A very mysterious-sounding reel I learned from Altan, composed by Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh.
isn’t this a kind of riff?
Woke up one morning …
… and this was going round and round in my head. I was pretty sure it’s a reasonably common tune … except that none of my sessions mates know it, and they’re normally a pretty knowledgeable bunch.
If it’s here already, I apologise, but I have looked, even using the Reverend’s techniques for searching the site and the net.
If anybody has a name, I’d be grateful.
In my half-waking state, it followed The Man of the House.
… and my feeble brain has just realised that it was probably originally in Ador rather than Edor …
Submitted on February 23rd 2005 by errik.
Can this be moved to the comments of that other tune?
Yep, you’re right, Merry-Hielander. Well, at least I’ve got a name for it now.
I think it’s worth keeping this version, in that it’s different enough to be interesting. But not as a separate tune. It’s clearly the same tune.
“Loch Altan” C: Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh
C: Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh
Note the unusual, limited melodic range: up to a 5th above the A + the low G only. That makes it suitable to play in E, e’ and b also.
If you repeat the first 4 bars of the 2nd part twice, instead of rising to g as given here, the tune stays within the interval of a 6th.
This narrow compass is commonplace in Brittany and many other parts of the continent but is rare indeed in Ireland, except in children songs.
Here’s another narrow compass tune, also covered by Altan, incidentally:
Domhnall Dubh (strathspey) https://thesession.org/tunes/2679