The Star Of Munster Trio

By John Clifford, Julia Clifford and Billy Clifford

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  1. Dublin Porter
    Mountain Lark
  2. The Lark In The Bog
  3. The Mountain Road
    Paddy Cronin’s
  4. Knocknaboul
    The Ballydesmond
  5. Boil The Breakfast Early
    Bunker Hill
  6. The Red-Haired Boy
  7. Lucy’s
    The Clare
  8. Bill Black’s
  9. John Mahinney’s No.1
    The Leitrim Fancy
  10. Grandfather’s Thought
    Madam If You Please
  11. The Chicago
  12. Bonaparte’s Retreat
  13. Connie The Soldier
    The Humours Of Glen
  14. The Palatine’s Daughter
  15. Jim Mac’s
  16. Cherish The Ladies
  17. The Harlequin
  18. The Old Bush
    Within A Mile Of Dublin

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The Star Of Munster Trio

Julia Clifford - fiddle
John Clifford - piano-accordion
Billy Clifford - flute
Volume 2 in the “Topic” label’s series “The Music Of Sliabh Luachra”. This was apparently recorded around 1 solitary microphone in Lucy Farr’s house, so it’s a pretty “low-tech” recording. Only 1 set of polkas [ Track 4 ], and no slides, so presumably this is a recording of the reels, jigs, hornpipes and airs played in Sliabh Luachra .
Apologies to “ceolachan” for taking so long to post this after promising to do so. Thanks for reminding me - I’ll post Vol.3 tomorrow.

2.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 2: The Star of Munster Trio”

Topic 12TS310 - Ossian 45

1.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 1: Kerry Fiddles”
Padraig O’Keefe with Denis & Julia (Clifford) Murphy
Topic 12T 309 / TSCD309 - Ossian OSSCD10

3.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 3: The Humours of Lisheen”
John & Julia Clifford
Topic 12TS311 - Ossian OSS 14

4.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 4: Irish Traditional Flute Solos and Band Music from Kerry and Tipperary”
Billy Clifford, et. al.
Topic 12TS312 - Ossian OSS 11

“The Star Above the Garter”
Denis & Julia Murphy (Clifford)

“Ceol As Sliabh Luachra”
Julia & Billy Clifford

“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”…

Sliabh Luachra ~ for more inspiration ~

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

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

“Padraig O’Keefe: The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master”

“Denis Murphy: Music from Sliabh Luachra”

“An Calmfhear/The Trooper” - Johnny O’Leary"
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

“Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music”
Mulligan - LUN 019, 1978

“Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
Jimmy Doyle (Melodeon) and Dan O’Leary (fiddle)
Shanachie 29007, and it was recorded in 1977.

Tune Names…

‘Lucy’s’ is more commonly known as ‘The Crooked Road to Dublin’, ‘John Mahinney’s no. 1’ is more commonly known as ‘Old Joe’s’, and the Gan Ainm following it is ‘The Leitrim Fancy’.

Another Gan Ainm…

And the Gan Ainm on Track 11 is ‘The Chicago Reel’.

The Palatine’s Daughter

In the last couple of days I’ve become smitten with this tune, The Palatine’s Daughter. Forgive my ignorance, but is this a set piece; or a slow polka? I can’t quite place it.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks, Fran


I’m not sure, and will check on it, but I think “The Palatine’s Daughter” was a song - ie, with lyrics - set to the melody of the set-dance “The Garden Of Daisies”. There was a booklet accompanying the “Sliabh Luachra” set of recordings, and I have it somewhere. It had information on the players and also the tunes on the recordings. I’ll get back to you.


Thank you, Kenny. I will check back later.


Re: The Star Of Munster Trio

Re. the venues and dates of the recordings.

Side one (tracks 1-8) was recorded by Reg Hall in August 1964 in the kitchen of Lucy and Eric Farr’s house in Ladywell, southeast London.

Tracks 9-11, 13 and 15-18 were recorded by Hugh Miller and Alan Ward in Camus Cross, Tipperary in July. 1976. Presumably, Julia and John were on a trip to see their son Billy as he’d moved to the county not long before.

Tracks 12 and 14 were recorded by Alan Ward in Stamford Hill, London in April and September, 1976.

According to the sleeve notes, ‘The Palatine’s Daughter’ came from the singing of Diarmuid Cronin, a teacher at Gneevegullia school, Kerry.

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