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5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure-house of beautiful old tunes
This is a wonderful book. It is not easy to find a good compendium of slow folk tunes - there are plenty jaunty ones - but the old Irish tunes are so individual, so strange in some cases and so beautiful that to have 118 in one book, as happens here, is cause for great rejoicing! The tunes are set out very clearly in largish print, very easy to read, and are...
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great content, terrible binding
First of all I don't have any quibble with the content of this book which is excellent. However within a few minutes of flicking (gently) through the book, the glue of the binding cracked and split and the pages fell out in several chunks. Obviously this is undesirable in any book, but in a music book especially the binding is vital - a good music book should open...
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Mrs. M. J. Rimmer


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure-house of beautiful old tunes, 1 Dec 2009
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Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (Penny & Tin Whistle) (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book. It is not easy to find a good compendium of slow folk tunes - there are plenty jaunty ones - but the old Irish tunes are so individual, so strange in some cases and so beautiful that to have 118 in one book, as happens here, is cause for great rejoicing! The tunes are set out very clearly in largish print, very easy to read, and are conscientiously edited for slurs and phrase-marks ; metronome marks (often very slow) are given for most tunes. My only slight quibble, as I have no Irish Gaelic, is that I would have liked translations of those titles which are in Gaelic. No matter. This is a fine book and very good value.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great content, terrible binding, 22 Jun 2011
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Mrs. M. J. Rimmer (Cheshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (Penny & Tin Whistle) (Paperback)
First of all I don't have any quibble with the content of this book which is excellent. However within a few minutes of flicking (gently) through the book, the glue of the binding cracked and split and the pages fell out in several chunks. Obviously this is undesirable in any book, but in a music book especially the binding is vital - a good music book should open completely flat and remain open when propped on a music stand. I am waiting to hear from Amazon customer service obout this matter, but in my experience they are helpful and accommodating and I fully expect to be offered a replacement. With luck the replacement will not suffer from the same fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Many thanks., 3 April 2014
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Sean O'Maolchallann (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Great service. This book is a valuable addition to the musician's library. Highly recommended buy for the traditional Irish musician.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book....but you need to know how to read music., 20 Dec 2011
This review is from: Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (Penny & Tin Whistle) (Paperback)
This book has plenty of lovely Irish tunes, and many in the beautiful Irish language, which is a plus. However, as I bought this for my partner, who is only starting to learn the Irish Tin Whistle, it is perhaps not suitable. However, as I have some knowledge of music, I am able to 'translate' it into 'dots' until their is some knowlege there. It has a beautiful cover to it. The only problem I would have with it is that it is not also in the 'dot' form for beginners of the Tin Whistle and maybe also a CD for those who are not familiar with the tunes. Otherwise a nice buy. If you are going to buy this book, I would suggest making sure (as I did not) that you buy the one that includes the CD's, so you can become familiar with the tunes.
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