The music of Aggie Whyte

The music of Aggie Whyte

A fantastic collection of recordings by the great East Galway fiddle player Aggie Whyte was released earlier this year:
https://thesession.org/recordings/7270

The 51 track collection is available on Bandcamp:
https://aggiewhyte.bandcamp.com/releases

There’s a review of it in the Irish Echo:
https://www.irishecho.com/2021/01/new-whyte-collection-is-essential/

It was produced by her grandson, Michael Harrison. There’s an interview with him about Aggie Whyte’s music and life on this episode of RTÉ’s radio programme, The Rolling Wave:
https://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-rolling-wave/programmes/2021/0212/1196740-the-rolling-wave-friday-12-february-2021/

You can also listen to that or download it here:
https://huffduffer.com/adactio/602368

There’s an in-depth post about Aggie Whyte, complete with audio samples, on the blog of the Irish Traditional Music Archive:
https://www.itma.ie/blog/aggie-whyte-michael-harrison

Really wonderful playing—well worth investigating!

This is also a good opportunity to mention the great album, The Housekeepers by Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn:
https://thesession.org/recordings/6382
https://thehousekeepers.bandcamp.com/album/the-housekeepers

That album highlights the music of Aggie Whyte (as well as Ella Mae O’Dwyer, Nora Hurley, Ellen Galvin and Mollie Myers Murphy).

Oh, and Bandcamp also has the classic recording of Peadar O’Lochlainn and Aggie Whyte, Seancheol ar an Seannós:
https://thesession.org/recordings/3899
https://peadarlochlainnaggiewhyte.bandcamp.com/

Really great playing, in my opinion. I’d be interested to hear what you think, especially if you’re a fiddler yourself.

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Thanks Jeremy - not a fiddler myself, but a lot of great listening there.

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Whenever I listen to one of these older fiddlers, there seems to be something there that I rarely hear in the ‘younger’ fiddlers - some ineffable quality you might call ‘life’ or ‘soul’ … ? I feel like an old curmudgeon always saying things like that, but … there you go. I suppose like any art high or low, it loses something as it becomes more refined.

Fiddling like this I could listen to all day.

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@meself - maybe you’re just not listening to the right young players? I have some favourite fiddlers that to me do have the same, or similar, nyaa (might as well use that term).

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Thanks Jeremy. Great stuff- more for the car or to play whilst I’m asleep or awake. Peadar O’Lochlainn’s playing with Ronan Browne on the South West Wind in B is lovely too.

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@Kenny: Thanks - I’ll look’m up!

@Nico: I’m not dismissing ALL younger players - I do hear the odd one from time to time whose playing I really like - but a lot more who I recognize as accomplished, but whose playing does not particularly appeal to me in the same way.

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ceoltas said "Peadar O’Lochlainn’s playing with Ronan Browne on the South West Wind in B is lovely too."

Yes! Love that album!

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Purchased and listening as I write. Beautiful, gentle, clean, subtly ornamented playing, with a rhythm that just keeps the tune afloat, rather than driving it… and some of the best spoons playing I’ve heard (from Maureen Ryan, track 19).

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Great find there, Jeremy!

The playing is lovely. Nice lilting rhythm all the way through, and there’s quite a high technical standard there too, imo.

I haven’t listened to it all, but I will soon.