Improvisations on Irish Airs

Arranger: Ian Callanan , Eileen Bird

Music Adapted: Kate Cuddy

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Guitar: Yes

Instrumental parts included: C Instrument, B-flat Instrument

Music Source: Trad. Irish, arr. Eileen Bird, Kate Cuddy and Ian Callanan


The beauty of traditional Irish music has and continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe, including those of Ian, Kate, and Eileen. The sixteen airs included in this collection struck an emotional chord in particular.  

Ian recorded Kate Cuddy (piano) and Eileen Bird (flute) in his own home and transcribed the improvisations to bring us this unique edition. These airs and the improvisations on them tug on the heartstrings – often they are songs of unrequited or missed love. They are steeped in a rich and deep beauty that is bound to fill your soul with the calm and beauty of Ireland.


Improvisation No. 1: Ar Éirinn ní Neosfainn Cé Hí
Improvisation No. 2: Cailin na Gruaige Doinne
Improvisation No. 3: Fainne Gael an Lae
Improvisation No. 4: Suantraí Na Maighdine
Improvisation No. 5: Buachaill Ón Éirne
Improvisation No. 6: An Buachaillin Bán
Improvisation No. 7: The Month of January
Improvisation No. 8: Bríd Óg Ní Mháille
Improvisation No. 9: Spancil Hill
Improvisation No. 10: Callin Deas Cruite na mBo
Improvisation No. 11: Seó H-ín Seó
Improvisation No. 12: Eamonn a' Chnoic
Improvisation No. 13: An Traigh Mughdhorna
Improvisation No. 14: Caisléan U, Néill
Improvisation No. 15: Bí 'Íosa Im Chroíse
Improvisation No. 16: Fanny Power/An Gaoth Aneas

Categories: Collection, Instrumental, Keyboard

Scored for: Mixed Ensemble

Number of Pages: 152

Format: Softcover