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Oct 23, 2016 - 7:46:46 PM
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TOTM Index 

What follows is the ever-expanding Tunes-of-the-Month (TOTM) Index.  I'll update this Index every month, as new tunes becomes available.  
Feel free to click on the tune names, to take you to the post and appreciate the recordings.  Enjoy!



Edited by - robobanjo on 09/03/2018 11:37:04

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:00:34 AM
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Excellent work!  Brewerpaul mentioned a well-traveled trad tune, one that originates from Canada, is heard at Irish sessions (both as a jig and reel) and across the Irish and Celtic diasporas worldwide, especially in the USA and Canada.

'The Clumsy Lover', played in either common or cut-time, often has two, three or four (Irish), and sometimes the six parts that piper Neil Dickie originally gave it. It's part of piobaireachd (pibroch) and ceol mor (literally: big music), a mainstay of Scottish piping tradition, originating from the Great Highland Bagpipe (in Canada). 

Meanwhile, back in Ireland and Scotland, some version of it is familiar to local session players. It also gets people on the dance floor at the big hotels in Irish country music, which is where I first learned it (on the gig).

Aidan Coffey introduced it as jig with De Dannan (originally Dé Danann), playing accordion, and then the group switches over to a reel, in what seems like four parts, but is really three distinct sections arranged as such: ABAC.

There's another way of playing this tune that uses Dickie's original fifth part, which has a lovely syncopation, for the 3rd part of the Scottish fiddle version, thus comprising four distinct parts based on the original six. I'm not sure whether I've heard anyone do this here in Ireland, but I have a strong suspicion that fiddlers in Scotland and Shetland are already doing something like this, and not just playing two parts, which is common enough here in Ireland.

Anyway, I'm thinking out loud. You're doing a great service here. 

So thank you, Rob! yes

Please note: The original tune is copyrighted, so while it's traditional, it's not in the public domain, though it is available as a download. Caution: It is problematic to put up the original six-part version as composed by Neil Dickie, which can be found here:

Best ~ Tom

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:27:13 PM
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4 posts since 11/17/2019

Great thread and super useful to see tunes I already know in my head played on Banjo (which I'm learning)


Jun 28, 2020 - 9:39:31 PM
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nice post

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:39:53 PM

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gud post

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:40:53 PM

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great post

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