This tune is Scottish in origin, and is an example of how closely related the Scottish and Irish traditions are, and yet both music forms are quite different. Tony’s arrangement is in G Major, capo 2, thus the “real” key is A Major.
This tune is written in jig time (6/8) but is in fact a set piece, or set dance. During the podcast. Tony comments that, sadly, such set pieces don’t often get an airing at sessions.
This polka is in G Major, so when coupled Paddy’s Polka (no. 1), there’s an interesting key change from D Minor to G Major.. In this tune, the B part can begin on either a G Major or E Minor. Tony’s preference is for the E Minor, so that’s how it’s notated in the booklet (Book 3).
This tune is played in D Minor. This is an ideal tune for music teachers to teach their students as it is uncomplicated, and from an accompaniment viewpoint, is very basic – only two chords, D Minor and C. [haiku url=”http://media.libsyn.com/media/igpod/PaddysPolka1.mp3″ title=”Paddy’s Polka (No. 1)”] Listen to Paddy’s Polka (No. 1)
This lesson is one of Tony’s own compositions. On his regular trips to Ireland Tony spends time in the North Leitrim region, which is the ancestral home of the O’Rourkes. Manorhamilton is part of that region. [haiku url=”http://media.libsyn.com/media/igpod/ManorhamiltonJig.mp3″ title=”Manorhamilton Jig”] Listen to Manorhamilton Jig