ConorW’s sixty-nine comments

  • Marcan Kelly

    I found this tune in a manuscript transcribed in 1963 by the Longford banjo-mandolin player Noel Strange (1927-70). I can't find a match for this tune. There are alot of tunes in this manuscript that he sourced from Antrim musician Frank McCollam. Strange... more…

  • Re: The Alna

    This was composed by Longford banjo-madolin player Noel Strange (1927-70). The title refers to the Allenagh Road near Carriglass Manor outside Longford town. more…

  • A Gallop

    Alex Sutherland (1874-1969) of Toome, Drumreilly, Co Leitrim transcribed this tune for his fiddle student Joseph McCabe around 1920. It is entitled "A Gallop" in the manuscript which may signal this was originally a light classical galop before it was ass... more…

  • The Star Hornpipe, X:2

    A version of this tune entitled "Star Hornpipe" was submitted to the National Folklore Commission in 1957 by the fiddler Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) of Toome, Drumreilly, Co Leitrim. This tune shares the B part with The Galway Hornpipe. more…

  • Re: John Doherty’s

    The fiddler, Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) of Toome, Drumreilly, Co Leitrim submitted a version of this rare tune to the National Folklore Commission in 1957 entitled "The Girl in Danger" in the higher key of D with the parts reversed. more…

  • Tim Fitzpatrick’s, X:2

    This version was submitted by Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) of Drumreilly, Co Leitrim to the National Folklore Commission c1950. He named it "Over the Moore to Maggie", which as we know, is the name of another popular reel. Sutherland must have picked it up... more…

  • Re: Welcome To The Country

    Josephine sourced this tune from the Larry Smyth MS (c.1900) of Granard, Co. Longford, a copy of which is in the ITMA. It's more commonly known as 'Colonel Rodger's Favourite". https://thesession.org/tunes/311 more…

  • Dudley Gallagher’s Fancy

    This tune was transcribed by Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) of Toome, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. Sutherland was a renowned fiddle teacher in south Leitrim during the first half of the 20th century and ensured fiddle music remained strong in this region during... more…

  • Smiles and Tears of Erin

    This tune was recorded in New York in November 1934 by the 'Smiles and Tears of Erin' Orchestra as the second tune in a set entitled 'Master Rogers - Reel Medley'. This 78 record is presumably the source of Breathnach's title for this tune. 'The Smiles an... more…

  • The lancers

    this tune is actually the one that was played for the last figure of the popular 19th century dance, The Original Lancers Quadrille, before it evolved into the present day Lancers set dance. The tune was published in several 19th century books e.g. 'The L... more…