Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Misc. links - Irish dance tunes

http://www.diochra.com/jumpstart/faqclrg.php#1-3 Beginner’s FAQ, An Coimisiún in America - An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) Defines light jig, single jig, treble jig, reel, slip jig, hornpipe, treble jig, etc., with rules for CLRG competitions, dance schools.

http://www.diochra.com/music/set-dance-names.php - Irish Solo Set Dances—Behind the Names - contains this gem:
Better known in the American South and among modern American fiddlers as "Mississippi Sawyer," the melody was called "The Downfall of Paris" in Europe and this title was at one time retained in parts of Tennessee and the Ozarks. It was played early in the 19th century when the allies entered Paris after the battle of Waterloo, but "on that occasion (the British commander) Wellington sharply put a stop to it, and the offending Royal Regiment played instead 'Croppies Lie Down.' Apart from being played by military bands on every conceivable occasion, its 'one tormenting strum, strum, strum' was the delight of amateur pianists throughout Britain" (Winstock, 1970; pg. 105).

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