Tunes from "The Loons" workshop, June 2018

The tunes below we learned with “The Loons” at Maine Fiddle Camp, June week 2018. Here’s a Google Drive folder with the files. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these tunes!

The Peat Fire Flame

This polka started life as a Scottish song. It’s on in various different keys and time signatures.

Mackilmoyle’s Reel

Also called the Gallop de Malbaie, everything you want to know about this tune you can find on this page here. I learned this at the Maine Country Dance and Fiddle Workshop, c. 1997. This version is very bare-bones, you will run across fancier ones in your travels. I encourage you to fancy this one up!

Slides Con Carthy’s Favorite and Maurice Manley’s

I learned these from the album The Living Stream by Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, two of the greatest exponents of music from Sliabh Luachra, the area around the Cork-Kerry border in Ireland. Con Carthy’s Favorite appears on Maurice Manley’s appears as a polka, but you can tell it’s the same basic idea.

Eileen O’Carroll

This is an Irish waltz that was popular in the Maine dance scene during the 70s and 80s. It is originally an air. You can learn more about it on It’s on under its Irish name, Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin ní Chearbhaill. Interestingly, you can hear it performed in its original “air” form on the album Copley Street, featuring Joey Abarta and Nathan Gourley, backed up by our very own Owen Marshall.

The Loon Tune

Taught to us by John Pranio, this tune was composed (he said) by Ruth Ungar as a child.

Extra Tune: Little Billy Wilson

I taught this tune to the Blues Jays and some of you wanted to learn it. Here’s a link to some transcriptions. I play it here in authentic Lincoln County, Maine Appalachian style.

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