jamadairg’s nineteen comments

  • Re: Rothiemurchus Rant

    Ach, two years later I have forgotten where I had gotten the (mis)information that Peter Milne had composed Rothiemurchus Rant. I now believe even beyond a couple of the responses to my comment, that Mr. Milne did not of course compose the tune. From the... more…

  • Re: The Woodstove

    Thanks for posting this tune Norman. I did compose the tune on a crisp January day a handful or more years ago when our primary furnace, our wood stove, was at full throttle, so-to-speak. more…

  • The tune with an adopted title “Reel with a Birl”

    This tune may have never really had an original title but somehow, maybe it was the Chieftains, it was named a generation or two after it was exclusive to West Clare as "The Reel with the Birl". 12 years ago it was questioned and denied whether it was a v... more…

  • Rothiemurchus Rant from Scotland to Indiana

    Rothiemurchus Rant is composed by 19th century northern Scottish fiddler, Peter Milne, and of course did make its way into the Irish repertoire as The Graf Spey, Grand Spee and a few other closely related name versions. A rant is indeed a reel but Rothiem... more…

  • McDermotts

    No It is not the same McDermott. The name is not uncommon in both the South and the North of Ireland. McDermott's is almost like having a tune called O'Brien's name-wise that is. So there will be other McDermott tunes that do not come from Josie, like Mas... more…

  • The hangman’s noose

    Frank McCollum composed this hornpipe as mentioned previously to follow his Home Ruler hornpipe. He composed it with the F naturals in the first part. I have a home recording of him from the mid to early '70's which Cathal McConnell had made when he colle... more…

  • F naturals vs F#s

    This is a little late in the discussion BUT. First of FRED RICE was a fiddler from Tullamore in County Offaly. He was extremely knowledgable about the tunes and music. Unfortunately, Fred passed away a few years ago in 2009 or 2010. His brother, Noel is ... more…

  • Kilfenora reel

    There is a specific reel called the Kilfenora Reel and this is not it. The Castle Ceili Band (or was it the Bridge?) recorded the tune of which I speak. more…

  • One of Josie McDermott’s best compositions

    I believe that Altan's version is the most listened to as they just called it "McDermott's" which explains why it was submitted in 2005 under this name. Of course it does appear on The Session as "Father O'Grady's Trip To Bocca" and it is composed by flut... more…

  • The cavan reel

    Mike Flanagan's is a lovely tune but it is not the same tune as you will find on the CD "Snug In The Blanket" (Paddy O'Brien,Jamie Gans, Daithi Sproule). They are both in Em and have similar initial phrasing but mistakes are made when applying tune names ... more…