Irish fiddle

The Butterfly

If you saw the program of The Celtic Women, you heard this tune played by a cute blond fiddler who danced in a graceful way as she played. It’s a popular session tune, and usually played a bit faster than the graceful dancing way. The Butterfly pdf.

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Julia Delaney

Apparently I was mistaken about Margaret’s Waltz being an Irish tune. An yet, I’m going way out on a limb here and saying this is an Irish reel. Definitely sounds Irish. I worked out a harmony part in twin fiddling for this, but you need to go into second position to pull it off. That’s […]

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Margaret’s Waltz

Some fiddlers prefer to play this waltz in the key of A. Here you have Margaret’s Waltz in the key of G, where I’m used to playing it. This is a pretty piece. It has migrated to American fiddling as well as any other tune from Ireland, not counting Red Haired Boy….and Devil’s Dream….and….well let’s […]

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Kilfenora’s Jig

The first time I heard Martin Hayes it was a compilation disc of many fiddlers. His playing was totally magnetic. I went right out and found Under the Moon. First the album, then the collection of tunes. Kilfenora’s Jig was really was irresistible I’ve been playing it long enough now that it has evolved a […]

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Swallowtail Jig

One of the principles of music notation publishing is economy. Publish as much music as possible in the smallest amount of space. This principle was driven by physical constraints of material and human labor. It led to the use of repeat signs, target signs of several types, measure repeat signs, and more. When I was […]

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