Homelands - Liner Notes



(01) Slow air: Hector the Hero

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

Gavin – uilleann pipes; Deirdre – fiddle; Peter – keyboards

(02) Reels: Kevin Griffith's, The Green-Gowned Lass, Terry Bingham's

I got the first reel from banjo player Kevin Griffith from Doolin, Co. Clare. The second tune appears in Breandán Breathnach’s Ceol Rince na hÉireann published by An Gm in 1985. This tune is called after Terry Bingham, a great concertina player based in Doolin.

Gavin – whistle; Paul - guitar

(03) Air: Ian Ghlinn Cuaich

I first 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 beautiful Scots Gaelic love song.

Gavin – low whistle, uilleann pipes; Peter - keyboards

(04) Jigs: The Humours of Lisheen, Jim Neary's, The Girl in the Big Blue House

The first jig was recorded by John and Julia Clifford on their wonderful Topic album also called the Humours of Lisheen. I can’t remember when or where I first heard the next two tunes but I have been playing them for years.

Gavin – whistle; Paul – guitar; Peter - keyboards

(05) Slow air: Emigrant's Farewell

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

Gavin – whistle; Gavin Ralston - guitar

(06) Reels: Follow me down, The Collier’s

The first tune can be found in many collections including Ceol Rince na hÉireann 11 and as well as The Northern Fiddler. The Colliers’ is a perennial favourite at sessions and is a popular piping tune.

Gavin – uilleann pipes; Deirdre – fiddle; Paul - guitar

(07) Slow air: Geaftai Bhaile Bhuí

I learned this slow air from the playing of Seán Potts. It is also a song and was sung by Neilí Ní Dhomhnaill from Rann na Feirste. Neilí was the aunt of Mícheál, Maighread and Tríona of Skara Brae and Bothy Band fame.

Gavin – whistle; Paul - guitar

(08) Reels: Mick Hand's, Murphy's Hound, Miss Ramsey's

The first reel is named after the great flute player Mick Hand who was a founder member of Bakerswell. I got the second reel from Dubliner Paul McGrattan. Miss Ramsey’s is a reel associated with Donegal.

Gavin – whistle; Paul - guitar

(09) Slow air: 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 Keenan who was a contemporary of Turlough Carolan.

Gavin – uilleann pipes

(10) Jigs: Elizabeth Kelly’s, Give Us a Drink of Water, Fraher's Jig

The first tune appears in Breandán Breathnach’s Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. The second jig is a tune I always enjoy playing and Fraher’s is a popular piping tune.

Gavin – uilleann pipes; Deirdre – fiddle; Paul - guitar

(11) Slow air: Ae 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 whistle; Daire – fiddle; Peter - keyboards

(12) Set dance: The downfall of Paris

According to Terry Moylan of Na Piobairi Uilleann this tunes from a song called Ça Ira which was popular among the revolutionaries in Paris during the French Revolution. It was first published in the early 1790s.

Gavin – uilleann pipes; Deirdre - fiddle

(13) Slow air: Róisín Dubh

This air was composed by Seán Ó Riada for the soundtrack for the film Mise Éire which commorated the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. The film was made by documentary maker George Morrison and was the first feature length Irish language film to be made.

Gavin – uilleann pipes

(14) Jigs: Young Tom Ennis, At it Again, Statia Donnelly's

The first tune is one I learned from the playing of piper Robbie Hannan and fiddle player Paddy Glackin. At It Again is a jig that really suits the pipes and I love playing it. Statia Donnelly’s is a jig I got from Dublin piper Mick O’Brien.

Gavin – uilleann pipes; Paul - guitar

(15) Slow Air: Easter Snow

Paddy Tunney learned this song from his mother Brigid Tunney. It also appears in the Petrie collection and under the titles Díseart 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

All titles traditional arranged by Gavin Whelan


Gavin Whelan: uilleann pipes, whistles, low whistle
Deirdre Smith: fiddle
Paul Doyle: guitar, bouzouk
Daire Bracken: fiddle
Peter Eades: keyboards
Gavin Ralston: guitar


Producer: Gavin Whelan
Recorded at: The Mill Studios, Swords, Co. Dublin
Engineer: Peter Eades
Mastering: Billy Farrell
Sleeves notes: Gavin Whelan & Joan McDermott
Photography: Colm Keating
Design: Loman Cusack

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I would like to everyone who had a hand in making this recording possible.

Special thanks to my parents, Marie and Dermot for their continued support and encouragement. Thanks to family and friends and to the staff at the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Eb/ Bb whistles made by John Sindt sindtwhistle@aol.com
Low F whistle made by Michael Grinter,
Uillean pipes made by Donnacha Keegan,

Also available from Tallaght Records are Gavin Whelan, Another Time, In Full Flight and 120 Traditional Tunes.





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