’t know if I’ll ever be able to make it sound that good in this lifetime though

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

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One pair that I like playing on flute are the Scottish air "Mist Covered Mountain" (or Mist on the Mountain) followed by the Irish jig of the same name. Apparently the jig was adapted by Junior Crehan from the air or corresponding song, so they flow nicely together.

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Slow air from Shetland : Da Slockit Light
Follow with Shetland reel : Hurlock’s Reel - both tunes by the great Tom Anderson (no longer with us). Hurlock’s Reel can go at a v fast pace.
Also from Shetland : Da Day Dawns (alternative to "Da Slockit Light"

IRISH : slow air "Down by the Sally Gardens (a song)
Easier to find jigs than reels, but I think "The Rights of Man" is often played in Ireland.

"Planxty Monaghan " is a nice modern waltz that could be a slow air.
" Kitty O’Brien" by Carolan is in 4/4 time and could be played fast (though not by me..)

Hope this some help.

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I’ve had a particular liking for Scott Skinner’s ‘Hector the Hero’ for some time now - you could follow it with a reel like High Rd to Linton, both played in A.

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For this sort of thing on the pipes I’ll often play the air "Taimse Im’ Chodladh" or "The Dark Haired Lass" (both end on a first octave G) into a series of reels starting with "The Crooked Road to Dublin" (starts on first octave G), then into whatever else might come next…

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I’d go slow air hornpipe, and then a reel

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At my local session, slow airs and songs are welcome. Its just a matter of knowing when. I wouldn’t recommend starting one early in the night, as everyone’s just arrived and are gagging to play. Later on, everyone’s had a few, and there are kind of natural gaps opening up, where the last set’s been like 10 reels in a row and people are catching their breath. Also people *want* a slow air or a song, once they’re a bit maudlin.

(Conversely, drink emboldens people with a good song or slow air in them that they otherwise would be too inhibited to share.)

Slow air into reels? Why not? Its a good way for the person playing the slow air not to feel like a performer, because there isn’t a place for applause.
Btw, there’s a fine set on Brid Harper’s album that goes slow air -> reel -> same slow air
(this isn’t the one but it’s tasteful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_eNgeBlKHA )

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Here is a link to a set by Fintan and Sheena Vallely which starts with the air, An cailin deas cruite na mbo, followed by the reel ”The Killarney boys of pleasure” then a second reel the name of which I don’t know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAiD4SiHY6I

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Hello, Rosie. You could try ‘Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn’ & follow on with ‘The Blarney Pilgrim’. Take the first one nice and easy. They’re both on this site, but the audio for the first one does it no favours.
Conical Bore mentioned ‘The Mist on the Mountain’ followed by the Junior Crehan jig. I know the former as the song ‘Chi mi na Mór Bheanna’. Here’s the Rankin of Mabou (I miss this place!) family with a superb rendition of same.
https://youtu.be/oZlQW4O4NpI

Tá fáilte romhat!