Music From Ireland
DMI = O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland
OMI = O'Neill's Music of Ireland
KMM = Kerr's Merry Melodies
Ryan = Ryan's Mammoth Collection/Coles 1000 Fiddle Tunes
Allan = Allan's Irish Fiddler
CRE = Ceol Rince na hEireann
NG = Nigel Gatherer
PdG = Paul de Grae
PV = Philippe Varlet
All annotations are by Nigel Gatherer unless otherwise stated.
Last updated: 9th September 2003
|Athlone, The||B1,70||From M. Reilly.
PdG: Aka The Western Hornpipe, Paddy O'Brien's (CRE3,217), and The Tara Brooch; maybe a Paddy O'Bien composition.
|Black Swan||B2,52||From Sean McGuire (fiddle).
CM notes that he played a hornpipe he learned from John Doherty to Danny O'Donnell, who "immediately noted that Sean McGuire recorded it in a flat key and called it The Black Swan." It apparently appears in Ryan's Mammoth Collection as Minnie Foster, and (CM again) "in a White-Smith series collection in a different key as The Comet, named...to mark the occurence of a recent comet."
|Bolger's||B2,48||From Eddie Bolger.|
|Callaghan's||B1,73||Recordings: The Chieftains 2.|
|Coolies||B3,74||From Eddie Bolger.
PdG: This is Joe Cooley's Hornpipe, comp. by Paddy O'Brien.
LLV: Aka Cooley's Hornpipe and (?) Crowley's Hornpipe (abc).
Cliff Moses: abc for Paddy O'Brien's original.
|Cornphiopa Gan Ainm||B4,67||PdG: [This is] ...Slievenamon (DMI812)
Alan NG: Aka Sliabh na mBan Hornpipe; Slieve na mBan; Slievenamon.
Recordings: Burke/McGann/Doran, The Funny Reel (c1979)
|Cornphiopa Gan Ainm||B4,69||PdG: The Ballyoran Hornpipe in 'Whistle &
Alan NG: By Sean Ryan
|Delahunty's||B1,67||From The Regent Hotel, Leeds.
PdG: Called The Wicklow Hornpipe (DMI 828, MOI 1579), The Road to Boyle (CRE3,227) and A Kerry Hornpipe in 'Treoir' III, 3p11.
Recordings: The Chieftains 3.
|Denis Murphy's||B1,69||From Denis Murphy (fiddle).
NG: Aka Cronin's
Paddy Glackin/Paddy Keenan, Doublin' (1978)
O'Keeffe/Clifford/Murphy etc, Kerry Fiddles
|Flowing Tide, The||B1,66||From The Regent Hotel, Leeds.
PdG: Aka Higgins's Best (MOI 1750). It's a hornpipe version of the reel known in Cape Breton as The Picnic, but I don't know which is the original.
Dick Gaughan, Coppers and Brass.
Eileen Ivers (1994).
|Fly in the Night, The||B2,50||From John Ferguson (accordion).
NG: Also known as Fly By Night. Recordings: Tom Fleming, Kerry's Delight & Other Jigs,Reels & Hornpipes (1972)
|Hangman's Noose, The||B4,68||From Pat Neilly (fiddle).
PdG: Aka The Home Ruler comp. by Frank McCollum. The parts are reversed. Presumed to be named for James Brown Armour, a 19th century Antrim Home Rule Champion, but in fact written for his wife. I have also seen the tune called Daniel O'Connell,the Home Ruler, which is even further off the mark; the hero of Catholic Emancipation is an unlikely dedicatee for even a broad-minded Orange Lodge master (as McCollum was).
|Jim Coleman's||B2,47||From Seamus Tansey.
PdG: Aka The Sweep's (CRE3,216) and Jack O'Neill's Fancy (WS359). Recordings:
Kevin Burke/Jackie Daley, Eavesdropper (1981)
|Jolly Butchers||B3,76||From Katie Taylor.
PdG: "better known as The Tailor's Twist (CRE3,213)."
Recordings: Andy McGann/Paul Reynolds (1977).
|Kelly, The||B4,66||From Chris Droney (concertina).|
|Mulqueeney's||B4,70||PdG: "Called after Jim Mulqueeny, a fiddler from Kilfenora,
County Clare, who contributed several tunes to CRE 2."
|O'Kane's||B1,74||From Brian O'Kane.|
|O'Mahony's||B1,68||From Denis Murphy (fiddle) (abc).
PdG: Aka The Hatter's Hornpipe and Prendiville's Hornpipe (cited in note to CRE3,225).
NG: Called The Clareman's Hornpipe in Geraldine Cotter's Tin Whistle Tutor.
|Reilly's||B4,71||PdG: Aka Cross the Fence (Dolores Keane and John Faulkner, 'Broken-hearted I'll Wander'; Matt Cranitch's Irish Fiddle Book, p162|
|Séan Rian's||B1,72||PdG: McMahon's, comp Seán Ryan (HI, p23).|
|Sean Ryan's A||B3,71||From Sean Ryan.
PdG: Cf Higgins's Hornpipe (DMI 914, MOI 1738).
|Sean Ryan's B||B3,72||From Sean Ryan.|
|Sean Ryan's C||B3,75||From Sean Ryan.
PdG: Cf Billy Taylor's Fancy (MOI 1726) and Shanahan's Hornpipe (WS 346)
|Sherlock's||B1,71||From The Regent Hotel, Leeds.|
|Smell of the Bog, The||B2,51||From John Regan.|
|Stage, The||B2,49||From Des Donelly.
PdG: Aka The Merrymakers' Club (MOI 1775) and The Norfolk (Tommy peoples, 'Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes')
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|Battle of Augrim||B2,68||NG: Aka Loch Torridon.
Michael E Hishikawa: In 'The New Road' (Piggott, Charlie and Gerry Harrington) the tune is noted as march, not polka.
|Captain Byng||B2,74||NG: Composed by Nathaniel Gow (biog).|
|Church Street||B2,69||Recordings: The Chieftains 1.|
|Dark Girl, The||B3,82||From Patsy Hanly.
NG: Aka The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue
PV: The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue is a 'northern' polka, i.e., from the Sligo/Leitrim/Roscommon tradition, rather than a Kerry polka. (abc)
|Denis Murphy's||B2,73||From Denis Murphy (fiddle). Aka Sweeney's|
|Denis Murphy's||B2,70||Aka Sweeney's.|
|Egan's||B4,77||Aka Peg Ryan's.|
|Gan Ainm||B4,78||From Jacky Daly (accordion).
PdG: Din Tarrant's Polka (2) (Matt Cranitch's 'Irish Fiddle Book').
|Gan Ainm||B4,79||From Jacky Daly (accordion).
NG: This is a Scottish tune called Happy We've Been A Thegither
|John Egan's||B4,74||From Jacky Daly (accordion).|
|Kerry No 1||B3,80|
|Kerry No 2||B3,81|
|Lakes of Sligo, The||B4,80||From Chris Droney (concertina).
Aka The Lass o' Gowrie and Over the Hills to Glory ('Fiddler's Tune Book' ed Peter Kennedy)
|Mary Girl||B3,83||PdG: Recorded by John McKenna and Michael Gaffney in 1934 as Merry Girl. Aka Killoran's Polka (CRE3,79).|
|Pat McNicholas||B3,84||From Pat McNicholas.|
|Peg Ryan's||B4,77||Aka "Egan's"|
|Sailor's, The||B4,76||NG: This is The Barren Rocks of Aden, a Scottish pipe march.|
|Tom McVicar's||B2,75||From Tom McVicar.
PV: This tune was recorded in the early 1950s by the Boston based Johnny Powell Band for Copley as The Galway Rogue. I've seen it also as The Galway Belle, and Dan O'Leary, on the old Shanachie LP 'Trad. Music from the Kingdom of Kerry' called it The Last Chance Polka. This is a somewhat unusual version of it.
|Toormore No.1||B4,72||From Jacky Daly (accordion).|
|Toormore No.2||B4,73||From Jacky Daly (accordion).|
|Up and Away||B3,85|
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|Give Me Your Hand||B1,83||PdG: Give Me Your Hand or Tabhair Dom Do Lámh was
composed by the 17th century Irish harper Rory Dall (= blind)
O'Cahan. O'Neill recounts the story behind its composition in
"Irish Minstrels and Musicians", pp.60-61. Briefly, O'Cahan
travelled to Scotland "attended by the retinue of a gentleman
of large property", and visited the houses of the Scottish nobility.
At Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire, Lady Eglinton commanded him to
play a tune, at which insult to his dignity O'Cahan took offence
and left. When she found out who he was, the Lady "sought
and effected a speedy reconciliation" - hence the composition.
"It is a curious coincidence that after spending many years with
McLeod of Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye, O'Cahan should die
at Eglinton Castle about the year 1653 [O'Neill gives 1646 as
O'Cahan's birth date, so one of these dates must be wrong]. In
some unaccountable way during his long sojourn in Scotland he
became known as Rory Dall Morrison, and this has so clouded
his origin and identity as to involve his very nationality in
Recordings: Planxty: First Album (1973).
|John Dwyer of the Glen||B2,87|
|Love Lie Beside Me, O||B2,86|
|Munster Cloak, The||B1,80|
|O Love Lie Beside Me||B2,86|
|South Wind, The||B1,79||NG: Aka An Ghaoth Aneas. Aka The Wind From the South. Bunting has it as
I Have a Secret to Tell You.
Recordings: The Chieftains 3.
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|Battle of Cremona||B1,81||March. NG: Aka The Lea Rig.|
|Chanter's Tune, The||B2,79||March. From Willie Clancy.|
|Eagle's Whistle, The||B2,76||March.|
|Fiddler Round Fairy Tree||B2,85||Set dance. From John Doonan.|
|Lord Mayo's||B2,78||March. Recordings: The Chieftains 3.|
|March of the King of Laoise||B2,81||March.|
|Pikeman's, The||B2,77||March. From Cathal McConnell (flute).|
|Reaper of Glanree||B2,82||Set dance. From John Doonan.|
|Return From Fingal, The||B2,80||March.|
|Sonny's Mazurka||B4,90||Mazurka. NG: Named after Sonny Brogan.
Recordings:The Chieftains 3.
|Youghal Harbour||B2,83||Set dance. From John Doonan.|