1. The Black Haired Lass, The Mountain Top,
The first in this set is a tune a popular tune
associated with the music of Donegal. The
mountain top I learned from the playing of Terry
Bingham, a concertina player living in Doolin,
Co Clare. The third tune was written by Paddy
Fahey, a great fiddle player and composer from
Kilconnell, Co Galway.
2. Seamus Connolly’s, Tommy Peoples.
I learned the first tune from mandolin and
fiddle player, Finbarr Naughton. Finbarr comes
from a well-known musical family in Co Galway.
The second tune is a composition by the renowned
fiddle player Tommy Peoples, from St Johnston in
3. Brogans Ferry, Lough Mountain, Paddy Fahey’s,
Brogans Ferry is yet another great tune written
by Tommy Peoples. Tommy recorded this tune on
the 1981 album entitled, The iron man, with
guitar player Dáthi Sproule. The second tune was
recorded and made popular by the band
Fisherstreet. Josiphine Keegan, piano and fiddle
player living in Newry, Co Down, wrote Augha
Cashel after a great night’s music in Co Leitrim.
4. James Byrnes.
James Byrne is a well regarded fiddle player
from Min a’croise, Glencolmcille in Donegal.
These particular tunes I learned from Dublin
fiddler, Mick Brown.
5. The Eel in the Sink, Mamma’s Pet, Miss
The Eel in the sink is another fine tune from
the repertoire of Terry Bingham. Mamma’s Pet
appears in Ceol Rince Na hEireann. Miss
Langfords appears in Ceol Rince Na hEireann Vol.
6. A Hiúdai Pheadair Éamainn
A Hiúadaí Pheadair Éamainn was written by
Maighread’s father, Aodh ó Dhomhnaill, and was
taken from the air, Mo Buachaillin Conn. It was
also recorded on Maighread Ní Domhnaill’s first
album on the Gael Linn 1976 LP.
7. The Pipe on the Hob, The Pipers Chair, Na
The pipe on the Hob appears in O’Neill’s 185O.
Ceol Rince Na hEireann Vol. l and the Dance
music of Willie Clancy. Micho Russell, the
well-known whistle player from Doonagore, Doolin
Co. Clare, is the source of the second tune. Na
Ceannabháin Bhána is a popular Conemara song.
8. The Westwind, The Goosebury Bush
The West Wind is a three-part version of the
well-known tune, Colonel Fraser. The second tune
is a popular tune particularly favored by
whistle and flute players.
9. Mary McNamara’s, The Fairy Queen
Two hornpipes, which I learned from Dublin flute
player, Paul McGratten. Mary McNamara is a
concertina player from Tulla in the east part of
The Fairy Queen can be found in O’Neill’s 1856,
and Ceol Rince Na hEireann Vol.3.
10. The Cliffs of Moher, Wallop the Spot,
The Cliffs of Moher is a Clare version of a
well-known tune. The Second tune is popular tune
among pipers. Paddy’s Resource comes from the
playing of accordion and concertina player from
11. John Brady’s, Palmers, Thady Casey’s.
I got the first tine from flute player Conor
Byrne. Palmers gate is a composition from fiddle
player Joe Liddy, who was born in Killargue, Co
Leitrim. It can be found in Joe’s collection of
compositions entitled, ‘The Letrim Fiddler’.
Thady Casey was one of the last dancing masters
an also an accomplished fiddle and bodhran
player, and the uncle if fiddle player Bobby
Casey whose father was (John Scully Casey ) from
the Crosses of Annagh, Miltown-Malbay, Co Clare.
12. Beann Dubh an Ghleanna
Learned from the playing of Dublin whistle
player Sean Potts.
13. Tie the Ribbons, The Girl That Broke my
Heart, Devany’s Goat
Tie the Ribbons was recorded by Bobby Casey on
the Clair VOL. 1 LP. The second tune can be
found in Trip to Sligo by Bernard Flaherty.
Devanys Goat appears in Ceol Rince Na hEireann
14. The Walls of Liscarolll, The Kilmovee
jig, Scattering the mud.
The Walls of Liscaroll is named after a town
near Mallow Co Cork. The Kilmovee jig was
learned from the playing of Gary and Mary
Shannon. Scattering the Mud appears in the Dance
Music of Ireland. Ceol Rince Na hEireann vol. 1
and O’Neill’s Irish Melodies 1850.
15. Micheal Relihan’s, Gan Ainm, Patsy
The first tune which was a favourite of fiddler
and concertina player John Kelly (senior) from
Kibaha, near loop Head in West Clare. The second
tune I have no name for. Patsy Touhey’s is named
after a great piper from Cahertinna, Ballaun,
near Loughrea, Co Galway, who emigrated to the
States in the 1870s.