Ceol As Sliabh Luachra

By Julia Clifford And Billy Clifford

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The Cliffords

Recorded in 1982, some years after the "Topic" series of "Sliabh Luachra" recordings, the recording quality on this LP is much better. Flute and fiddle duets, with some fine accompaniment by Manus Lunny on 6 of the tracks. Of the 19 tracks, 7 are polka sets.

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Sliabh Luachra ~

1.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 1: Kerry Fiddles"
Padraig O’Keefe with Denis & Julia (Clifford) Murphy
Topic 12T 309 / TSCD309 - Ossian OSSCD10
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/519

2.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 2: The Star of Munster Trio"
Julia (fiddle), John (piano accordion) & Billy Clifford (flute)
Topic 12TS310 - Ossian 45
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1427

3.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 3: The Humours of Lisheen"
John (piano accordion) & Julia Clifford (fiddle)
Topic 12TS311 - Ossian OSS 14
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1433

4.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 4:
Irish Traditional Flute Solos and Band Music from Kerry and Tipperary"
Billy Clifford (flute), et. al.
Topic 12TS312 - Ossian OSS 11
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1286

5.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 5: Johnny O’Leary -
Music for the Set"
Recordings made 1976-77 - 18 tracks - Topic /Ossian OSSCD 25
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/663

6.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 6: Jackie Daly -
Traditional Accordion and Concertina Music from Sliabh Luachra"
Topic 12TS358
Released on CD by Ossian: OSSCD 30 & Green Linnet: GLCD3065
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/212

"The Rushy Mountain: Classic Music from Sliabh Luachra 1957-77"
- a compilation of tracks from the six albums in the Topic series "Music from Sliabh Luachra volumes 1-6"…
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1274

"Padraig O’Keefe: The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master"
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/738

"Denis Murphy: Music from Sliabh Luachra"
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/164

"The Star Above the Garter"
Denis (fiddle) & Julia Murphy/Clifford (fiddle)
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1073

"Ceol As Sliabh Luachra"
Julia (fiddle) & Billy (flute) Clifford
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1291

"An Calmfhear/The Trooper" - Johnny O’Leary"
https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1282
17 tracks - Gael Linn CEFC 132 / CEFCD 132, 1989

"Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border"
Craft Recordings, Dublin - CRCS01
28 tracks - Craft Recordings - (CD) CRCD01, 1995
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1284

"Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music"
Mulligan - LUN 019, 1978
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1309

"Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry"
Jimmy Doyle (Melodeon) and Dan O’Leary (fiddle)
Shanachie 29007, and it was recorded in 1977.
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1247

"with some fine accompaniment by Manus Lunny"

I agree that there is ‘accompaniment’, but I wouldn’t describe it in such generous terms. But it is, to my ear, at best, superfluous. It has obviously been overdubbed afterwards and, in contrast with the tight musical unity of Billy and Julia’s playing, the incongruity of Lunny’s bouzouki playing sticks out a mile - it does neither him nor this recording any favours. Sorry, Manus -I think you should have stayed in the control room for this one.

I agree, the accompaniment tends not to mix well with the fiddle and flute. It’s distracting and not especially supportive, IMHO.

Album available again

Track 16 "Din Tarrant’s" actually has two polkas on it. I haven’t figured out the second one yet.

Also, the whole album is available again to be downloaded at http://ceolalainn.breqwas.net/

Re: Ceol As Sliabh Luachra

Isn’t the first reel on Track 10, which they call "The Thrashing," which I can’t find under that name anywhere else, either Lady Birr, or Jim Moore’s Fancy, from O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 510?