Larke’s forty comments

  • Paddy Fahey’s, X:8

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  • Tom Morrison’s aka., The Sweet Flowers Of Milltown, X:4

    This variation is close to that played by fiddler Kevin Burke on his album, “Portland.” He follows it immediately with The Beare Island Reel. It’s long been one of my favourite KB tracks to listen to, so I finally determined to learn the tunes for m... more…

  • Lady Anne Montgomery, X:8

    This variation is one I learned from “Music and Song from The Boys of the Lough,” published in 1977. The notes for it say, “This is a great reel, which was carried by Tommy Gunn, the fiddler from Derrylin, Co, Fermanagh. When he let it out, it beca... more…

  • The Banks of The ILEN, X:4

    The version taught and played by Co. Cork fiddler, Seamus Creagh, who lived not far from the west Cork market town of Skibbereen, through which the tidal River Ilen flows. more…

  • The Woodcock, X:7

    Fiddler Seamus Creagh, who lived near Skibbereen in Co. Cork, played a variation on the B part that is just different enough I thought it worth including. Having first heard this bright and playful melody from his playing, it was the B part in particular ... more…

  • The Scartaglen, X:5

    Here is Cork fiddler Seamus Creagh’s take on the tune. He calls it “Tom Billy’s” on his recording, “Tunes for Practice.” more…

  • Henry McDermott Roe, X:4

    A bit of a variation according to fiddler Seamus Creagh and found on his 2009 CD, “Tunes for Practice.” more…

  • The Holly Bush, X:9

    Fiddler Seamus Creagh plays this as “Finbarr Dwyer’s 2,” following “The Golden Keyboard” on his 2009 “Tunes for Practice” CD. It’s a lively pair of tunes. more…

  • The Golden Keyboard, X:6

    A variation from the playing of fiddler Seamus Creagh on his album, “Tunes for Practice.” more…

  • Ffarwel I F’ienctid

    Every time I put on the album, “ Gramundus“ by Welsh fiddler, Siân Phillips, this tune somehow grabs my attention, and I started learning it without actually intending to. At long last I’ve finally transcribed it. Siân plays it on the first and la... more…