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    I found out some interesting things about how Irish folk music is composed. Each phrase is eight bars long, and there are two phrases in the piece, each repeated twice. (And it had better sound Irish! ) The reel is the fastest dance, in 4/4 time, the jig is also lively, usually in 6/8 time, but there are different kinds of jigs. Then there are slower folk songs, but as far as I know they nearly always follow that pattern. I might compose an Irish suite sometime; after all, I'm Irish. B)

    BTW, I think it would be nice to have a section for folk and ethnic music from around the world.

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    Ooo, I love Irish music, too! Especially that Irish tenor voice! A folk music section may just be a good idea. Some folk music does end up classical ...
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    Originally posted by becky@Aug 4 2004, 02:00 AM
    Ooo, I love Irish music, too&#33; Especially that Irish tenor voice&#33; A folk music section may just be a good idea. Some folk music does end up classical ...
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    Yep, there&#39;s a rather blurred line between folk and classical, and I like it that way. I love Hungarian dances, for instance&#33; (I intend to compose many of them.) I just love Irish music too, though personally I can&#39;t stand the three tenors&#33; I have a great weakness for Irish flutes, and the fiddles and dulcimers and harps. All of which are essential to Irish music.

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    BTW, I think it would be nice to have a section for folk and ethnic music from around the world.
    A good idea&#33; Thanks&#33;

    Irish music is fun to listen, though I feel a bit foreign in it as well. But much better than Jazz :P

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    Originally posted by baroque flute@Aug 3 2004, 08:48 PM
    I can&#39;t stand the three tenors&#33;
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    Do you mean Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti? They are the greatest living tenors, but the Irish tenor voice is completely different. For one, they are mainly small Irish men and the accent is almost a must&#33;

    BTW, I adore the Three Tenors&#33; Their voices, especially Luciano&#39;s, send chills down my spine... but they can be discussed in the vocal music section&#33;
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    No, I wasn&#39;t talking about the people you mentioned. Of those three I have only heard Pavarotti, and I don&#39;t mind him at all. The one I can&#39;t stand is Frank Patterson "Ireland&#39;s Golden Tenor" <_< . I thought he was one of the three IRISH tenors but he isn&#39;t . I looked it up and I actually like the three Irish tenors quite a bit. They&#39;ve got that accent you were talking about, I think.

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    All Irish music sounds the same to me. Despite my Irish heratige, I think it's as boring as! Folk music only shines when incorporated into a Dvorak symphony!
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    I've recently joined a new string group at my music centre, that mainly focusses on folk music and I'm loving it so much! My familys from Ireland so I've been into it since I was small, but its something I really really enjoy doing. I know theyre not quite folk music, more folk/rock, but does anyone else listen to the Pogues?
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    I love Irish music. I particularly love The Chieftains. They are amazing. I went to one of their concerts, and it inspired me to arrange some celtic music I have into little ensembles. Sadly, none of my main instruments are irish-like. That's why I picked up the tin whistle, and I love it.

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    I too really enjoy Irish folk music, but you need to have a good medley, say 5 or 6 pieces to make it long enough to be none repetitious, The Chieftains are great, I also enjoy English Folk Music and find it has a bit more variety in it,

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    I too like Irish folk music.

    Favourite song is "I'll take you home again Kathleen".

    Anyone else know it?

    I came across a lady in a call-centre a while back, and she gave her name as "Kathleen". I said that's unusual but I like it because it happens to be the name of a song I know and like. She replied wistfully "yes I know it too; my father used to sing it to me every night for years when I was a young child; it was his favourite song too".



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    Yes Topaz, I know it well, I would be very surprised if 95% of people here did not know it.

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    Thanks. I bet you are right about the 95%. This song is on a CD called "Songs of Ireland", artist is the Evergreens, label is Emporio EMPRCD 578, released 1995.

    It's very likely on many other CDs, but the one above contains 20 songs which are all vey good, and well sung.



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    if you like irish music the best thing to do is book yourself a flight out there. I spent a month on tour in ireland last year and heard so much irish music in the way its meant to be heard - around a table with lots of guiness. Without a doubt the best way to hear it is to get yourself over there and into the pubs. Ask around the towns for places that have sessions. if there's enough people in your party the pub will probably phone around the musicians and organise something to ensure everyone stays in the bar and buys lots of guiness from them....that's good too!

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    If only , I will add it to my list of things to do, then hope that I live another 30 yrs lol

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