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Mar 29, 2020 - 8:10:42 PM
65 posts since 2/16/2020

I've read that most Irish fiddle music in the keys of D and A. Do you think A or D or something else occurs most often? Robert

Mar 30, 2020 - 12:57:18 AM
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Tony O Rourke

Australia

30 posts since 2/9/2016

For Major keys D & G are the most common, followed by A, C, and F.
Minor keys(usually Dorian), Em, Am, then Dm,Gm
For some reason most B Minor tunes are in the Natural Minor(Aeolian)
Mixolydian tunes are usually in D,G, or A
Quite a few A Major tunes are played in G by B/C button accordionists. Sometimes Em tunes are transposed to Dm, and some tunes are played in two keys by different musicians, e.g I've heard ''Scatter The Mud'' played in A Minor or E Minor.

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:08:45 AM

21 posts since 3/24/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Tony O Rourke

For Major keys D & G are the most common, followed by A, C, and F.
Minor keys(usually Dorian), Em, Am, then Dm,Gm
For some reason most B Minor tunes are in the Natural Minor(Aeolian)
Mixolydian tunes are usually in D,G, or A
Quite a few A Major tunes are played in G by B/C button accordionists. Sometimes Em tunes are transposed to Dm, and some tunes are played in two keys by different musicians, e.g I've heard ''Scatter The Mud'' played in A Minor or E Minor.


@Tony O Route   G’day Tony  this is Marty from Melbourne, you’d remember me playing the b&c box, flute & saxophone 30 years ago. On the banjo for the last couple of years. I’m in Ireland now.

As Tony says the reason accordions & flute players change pretty much anything from A to G is with extra (G) sharp A major doesn’t flow at all.

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:33:20 AM

170 posts since 4/5/2016

What tunes are in F major?

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:10:16 PM

Tony O Rourke

Australia

30 posts since 2/9/2016

F Major Tunes include:
Humours Of Westport/ Mary's Shoes/ Phyliss' Birthday/ Plough And The Stars to name a few. I seem to recollect that both The Culfadda and Moving Cloud were originally in F but nowadays are mostly played in G. Paddy O'Brien(1922-1991) composed some of his music in F: Banks Of The Shannon/ Garrykennedy Castle/ Boys Of Youghalarra/Shrove Tuesday(all hornpipes) and Into The Wood, sourced from ''The Compositions Of Paddy O'Brien''.

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:28:30 PM

Tony O Rourke

Australia

30 posts since 2/9/2016

In addition to my last post there's a great version of Garrett Barry's Reel played by Co.Mayo accordionist Joanne Devaney, in F:
comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comh..._devaney/

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