Brian Murchison’s ten comments

  • Re: The Macroom Lasses

    I found this tune published in the Ryan's Mammoth Collection book (originally published in 1883), labelled as "Last Night's Fun." That version is a straight double reel. Great tune, loads of fun to play! more…

  • G#s for additional oddity

    O'Neill's version actually changes the last G of the second to last bar of each part to a G#, which I really like - it takes the tune out of the strictly A Dorian modal world into something . . . weirder, maybe? I really like it that way, it reminds me ... more…

  • Old 57

    This version is from Angelina Carberry and Dan Brouder's excellent "A Waltz for Joy" album. They play it up a half-step, in Eb, but notated here in D for ease of reading. The tune should end with one final time through the A section. more…

  • Re: People who play banjo and fiddle (or any other melodic instrument)

    Cathal Hayden plays fiddle and banjo as well. He's stunning on both, don't know if one influences the other or not though! more…

  • Re: Camp Chase

    Meant to clarify - the version above is based on Angelina Carberry's recording, I believe she capos up one fret on her tenor guitar, but I transcribed in A as the closest key. more…

  • Camp Chase

    I heard this first from American clawhammer banjo player Adam Hurt, which is where I believe Angelina Carberry got it as well. She plays a terrific set that includes this tune on her album Pluckin' Mad (where she plays it on tenor guitar). more…

  • Re: Baitheadh Bhrioclais

    Sorry, completely disagree with you on this, Ian Varley - Carbray's Frolics as listed here on thesession is not remotely the same tune as this one. Are you maybe thinking of a different tune Ian? more…

  • Re: The Road To Glountane

    Chiming in on the "key" debate for this tune. The main melody is a pentatonic scale, so only 5 distinct notes, that never touch on D or G - so from a music theory perspective, it's ambiguous. That being said, the comments above are right - it's most clos... more…

  • Re: Ulrich’s Tavern

    Ulrich's has been under new ownership/new name for a while and this session isn't active. more…

  • Re: Anne Lacey’s

    Hi Maggie - to answer your question 10 months later 🙂 . . . it helps to think of the tune as a G Dorian tune, which means it has the same notes as the key of F Major, and not a standard G minor tune. Chords that work well on this tune are G minor (altho... more…