I have been busy over the last few months writing a collection of hornpipes, jigs, reels and other fiddle tunes that commenced with the first half a dozen written whilst going on holiday in Cork and Kerry in Southern Ireland.
On return the bug refused to depart from me and I stuffed an old descant recorder and a manuscript book into my lunch bag to help alleviate the symptoms.
In my work as a lorry driver delivering building materials I am required by law to have a proper lunch break, which often means parking the lorry in an available layby and waiting for the tachometer to tick over!
Some of these tunes are therefore named after locations or destinations associated with that work. For others as you can see I just couldn’t think of anything!
I’ve not marked any bowings or exact tempi, as I’m not at all the best person to dictate how they would sound best if you played them, I place them before you as a series of pegs on which to hang your own musicality. Some would go at the pace you think a reel or a jig should go, others might ask for a different approach, and some might make sense in different speeds played in different styles on different occasions. Who knows? Likewise the chords suggested seemed the best to me at the time, but if you’ve got other ideas, use them!
I recorded many of them in little iPhone videos and shared them in different pages and groups on Facebook and on my rupert654 Instagram page. As Instagram only lets me have a minute of video at a time this has influenced some of the performances.
Here’s hoping you’ll enjoy them, at the least it’s a month’s worth of sight reading! If you want to perform them go ahead, permission granted!
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