Classic Ceili Bands

By Various Artists

  1. The Drunken Sailor
    The Earl’s Chair
    Tim Moloney
  2. The Blooming Meadows
    A Visit To Ireland
    Paddy Carney
  3. A Friendly Visit
    McFadden’s Fancy
  4. The Colliers
    The Fermoy Lassies
    The Boys Of The Lough
  5. The Rambling Pitchfork
    Saddle The Pony
    The Black Rogue
  6. The Kildare Fancy
    The Boys Of Blue Hill
    The Harvest Home
  7. Miss McLeod’s
    The Sally Gardens
    The Green Gates
  8. Katie’s Fancy
    The Lilting Fisherman
    The New York
  9. The Woman Of The House
    Imelda Rowland’s
    Rattigan’s Fancy
    Tom Steele
  10. Donland Road
    Over The Ocean
    The Monaghan
    Come And Have A Drink With Me
  11. Kildare’s First
    The Liverpool
    The Greencastle
  12. The Plough And The Stars
    The Golden Keyboard
  13. Father Fielding’s
  14. The Tailor’s Twist
    The Castle (Hornpipe)
    The College

Five comments

Another cheapo compilation

The best thing about these cheapo ceili compilations is that they have rakes of tunes that you’ll want to play in sessions and the ceili format with its pretty straight rendering of tunes (the variety of instruments more or less forces everyone to dispense with ornamentation) CAN, sometimes, make it easier for people to pick up tunes by ear!

What Bands ?

I’d like to know what bands are featured here ?

Sean … sorry it’s taken a while (!) to get an answer back to you. According to the sleeve notes, the bands featured are :

Tracks 1,2,3,12,13,14 The Ballinamore Ceili Band
4,5,6 The Brophy Brothers CB
7,8 The Sean Dunphy CB
9,10,11 The Eamonn Ceant CB

There are 15 tracks. A set of reels after track 12 are missed from the cover notes. Cause of confusion between driver asking for tune name and passenger reading cover notes. Driver previously having been explaining difference between tune rhythms. And yes, it makes it easier from me to pick them up by ear.

Mistakes and corrections…..

I agree with Aidan above – this CD is one of several cheap Ceili Band compilations currently in circulation which can be a good source of tunes, but that’s about all they are use for. The playing is mundane at the best. The tracks listed on the sleeve are inaccurate – see below, and quite a few of the tune names have been made up, I reckon. Some of them are just plain wrong. There are tunes here composed by Ed Reavy, Martin Wynne, and Martin Mulhaire – all are listed as “Trad”, no one gets any credit.
Most laughably – and a disgrace, in my opinion – the tracks by the “Eamon Ceant [sic ] Ceili Band” are listed as “Trad, arranged Ceant” !!!
Here are some corrections :

Track 1 – not “The Drunken Sailor” –I think it’s the “Bellharbour”.

Track 2 – I’m fairly sure 2nd jig is not “A Visit To Ireland” – I know it but can’t think of the name at the moment. 3rd jig is “Paddy Clancy’s”.

Track 3- 2nd hornpipe is “Murphy’s”.

Track 8 – is not the 3 jigs listed – they are not on the CD at all. The tune played sounds like a set-dance to me, but I don’t know it.

Track 9 – tunes are identified correctly, but the piano-playing on “Woman Of The House” is the absolute worst I’ve ever heard, in totally the wrong key. The player must be a relation of the guy who played with Coleman.

Track 10 – 1st jig is “The Wandering Minstrel”. The 4th seems to be a version of “Bryan O’Lynn”

Track 13 - is a set of 3 reels – not jigs. They are “Martin Wynne’s” [ in “D” ], “The Fisherman’s Island”, and “Bunker Hill”.

Track 14 - is a set of 3 jigs – 2nd one might be “Joe Burke’s /
Darby The Driver”, the third is definitely the 2-part “Pipe On The Hob”.

Track 15 – 2nd hornpipe is “Dinny O’Brien’s / The Broadway”.
Not sure about the 3rd, either. The title on the CD – “The Castle” – links to “The Kesh”.

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