ConorW’s sixty-six comments

  • 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…

  • The Queen Of May, X:5

    I transcribed this version from the Francis Reynolds MS1 of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford, dated 1885. The tune is entitled 'The Ladies' Taproom' (No.27) in this document. more…

  • The Longford angle

    This tune was popularly played at house dances in Co. Longford from at least the 1920s onwards. I have found two home recordings of fiddlers who played this tune. The first one is that of Michael Francis McNerney (1898-1975) and the second one is that of ... more…

  • The Cachucha

    This tune appears to be a development of 'The Cachucha' waltz. The dance gained international recognition when on the 1st of June, 1836, the famous Austrian dancer, Fanny Elssler (1810-1884), made her debut performance of it in Paris in the role of Florin... more…