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Celtic Christmas Music!
Nollaig shona dhaoibh!
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Here's one I have to learn, "Christmas Comes But Once a Year"! 

 

"Christmas Celtic Sojourn: Three Fiddles and a Cello!" 

 

Here's a link to many more "Christmas Celtic Sojourn" - videos on their YouTube site! 

https://www.youtube.com/channe.....w/videos 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/17/c8/dd/17c8dda1924f4f8d2344cd4673b099bd.jpg

Anyone know what they are playing?

Get into the SPIRIT of the Season! 

 

Emily

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"A Celtic Christmas Tree Jig" by raaacartoons  
 
  
Check out Peak Fiddler's site on YouTube - he wrote a (for real) "Christmas Tree Jig"!  Definitely worth learning!

https://www.themadwomanoflockestreet.com/images/christmaswords/celtic-christmas-tree.jpg

 

@ABitRusty -

Would you happen to know the tune the Barra MacNeils play in the 2nd half of the "Christmas Comes But Once a Year" video?

It would help me learn it. 

Got the 1st half down, but I've had to slow that 2nd part to try to play it.  Will probably have to run that through my head quite a few times.  It's got an AB repeat, CD repeat (maybe just a big C repeat) - then the whole pattern is repeated.

Anyone know it? 

 

- Emily

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@elcb..I dont know.

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i will say that at the end of the other one i hear gravel walks and maybe paddy faheys?  in the middle.  i like the question though...reminds me of the game show..name that tune..lol.

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@ABitRusty -

Otters Holt! 

 

https://wellington.session.nz/.....s_archive/

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Never would have found it without scrolling/listening through the Wellington Irish Sessions Tune Archive! 

Thanx again Greg! 

 

- Emily

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rofl..thats funny!  good deal then and happy fiddlin!

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This tune became a favorite of mine last year (1st time I heard it/saw the video)! 

Reminds me of my Better-Half's family!  And the Grandkids don't get to see this for fear they might get ideas!

"The Season's Upon Us" (Dropkick Murphys) 

 

https://img0.etsystatic.com/153/0/9787365/il_570xN.1155594904_oap0.jpg

 

Btw, actually getting married the end of this crazy month!  Not sure if I'll have to start using 5 initials... (lol)  Finally, everything lined up - just waiting to pick up the license!  No big deal, though - can't have a big celebration until after covid (always looking for an excuse to have a party!).

- Emily

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Dick Glasgow's "Five Traditional Christmas Carols: The Wexford Carol ( Ireland ), Christ's Lullaby ( Scotland ), Plygain Carol ( Wales ), Arrane y Clean - Song of the Cradle ( Isle of Man ) & The Sussex Carol ( England )" are nice instrumental versions.  He plays the fiddle, nyckelharpa, concertina and mandolin.  

 

I know of the 1st and last, but not the ones in the middle!  

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/20/1e/47/201e47a481ac0881abccd2118d3eb70a.jpg

 

- Emily

 

Btw, got the license!  ...pretty soon I'll be a "Kelly". 

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I’ve heard Wexford & Sussex Carols as well, not the others.

Congrats on your upcoming nuptials— I’m thinking use as many initials as you wantsmile

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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@SharonC - Thank you very much!

There are several great tutorials available for this, but I'd like to share Duncan Cameron's (please check out his YouTube site).  I learned some of my 1st fiddle tunes from his tutorials.

Wonderful Irish Reel, "Christmas Eve" (Tommy Coen)! 

 

Here's sheet music. 

 

 

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Many people are struggling this Holiday, please support (subscribe to on YouTube) as many fiddlers who give of themselves with tutorials as you can.

- Emily

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@Ilona , @Mouse  

All you Cellists might enjoy this.  I LOVE it!

Xmas is not far away so here's an old slow Air (best for the lyrics?) or a slow Strathsbey, depending on how you play it! 

Probably more befitting the end of Winter, but "GloomyWinter" by Robert Tannahill is listed on a Scottish Christmas cd I have, so sharing a version of it here. 

Gloomy Winter's Now Awa' / Giga do Tenerife - performed by Rachell Wong & Nicholas Marsical  (worth following these two) 

 

Free Sheet Music for both Gloomy Winter (Strathsbey versions) and Giga do Tenerife,  http://www.thesession.org (almost thought this was a version of "Tenerife Sea").

https://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/images/snowdrops-in-snow-4.jpg

 

Here's a wonderful site "Sangstories" - Many stories behind Scottish songs!

https://sangstories.webs.com/g.....nooawa.htm

 

- Emily

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That was very cool. Thanks.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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Read that in the past, "Fairytale of New York" (The Pogues) had been popular in Ireland - is that true @stringy ?   Heard it mentioned (in distaste?) at the Fiddlershop Christmas Party, too. 

Since the lyrics are a little coarse, figured I'd instead share a tune just mentioned in that song, called "Galway Bay". 

There's a version made famous by Bing Crosby, but nowhere near befitting this thread - so here's "Galway Bay" (and "The Drunken Sailer"), performed by Kevin Burke!

 

"Galway Bay Hornpipe" tutorial by Mikie O'shea! 

 

 

AND, found this great source, "irishtune.info" - similar to The Session! 

https://www.irishtune.info/tune/692/ 

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- Emily

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@ELCBK

druken sailor is a neat one!  i dont think ill be able (at least fer a long time) to not use the sheet music on it though.  goes on forever.  its on fiddlevideo btw.  and the Christmas eve reel is great!  I hadnt heard it or just not paid attention until you posted so thanks..  its also on there(fiddlevideo) as well.  feels like sally gardens reel undrr the fingers somewhat and catchy enough to remember after a bit.

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@ABitRusty - Yes!  I'm surprised I hadn't heard a few of these, too. 

And... 

I don't know why I forgot to post this one, "Christmas Day ida Morning" - a traditional jig from the Shetland Islands.   I've heard this played by several people who play great versions, but this one, performed by suzytee (YouTube site - sorry, don't know the musician's name) for the "Bonnie Loch Fiddle Club", might be the most traditional fiddle tune. 

 

SHEET MUSIC, here!  (Traditional Tune Archive)

https://tunearch.org/wiki/Chri.....n%27_(1) 

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/04/04/article-2124386-12766E2E000005DC-799_964x529.jpg

 

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Im not sure this is "celtic" by definition and probably breaking topic...but to me is the most Christmas sounding.  Sounds like a sleigh ride tge way its played...  one in a New England snow... on a Halmark Channel movie.  If you can find sheet music that would be cool.  I think its based on "On Christmas Morning" or maybe called "On Christmas Eve"  Ive searched with Jay Ungar in the text but just keep getting linked back.  The closest I got was from something on slippery hill to an oklahoman banjo or maybe fiddle tune.

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@ABitRusty -

Wait a minute, think I found it!

https://tunearch.org/wiki/Chri....._Eve_(4) 

Check out the Tuning!  There are quite a few versions here if this isn't it (just viewed/didn't play it).

I hate to say this, but think the only reason I like this Old Time "Christmas Eve" is because of the banjo! 

Taking a break from wrapping gifts, did find a good clean audio file to try! 

https://www.oldtownschool.org/.....dle/tunes/

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I swear I'm going to learn the banjo... maybe next year! (lol) 

...btw, weird I couldn't just copy/paste that 2nd link, but works now - let me know if you have trouble finding the audio file.

- Emily

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Im probably wrong but not thinking thats it.  Thats the tune I shared a few back in the other thread I think.  the A parts close though.  idk..need to play it..problem is wont be able to get that fast or the groove.

 

I think this is that version u shared.  could all be just how its played though.  im hearing different..close..but different tunes.  

 

anyway nuff of that..sorry hijacked topic 

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I might be deviating from my thread even more! (lol) 

Oh well, only 2 days to Xmas! 

Love this tune, can't find much information on it, and for lack of a better place to put it, sounds Celtic enough for me! 

"The Yule Fiddler" (Christmas Time is Coming 'Round Today) - Patty Gurdy with Fiddler's Green (German Band). 

 

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Hmm... extend the life of this thread thru New Years? (lol)

- Emily

 

 

@ABitRusty - there's several other versions there along with alias' (obviously some are the Celtic ones)! 

https://tunearch.org/w/index.p.....38;go=Go 

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@ELCBK On the Jay Ungar album I found the introduction track and he says he learned it from Tony Trischka.  probably is one of the versions you linked.

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