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"Star Of The County Down"


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At another forum, a bunch of us are attempting to collaborate in recording a number of Irish tunes. A lot of tune suggestions have been made, but everything is still in the initial stages right now. "Star of the County Down" was one of my suggestions. This particular tune/song has been discussed here before. For those who don't know, it's a "cousin tune" to the "Kingsfold" tune (better know, in the LDS community, as "If You Could Hie to Kolob.")

Like Kingsfold, it is usually in 4/4. It's tends to be played upbeat; e.g.,

However, I've come to prefer the tune in 6/8 (and substantially slower; giving it a contemplative feel); e.g.,

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So I've had my own go at it. Here it is, slowly, in 6/8 (closer-sounding in style to the second video.) It's on piano and two pennywhistles (high D and alto G.) This is just a rough preliminary recording. But if any of you (musically-inclined or not) have any suggestions and/or criticisms on what to add and/or what not to do and/or how it can be improved, I'm all ears (otherwise, I hope you enjoy it for the familiar tune that it is.) :)

Star of the County Down

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At another forum, a bunch of us are attempting to collaborate in recording a number of Irish tunes. A lot of tune suggestions have been made, but everything is still in the initial stages right now. "Star of the County Down" was one of my suggestions. This particular tune/song has been discussed here before. For those who don't know, it's a "cousin tune" to the "Kingsfold" tune (better know, in the LDS community, as "If You Could Hie to Kolob.")

Like Kingsfold, it is usually in 4/4. It's tends to be played upbeat; e.g.,

However, I've come to prefer the tune in 6/8 (and substantially slower; giving it a contemplative feel); e.g.,

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So I've had my own go at it. Here it is, slowly, in 6/8 (closer-sounding in style to the second video.) It's on piano and two pennywhistles (high D and alto G.) This is just a rough preliminary recording. But if any of you (musically-inclined or not) have any suggestions and/or criticisms on what to add and/or what not to do and/or how it can be improved, I'm all ears (otherwise, I hope you enjoy it for the familiar tune that it is.) :)

Star of the County Down

Ever seen the movie "Song Catcher"? I was adopted into a very musical family...so it was not passed down in the gene pool. So I learned the poetry of the songs instead.
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Ever seen the movie "Song Catcher"? I was adopted into a very musical family...so it was not passed down in the gene pool. So I learned the poetry of the songs instead.

I saw Songcatcher, loved the music, got bored to tears with the melodrama. Ballad poetry is amazing.

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Here's my favorite rendition of "If You Could Hie to Kolob." (Moon Quaker, if you feel this is too much of a thread derail, I'll delete it: just ask. :))

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At another forum, a bunch of us are attempting to collaborate in recording a number of Irish tunes. A lot of tune suggestions have been made, but everything is still in the initial stages right now. "Star of the County Down" was one of my suggestions. This particular tune/song has been discussed here before. For those who don't know, it's a "cousin tune" to the "Kingsfold" tune (better know, in the LDS community, as "If You Could Hie to Kolob.")

Like Kingsfold, it is usually in 4/4. It's tends to be played upbeat; e.g.,

However, I've come to prefer the tune in 6/8 (and substantially slower; giving it a contemplative feel); e.g.,

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So I've had my own go at it. Here it is, slowly, in 6/8 (closer-sounding in style to the second video.) It's on piano and two pennywhistles (high D and alto G.) This is just a rough preliminary recording. But if any of you (musically-inclined or not) have any suggestions and/or criticisms on what to add and/or what not to do and/or how it can be improved, I'm all ears (otherwise, I hope you enjoy it for the familiar tune that it is.) :)

Star of the County Down

By itself, the tune is nice done slow the way you did, but I think the lyrics work better as a reel (4/4) time or a slip jig (9/8 time).
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Here's my favorite rendition of "If You Could Hie to Kolob." (Moon Quaker, if you feel this is too much of a thread derail, I'll delete it: just ask. :))

No, not at all. I've got this medley I often play on piano. It goes Greensleeves ---> Star of the County Down (6/8) 1 verse ---> [key change and meter change] Kingsfold (4/4) 1 verse ---> Star of the County Down (4/4) 1 verse ---> Tam Lin (aka The Glasgow Reel.)

Anyway, for the Kingsfold part of the medley, I play it very much after the style of the piano bits of the Lex de Azevedo piece (hey, I've had that Lex de Azevedo CD since 2000.)

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While we're posting "Kingsfold"/"Star of the County Down" videos, here's a sweet medley of "Star of the County Down" (slowly) going into the aforementioned "Tam Lin" (becoming very fast and upbeat.)

(back to your regularly scheduled thread) :)

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Here's my favorite rendition of "If You Could Hie to Kolob." (Moon Quaker, if you feel this is too much of a thread derail, I'll delete it: just ask. :))

The only thing I could hope for the song...hoping I had written it. W.W. Phelps was an amazing writer!!! Edited by Bill “Papa” Lee
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