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pipermm 12-05-2018 07:54 AM

Irish Funeral
 
I have currently been asked to potentially play at an Irish funeral. The family specifically requested an Irish piper. I only play the highland pipes and my kilt is a Scottish tartan

Having not done an Irish funeral before, can anyone suggest if there are any specific Irish tunes that would normally be played at an Irish funeral
and if there is anything else I should potentially be aware of that may get asked of me, particularly if it would differ from a funeral for a Scottish person

I am still very new to piping at funerals so any info given would be gratefully received

Patrick McLaurin 12-05-2018 08:54 AM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
King of Laois is a very pretty tune with Irish connections.

I have no idea what an Irish piper is. You might ask for clarification to ensure they are not looking for an uilleann piper. I’m from Texas but I’m not a Texas Piper.

salmunmousavi 12-05-2018 09:10 AM

Irish Funeral
 
If it were me, I’d play Danny Boy. Beautiful old Irish song, and could be very appropriate for a funeral. (I guess the original tune before the lyrics were written was called Londonderry Air?)
And yeah, I would say that Irish Piper could either mean Uileann Piper or maybe like a Brigade Piper? Like a Saffron Kilt? Maybe ask for some clarification there.


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Patrick McLaurin 12-05-2018 09:25 AM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
Danny Boy cannot be played correctly on highland bagpipes. Please don’t.

ironron 12-05-2018 09:44 AM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
Into the stilly night is an irish lament ..not heard very often,, First heard it at the queen mothers funeral..

el gaitero 12-05-2018 10:31 AM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
Imho...don’t get boxed into a corner ...tell the prospective client what you will play...rather them give you a play list of way too many tunes ...many of which you likely won’t know or learn in time.

Play only what you are comfortable with. Usually at funerals. you’d play a few tunes shortly before the service and specific ( e.g. going home) to pipe the coffin into the church...then out,..after the service (My) usual exit tunes are simply,of course, amazing grace and auld Lang zyne.

Contrary opinions aside, ...a right setting of Danny Boy ( aka Londonderry aire ) can be played and easily recognized.

If you play at graveside...a variety of ‘any’ hymns, airs, ‘irish’ marches at a slowed tempo, as mourners arrive will work. No one is going to accost you. ( unless playing abysmally) for not playing “Irish” tunes. ( ask them to prove it)

Patrick McLaurin 12-05-2018 11:30 AM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
I don’t know how long the link will persist on mandolintab but Danny Boy does not fit on the highland pipe scale.

http://converter.mandolintab.net/con...=fmt/dummy.fmt

salmunmousavi 12-05-2018 12:01 PM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by el gaitero (Post 1333244)
Contrary opinions aside, ...a right setting of Danny Boy ( aka Londonderry aire ) can be played and easily recognized.


Heartily agree.




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Kevin 12-05-2018 12:10 PM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ironron (Post 1333241)
Into the stilly night is an irish lament ..not heard very often,, First heard it at the queen mothers funeral..

Did you mean Oft in the Stilly Night? It's a great tune.

Best regards,
Kevin

Kevin 12-05-2018 12:15 PM

Re: Irish Funeral
 
Check out the tune list here https://www.halleonard.com/product/v...wtype=songlist

Hopefully you already know a few of them.

Kevin


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