Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Galway (hornpipe): Brendan (eile)

 The Galway (hornpipe)

A great hornpipe with a lot of scope to practice triplets. It has been widely recorded; for example, Andy McGann and Paul Brady It's A Hard Road to Travel (1977) and Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop To Hell with the Begrudgers (1998).

There are also two great banjo recordings from which to draw inspiration; Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo (1998) and John Carty I Will If I Can (2005). I've been working from the latter on which John Carty plays the hornpipe using a capo on the first fret. I've also been using Enda Scahill's Irish Banjo Tutor - book and CD - for chord ideas. It's still a bit rough around the edges but it will have to do for now (as work beckons).

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