Flutey reels that kick arse at high speed

Flutey reels that kick arse at high speed

I’m a flute & whistle player many hundreds of reels deep, and I can play at very high speeds if called upon. But of course, some reels really shine at a brisk pace (125bpm or higher), and others just… don’t. I think the combo of high tempo and bouncy melody can make the tune a little muddy for the layperson. Other tunes might be pretty fast for the fingers but just don’t come off "feeling" that fast to a live audience. I’m hunting for the perfect balance of impressive and easy-on-the-ear.

A couple clips currently on my mind are:
Road to Errogie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKkfENutMQg&t=140s

Trip to Miriam’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWd6mIGsHoA&t=65s

Not sure what this tune is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4VBGhsNaXo&t=92s


Anyone know some other good ones?

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My favorite such set is Merry Harriers/Glass of Beer/Jenny’s Chickens. It rocks at high speed, isn’t hard to play and all three are very melodic at any tempo.

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Loadza reels, tunza speed. Each to their own, A? (No disrespect to the skills, natch.)

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"Trip to Birmingham (which sounds a bit like Road to Errogie)"

Hadn’t noticed that before. Perhaps Adam Sutherland should sue Josie McDermott for transtemporal plagiarism.

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I like The Flogging Reel. Especially the version with F natural/F triad in the third part. Good fun at speed with a couple of flutes playing tightly together. https://thesession.org/tunes/195

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The one in the clip with Casey/McGodlrick/Kelly etc. is the Lilac Reel

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Creadur y mawn, transtemporal litigiousness is very underrated, yn wir. Plus, this is the reason I can’t play those two tunes within two months of each other, lest I accidentally launch into the B part of the unintended tune (it’s happened an embarrassing number of times).

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I think what often makes a tune really effective is what’s played before it.

The context can sap power, or add power, to a tune more than one might think.

So to me the question is "which sets of flute reels kick ____?"

For me the speed is irrelevant; some of the most powerful sets of reels I’ve heard were being played at moderate tempos. IMHO too fast a tempo can sucks the life out of reels, making them somewhat tuneless.

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"For the Sakes of Old Decency" is a very good tune at high speed.