Tourish\’s Tour Around the Box

Tourish’s Tour Around the Box

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I composed this tune for the piano accordion virtuoso Martin Tourish. Martin won the TG4 Gradam Ceoil award for Young Musician of the Year a couple of years ago. Few people have such a command of the piano accordion as he has. He plays in ever key and mode imaginable and so I wrote this as a tribute to his abilities. All the notes in the chromatic scale are in this tune but there’s no chromatic passages, so it’s a bit odd but not so odd as to sound out of keeping with Irish trad.
I used this tune as the basis for the finale to ‘Errigal Suite’.



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This pic shows Martin Tourish and I performing at Africa Day with Niwel Tsumbu and Cion O’Callaghan
Photo: Eileen Hassett