Seoltai Seidte (Setting Sail)

By Various Artists

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  1. Bean Phaidin
  2. Is I Do Mhamo I
  3. The Dash To Portobello
  4. Caoineadh Na DTri Mhuire
  5. Bonny Kate
    Mrs McLeod’s
    The Fermoy Lasses
  6. Neainsin Bhan
  7. Carolan’s Concerto
  8. Bean An Leanna
  9. The Kerry
    Colonel Frazer
    The Steampacket
  10. Mainistir Na Buille
  11. Saint Anne’s
    The New-Mown Meadows
  12. An Buinnean Bui
  13. The Blooming Meadows
    The Queen Of The Fair
    The Luck Penny
  14. Geaftai Bhaile Bui
  15. Jackson’s Rum Punch
    The Rose In The Heather
  16. Uirchill An Chreagain
  17. The Earl’s Chair
    Tom Steele
  18. Ar Maidin De Mairt
  19. The Wily Old Bachelor
    The Harvest Home
  20. Brid Bheasach
  21. Ar A Ghabhail Chun An Chuain Damh
  22. Rhattigan’s
    Mrs McLeod’s
  23. An Gamhain Geal Ban
  24. The Piper’s Despair
    Jim Kennedy’s Favourite
  25. An Seanduine
  26. Na Connerys
  27. An Draighnean Donn
  28. Garret Barry’s
    Brian O’Lynn
  29. Ta Na Paipeir Dha Saighneail
  30. The Old Bush
    The Ravelled Hank Of Yarn
  31. Brid Thomais Mhurchadha
  32. Down The Broom
    The Boys Of Ballisodare
  33. Amhran Na Tra Baine
  34. Old Man Dillon
    The Battering Ram
  35. Amhran Na Paise
  36. Lord McDonald’s
    The Fair Of Ballinasloe
  37. Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh
  38. Is Measa Liom Brodach
  39. The Plains Of Boyle
    The Leitrim Fancy
  40. Caislean Ui Neill
  41. The Golden Keyboard
    Farrell O’Gara
  42. Piopa Ainde Mhoir
  43. The Dawn
    The Moving Cloud

Four comments

Seoltai Seidte

One of the most important releases of recent years, this 2-CD set (beautifully packaged and with an excellent 90+ page booket) compiles all twenty of Gael-Linn’s historic 78 rpm discs issued between 1957 to 1961.

The artists featured are:

Sean ‘ac Dhonncha (tracks 1, 2, 10, 12, 27, 29, 31)
Sean Ryan (track 3)
Seosamh O hEanai (tracks 4, 6, 8, 33, 35, 37, 38)
Tommy Reck (tracks 5, 7)
Denis Murphy (tracks 9, 11, 24)
Joe Devlin (track 13)
Aodh O Duibheannaigh (tracks 14, 16)
Johnny Pickering (tracks 15, 19)
Sean McLaughlin (tracks 17, 22)
Aine Ni Ghallchobhair (tracks 18, 20, 21)
Sean de hOra (track 23)
Diarmuid O Flatharta (track 25)
Willie Clancy (tracks 26, 30, 39)
Paddy Canny (track 28, 36)
Vincent Broderick (tracks 32, 34)
Maire Nic Dhonnchada (tracks 40, 42)
Joe Burke (tracks 41, 43)

Catalogue Number CEFCD 184. More information at http://www.gaellinn.com

“Seoltaí Séidte / Setting Sail: Ceolta Éireann 1957 - 1961”

2 CDs ~ Gael Linn, 2004 ~ to commemorate Gael Linn’s Golden Jubilee / 50 years…

Disc remastering and sound production ~ Harry Bradshaw

Notes, song transcriptions and translations ~ Nicholas Carolan

"Forty-Three Historic Recordings:
Traditional songs in Irish and tunes on fiddle, flute, accordion and uilleann pipes"

"A historic collection, remastered on two CDs, of twenty 78 rpm discs first issued by Gael Linn from 1957 to 1961: 43 performances by outstanding solo singers in Irish from Irish-speaaking districts and solo musicians from the rest of Ireland on fiddle, flute, accordion and uilleann pipes." ~ all unaccompanied…

There’s also a hefty booklet included, featuring a history of Gael Linn and these early 78 rpm recordings, and notes on the artists and their contributions, the individual tracks. These 78s were aimed in the main at the Irish speaking enclaves of Ireland, where wind up phonograph players were, at the time, more common than electricity. One side featured singing in Irish while the other featured a instrumental solo. Intrinsic in being part of a passion to preserve and promote the language, for the purposes of education and clarity, they are all unaccompanied performances, beautifully raw and real.

An unexpected blessing, I consider this package to be one of the best gifts of recorded music I have ever recieved. I love it. It might not suit ears and egos obsessed with the nuovo and modern flash, the polish and heavy arrangement of some of the recordings of the 20th aand 21st century recordings of Irish music, but for me that is it’s greatest charm, that it is ‘unaccompanied’, that it is not dicked around with by arranging and too much technical diddling…

Nice job Gael Linn, Harry and the gang, much appreciated… It has already given me many hours of pleasure…

Singers & Instrumentalists

- - - Singers - - -

Sean ‘ac Dhonncha ~ tracks: CD1: 1, 2, 10, 12 // CD2: 5, 7, 9

Seosamh O hEanai ~ tracks: CD1: 4, 6, 8, // CD2: 11, 13, 15, 16

Aodh O Duibheannaigh ~ tracks: CD1: 14, 16

Aine Ni Ghallchobhair ~ tracks: CD1: 18, 20, 21

Sean de hOra ~ track: CD2: 1

Diarmuid O Flatharta ~ track: CD2: 3

Maire Nic Dhonnchada ~ tracks: CD2: 18, 20


- - - Instrumentalists - - -

Sean Ryan ~ fiddle
Track: CD1: 3 ~ reel

Tommy Reck ~ uilleann pipes
Tracks: CD1: 5, 7 ~ reels, O’Carolan’s Concerto

Denis Murphy ~ fiddle
Tracks: CD1: 9, 11, // CD2: 2 ~ reels, reels, reels

Joe Devlin ~ fiddle
Track: CD1: 13 ~ jigs

Johnny Pickering ~ fiddle
Tracks: CD1: 15, 19 ~ reels, hornpipes

Sean McLaughlin ~ fiddle
Tracks: CD1: 17, 22 ~ reels, reels

Willie Clancy ~ uilleann pipes
Tracks: CD2: 4, 8, 17 ~ slow air, reels, hornpipes

Paddy Canny ~ fiddle
Track: CD2: 6, 14 ~ jigs, reels

Vincent Broderick ~ flute
Tracks: CD2: 10, 12 ~ reels, jigs

Joe Burke ~ button accordion
Tracks: CD2: 19, 21 ~ reels

Re: Seoltai Seidte (Setting Sail)

I have no commercial interest in this, but you can buy this double CD on eBay - brand new - for just over £5.00, including free P&P. [in the UK].

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