by Tamsyn

February 19, 2016

Irish Music Sample- "Londonderry Air"

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It is also a part of our Irish Music Collection

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, time to dust off your green clothes, catch a leprechaun, and learn some Irish Music! Do you have any Irish blood streaming through your veins? I've got a wee-bit, but my husband's red hair is a dead giveaway on who has more Irish ancestors.

What better way to celebrate the day when everyone gets to be Irish than to give children a sampling of Irish music? I LOVE Celtic music! What a rich repertoire folk music I had to choose from.  I have been arranging Irish music for piano this week and have chosen ten songs, which are available for members and will be sold separately when we finish filming instructional videos next week.  The songs are at varying levels of difficulty, Londonderry Air being the easiest to play.

Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)

This classic Irish melody is one of Ireland's best known. One legend attributes the melody to Rory Dall O'hanan, a famous blind harpist. One night as he was walking home drunk, he stopped to rest. When he woke up, he heard the most beautiful music he had ever heard. He lay still, afraid it would stop. Eventually his curiosity got the best of him and he turned around to see that there were fairies playing his harp. (how a blind man could see them is beyond me, but that's the legend). The fairies finished their song and left. Rory, now quite sober, quickly grabbed his harp and practiced the melody until he knew it by heart. This tune has also become famous as the setting for "Danny Boy".

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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