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TUNE FOR JANUARY
THE SWAN ON THE LAKE
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!
WELCOME TO MY TUNE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY!!
I have chosen a beautiful hornpipe composed by Paddy O Brien called The Swan On The Lake. It can be found in the tune book published by his daughter Eileen O Brien called "The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien", 2009, by Eileen O’Brien
I grew up learning many of Paddy O Brien's tunes and was introduced to his music by my late and great teacher and friend Dympna O Sullivan. This is a hornpipe she taught me many years ago and I have enjoyed playing and revisiting this tune when it has fallen out of my repertoire.
I hope you enjoy learning this tune and that it gets you through what can be a cold and dreary January. We have been lucky here in Boston to not get snow yet!!! However, this is New England so we could get a blizzard tomorrow! Until February,
enjoy learning this one and I will be back with another tune next month!!!
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"We have been so lucky to have Flo teach at the South East Tionól for the past three years. Flo has the ability to instruct beginners as well as advanced concertinists in the same class at our small annual workshop. Each student has walked away with the confidence, technique and musicality to become a better traditional Irish musician all thanks to Flo. The tunes she chooses to teach and perform come from the very essence of her upbringing and the rich concertina tradition of County Clare. She truly has the gift to communicate her love for the instrument and the music of her home... We are looking forward to having Flo teach at the 2013 South East Tionól in Orlando, Florida"
Kathleen Cavanagh South East Tionól Organizer
"Among the minority of younger players who continue to sustain the older dialects of Clare are Jacqui McCarthy, Florence Fahy, Breeda Green, Louise Pyne, and Francis Droney"
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