Tune of the Week

A new tune each Wednesday (more or less) chosen arbitrarily by your Webmaster, a mixture of traditional and new tunes, but in traditional styles.  Site visitors are encouraged to nominate tunes for this page via the Suggestion Form.

This week’s tune:

Josephin’s (Baptismal) Waltz by Roger Talroth.  A beautiful Swedish waltz played often in G but composed, I believe, in F (which I prefer).  Josefin is Roger’s niece.

Last week’s tune:

Swinging on a Gate: A reel in G from Ireland? England? Scotland? USA? –pretty international.

Recent Tunes of the Week:

  • South Wind, a beautiful 18th century Irish waltz
  • Billy in the Lowground, A favorite traditional Appalachian reel probably with Scottish or Irish roots.
  • Warm in the Winter.  It’s cold outside, 12°F (-11°C), as I write this, and this tune by my very good friend Susan Reid is very comforting.  Don’t miss the video.
  • The Troll in the Knitting Machine.  The provenance of this polska is unknown, but what a wonderful title, Trollet i skäkten in Swedish!
  • Planxty Hewlett.  Thought to be by Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738), a charming waltz.  O’Carolan was a blind Celtic harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. Although not a composer in the classical sense, Carolan is considered by many to be Ireland’s national composer. 
  • Michael’s Mazurka, a wonderful tune from Shetland by Michael Ferrie (of Fiddlers Bid), a great talent who died very young of cancer. Michael Ferrie wrote this in 1996 in the last week of his life.