Tag Archives: reels

FluteFling and SMG roundup: The Pitnacree Ferryman and more

As we have seen recently, traditional tunes often have multiple identities. This week I abandoned my plans for the FluteFling Improvers class to teach The Blackberry Bush, a popular 4-part highland pipe reel because I wasn’t happy with the version … Continue reading

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Peat fires and twisted bridges: Autumn part two

Classes resume this week for the SMG whistlers and FluteFling Beginners. Over the break I have been putting some ideas together for tunes for us to learn and have uploaded them to The Flow class resources page. Mairi’s Wedding is … Continue reading

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Fun Flute Improvers: a brace of reels: The Mountain Road and The Dunmore Lasses

In the final Fun Flute Improvers class of the term we looked at two well-known Irish reels that complement Greig’s Pipes. The Mountain Road is in the key of D and was written by Sligo fiddler Michael Gorman, while The … Continue reading

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SMG Whistle: The Boyne Hunt and Miss Mary O’Neill’s Fancy

This week’s tune is The Boyne Hunt, an Irish version of The Perthshire Hunt. A good session tune, not overplayed, but not obscure either. It can go in a set with Mary O’Neill’s Fancy. For more information on this reel, … Continue reading

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SMG whistle and Fun Flute: The Boyne Hunt and Arran Boat Song

A summary of this week’s classes at the Scots Music Group and Fun Flute Portobello. SMG Beginner’s Whistle: We consolidated The Skye Boat Song and finished learning The Arran Boat Song. We played them as a set and also looked … Continue reading

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