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SMG term ends with a bendy polka for whistles

The SMG summer term ended this week and we finished with the second of two polkas I learned from Conal  Ó Gráda some years ago. A distinctive feature of this tune is the opening of the B part, which is … Continue reading

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The Cork connection: an Irish polka and fling

By coincidence, the two classes this week both learned tunes with Cork connections. The SMG Whistlers class learned the first of two polkas that I learned from County Cork flute player Conal Ó Gráda many years ago at a workshop … 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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Fun Flute: Farewell to Whisky

The Fun Flute Improvers group are learning Farewell to Whisky, a Scots fiddle tune from 1799 written by Neil Gow (1727-1807), fiddler to the Duke of Atholl in Perthshire. The tune commemorates the prohibition of whisky-making in Scotland at a … Continue reading

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