Another Time - Liner Notes



01. The Stone in the Field / Ambrose Maloney’s / The Small Hills of Offaly (reels)

The Stone in the Field was a great favourite of Dublin piper Tommy Reck who died in 1991. I picked up the second tune from the playing of two great musicians, Noel O’Donohue and Michael Queally from Clare. The last reel, a Paddy O’Brien composition, was written in honour of his native County Offaly.

Gavin - whistle; Donnacha - guitar; Colm - bodhrán

02. Paddy Taylor’s / The Trip to Bantry (jigs)

Paddy Taylor’s is named after the great flute player from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick who emigrated to London in the 1930s. The Trip to Bantry is another composition from the renowned accordion player Paddy O’Brien.

Gavin - whistle; Donnacha - guitar; Colm - bodhrán

03. The Mountain Lark / Paddy Killoran’s / The Hut on Statten Island (reels)

I heard the Mountain Lark on a recording called The Tulla Ceili Band – A Celebration of 50 Years. Paddy Killoran’s is also known as Sweeney’s Dream, the Sweeney in question being fiddle player Paddy Sweeney from Sligo who recorded with Paddy Killoran in the 1930s. Yet another title for the tune is The Girl with the Laughing Eyes. The last reel was composed by Scotsman Phil Cunningham.

Gavin - whistle; Zoë - fiddle; Finbarr - mandolin; Eoin - bouzouki

04. The Buck from the Tree / The Swan (hornpipes)

I learned the first hornpipe from the flute playing of Kevin Crawford and John Rynne. The Swan was composed by Tipperary fiddle player Sean Ryan and was published in The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Sean Ryan.

Gavin - whistle; Eoin - bouzouki

05. An Bonnán Buí – The Yellow Bittern (slow air)

This very beautiful song was written by the famous South Ulster poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna (c.1680-c.1756). The song tells the story of a man who, having seen a yellow bittern die of thirst on the road, vowed the same thing would never happen to him. Unfortunately the yellow bittern has become extinct in Ireland since Cathal Buí’s time.

Gavin - whistle, Gavin Ralston - guitar

06. McConnell’s Highland / The Laccaroe Reel / Hill 16 (highland / reels)

The highland takes its names from the McConnell brothers, Alec who played fiddle, and Mickey who played both fiddle and highland pipes. The Mc Connell brothers were relatives of both Tarlach Mac Suibhne and the Doherty’s and lived manly around Ardara, west Donegal.It was the McConnell’s who introduced this version of the highland to Glencolmcille around the beginning of the last century. This version differs somewhat from the Doherty’s setting of the tune. The first reel in this set is associated with East Clare. I got it from the playing of Martin Hayes and Mary MacNamara. Hill 16 is a Finbarr Dwyer composition.

Gavin - whistle; Aogán - concertina; Donacha - guitar

07. Joe Derrane’s / The Stolen Purse / The Homecoming (jigs)

The first jig is called after Joe Derrane from Boston. Joe is a legendary figure among accordion players. The second jig comes from the playing of flute and whistle player Christy Barry. The last tune is a composition of bouzouki player Eoin O’Neill

Gavin - whistle; Donnacha - guitar; Colm - bodhrán

08. Paddy Mills’ / The Connacht Heifers (reels)

The first reel was composed by fiddle player Paddy Mills from Belmullet, Co. Mayo. The Connacht Heifers can be found in the Dance Music of Willie Clancy and Ceol Rince na hEireann Vol. 1 and also has the alternative title of The Silvermines.

Gavin - pipes; Zoë - fiddle

09. The Hunt (hornpipe)

This tune has strong associations with the music of Clare piper Willie Clancy.
It appears as set dance in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. It also appears in
The Roche Collection.

Gavin - whistle; Finbarr - fiddle, mandolin; Eoin - bouzouki

10. The Trip to Cullenstown / Jack Coughlan’s / Out on the Road (reels)

This is a version of Trip to Cullenstown which was written by harmonica player Phil (Pip) Murphy from Carrig on Bannow, Co. Wexford. Gabe O’Sullivan named the second reel in honour of the great flute player Jack Coughlan from Ballinakill. Out on the Road was composed by piano player Josephine Keegan who for many years was Sean Maguire’s accompanist.

Gavin - whistle; Aogán - concertina; Donnacha - guitar

11. Anach Cuain (slow air)

Composed by the blind Mayo poet Antoin Ó Raiftearaí Anach Cuain tells of a drowning tragedy on Lough Corrib in 1828 when a boat carrying passengers, livestock and goods from Annaghdown pier to a fair in Galway capsized. Even though the boat was quite close to the shore nineteen passengers perished that day, eleven men and eight women. I learned this version from Sean ‘Ac Donnacha’s album An Spailpín Fánach.

Gavin - whistle; Peter Eades - keyboards

12. Mullingar Races / McGivney’s Fancy (hornpipes)

The first hornpipe can be found in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland and is the first of two settings. It was also recorded by Frankie Gavin on his album Fierce Traditional. McGivney’s Fancy is a version of the well-known hornpipe The Cuckoo’s Nest and was recorded by James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien and Daithí Sproule on Traditional Music of Ireland.

Gavin - whistle; Aogán Lynch - conertina; Donnacha - guitar

13. The Lady on the Island / Hogties (reels)

The first tune appears in Breandán Breathnach’s Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1 and also in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. Hogties is another one of the many compositions of Scottish piano accordion maestro Phil Cunningham.

Gavin - whistle; Donnacha - guitar; Colm - bodhrán


All titles traditional, arranged by Gavin Whelan except:

The Small Hills of Offaly & The Trip to Bantry composed by Paddy O’Brien
The Hut on Statten Island & Hogties composed by Phil Cunningham
The Swan composed by Sean Ryan
The Homecoming composed by Eoin O’Neill
Paddy Mills’ composed by Paddy Mills
The Trip to Cullenstown composed by Philip (Pip) Murphy


Gavin Whelan whistles, uilleann pipes
Zoë Conway fiddle
Donnacha Moynihan guitars
Eoin O’Neill bouzouki
Colm Murphy bodhrán
Finbarr Naughton mandolin, fiddle
Aogán Lynch concertina
Gavin Ralston guitar
Peter Eades keyboards


Producer: Gavin Whelan
Recorded at: The Mill Studio, Swords, Co. Dublin
Engineer: Peter Eades
Mastered by: Robyn Robins at
Mid-Atlantic Digital, Enniskillen
Sleeve notes: Gavin Whelan &
Joan McDermott
Photography: Paul McCarthy
Design: Dara Ní Bheacháin

Gavin Whelan uses whistles made by John Sindt ( and uilleann pipes made by Donnacha Keegan


Thanks to all the musicians who feature on this recording. Thanks for your time and talent. Thank you also to all the staff in the Irish Traditional Music Archive and to
Paul McGrattan.

Special thanks to Mam and Dad, my family and friends.





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