Many years ago I attended a week long Celtic music festival in Glasgow, Scotland. I took workshops with some of my favorite fiddlers, went to concerts, master classes, and played in some sessions. One of the workshops I took was with a fiddler and composer named Aiden O’Rourke. Not only is he a great fiddle player but he has written some beautiful music as well. Watching him and his band perform his compositions was the first time I experienced seeing the music.
Before the band would play his tune, he would talk about where he was and what he was thinking about when he composed it. When the band played it, it actually took me to that place and I could envision the scenery.
This week’s slip jig called Ride a Mile, makes me feel the same way. It’s a happy, hoppy tune and when I hear it, I can envision riding through a field of green grass with the sun shining on my face, passing flowers, horses, and pathways along the way. I hope my playing does it justice.
Join me next week for tune #16 from A Tune A Week and feel free to suggest a slip jig that goes well with any of the ones I’ve played so far.
Here is Barney Brannigan and Ride a Mile.
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