Some Regional Styles ..

Some Regional Styles ..

I was ask by a you fiddler learner from Sligo about Regional Styles, which topic is brought up a lot on here. Would like to hear your thought’s on these guy’s.. I reckon I’m in for a kicking on some of these - lol.
jim,,,

Co, Donegal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUxEvGJwvgI


Co, Louth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD1eqDIQvz8


Co, Sligo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J_v0uh9LpU


Co, Leitrim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwkOE2ztIcY


Co, Kerry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upEilWXAJn4



Co, Antrim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCx_eNgaK4A


Co, Tyrone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urp8pNkas7Q


Co, Clare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KKIcByicvU


Co Dublin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb1K5BCtLY8

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James my boy,

You’re pushing it there saying that these are clear and distinctive county styles, Jaysus, I’ve no idea where one county ends and the other starts, I can go with Clare, Donegal and Kerry even Sligo but the rest is are hard to call

Regards

Shylock

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I know, I am very much in agreement with Tommy People’s view.. That there was a very strong player in that area, and that his is what became that regional style. Maybe I should have Said this -

Co, Donegal
Johnny Docherty

Co, Louth
Rose O’Connor

Co, Sligo
Michael Coleman

Co, Leitrim
Ben and Charlie Lennon

Co, Kerry
Paddy Cronin


Co, Antrim
Sean Magure

Co, Tyrone
Not sure - But I remember John Loughren
saying to me once in Pomeroy…
” The old tunes are always the best son ”
Took another 10 yrs for me to realize, He was so Right !

Co, Clare
Bobby Casey / Paddy canny

Co Dublin
John Kelly, The father of James ???

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Ooh, you’re in for a trouncing, Jim! :P

John Doherty, for example, was a fiddler from Donegal, but in speaking with Seamus Connolly once, I was impressed that Seamus categorized Doherty more as traveler music than Donegal music. Coleman is a good example of one type of Sligo music, but totally underrepresents the sort of music played by Fred Finn and Peter Horan, or the McDonagh brothers in Ballinafad, or the Henry brothers Kevin and John Watt, all of whom play a less-ornamental, more driving rhythmic style. Paddy Cronin represents not just Kerry but Sliabh Luachra music, but he was heavily influenced by the music of James Morrison, and thus tends to have a lot more ornamentation and a subtly different bowing attitude than most fiddlers from his home. As for Casey and Canny, you’re trying to recognize the West/East difference, which really breaks down the point that all the counties have sub-styles, and that John Kelly really plays in a West Clare style, having learned from Nell Galvin and Patsy Geary as a young man. So - well! Yeah. It’s complicated, that. If you believe in regional styles at all…

Oh my.

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On his latest recording, James Kelly plays a set of polkas in Denis Murphy’s style. He also recorded a strathspey in John Doherty’s style many years ago.

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‘If you believe in regional styles at all…’

I don’t think it’s a matter of belief. You just shouldn’t think that once you’re inside one county everybody plays a certain style. ‘Regional’ is a rough description, some people who put more effort into looking at it can identify styles that only covered two or three townlands and then tell you how these fit into the ‘regional’ picture. There are a lot of shades and nuances that make up the full picture.

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Good man jim.

Alot of those clips are’nt great examples really. Why are you skipping the classics on YouTube? Tansy, Peter horan & Fred Finn…

Are there more styles you should include?

Does London music have a style and could it be defined as being a regional style?

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County Bronx.

County Chicago.

County Boston.

COunty Frisco.

And so forth…

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Yes -
Thanks for this torching - lol.
I think maybe before TV, Records, Recorders, Internet , etc . There may have be some credence to Regional and even Area styles ,, But I reckon most if not all is lost there now !
And I’ll go back to what Tommy Peoples said - There is no area styles as such, It was just a strong player in that region, and the rest kind of imitated him -

Co, Donegal Johnny Docherty,, Co, Sligo Michael Coleman,, etc..

Thanks for this all the same Folk’s !
jim,,,

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Always a fun topic, Jim, as are so many that you post.

I should think Mr. Peoples probably nailed the subject, in the main. Isolation was likely the key ingredient, whether with the tunes or the manner of playing them.

And, of course, the dancing.
It had to work for the dancers, too.

Good stuff.

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What tunes are those Jim McKillop is playing in that Antrim clip?