conormccarthy’s eleven comments

  • 13 Arches Tune Name

    If I remember correctly Seamus Connolly said his Dad worked on the river shannon this is why he gave the tune this name. The bridge is Killaloe bridge more…

  • Rolands U-turn

    The actual name of this is Rolands Return, from roches Irish Music Book, I got this tune from my father Johnny McCarthy (box) he told me he got it from Roches. There are two versions of this tune, I recorded my favourite version on Ace & Deuce. Christ... more…

  • Re: 2 anon reels

    Hi, Unfortunately I am not the composer of that reel! It is the Maids of Castlebar alright and the second one is the Moving Bogs as correctly identified earlier. I recorded the Moving Bogs with Annemarie McCormack on Ace and Deuce. learnt it from my fat... more…

  • Eddie Kellys Tune Name

    This I think is actually Gene O Donnells by Ed Reavy. Named after Derry Dancer Fiddler, a friend of Ed Reavy. ITs def same tune with some localised interpr. more…

  • Re: Irish B/C accordion fingerings

    I find that when using the small finger it truly does give you more scope, if even a split second to invite an accurate pause /grace note while freeing up the main fingers for a comfortable stretch to the lower notes. The most important point for me is t... more…

  • Thames Hornpipe

    This hornpipe was also recorded by Paddy OBrien on on e of the 78s. If you look at Reaveys Reel 'The Highest Hill in Sligo' you will see a striking resemblance in the body of the tune. more…

  • Re: Travelling with an instrument

    Air France decided one day that I could not take my accordion as carry on, I explained it was worth £5000 at the time (very white lie), still she demanded it be checked in so I handed it to our piano player Fintan to "take back home" I told her she wreck... more…

  • Re: Mic for Accordion

    I have used condenser mikes for my box for years now, great for comfort and your back because you dont have to "follow" the mike. Excellent for constant pick up on the roaming left hand..Ever start a concert or ceili and then look up to find the mike "mo... more…

  • Ballycarroll Jig

    Hi... I wrote this jig after building a new home in Ballycarroll Barefield Ennis Co. Clare... It was also recorded in The Ivory Stairs (p.oreilly) more…

  • Storks Have Landed

    Hi, conor here... I wrote this reel in 1995 for my daughter and sons birth (twins). I normally play it with the Magpies Nest ( a version of cronins) more…