A Piper’s Dream

By Brian McNamara

Added by Sam_T .
  1. The Newport Lasses
    The Gander At The Pratie Hole
    When Sick Is It Tea You Want?
  2. An TSean Bhean Bhocht
    The Tailor’s Twist
  3. The Old Bush
    Jenny’s Wedding
  4. Sean Bui
    Tap The Barrel
    Neary’s
    Haul Her Across The Road
  5. Ni Ar Chnoc Na Ar Isleacht
  6. The Beauties Of Ireland
    Under The Willow She Is Sleeping
    The Old Figaree
  7. Colonel Frazer
  8. Stoney Batter
    The Templehouse
    Grier’s #37
  9. An Bonnan Bui
  10. Satin Slipper
    Our House At Home
    Jackson’s Hi Ho
  11. The Groves
  12. The Braes Of Busby
    Sean Reid’s Favourite
  13. Gusty’s Frolics
  14. Loch Na GCaor
  15. My Former Wife
    Sergeant Early’s
  16. The Torn Jacket
    My Love Is Fair And Handsome
    Sporting Kate
  17. The Morning Thrush

Three comments

My review

The tunes are nice. They are mostly very old tunes taken from various manuscripts and collections (Grier, Breathnach, Petrie, O’Neill etc). I think he is a very good piper too. I don’t fully understand the dynamics of piping and its different styles but he sounds quite tight to me. I don’t like the accompaniment however. While Michael Rooney is a great harp player and Jens Kommnick is a good guitar accompanist, I personally don’t think piping should be accompanied. That’s just a personal thing though. The tracks with Deirdre McNamara (Brian’s sister I think) on concertina make for an interesting duet.

Brian McNamara

I love this CD. I’ve been listening to it quite a bit lately. I love Michael Rooney’s accompaniment. I wouldn’t like it if the pipes were all going full blast but the typical Brian M restraint is set off quite nicely by the harp. I hate the drones and regulators *unless* the pipes are going solo. IMHO the pipes mess things up with regulators and drones when they are set against other instruments.
I also love the CD with Tim Collins, Reed Only. Both Tim and Brian are wonderful players.

Haul Her Accross the Road

in the liner notes, he mentions that this was taken straight from the Grier collection and that "no other reference to this tune have been found to date." listening to this tune, i find it bears a striking similarity to the jig Pat McGillarney as recorded by Na Fili - obviously a close variation of this tune.