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The Flower of O'Neil ©M.R.Stanger2007

Written/Posted by stanger


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Size: 1,750kb, uploaded 8/4/2007 5:44:46 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I think this is in jig time- it feels like it, anyway. I thought I'd try to write a jig after hearing Bela do one. I originally called the tune 'The Rose of O'Neil', but as it developed, it started sounding more like an Irish war chant than a delicate little thing... hence the name. It could be taken both ways.

20 comments on “The Flower of O'Neil ©M.R.Stanger2007”

Bongshang Says:
Saturday, August 4, 2007 @8:22:13 PM

Excellent Jig Mike! Beautifully played. What banjo did you use?

stanger Says:
Sunday, August 5, 2007 @1:17:01 AM

Hi, Bong... I used my Prucha. I really like the radiused fingerboard. Thanks for the kind comments!

Patrick Randall Says:
Sunday, August 5, 2007 @10:58:05 AM

Very good jig.. I'm transported to a Co Clare pub straight away :-)

I hope I can get to grips with Celtic stuff one day. I guess you must need to be pretty fluent with scales and stuff (I haven't learnt one yet)?

mainejohn Says:
Monday, August 6, 2007 @2:49:52 PM

Flawless!...not only that, your tune sounds great!

NMD Says:
Monday, August 6, 2007 @11:39:22 PM

Hey Mike,

That was great!  It's a fine tune and you played it with great authority.  Inspirational.

stanger Says:
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 @8:17:09 AM

Thanks, Nestor, John, and Patrick! I sure appreciate your kind comments.

Sweeman Says:
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 @9:15:42 AM

Man i liked that a-lot!

Patrick P. Says:
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 @1:18:55 AM

Excellent sound, playing and arrangement.


Tom Hanway Says:
Thursday, August 23, 2007 @5:09:34 AM

Nice composition and great playing.  I like it and I can hear the Béla influence.  It sounds more Scottish (modally speaking) or contemporary old-timey to me than Irish, and the legato effect created by playing rolls (as opposed to relying solely upon single-string work ) really lets people know that you are playing a five-string banjo as a five-string banjo.  Great stuff and great style.  Yes, bravo!

stanger Says:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 @7:57:30 PM

Thanks again to all who commented! These thoughts are golden for me because they come from people I really respect as players. They really mean a lot.

Don Borchelt Says:
Thursday, August 30, 2007 @5:47:06 PM

Very nicely done, terrific picking.  We have the next Turloch O'Carolan here on the Hangout!

bigeasy Says:
Friday, August 31, 2007 @2:18:33 AM

got an email from Bill this morning saying to listen to your tune, little does he know I was trying to play it at work last night, but unfortunately I couldn't get it open.  however I got it at home this morning and listened to it. it's like my ideal type of tune to learn and agreeing with Tom above it has that bit of Scottish lilt to it.  must rank as one of the best songs I've heard so far,  great picking  regards John

stringbeaner Says:
Friday, August 31, 2007 @1:28:43 PM

Hi, Mike!  I should have made a comment down here.  John Easingwood is a Scotsman and I thought he would enjoy hearing this tune as much as I did.  John is a BHO friend and pen pal whom I am enjoying corresponding with.

It's really good to hear you play again after so many years.  We ought to get together again sometime.


stanger Says:
Friday, August 31, 2007 @1:31:29 PM

Thanks, John and Bill. Maybe I'll make it down to old New Mexico before the snow flies... my bro and I are in need of a road trip for sure.

frailin Says:
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 @9:29:06 AM

Wow, man.  This is gorgeous!!  Just say it on the Top 100 list.  Congrats!!  Well deserved!!


Greg Connor Says:
Monday, October 29, 2007 @12:24:19 PM

Beautiful Piece Mike!  You have written an neat song!



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diarmaid Says:
Sunday, February 17, 2008 @5:42:00 PM

lovely stuff!

Greg Connor Says:
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @8:47:24 AM


I started this morning out by listening to "Texas Moon" & "The Flower of O'Neal". 

Great way to start the day!  Thanks.

phischer Says:
Monday, September 15, 2008 @1:33:21 PM

Very melodic and heart felt and definately is very irish in sound.  It is hard driving yet delicate.  The Prucha sounds very nice.  It has a unique sound that I really like.

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