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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Paddy’s Return (Dmix)

This jig, “Paddy’s Return (from Scotland),” is in a large tune-family. ¬†Some members have been extremely popular¬†for more than 400 years.¬† The members of the family go by many names, and will go by each other’s names as well. ¬†We play this jig pretty close to the way it’s played by the Foinn Seisi√ļn¬†and found […]

Tenpenny Bit (Ador)

This jig has been around a long while, and has a number of titles. It’s tune tune #969 with¬†the title “Three Little Drummers”¬†in¬†O‚ÄôNeill’s 1850 (1903)¬†— i.e., O’Neill’s Music of Ireland — and tune¬†#189 and¬†with the same title¬†in O‚ÄôNeill’s 1001 (1907)¬†‚Äď i.e.,¬†Dance Music of¬†Ireland:¬†1001 Gems.¬† It is also called “Cock in the Heath” which is sometimes […]

Dusty Windowsills (Ador)

Though common in Irish sessions, this three-part jig was actually composed by¬†Johnny Harling (b. early 1960s), a flute player from¬†Chicago. ¬†Two somewhat conflicting stories have been put forth about the title. According to the least plausible one, this jig was inspired by the Kansas song “Dust in the Wind” and originally titled “Dust on the […]

Jackie Coleman’s (D)

It is pretty common for tunes that carry a person’s name to simply be an homage, merely¬†indicating that that person liked the tune and played it¬†often. ¬†Yet, it is sometimes also¬†actually accurately a possessive-indicator, as it is in this case. Jackie Coleman (1928-2001), may he rest in peace, composed this tune around 1954. He passed […]