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TUNE FOR OCTOBER
Scoraiochtar - Jig
Welcome to my tune of the month for October. Happy Fall and a Happy Halloween to everybody. This is without doubt my favourite time of the year. The weather is just a little cooler and everything pumpkin flavour and cinnamon scented is wafting in the air. The New England Patriots are back in action(although off to a miserable start), the Red Sox are heading to the playoffs(and looking unstoppable), Leah is back in school (hooray for her) and the humidity is finally gone!! Needless to say, New England is a beautiful place to be in the Fall. The trees and their changing colors are absolutely amazing.
For this month, I have chosen a lovely jig composed by master fiddler, Connie O Connell entitled Scoraiochtar, pronounced (Score-eek-thar) for those of you not familiar with Irish pronunciation. I learned this tune in the last year and I really love it. The more I hear it the more I enjoy playing it. The title of the tune represents an old tradition in Ireland when a neighbour visited your house by night for a chat and for company. It is indeed a very old tradition embedded in a time that was before the emergence of TV and all the electronic distractions we have in our society today. So, the person paying a visit to your house was the "scoraiochtar". I do remember growing up in Ireland and it was not unusual for neighbors and friends, even relations to pop by unannounced in the evening for a cup of tea and a chat. I have many good memories of this time. It was a time for people to bond and connection and just interact with each other through chats, stories, songs or music.
Here is a link I found to find out more about Connie O Connell original compositions and "Scoraiochtar".
So with that here is the sound file for the tune.
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