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I wasnt familiar with any of these except sailors bonnet from Martin Hayes' playing..but not heard it played in a set.  This set was played last night made popular from an old Michael Coleman album I think.. Anyone know of other popular or famous sets or just ones played in your area?  Or ones youve heard recorded that you like?  Do they have names?

 

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@ABitRusty -

Sorry, I'm having a hard time running across a set I truly like - I lose enthusiasm because I always seem to only like 1 out of the 3 tunes!  

So, in your set, the tune I like the best is the 'Tarbolton Reel'.

I definitely need to learn it from the Duncan Cameron Music tutorial - fingers up close!

The Tarbolton Reel - Tutorial

I guess 'Traonach' plays several sets I like - and they're out of Ithaca, upstate New York!

Partial to the Jackie 'Jackie Roche's', 'Dusty Windowsill', and 'Mouse in the Mug' set (I posted elsewhere) from their 'Macintosh Jon' album (kinda like others there, too).  I definitely like the 'Paddy Cronin's Slides' set from their 'The First Round' album & maybe another set or two there.  Here's what Traonach says about these slides.

Paddy Cronin visited Noel Hill's concertina class at the Willie Clancy school one summer and played these slides. Paddy called the first slide "The Weaver's" which refers to Bill `The Weaver` Murphy, the father of Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. We don't know the name of the second slide, but the third one is "Barrack Hill" which is a very old tune that appears in the Petrie collection, published in 1855.

The First Round - Traonach 

Maybe as I get more proficient, I can talk people into playing a set of tunes made up from my favorites. 

I can see it now... a Swedish Vals, a Bushi Okinawan tune, a Scottish Strathspey, and a French Canadian Reel! 

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...no one will ever play a set with me. 😒

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Shoot, I made a mistake about Traonach! 

Looked for "The First Round" - turns out it was NOT the actual name of the album/CD with the Paddy Cronin's Slides set (and the other sets I like). 

Traonach says:

"The First Round" is a preview of, and extra takes from, our upcoming album, "I'll Have Another."

Darn, really like everything on the preview, but now I can't find anywhere to buy the "I'll Have Another" CD - might have to contact them, directly. 😶

The First Round - Traonach Preview 

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🤔 ...think there's a member missing here. 

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@ABitRusty -

Sorry, this isn't famous or even popular. 😔

Just ran across 3 tunes I think would make a great set.  Two are for Irish 'set dances', but that's a whole other story, I think... or are session sets from set dances? 

Anyway, don't think these have been mentioned anywhere on the forum, so here they are: 

Princess Royal - Sam Sweeney

Rodney's Glory - Seán Maguire (at Celtic Note)

The Vanishing Lake (at MacNeil Fiddle)

Rodney's Glory & The Vanishing Lake can be heard with nice swing & at various speeds at the Sean Softley YouTube site as Set Dance tunes. 

You can tell Princess Royal is a Turlough O'Carolan tune, but thesession.org has a 'Barndance' version that is FANTASTIC - a little different tune! 🤗 

Princess Royal (Barndance) - The Session

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Of course I haven't actually heard these played as a set - think the reason I like these 3 is because they seem to have some similar characteristics that tie them together. 

Plus, I like all 3! 

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@elcbk like princess royal and the vanishing lake!  I wish he would tour closer to where I could go watch live!

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@ABitRusty -

Think you might really enjoy the Sean Softley version of "The Vanishing Lake". 

I did find a GREAT set I hadn't heard before, has Fiddle & Accordion - and includes one of my new favorite tunes in it! 

March & Reels: Moran's Return / The Lady's Cup of Tea / Porthole of the Kelp · Lynnsey Weissenberger · Treasa Harkin

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...think I might have to learn this whole set! 

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@ABitRusty -

As you know, I'm not very good at focusing on what's popular. (lol) 

So, I'm pretty sure this Set is NOT well known(?) and it's Scottish, NOT Irish - but, I LOVE it! 

See what you think: 

Peat in the Creel - Thatcher Set

The Thatcher Set - "The Thatcher", "Peter Byrne's" and "The Soup Dragon". 

Found out the "Peat in The Creel" is a band in my state of Michigan, from the Grand Rapids/West side of the State - playing since 2011! 

More than a day trip for me, but I like all their music. 

Kinda surprised you're not hearing from all the members who are more familiar with sessions!

https://www.bigissuenorth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/8702714-high-_rgb.jpg

 

...maybe worth making this popular? 

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@elcbk never heard any of them but really good tunes.  i especially liked the soup dragon!  great find!

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Well, I'm back here, still with absolutely NO session experience, but found an interesting set from "Trouble In The Kitchen" (Australia). 

The Tap Room, The Road to Port Fairy, The Abby Leix & Sweeney's Dream

 

...I'd be quite content playing "The Tap Room" & "Abby Leix" together. 😊

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i couldnt get the tap room link to play.

I guess last year i was hoping there were people that visited the forum that would post whats popular in the way of sets in their area.   Just to get a feel for what people are currently playing out there in sessions.  The OP seems to be one of those from discussions and youtube channels that is fairly common.   I think this one is another maybe.  

 

 

As far as what sounds good together thats always fun to experiment with.  no rules from what ive understood except it may be a good idea to know ahead of time what people are familiar with that youre playing with.  unless you want to solo. 🙂   I think whats common maybe depends on where you are.   Again i was hoping there were those universal type sets that seem to be known everywhere.

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@ABitRusty -

Like it! 

Maybe cause not too many people going to sessions last year because of covid?  Well, the one place we know that talks about what's played together, is thesession.org. 

 

Don't know why you had trouble with the link - still works for me.  Takes you to the bandcamp.com site, where you can hear it.

Yeah, it was a long stretch to think what may be popular in Australia - is also popular here.  Not even sure it's popular there. (lol) 

Hope you can try the link again. 

Just figured I'd revive the thread. 😊

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@ELCBK said
 

Like it! 

Maybe cause not too many people going to sessions last year because of covid?  Well, the one place we know that talks about what's played together,

Yeah, it was a long stretch to think what may be popular in Australia - is also popular here.  Not even sure it's popular there. (lol) 

Hope you can try the link again. 

Just figured I'd revive the thread. 😊

  

covid... big reason probably.  but if anyone was going before.. same thing on what sets.

My only active forum participation is here.  ironic given the style of music i suppose.

As far as popularity...i  think thats what im trying to see.   if someone says.. well we played The blarney pilgram into morrisons last night..  and so did our local venue...and maybe a few others chime in...it says something i think.   probably just luck ...but interesting.  to me anyway..😏

I knew you were bumping it up and appreciate it!   actually had forgotten.  lol.

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FWIW.. this week some of the sets

foxhunters (slipjig)/humors of ballymanus

doherty's/ my love is in America

black rouge/scatter the mud

others... 

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@ABitRusty -

Know you've probably seen all these & doesn't quite make up for all my attempts to get people to bring more fresh ideas to sessions, but may help others that want to jump into a Traditional Irish Session.

Best Session Tunebooks - Irish Traditional Music Tune Index Top Session Tunes - IrishTune.info

 

Here's a Historical Graph that shows which types of Irish music were the most popular, from the 1900's thru 2010's - based on recordings.

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ELCBK said

Know you've probably seen all these & doesn't quite make up for all my attempts to get people to bring more fresh ideas to sessions, but may help others that want to jump into a Traditional Irish Session.

i havent been going long enough for some established well known tunes to become stale. I barely know what I know!  And i could spend another 5 years working on them.  Id rather stay in the territory that people can play with instead of trying to perform a new tune for them to learn that I think is cool...there arent do overs live!!🤣 

That being said, people do print off sheet music and hand it out, but that would be a session to session thing depending on the dynamics of the group.  I havent experienced it, but some groups may frown on it.   And I think its common in some if not most other sessions for people to just start playing and if people join in they join in.  Not my cup of tea at this stage.  Ill stick to the training wheels for now.

 

I have a couple on that list.  And thesession.org always gets a look, but as far as session tune books..book 1,2, and 3 of this series have been the most helpful in my experience.  Id say if searching for irish session tunes in a tune book form this is a good place to start. 

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@ABitRusty -

Haven't heard of quite a few of those tunes, but they might have an alias (or 2) I'd recognize. 

Have you heard all of them played at sessions?

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gosh no.. quick count through that list in book one is 37 I know for sure have been played.  And youre correct in names.  some of the ones that i dont recognize name may be a tune called something else.  

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