Catch The Air - Liner Notes

   

 

Musicians:

Gavin Whelan - whistle's, Uilleann pipes
Paul Doyle - guitar
Peter Eades - keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion
Gavin Ralston - guitar
Deirdre Smyth - fiddle
Daire Braken - fiddle

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(01) Ian Ghlinn Cuaich

I heard this air sung by Karen Matheson of Capercaillie and i fell in love with it on first hearing. It is the melody of a Scots Gaelic love song.

Gavin: low whistle, uilleann pipes -- Peter: keyboards
 

(02) Emigrant’s Farewell

This air was recorded by the late Eithne Ni Uallacháin. It is a sad and nostalgic song about emigration, a far more familiar feature of life in this day and age.

Gavin: whistle -- Gavin Ralston: guitar
 

(03) Hector the Hero

This air was composed by James Scot Skinner in tribute to Major Genearal Hector MacDonald,, a friend of Skinnner's. I first heard this played by Tommy Peoples on a Bothy Band album called 1975.

Gavin: Uilleann pipes -- Deirdre: fiddle -- Peter: Keyboards
 

(04) Lord Mayo (Tiarna Mhaigh Eo)

This beautiful air was collected by Edward Bunting from the harper Arthur O'Neill. The air is said to have been composed by a harper called Thady Kennan who was a contemporary of Turlough Carolan

Gavin: Uilleann pipes
 

(5) Geaftai Bhaile Bhuí

I learned this slow air from the playing of Sean potts. It is also a song sung by Neili Ni Dhomhnaill from Rann na Feirste. Neilí was the aunt of Micheal, Maighread and Triona of Skara Brae and Bothy band fame.

Gavin: whistle -- Paul: guitar
 

(06) An Páistín Fionn (The fair haired child)

An Páistín Fionn is the melody of a very popular song. Numerous versions have been collected over the years in Munster and in Connacht and can be found in various collections including the Bunting manuscripts and the journal of the Irish folk song society.

Gavin: low f whistle -- Peter: keyboards
 

(07) Me le m'uilinn

This is another great air from the singing of Karen Matheson.

Gavin: low f whistle -- Peter: keyboards, percussion, guitar, bass
 

(08) Easter Snow

Paddy Tunney learned this song from his mother Brigid Tunney. It also appears in the petrie collection and under the titles Diseart Muadháin and Sneachta Cásga. It has been recorded by musicians and singers alike including Paddy Tunney, Tim Lyons and Seamus Ennis

Gavin: uilleann pipes -- Peter: keyboards
 

(09) A húadaí Pheadair Éamainn

A Hiúadaí Pheadair Éamainn was written by Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill father, Aodh ó Dhomhnaill, and was taken from the air, Mo Buachaillin donn. It was

also recorded on Maighread Ní Domhnaill's first album on the Gael linn 1976 LP.

Gavin: whistle -- Gavin Ralston: guitar
 

(10) Beann Dubh an Ghleanna

I Picked up this tune from the playing of Dublin whistle player Sean Potts a founder member of the Chieftains.

Gavin: whistle -- Gavin Ralston: guitar
 

(11) Limericks lamentation.

Also known as Marbhna Luimni (which means the dead of Limerick)

but more usually called in English Limerick’s Lamentation. It is a Jacobean tune lamenting the defeat of the Irish-Jacobean forces at the siege of Limerick in 1691.

Gavin: low whistle, Uilleann pipes -- Peter: keyboards
 

(12) Aé Fond Kiss

This is the air to a song written by the famous poet Robert Burns who is acknowledged as Scotland's national poet. Burns wrote original poems as well as collecting and adapting songs from the Scottish tradition. He died in 1796.

Gavin: low F whistle -- Daire: fiddle -- Peter, Keyboards
 

(13) Ni ar Chnoc ná ar isteacht (Neither a high place nor a low place)

Dublin tin whistle player the late Denis Ó Brien was my source of this lovely air.

Gavin: whistle -- Peter: keyboards

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Credits

Recorded and mixed by Peter Eades
Mastered by Billy Farrell
Photography by Colm Keating and Con Kelleher
Sleeve notes by Gavin Whelan and Joan McDermott
Produced by Gavin Whelan

www.gavinwhelan.ie


 


 

 

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