T: The Tettegouche
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AF GE|FD D>F|AG EC|1D2 D>B:|2D2 D2||
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Also known as The Tettegouche Number 1.
The Tettegouche has been added to 2 tunebooks.
This tune was written in 2015 by Michael Gregory of North Dakota following a holiday in Tettegouche National Park on the shores of Lake Superior.
When I started work on my website www.TheIrishMandolin.com Michael was among the first people to get in touch to wish me well and throughout the past few years he’s been a constant source of support and advice and just pure, simple friendship. I’ve learned a lot about Michael in that time. How he’s long been an advocate of Irish music and related genres in his community. How he’s supported many initiatives aimed at furthering the cause of the mandolin as a vehicle for Irish traditional music. How he developed a particular fondness for the music of Sliabh Luachra and took up the box in addition to the mandolin to better get to understand and play those lovely polkas and slides of which he is so enamoured.
Among Michael’s many talents is a gift for making musical instruments - a craft he’s sadly had to give up through sheer lack of time and energy. I was fortunate to be gifted a lovely mandolin which Michael built (G&O #34) and it truly is a tremendous instrument which has lit a fire underneath me as far as the music is concerned…
One of Michael’s talents is composing tunes and a few days ago he sent me through a recording he’d made of The Tettegouche Polkas. I think these tunes are really quite outstanding gems of the form and so I’m taking the opportunity to share them here in the hope that others find them as charming and as infectious as I do. If you get to the point where they become part of your session repertoire, please give credit to Michael form composing them…
If you’d like to hear Michael playing the tunes, go to https://youtu.be/50skynq2IIM