"Old fellas" who are still around, still playing in sessions?

"Old fellas" who are still around, still playing in sessions?

I was just watching a clip on youtube of a session somewhere in Ireland, it was fairly recent, somebody commented saying anyone know who the fiddler is? And somebody else piped up "Oh that’s Charlie Lennon"

Got me thinking, which of the old fellas are still with us and still playing around pubs?

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Define "old".

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I think (I hope) Donals means fellas who are even older than us, Kenny.
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"Define old"

Well I’m in my 40’s so definitely older than that!

I mean the old names you see on recordings.

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‘old names you see on recordings’ Harumph.

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Maybe "Names you see on OLD recordings" might be a better description?

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Matt Molloy just released his new CD at the age of 71.

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Kid me about my age, and I’ll hit ya wit’ me stick!

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"Define "old"."
~ Rudy.

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So nobody has a sensible answer then, nice one.

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I just gave you one. I’m fairly certain that Matt Molloy will still be playing in his pub in Westport.
Here’s another: Cathal McConnell.

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Older than your 40s?
Lots! Sharon Shannon. Johnny Moynihan. Paddy Keenan. Noel Hill. Frankie Gavin. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing all these old fellas are still playing pub sessions. Anyone confirm my information or not

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I guess it’s fair to ask who peopld consider to be the longest serving influential trad musicians still playing out in sessions. Not sure I’ve an answer, quite a few in their 70s for sure. Do women count too? 😉

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How about "more mature"? As for the ladies, probably won’t find them in sessions but Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Barbara Dickson, Mary Black, Cathy Jordan, and Julie Felix are still out there performing.

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The thing is, yesterdays youngsters are todays middle-agers, yesterday’s middle-agers are today’s ‘old fellas’ (and ‘ladies of a certain age’) and yesterday’s old fellas are gone, so it’s hard to know who to In London, two that spring to mind are Liam Farrell and Danny Meehan (both late of Le Cheile) - and, although they might not thank me for including them in the same bracket, Mick O’Connor, John Bowe, Brian Rooney…

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Donals : in your 40s, you’re a mere stripling. Jenny and Hazel Wrigley are in their 40s (Kirkwall, The Reel) and they shine in any session. Billy Jolly (moothie and voice) is over 70, so is his wife Ingi (guitar and a lovely voice though she prefers guitar in sessions these days). I am " " , hope not finished yet and I can sing in public if a little rusty. Like single malt one can mature nicely.

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Sorry - I published that post half-baked.

"… yesterday’s old fellas are gone, so it’s hard to know just who to include in the ‘old fellas’ bracket …"

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Had the great pleasure of seeing Billy Jolly in action in Glasgow on Sunday: he’s definitely still "got it" with both the singing and the moothie. And, thinking of the other thread re old and young people, he played tunes with a young fiddler from Orkney, whose name escapes me right now!

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71 years old is nothing. Droney is still going strong at 90+.

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Whether it’s longevity of a session you are looking for, or longevity of participants, the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow (www.thesession.org/sessions/1496) is surely worth a mention. I believe that the session has been going on Monday nights since 1977. Last night I had the pleasure of playing with Ber Landy (well in his 90s) and Joe Costigan (early 80s) Missing last night was Paddy Kavanagh, who turned 90 about a year ago. It makes me wonder if music keeps you young?

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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Postie- "Kid me about my age, and I’ll hit ya wit’ me stick!"

Your rhythm stick? :D

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‘Old fellas’ - people over sixty, who within living memory might have qualified for their old age pension.

But not just any ‘old fella’ - people who were known in the ITM world when they were young - in their twenties or possibly thirties.

Glad to hear that there are so many still around, as I’m now in my ‘Third Age’ myself.

Some words of Yeats spring to mind:

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.

For ‘man’ read ‘woman’, in my case. Am well under weigh now. 🙂

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The thing is that most of us in our sixties don’t really consider ourselves to be particularly old these days.
It’s certainly no big deal for most us to be out and about, driving, playing sport, exercising, and playing music…. many are still actively performing to large audiences, making albums let alone playing in sessions.

Even many people in their seventies are still prominent as mentioned above. I would define "older as 80+ although I agree that not everyone will necessarily reach that age and many younger people can suffer from ill health. Also, there are some who appear really "old" even in their 40s and 50s.. I see lots of people on TV and in real life who I think are ancient but, usually, they are younger than me.

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TRISH : could the young fiddler be the lovely Eric Linklater (a blonde)? He did his music degree in Glasgow and then returned home to Orkney. He has made one CD, with help from musicians from the Reel. Bet he’ll be playing into his 80s if he’s lucky.

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"Oh that’s Charlie Lennon"

Charlie’s older brother Ben is still showing up in sessions (and still teaching?) at the Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim - at least, he was when I was last there. When his album (with Tony O’Connell) Rossinver Braes was released in 2008, Ben Lennon was in his 81st year, so that would make him at least 91 now.

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TRISH : add-on. You didn’t say if the young fiddler was male or female. There are so many young fiddlers from Orkney who can thank free music education there and excellent teaching at, say, The Reel. Douglas Montgomery’s ever-changing Kirkwall Grammar School group Hadhirgaan has vastly encouraged young musicians. As for Eric, he is becoming a singer too and has got fairly going on keyboards.

Billy Jolly’s job was a shop specialising in fish. Many days when I visited Ingi the nice aroma of cooked fish would greet one’s nostrils. The veg garden is well intended, a credit to an older couple. Billy makes Orkney stools known as "creepies" and on mine he put a nice bird emblem.

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You are right Johnny J - ‘even many people in their seventies’ - I am 72, still playing gigs, sessions,
learning new tunes and dont feel much different to when i was 62, 52 0r 42. Well maybe the memory is suffering a wee bit, but theres over 50 years worth of songs and tunes crammed up there, I guess a few are bound to fall off the edge………….

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It’s not that we sexagenarians feel ourselves to be ‘old’ - but ‘old’ doesn’t always mean aged and decrepit, as in a dear old friend, old boy etc.

I think it’s interesting to find out who’s still going thirty - forty - fifty years on, and never mind the semantics.

I waited forty five years too long before taking up my fiddle again, seven years ago, and now I plan to play for at least another fifteen or twenty years. 🙂

Carry on fiddling - piping - strumming.

Good luck to us all.

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Hey John B Murphy.

"It makes me wonder if music keeps you young?"

Of course it does!
A statistically proven fact (well, I choose to believe it is).

18 months ago I started playing box again after 51 yrs, (67 going on 45) but now I’m only playing ITM, which is really causing havoc in the ‘grey matter’ dept.
A good hour per day gets the neural pathways developing at an impressive rate of knots, I must say.

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Well, 70 is the new 50 as they say.

I wouldn’t know if he still gets out to sessions, but Paddy Fahey is still with us, turning 103 this year. I read recently where Randal Bays got the opportunity to visit and share a few tunes. How completely brilliant must that have been?

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"Paddy Fahey is still with us, turning 103 this year"

And that’s only the number of "Paddy Fahey" tune titles.
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According to several internet sources, Paddy Fahey was born in 1926, so someone’s math is out.

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Paddy Fahey and one or two others excepted, very few of the musicians mentioned here are particularly long in the tooth.

When the likes of The Wrigley Sisters, Cathy Jordan, and even Mary Black are listed as examples then it just makes me feel old. I remember seeing all of them at early Girvan Folk Festivals and elsewhere when they were all just "young things". 🙂

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Sorry Johnny Jay, didn’t mean to list Wrigley Sisters as old, just commenting to a poster who seemed to think 40s to be old. Lack of masculine logic on my part, no doubt. Wish I had had the chance to hear some of the old Orkney musicians, now passed away, such as Davie Eunson, Iris Nicolson - but Billy Jolly and Owen Tierney still inspire us with their skills and plenty more coming up.

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Spot on, Susan: Eric Linklater it was who played with Billy Jolly on Sunday: they really worked together very well.

Mary Black was born in 1955 which makes her over 60, Cathy Jordan somewhat younger ("left school in 1988, joined Dervish in 1991"), and Mairead ni Mhaonaidh (Altan) was born in 1959, so will reach the big 6-0 later this year. They all look and sound great: more support for "playing music/singing keeps you young"!

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"Paddy Fahey was born in 1926, so someone’s math is out" Well that would be me, I guess. 🙁 Could have sworn I’d heard he was a centenarian. Sometimes I forget to play a part a second time, for example playing a regular reel as a single, and it causes confusion in the session. All I can do is apologize that I can’t even count to 2!

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What about John Sheahan of The Dubliners?
He’d be in his early 70’s.
Is he a session or pub man these days?

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I forgot to mention Seamus and Manus McGuire.
They would be judged “Mature Age” fiddlers.
Manus was out here in Australia very recently.

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This year: Paddy Maloney will be 81, Joe Burke will be 79, Frankie Gavin will be 63, Cathal McConnell will be 75, Michael Falsey will be 90, Paddy Keenan will be 69, Kevin Burke will be 69, Matt Molloy, 72, Donál Luny will be 72, Chris Droney will be 95. Just a few of the older musicians still playing

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Only a youngster like Steamie, still wet behind the ears, would think that 63 qualifies as "older."

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This is a very inspiring thread. I feel younger already. 🙂

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Qwop Maguire, uilleann-harp, and flute player, from Ballygob, Co. Down will be 108 this year, and is still as sharp as a tack. A regular presence at local sessions. Qwop will be teaching a master class in regional drone styles at Willie Week this year. David everything is relative regarding age. I started playing the pipes, a full set, when I was 2 years old. I’ll be 9 this year.

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Jeez, Steamie, you’re very mature for your age!
Qwop Maguire of Ballygob. There’s a mouthful.

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Thank you David. Qwop taught me to play the pipes

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Don’t know how old Jackie Daly is, but he plays regularly in sessions around Miltown Malbay.

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It’s nice to see kids posting stuff on the session.