Frank Gibbons’s nineteen comments

  • Easter egg

    Just noticed that the Hag at the churn (track #10, after Ward's) is uncredited on the sleeve notes. Do I get a prize? 😉 more…

  • New album of piano and pipes duets

    Released March 2021, it's a collaboration between pianist Ryan Molloy and five pipers (Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Padraig McGovern, Tara Howley, Síle Friel, and Jarlath Henderson). The piano is digital (though I could hardly tell from the tone), which allow... more…

  • Re: Sally Gally

    McGovern plays it after Easter Snow, to great effect. more…

  • Re: Lady Anne Montgomery

    For those interested in a version that works on flute/whistle/pipes, McGovern's version really hits the spot for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdla2t8DJoc (BTW, there's nothing wrong with you monitor, whoever filmed this decided to turn their phone ... more…

  • Re: Piano material recommendations.

    I second cuairteoir on O'Reilly for listening to a melody player, not just accompanist. He's got a very syncopated style, that feels as light as air: it's got that "great lift" you expect from Clare musicians. more…

  • Re: All In A Day’s Play

    I'm rather late to respond (2 years!) You're quite right Gonzo, that there is an English name for the island. So thanks for pointing that out - I genuinely wasn't aware. I guess I may have meant one of several things: (i) the OP asked what "Bearachain" me... more…

  • Gan Ainm

    This is the slip jig 'Gan Ainm' from Pádraig O'Reilly's album "Highly Strung!". The one previously linked is a barndance. I love slip jigs generally, and there just aren't enough of them. So when you find one that doesn't seem well known, you just need t... more…

  • Re: All In A Day’s Play

    Inis Bearachain doesn't have an English name. It's where Johnny Connolly, the Conamara melodeon player was raised, though as far as I know, nobody loves there anymore. I don't know for sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was written by either him or h... more…

  • O’Callaghan’s

    I heard this one on 'Geantraí na Nollag (2013)' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7T7WR-PkLg) more…

  • Tommy Peoples’, X:4

    I learned this setting from Máire Ní Ghráda at the Northeast Tionól in East Durham, NY in October 2014. I'm adding it here because I think hers is a nice setting on the pipes (can't do those low A's that sound so great on the fiddle). I've tried to ca... more…