Slow air

A slow air is a type of tune in Irish traditional music, marked by the absence of strict metre or structure, melodically "open ended" and generally derived from the melody of a sung song but instead played on a solo melodic instrument.[1] The melodies are often drawn from the sean-nós solo singing tradition.[2]


  1. ^ Fintan Vallely (1 September 1999). The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. NYU Press. pp. 350–. ISBN 978-0-8147-8802-8.
  2. ^ Kip Lornell; Anne K. Rasmussen (4 January 2016). The Music of Multicultural America: Performance, Identity, and Community in the United States. University Press of Mississippi. pp. 70–. ISBN 978-1-62674-609-1.