Recordings with lots of Airs (flute preferred but not necessary)

Recordings with lots of Airs (flute preferred but not necessary)

Hi all,
I am getting more interested in playing/listening to airs, especially renditions of Sean Nos songs, these days.
Looking for recommendations of albums that feature these predominantly, if they exist as such 🙂

Thanks!

Re: Recordings with lots of Airs (flute preferred but not necessary)

I have these albums - both great and specifically AIRs.

Fiodhne Gardiner (low whistles, various keys D/F/Eb)
https://thesession.org/recordings/4592
I have the PDF book/download with the story and score for these - DM me if you’d like me to send.

Gavin Whelan (pipes and whistle)
https://thesession.org/recordings/4475

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It’s on uilleann pipes, but I love the album

Ancient Voice Of Ireland

It’s entirely slow airs. I can’t find the album at the moment, I think the piper is Mick O Brien.

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This lovely album has lots of airs and was posted here by Kenny 8 years ago:
https://thesession.org/recordings/1532
It’s Shady Woods by Desi Wilkinson. Here’s part of what Kenny wrote about it: ‘It’s almost all airs and slower tunes from several traditions - even the last set of reels are slowed down. A unique - and very bold album, as it must have been very difficult to market a traditional Irish flute album with no jigs, hornpipes, and only 2 slow reels on it.
He plays a variety of flutes made by Sam Murray, Martin Doyle and Patrick Olwell.’
Chet

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Thanks for the reminder cac! I’ve got Desi’s album on the device in my very hands this moment but haven’t listened to it for many years.

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You’re welcome, Alex. I find I re-listen to it pretty regularly. For the original poster, here is a beautiful slow air played by Seamus Egan, ‘The Dark Slender Boy’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Nu6I8CmfQ


And here is another beautiful air, Brendan’s, played by Aimear McGeown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnDKXCPlmfg

Here is a video of her playing the air on a bamboo flute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Q18eKDT6c

Somewhere on youtube there is another video of her playing the tune on a blackwood flute by Martin Doyle. I can’t find it now. Maybe it is on Martin Doyle’s website.

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The Celtophile label has a CD called ‘Putting on Airs’. It’s a collection of ‘Celtic Airs’ by various artists, including Altan, James Keane, Cherish the Ladies, Kevin Burke, and others.

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