Sunday, May 24, 2009

Planxty Irwin, The Foxhunter, For Franny

We'll see if this works!  If it doesn't, I'll soon delete this post and most of you will never know it was even here.

I've been messing around with GarageBand this weekend, putting a few things down, and have sort of gotten one small project to a point of some satisfaction.  I've mostly been playing around with some fiddle music and a couple old originals that I never recorded. 

 The first one here is called "Planxty Irwin" and is by Turlough O'Carolan, a blind, itinerant harpist of early 18th century Ireland.  He composed many lovely pieces, some of classical influence and some of a more folkish bent. I know this tune mostly from a recording by the great band Planxty, but this one is different, slowed down to a waltz tempo and with some guitar and percussion making it sound a bit more American folk than Irish. 

The second one is called The Foxhunter, and it's a quick reel, to which I've added some strumming of the guitar.  The playing on both instruments is a bit clumsy, but I sort of like the effect.

The third one is an old original from the early oughts, for acoustic guitar.  I call it 'For Franny' because my sister Franny said she liked it.   

Okay, clearly I don't understand how to place these songs in my posting with an embedded player, even though the instructions seemed straightforward enough.  But they're just not showing up.  So, I'll just give you the web addresses where you can download them directly if you are so interested.  

For 'Planxty Irwin':

For 'The Foxhunter':

For 'For Franny':

Hopefully you will enjoy them, and I'll try to post more as I record more.


dldeprez said...

Brian, thank you. I have added these to my file of Irish fiddle music alongside Liz Carroll and Natalie MacMaster.

Nikki said...

Very cool, Bri - we had a few jam sessions this weekend and we could have used your talents.

Brad Kenney said...

Will have them all down pat by August. (And can initiate you into the mysteries of the multimedia embed :)

Gabriella Marie Toombs said...

Hey Brian very cool ... will give a listen tomorrow, I'm off to bed at the moment ..

an easy way to embed your mp3's is to upload them to

and they give you the html code for a handy player

Nikki said...

Wow, that Gabby sure is savvy with tech and music stuff! My 4 year old has recently learned to down arrow....

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