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Decades Live In Buenos Aires (2019)


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Decades Live In Buenos Aires (2019)

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recorded on September 30 2018 in Buenos Aires during the Decades World Tour (2018)

 

Track list (with relevant threads when available)

Live performance (DVD/BR)

  1. Swanheart
  2. End Of All Hope
  3. Wish I Had An Angel
  4. 10th Man Down
  5. Come Cover Me
  6. Gethsemane
  7. Élan
  8. Sacrament Of Wilderness
  9. Deep Silent Complete
  10. Dead's Boy Poem
  11. Elvenjig (Note 1)
  12. Elvenpath
  13. I Want My Tears Back
  14. Amaranth
  15. The Carpenter
  16. The Kinslayer
  17. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
  18. Nemo
  19. Slaying The Dreamer
  20. The Greatest  Show On Earth
  21. Ghost Love Score

 

Note:

  1. "Elvenjig" is a previously unreleased folk-sounding instrumental piece serving as an introduction to "Elvenpath".

 

From the band:

I can find very little label promotion or interviews related to this release.

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  • 5 months later...

I was curious about mentions on the Internet of "Elvenjig" being a cover and not an original composition. There are claims that the instrumental was originally written by IONA, a folk-rock-prog band with which Troy started collaborating in about 1990 and of which he became an official member in 1995. He left the band in 2009, but the song "Jigs" was released in 2002, at a point where Troy was already being credited for playing uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle, bouzouki, acoustic and electric guitars and vocals with IONA.

"Jigs" is a much longer piece of music but one can clearly hear similarities with "Elvenjig" especially from 2:30 to 3:57, after which "Jigs" evolves into a different tune.

IONA - Jigs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xELIduockzM

"Jigs" was initially released on the IONA album "The River Flows: Anthology Vol. 1" (details here) which suggests that it was composed somewhat earlier. Actually the album liner mentions that "Jigs" was one of a number of popular tracks played during the band concerts in 2000 and 2001.

However, "Jigs" itself appears to be an adaptation of an old traditional folk song that Troy rearranged (only Internet talk here, no supporting evidence), so it wouldn't be a case of Nightwish covering the IONA song but rather of reinterpreting the same source material.

Anyway, I thought you would enjoy this little exploration of Troy's troubled past! 😁

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3 hours ago, Spartanguy83 said:

Yeah, there are definitely similarities. Any band members from IONA complain? 

Not to my knowledge, it was more of a discussion between fans. IONA as a band hasn't been active for many years, although individual members appear to keep busy.

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As I understand it 'jigs' and also 'reels' are traditional folk music standards and form the basis of many tunes. The repeating part of Elvenjig, once they all get going, is certainly a jig. Iona, and just about every other traditional folk band, would have some form of jig in their music. 

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It's possible for both songs to have been written at least in part by Troy, using the same jig and therefore ending up sounding very similar for the most part. I couldn't find anything on the internet specifically about Elvenjig though. 🤔

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