The Tunes

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Most of what we play is Traditional dance music in the form of jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc. The origin of most of the music is Ireland and Scotland, but some tunes come from, Cape Breton (Canada), Brittany (France) and other parts of Europe.  Most of the tunes are old, they have been played in their dance forms for about a hundred years, but the basic melodies may go back much further in the cultures history.  Some of the tunes are more modern compositions written within the last few decades in the style of the old tunes.

Types of dance tunes: jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slides, slip jigs, set dances, highlands, barn dances, mazurkas, strathspeys, and waltzs.

Types of non-dance tunes: slow airs, marches, and compositions of O’Carolan and other harpers from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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