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Brandy Drops

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Size: 2,882kb, uploaded 8/12/2009 8:58:20 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A transformation of the slip jig "Drops of Brandy" into a 6/4 reel. These are called "brandy"s in Quebec and Manitoba, so I thought I'd try to make my own brandy!

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Cliffs of Moher

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Size: 3,080kb, uploaded 8/9/2009 12:23:14 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An Irish jig transformed into an American breakdown. Tuning is aEADE.

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Garret Barrys

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Size: 4,218kb, uploaded 8/21/2009 7:42:28 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

R.D. Lunceford's great tune "Old Jim Wren" in triple C tuning (gCGCC) inspired me to try to use this tuning to convert a modal, piper's jig, into a banjo reel. I think many tunes will work well in this tuning. Here is the first one I tried, a well-known jig from the blind piper Garret Barry.

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Hardiman The Fiddler

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Size: 2,243kb, uploaded 8/10/2009 6:54:46 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An Irish slip jig transformed from 9/8 time into 6/4 time. That makes it some kind of crooked reel? (R.D. Lunceford asked whether I had tried to transform any slip jigs. I hadn't, so this is my first attempt.) My fretless banjo (the one in my picture) is tuned fCFBbC.

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Morrison's

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Size: 2,747kb, uploaded 8/9/2009 7:31:03 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Another Irish Jig transformed into a clawhammer reel. This one in E minor, is my version of "Morrison's Jig". The tuning is gEADE (I think this is Cumberland Gap tuning capoed up a step.)

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Old Hag you have Killed Me

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Size: 3,496kb, uploaded 8/21/2009 8:35:38 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Another modal pipe jig converted into a banjo reel in triple C tuning (gCGCC). The performance is a bit sloppy. This tune (as a jig) was recorded by the Bothy Band. I learned it on the concertina from Noel Hill.

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Out on the Ocean

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Size: 3,197kb, uploaded 8/10/2009 9:16:16 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Jig transformed to a reel. Played on fretless banjo tuned ebCFBbC (that's gEADE tuned down two whole steps). By emphasizing the minor notes it becomes a lonesome tune.

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The Fairhaired Boy

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Size: 2,812kb, uploaded 8/9/2009 7:48:17 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One more Irish Jig turned into a clawhammer reel. Like the Cliffs of Moher, its in A-modal. There are lots of jigs in this mode and they all seem to turn into nice oldtime reels. Tuning is aEADE.

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