Well I finally did it - I made a video teaching perhaps my least favorite tune in the world, Star of the County Down. However, after playing this tune with a friend of mine who plays it as a waltz I've grown to hate it less. That's the version that I recorded here and hopefully folks will dig this arrangement. Check it out here.
I was teaching a Skype lesson recently and this tune came up and I'm glad it did as it's one that I'd forgotten about. It was popular for a while but it seems to have dropped out of rotation most places I go. I thought it would make for a good YouTube lesson so I recorded it and posted it to my channel today. Let me know what you think!
I uploaded another Scottish tune to my YouTube channel, a great Robert Burns song called Scots Wha Hae. It can be played as a pipe air/march or, as we do with The Nashville Celts as a full song as the lyrics are wonderful. I played it a few different ways in this video to offer some options and as always, add your own spin on it!
Check it out here if you're so inclined.
I completed my Gary Humphrey whistle collection with an A whistle last week and recorded a video with it to show it off. I had a good A whistle for a while but needed something a bit more reliable with more volume and this new one didn't disappoint. In this video on my YouTube channel I'm playing the old Scottish song Wild Mountain Thyme. Let me know what you think in the comments!
This is one of my favorite tunes to play so I figured I was long overdue to make a video for it. It's a lovely 2-part D jig that has a few different settings, specifically in the B part where some folks play a C# and others a C-natural. I prefer the C# version so that's what I've recorded here.
Check it out on my YouTube channel and feel free to let me know if there are any other tunes you'd like to see there.
I uploaded a new tin whistle lesson video to my YouTube channel, covering the tune Leslie's March (aka The March from Oscar to Malvina). This was one of the first tunes that I learned by ear, picking it up first from a Chieftains record when I was about sixteen. I then heard it a few years later on the first Solas album, which was one of those records that really impacted me as I was learning to play. For a while it was the only tune that I could play at Solas-speed (read: fast!)
I recently hit 2,500 subscribers on YouTube! I honestly didn't think there were 2,500 people in the world who would be interested enough in learning the tin whistle/Irish flute to be bothered enough to click a subscribe button on YouTube, but it appears I was wrong, and I'm honored!
This is a cool three part reel in G that I was reminded of when I was in New York a few weeks ago, as it came up at a session there. I used to play it pretty often but it sort of fell off my radar recently and I was glad to break it out again. Seemed like it would make a good tin whistle lesson, so I recorded it for YouTube. Have a look!
I first heard it from the band Dervish and learned it years ago but it also pops up in our home session in Nashville from time to time. I was glad to be reminded of it!