I learnt the first jig from the Mulcahy Family who have been a rich source of tunes for me over a long period of time.They have a great way of playing tunes. The second tune is normally played in G but I was messing about with it one night and it somehow ended up in F! Anyway the capo is on the second fret so that brings it back into G. For those interested in a technical analysis of this tune it is Lesson 29 of my podcast: https://irishguitarpod.com/lessons/ The photo at the end of the clip is of one of the many religious sites that dot Ireland's countryside. This one is somewhere in Conamara, an area of much wonderful music.
Tony at Banjo Jamboree, Guildford September 2018
Music in Rosinver, North Letrim, Ireland 2014
with fiddler Ben Lennon and accordion player Jim Connolly
This is the bluegrass gospel group I play with.
Dancing With The Angels (L-R):
- Bruce Sedawie
- Ricki Smith
- Tony O’Rourke
- Pauline Swain
Tony took a walk up the local Mount Piper Conservation Reserve here in central Victoria and decided that the unnamed reel he'd recently composed should be called "The Mount Piper Reel". The photos are some of the snaps he took whilst on his way up and down the walking trail. The tune is in A Major. For some strange reason that he doesn't understand, quite often when he plays an A Major Reel at a session backers often include a G chord. This only seems to happen with guitar players but not pianists. So to be clear, the backing for this tune uses A,D,and E chords, with the odd Bminor and F#minor thrown in,but definitely no G chords!!!!!
Mount Piper Reel.PDF can be downloaded here