Traditional Irish Music
Paddy Keenan plays an unforgettably haunting air: 'Johnny's Tune, For The Avalon'.
The air is an original compostion written by Paddy in the Irish traditional music style.
The arrangement of the tune is unique, as it moves from Paddy's wistful low whistle solo into the harmonious and heavenly uilleann pipes.
'Johnny's Tune', written for Paddy's father, was inspired by the landscape near Gallows Cove on the northeast coast of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.
Paddy's father, John Keenan Sr., was a seminal influence in Paddy's life and music. John himself was a multi-instrumentalist and he imparted this passion for music and for piping in particular to all his family, including Johnny, Brendan and Thomas, all of whom have made their mark in Irish Music. Paddy plays a haunting melancholic and gripping tribute to his father and teacher, who sadly died too young in 1992.
The air ends in an abrupt fashion with the pipe's regulators being in played full throttle. Paddy has explained that the final notes of the tune, being cut short, represent the unexpected and tragic end of John Keenan's life.
Recorded arrangement of this soulful and heartfelt memorial can be heard on Paddy's CD entitled "Na Keen Affair'.
Video features Brian Haitz accompaniment on bouzouki.
Recorded live August, 2011 in Weißen Ross, Kirchheimbolanden, Germany.
Presented by Pat Kelly and The George Carruthers Memorial Irish Music School.
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