Rediscovering a tune…and an instrument
Just recently I heard Gearóid O hAllmhuráin play the Stack of Barley and Boys of Bluehill on ClareFM. I’ve never been much of a fan of hornpipes and was especially sick of Boys of Bluehill but for some reason I was mesmerized by his version. I’m sure this isn’t new for most people but its certainly exciting to hear a tune you think of as rather commonplace and dull (this probably best describes my playing of the hornpipes) and get a totally new appreciation for it. Not only has it led me to rediscover many of the tunes I’ve purposely put in storage but Gearoid’s playing also made me wonder if I shouldn’t of taken up the concertina.