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Traditional Irish music & Song


Traditional Irish music & Song

The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on Mountain Dulcimer

Members: 234
Latest Activity: 22 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Irish Chunes in the Song Circle 12 Replies

Introduced a couple of Irish tunes to our Wednesday song circle/jam/potluck at the Ottsville Trad Arts Center this Wednesday, and they went over very well.  First was The Waxie's Dargle and second…Continue

Started by Timothy. Last reply by Ken Babb 22 hours ago.

World War 1 Songs of War. 7 Replies

Danny Boy,released just prior to WW1, Danny Boy with it's images of loss, parting and hints of reunion, became an anthem for the troops. Penned in 1910 by prolific British songwriter and lawyer…Continue

Started by Val Hughes. Last reply by John Henry on Monday.

Cad é sin don té sin? (Amhrán) 20 Replies

Cad é sin don té sin? is a very simple song from the Donegal Gaeltacht. The character in the song wants to live his life as he pleases, without any interference from anyone. First heard this song…Continue

Started by Val Hughes. Last reply by Brian G. Aug 10.

Pretty Maid Milking her Cow 10 Replies

I'm working out this song but the refrain is in Gailic and I'd like to know what it means, and how to pronounce it. Anyone know any background on this song as well.  I've heard several…Continue

Started by Janene Millen. Last reply by Janene Millen Aug 9.

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Comment by Val Hughes yesterday

Welcome to the Irish group Ken.

Comment by Val Hughes on Tuesday

You are very welcome to the Irish group Dana.

Comment by Val Hughes on Monday

Welcome to this group Ken.

Comment by Val Hughes on September 11, 2014 at 2:47pm

Welcome to this group Chris, and best wishes on your Dulcimer journey.

Comment by Jill Geary on September 8, 2014 at 3:05pm


Yea!!! Looking forward to the videos!

Comment by Guy Babusek on September 8, 2014 at 1:12pm

I've been doing a lot of arranging of Irish music for MD lately.  I finished "An Mhaighdean Mhara" yesterday, "Malaí Na Gcuach Ní Chuileannáin" for 3 dulcimers last week and "Siúil A Rún" (two separate versions).  I'm hoping to record some videos to share soon...

Comment by Pat on September 2, 2014 at 9:55am

Thank you Val.  I'm really enjoying learning the Irish music, it's beautiful.

Looking forward to learning more about it and am happy to have joined

this group on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. 

Comment by Val Hughes on September 2, 2014 at 4:13am

You are very welcome to the Irish group Pat.

Comment by Val Hughes on August 26, 2014 at 9:03am

You are very welcome to the Irish group Diana. 

Comment by Laura Elder on August 24, 2014 at 8:11pm

Thank you Val. Looked like a great place to be. Been Looking into Thomas Moore music. Interesting how many of his poems were set to Airs and such. So figured If I had any questions or comments and such I could post them here. Hope to be arranging tab of Thomas Moore songs.


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