Fiddlers in the Smoke: any info?
There are a bunch of really great fiddlers on both the "Paddy in the Smoke" album and some of the other Topic compilations about which I know next to nothing. Jimmy Dunlevey, Andy Boyle, Con Curtan, Ed Murphy, Denis MacMahon, and even that Mando player Father Tom O’Keeffe, I think that’s his name, don’t have the list in front of me now. I don’t even know much about Martin Byrnes (and also I’d love to find his CD somewhere, anywhere). But I particularly notice the playing of Sean O’Shea, whose set of reels with Bobby Casey on PITS is quite something to behold. His playing sounds very distinctive, a bit on the dirtier, flatter side, with a rather noisy, slightly raspy tone, with lots of triplets and some nice rolls. That track is one of the best on an album of best tracks in my opinion.
Anyway, does anyone know anything about these guys - where they came from, whom they learned their music from, etc.? I’m really just curious, and I like to put things in context.
Thanks in advance!