Category Archives: Fun Flute

Fun Flute: The Butterfly

This well known Irish slip jig is thought to be 2 parts traditional, one part composed by fiddler Tommy Potts. Popularised by The Bothy Band and then The Chieftains, it can sometimes be regarded as overplayed, but it is difficult … Continue reading

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Flutes and whistles: Midwinter at Craigmillar Castle

Midwinter at Craigmillar Castle, a recording of whistles and flutes playing traditional music in Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh has just been made available. Just before Christmas students from Fun Flute and SMG whistle came together to play some tunes in … Continue reading

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Fun Flute Improvers: The Snowy Path

We begin 2012 with The Snowy Path, a slip jig written by Mark Kelly, guitarist with Altan. The tune appears on Harvest Storm that featured the late Frankie Kennedy on flute. The tune has been picked up by traditional musicians … Continue reading

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SMG Beginners Whistle: Patrick O’Connor’s Polkas

We begin 2012 with a set of Irish polkas associated with fiddler Patrick O’Connor. I first came across these tunes on a cassette bought in Ireland (that’s giving my age away) by Cork band Monks of the Screw entitled Brathar … Continue reading

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Forthcoming events and new term dates

Highlights in December include the Scots Music Group Stramash on Wednesday 7th December, the Fun Fiddle Stramash on Thursday 8th December and the Fun Flute Festive Fling on Sunday 11th December. I’m also playing with Cauldstane Slap at a free … Continue reading

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Fun Flute: The Mist Covered Mountain

As the Improvers group buld up a set of tunes, we focused on a second Irish jig, The Mist Covered Mountain. Composed by Clare fiddler Junior Crehan, I am reliably informed that he wrote the tune after hearing a visiting … Continue reading

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Fun Flute: The Mug of Brown Ale

The Improvers group this week looked at a popular Irish jig, The Mug of Brown Ale. The tune is in a “gapped” modal scale in A, either A Dorian (one sharp) or A Mixolydian (two sharps). Modes are quite ancient … Continue reading

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SMG whistle: Laridé de Portobello

After the October break, the Scots Music Group beginner whistle class returned with a new tune, a Breton dance piece that has developed a life of its own. As with most Breton tunes, it is untitled and just bears the … Continue reading

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Fun Flute and SMG Whistle updates: Tha Mi Sgith and Rolling in the Ryegrass

Scots Music Group Beginner’s Whistle This week we consolidated Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle and began looking at a new tune, the Gaelic lullaby Tha Mi Sgith (I am tired). The lyrics tell of a mother cutting bracken or ferns, which … Continue reading

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Fun Flute Beginners update

Last night the class worked on long tones, fingering patterns and did more on The Skye Boat Song. We also looked at the tricky Boehm system finger changes from F# to D and back, while venting the Eb key. A … Continue reading

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