John E Roche’s twenty-six comments

  • Re: The Holly Bush

    I think that this sounds like 'The reel of Bogie' played in G instead of the more usual D. more…

  • George Ross’

    This is a reel from the 1956/57 Comhaltas archive recording of Wexford champion accordionist George Ross made by Fr. Lyons. Fr. Lyons introduces George playing it as a reel of 'his own composition'. I vaguely remember George playing this tune very occasio... more…

  • The Bridgetown

    From the playing of Wexford accordion player Tommy Stanners from Murrintown, near Wexford. It sounds a bit like 'The eel in the sink' but played in a different key. The Piercestown/Murrintown area produced a number of very fine melodeon/accordion players,... more…

  • The Miller’s Maid, X:2

    Recorded as 'Trip the hills to Gorey' by champion fiddle player Tomas Keegan. This cognate tune to the Miller's maid was found in an old manuscript of tunes collected by a Christian brother in the area many years ago. You can listen to Tomas play it on Yo... more…

  • George Ross’s ‘Sands’

    I've uploaded this hornpipe before on The Session under it's 1956 HMV recording name, 'Dick Sand's', but since this tune is clearly a different hornpipe to 'Dick Sand's, I'm putting it here under this title to try and identify it's possible source or find... more…

  • Maeve’s, X:3

    Version of Maeve's that I learned from Jim, might be a few variations from how he plays it. more…

  • Re: Irish Thyme

    Apologies Nigel, I was typing my post as you sent yours. Good to see we're all paying attention! more…

  • Re: Irish Thyme

    To me this jig is quite similar to the jig 'Black Donald the piper' (O'Neills 1850..number 946, just in A instead of the more common G. https://tunearch.org/wiki/Black_Donald_the_Piper more…

  • Re: The Drocketty March

    The Drocketty March is an old mummer's tune from County Wexford. It was collected by PJ McCall and Arthur Darley as part of the early Feis Ceoil movement and published in the Feis Ceoil collection of Irish airs. If you visit the Na piobairi uilleann websi... more…

  • Re: The Lilting Fisherman

    The older version of the first two parts alone make this additional setting very interesting, then add the third minor part...very nice. I used my Easy ABC to transpose this setting to the more common G/D keys and with the minor third part, they play grea... more…