Wednesday 7 September 2011
Tune of the Day: The Star of Munster
Traditional Irish reel
This melody dates back to at least the latter part of the 19th century. It is peculiar in that while the first part is clearly in the key of A Dorian, the second part has a tendency to veer to E minor. The reel has proved quite popular as an accompaniment for New England contra dances since the 1970s, and is frequently heard today at Irish sessions.