Airs

Airs

Intro

Musicians usually benefit by learning an air from a singer. This is helpful in understanding the phrasing, mood and inflections of the song. Knowing the words of the song also helps the musician appreciate where the song is coming from emotionally. Most airs are not in any strict tempo. The structure of these airs is obviously the same as the songs – generally simple (e.g. AABA).

Listen

  • Willie Clancy

    The Rocks of Bawn performed on the uilleann pipes

  • Sean Keane

    Dark Lochnagar, an air performed on the fiddle

  • Willie Clancy

    The Bonny Bunch of Roses performed on the uilleann pipes

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