seanquinn’s forty-five comments

  • Re: Fred Finn’s

    Just wondered if anyone knows the original composer of this tune, assuming that Fred got it from somewhere else and it's not his own creation ? (Or did I miss something?) more…

  • Re: Paddy Kelly’s Bar

    The session musicians sit on the Mezzanine floor, which is a spacious, well-ventilated, covered area overlooking the beer garden. You can check their Facebook page "Session at Paddy Kelly's Bar" for any notices, changes of schedule etc. more…

  • Re: Whistling Rufus

    Nobody mentioned that this tune would have come into many older musicians' consciousness because of a recording made by the Scottish button-accordionist and band leader Jimmy Shand in the 1950s? It was later (1960s) recorded in a more stylish version by ... more…

  • Re: Hilden Brewery

    This session has closed since lockdown in March 2020. more…

  • Paddy Kelly’s Bar

    Weekly open session at 8pm, drawing musicians from all over County Down. more…

  • Re: Real, Live Session!

    We have managed a couple of outdoor meetings with members of the LISBURN (North of Ireland) bunch from the Tap Room session. These were outdoor in people’s back gardens with fiddle, banjo, pipes, flute and accordion. It’s a bit cold here for it now, b... more…

  • Re: The Belfast

    Thanks for kind comments received. For anyone interested in sampling more of my compositions I published a book a few years ago entitled “Keynotes”. As it is now out of print, I have made it available online as a freely downloadable PDF file at www.ke... more…

  • The Belfast

    I composed this March in 1964 while I was playing with the Belfast-based Árd Rí céilí band (led by fiddler James McKendry). It was orginally called 'The Belfast Brigade', a somewhat ambiguous title, referring in one sense to the band members and in an... more…

  • Bill The Weaver

    I learned this jig from concertina player and teacher Tom McGonagle (County Down) in one of his 2020 online classes. It doesn't match the Bill the Weaver listed on The Session as such (The Rolling Wave) but it is similar to some tunes listed here under 'T... more…

  • Re: Cheer Up Old Hag

    I have been searching for info on a jig I learned from concertina teacher Tom McGonagle (County Down) as "Bill the Weaver". It seems to be close to the Humours of Killarney and Cheer Up Old Hag, but with the two parts reversed. While trying to play the X4... more…