Music

Distil Scratch Band – ‘Cherry Falls’

Arranged for the Distil Scratch Band Day on May 6th 2015 this is one of Tina’s favourite tunes from her ‘Tune of the Week’ project. Performing on this live track are Patsy Reid on fiddle, James Lindsay on bass, Alyn Cosker on drums and Dave Milligan on piano.

Distil Scratch Band – ‘Ducks at Luss’

The first Distil Scratch Band Day took part in September 2014. This is a tune that Tina wrote in her ‘Tune of the Week’ project and she arranged it for piano, fiddle, drums and bass. Performing on this live track from the day are Patsy Reid on fiddle, James Lindsay on bass, Alyn Cosker on drums and Tina Jordan Rees on piano.

Distil Showcase – ‘Albert’

This is a piece composed by Tina Jordan Rees for the Distil Showcase which was held on May 9th 2014 in the Tolbooth Stirling. The piece was written for McFall’s Chamber with 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass with the addition of piano. This is a live recording from the showcase, the piece is played by McFall’s Chamber with Victoria Amy Robinson on piano.

Tina Jordan Rees – Féistastic 2

A special “presentation music” track from the latest Irish dance album by Tina Jordan Rees including the tunes Lizzie in the Lowground by Liz Carroll, Room 215 by Peter Morrison, Pipe Down by Tina Jordan Rees and Free Falling by Michael McGoldrick.

Custom Music – McDonald School Choreography

A custom music track to be performed to by the McDonald School of Irish Dance in the U-15 Choreography at the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas 2013. All three tunes compositions by Tina: Tripod’s Frolics, Up and Down, McDonald School Dancers.

Tina Jordan Rees & Gráinne Brady – ‘Tinstring/Pipe Down/The Lismore Session’

A track from the debut album ‘High Spirits’ by Tina & Gráinne.

Tinsting (Gráinne Brady) / Pipe Down (Tina Jordan Rees) / The Lismore Session (Tina Jordan Rees)

Top Floor Taivers – ‘Princess Rosanna’

Taken from the debut album ‘A Delicate Game’ by Top Floor Taivers.

Tina Jordan Rees & Megan Henderson

The following track is of Tina and Megan Henderson (fiddle). Tina recorded this track for a project as part of a project for her BA (Hons) Scottish Music. The first tune is Emmett’s Hedgehog by Niall Vallely then November 9 and Remember That One Time both by Tina.

Tina Jordan Rees – Féistastic

This track is taken from Tina’s debut Irish dance album Féistastic.

Tina Jordan Rees & Kristan Harvey

Taken from the 2011 TMSA Young Trad Tour CD, this track starts off with a beautiful slow air from Tina and Kristan (Tina’s Live Music Now partner).

Tina Jordan Rees 4th Year Final Piano Recital – Friday 13th May 2011

Below are live mp3 recordings from Tina’s final piano recital of the BA (Hons) in Scottish Music.  She is joined by a number of fantastic musicians (Megan Henderson, Claire Hastings, Ruth Tarr, Ryan Young, Kevin Murphy, David Foley) on some of the tracks.  All of the sets are arranged by Tina. Megan Henderson co-arranged the Where’s The Kitty set, Claire Hastings co-arranged The Fause Bride, Ruth Tarr co-arranged Cille Pheadair and the final set was co-arranged with Ryan Young, Kevin Murphy and David Foley.

1. The Stonehouse Jig/The Long Road/Soggy’s

A huge influence for Tina’s piano playing is the Irish dance music tradition.  These 3 tunes are all popular in Irish dance music today.  The first was written as a jig but is played as a heavy jig (basically a slow jig at speed 73 bpm).  The right hand is mimicking the rhythms which the dancers create with their heavy shoes.  The 2 slip jigs are contemporary compositions by Gerry Conlon and Sean Og Graham who are both traditional Irish and Irish dance musicians.

2. Where’s The Kitty/Up and Down/Pookie Cat’s Reel

Megan Henderson joins Tina on fiddle for this set of 3 tunes which Tina composed herself.  The first is a 7/8 tune which Tina wrote for a composition class at the RSAMD.  Megan enjoyed mimicking the title of Up and Down in the arrangement of the tune.  The last reel is an example of why you should never let your mother name a tune for you…

3. The Air Tune/So you Wanna Dance Now

The first tune here is a lovely slow tune by the great fiddler Liz Carroll.  Tina wrote the second tune in this set for her sister Lindsay.

4. The Fause Bride

Claire Hastings joins Tina for this beautiful song.  It is sung to an Irish tune called “The Lambs on the Green Hill”.

5. Warlock’s/Glengarry’s Dirk/Lady Gordon of Gordonstown/Castle Kelly 

This set came about after Tina gathered and developed ideas for the left hand from arrangements in David Milligan’s book “Scottish Piano Collection”.

6. Mo Ghaol Oigear a Chuil Dhuinn

This is a beautiful, traditional Gaelic air.

7. Cille Pheadair 

Ruth Tarr joins Tina on the saxophone for this great wee tune written by Alan MacDonald.  This was something new for Tina to work with a saxophone player.

8. Archie Menzie’s/Donald Stewart the PIper/The Rookery 

This set of tunes is played in a more traditional style with a vamping-style left hand accompaniment.  The energy that is created through this style of left hand is vibrant.  The first tune was written by John Lowe, the second by James Scott Skinner and the third by Vincent Broderick.

9. Pink Flammingo/Jungle Tits/You Saucy Little Devil 

For this set Tina is joined by Ryan Young (fiddle), Kevin Murphy (accordion) and David Foley (bodhran).  The first jig is a great composition by Nuala Kennedy, the second jig was written by David Foley and then the set finishes up with a cracking reel by Kevin Murphy.