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  • Mad P

#14: How far can you get after less than a week of practice?

I like to know the story behind the tunes.

This tune is so fun, especially if you have a beautiful version to refer to, as Martin Hayes'. Very challenging, but amazing tricks to practice on. It's a very short tune, and not many recordings of it are available, but, as often in Irish music, it has plenty of different names! Very likely, it comes from the Scottish tradition, and more precisely from a collection called "Köhler's Violin Repository", where you can find it transcribed as a hornpipe (so, the name "Köhler's hornpipe" or just even "Köhler's", as used by the Celtic Fiddle Festival in their recording in 2016). This collection, though, was edited by a certain fiddle player whose name was W. B. Laybourn (who probably composed the tune himself!): for that reason it's then also called "Laybourn's". In 1994 #EileenIvers recorded this tune transposing it a tone up (from Cmaj to Dmaj), and, because of its similarity with the reknown classical piece, she renamed it " #Pachelbel 's frolic". Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, in their "Live in Seattle" in 1999, renamed the tune as "P. Joe's pecurious Pachelbel's special".

Mad P.

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