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GUEST,Sharon G Tune Req: Essential Irish songs? (33) RE: Tune Req: Essential Irish songs? 15 Jan 03

I'm in a band that performs mostly Irish material, tunes and songs, in a variety of venues including concerts, pubs, and private parties/weddings. I don't sing... though I have been known to both suggest songs to our vocalist and critique her choices or the band's arrangements ;-)

I think it's important to have a few songs that your listeners will find familiar. As a band, we usually try to find a balance between overdone and unknown songs. That might include Star of the County Down, Will You Go, Lassie, Go? and Spancil Hill, for example.    We skip the political songs.   We use books, performances, and recordings for finding source material. But it's always nice to be able to find new, less familiar songs to share with an audience, especially if you can lure them in with a good introduction.

And then it seems essential to have songs that fit a variety of moods- contemplative, sweet, catchy, mildly humorous and rowdy, so you can vary the intensity of the set you're performing.

Sharon G

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