In Full Flight - Liner Notes



01. The Leitrim Lilter / Captain Kelly’s / The Reel with the Birl (reels)

The first tune was composed by Leitrim-born fiddler and piano player Charlie Lennon. Captain Kelly’s is a traditional tune which can be found in O’Neills Music of Ireland. The third reel is closely related to the well-known Drowsy Maggie. It was collected from Elizabeth Crotty from Kilrush in the 1950s by Ciarán Mac Mathúna.

Gavin –whistle; Donnacha – guitar; Colm - bodhrán

02. Gráinne’s Welcome / Joe Deranne’s / The Leitrim Quickstep (jigs)

Gráinne’s Welcome, (also known as Welcome Home Gráinne), is associated with the Donegal fiddle player John Doherty. I picked up Joe Derrane’s jig from a live recording of the great Galway band De Dannan. There was a new-born interest in Boston-born accordion player, Joe Derrane’s music when his early 78 rpm recordings were re-issued on CD in the 1990s. The last tune is associated with James Byrne, the highly esteemed fiddle player from Mín a’Crois, Glencolmcille in Co. Donegal

Gavin – whistle; Colm - bodhrán

03. Horse Keane’s / The Four Provinces (hornpipe, fling)

The first tune is associated with Horse Keane, aka Jimmy Keane, a sean-nós singer born in the Connemara Gaeltacht. His son, also Jimmy, is an accordion player who lives in Chicago where his family moved to when he was a young boy. The second tune was recorded by The Four Provinces Orchestra in the 1920s. They were based in Philadelphia.

Gavin – whistle; Donnacha - guitar

04. An Páistín Fionn - The Fair-Haired Child (slow air)

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 – whistle; Peter - keyboards

05. Abe’s Retreat / Kas Ha Barh / Imelda Roland’s (reels)

The first reel is an American Civil War tune also known as The Battle of Bull Run which took place 1861. Kas Ha Barh is the name of the Breton tune. The last reel was composed by Imelda Roland from Craughwell in Co. Galway and was made popular by the Tulla Ceili Band.

Gavin – whistle; Donnacha – guitar; Colm - bodhrán

06. The Maid in the Meadow / Down the Back Lane (jigs)

The Maid in the Meadow was played by piper Séamus Ennis and can be found in Pat Mitchell’s book, The Dance Music of Séamus Ennis. Down the Back Lane appears in
Breandán Breathneach’s Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. It was also collected in Kerry by Canon James Goodman, former Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.

Gavin – pipes; Donnacha – guitar; bodhrán

07. Micho Russell’s / John Egan’s / Johnny McGoohan’s (reels)

The first tune comes from the playing of the great and much loved whistle player from Doolin, Micho Russell. The second reel is associated with flute player John Egan from Sligo. John moved to Dublin in the late 1930s and began playing with the Kincora Band. He was one of the founder members of the Church Street Club. The last tune is a composition from Ed Reavy. I learned the tune from the playing of two Clare musicians, flute player P.J. Crotty and fiddle player James Cullinane.

Gavin – whistle; Colm - bodhrán

08. Ned Coleman’s Jig / Drummond Castle / Séamus Connolly’s (jigs)

The first is a jig from East Galway and is associated with melodeon player Ned Coleman from near Loughrea in Co. Galway. Drummond Castle can be found in The Fiddle Music of Scotland by James Hunter. It is the jig version of a strathspey called Cutting Ferns. Séamus Connolly, fiddle player, was born in Killaloe in Co. Clare. He was a member of the Kilfenora Ceili Band and now teaches at Boston College.

Gavin – whistle; Aogán – concertina; Donnacha – guitar; Colm - bodhrán

09. The Torn Jacket / O’ Connell’s Trip to Parliament (slow reels)

The Torn Jacket was composed by fiddle player Connie O’Connell from Kilnamrtyra, Co. Cork. O’Connell’s Trip to Parliament can be found in Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2 and is also known as The Sporting Days of Easter.

Gavin – whistle; Donnacha - guitar

10. Dark Lochnagar (slow air)

Lochnagar is in Aberdeenshire in Scotland and inspired a praise poem by Lord Byron. This is the melody to which the song is sung. I first heard it played by Waterford piper Jimmy O’Brien Moran.

Gavin - pipes

11. The Yellow Tinker / Mary McMahon’s / Ah, Surely! (reels)

The Yellow Tinker is a well known session tune. According to accordion player James Keane the second tune, Mary McMahon’s, originated in Ballinahinch in Co. Down. The third reel can be found in Breathnach’s Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.

Gavin – whistle; Dave – banjo; Donnacha – guitar; Colm - bodhrán

12. Kitty Gone a Clinking Coming to the Fair / The Flying Wheelchair /
The Kilmaley Jig (jigs)

I learned the first tune from flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan. There is also a reel by the same name. The Flying Wheelchair is another composition by Charlie Lennon and can be found in his book Musical Memories.

Gavin – whistle; Donnacha - guitar

13. Calum Campbell’s Caprice / The Boy on the Hilltop /
Tommy Peoples’ (strathspey & reels)

The strathspey is a popular Scottish piping tune and is named after Pipe Major Calum Campbell. The Boy on the Hilltop is another tune from Ceol Rince na hÉireann. The third tune is associated with the great Tommy Peoples.

Gavin – whistle; Aogán – concertina; Donnacha – guitar; Colm - bodhrán





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