Today, I didn’t have any specific tune in mind to play, so I went to Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes, as I often do when I’m lacking tune inspiration.
I played through a handful of tunes before coming to this one. It has a memorable melody, and I liked the fact that the B Part is in E minor. It is also cool how the B Part chords go from Em to D, and back a couple of times, before going to a B7 for extra coolness.
AND, this makes a great pair with the Irish American Reel, which I played ages ago – at least it feels that way. I really couldn’t find much about this tune online. If you have any info, please comment.
By the way, I am directing a new Irish Fiddle Contest at the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival on September 29th, 2012. Come on out and join us. It’s going to be fun!
Irish American Jig according to Fiddler’s Companion
IRISH-AMERICAN JIG. Irish, Jig. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; pg. 101.