For Ireland, I Won't Say Her Name (Ar Éirinn ní n-eósainn cé h-í)

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    "Ar Éirinn ní n-eósainn cé h-í", or
    "For Ireland, I'd Not Tell Her Name", or

    This is a traditional Irish slow air, also used as a song air. In Scotland, it's known as "Tweedside" and sometime attributed to David Rizzio, musician and confidante to Mary Stuart, murdered on behalf of her husband.

    The harmonies I have used are from a concertina arrangement by Michel Van Der Meiren, which I have adapted to my instrumentation:

    I'm playing the lead on octave mandolin for the first repetition, with mandolin harmony, and swap parts between the OM and the Ajr for the second repetition.

    Mid-Missouri M-111 octave mandolin
    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin
    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Ozark tenor guitar

    Eddie has previously uploaded his recording of this slow air in a thread called "Airs and Graces" which also covered other tunes (Link). As Barbara has asked us to have separate threads for each tune, I've started a new thread rather than posting to Eddie's old thread.

  2. Eddie Sheehy
    Very nice . Martin. Do you have a copy of your arrangement, my son plays the concertina and this would make a nice duet...
  3. Eddie Sheehy
    Oops, just followed that link. Thanks, Martin.
  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Here's another one of my re-recordings of tunes that we play on a regular basis in our weekly mandolin gatherings. Same arrangement as my old 2014 recording, but different instrumentation.

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin (x2)
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  5. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Beautiful tune, nice playing Martin!
  6. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Christian -- it's a very rewarding tune to play!
  7. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    I had found this tune in a tunebook I must have loaded down some time ago, but I didn't like the melody all that much. So I gave up the tune and looked for something else to play. Then I heard Martin's version, really liked it and again tried to play it:
  8. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Lovely arrangement and very well played, Christian
  9. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    I like both of these. I have a version, not quite the same as these..I will look again. Nice song CC and Martin.
  10. Frithjof
    Lovely tune – very well played by both of you, Martin and Christian.
  11. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Thanks John, Ginny and Frithjof!
  12. Gelsenbury
    Very nice playing from both of you!

    Christian, that's a remarkable story about coming to like this tune only at the second attempt. And you produced such a nice version after all that. The photos look great, too. Did you take them?
  13. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    I've never been to Ireland, so I had to find the pictures on the net.
  14. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    Martin and CC - I am inspired by you both. I have recorded Sunset over Ayr and will do For Ireland next and pack them as a two- some.
  15. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Ginny -- looking forward to hearing your recordings!
  16. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    A big thanks to all who liked this tune from me too!
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