Folktrax-173: Willie Clancy And Bobby Casey

By Willie Clancy And Bobby Casey

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  1. The Old Bush
  2. Poll Halfpenny
  3. Reavey’s
  4. Rowsome’s Slip
  5. Ask My Father
  6. The Harvest Home
  7. The Sweep’s
  8. The West Wind
    Sean Reid’s Fancy
  9. Give Us A Drink Of Water
  10. The Dear Irish Boy
  11. The Dear Irish Boy
  12. Sean Sa Cheo
  13. The Beauty Spot
  14. Rakish Paddy
  15. Talk By Willie Clancy About Garrett Barry, John & Felix Doran
    The Flogging
  16. Let Us Be Drinking
  17. Connaught Heifers
  18. The Bright Lady
  19. Varsoviana
  20. The Humours Of Derrykissane
  21. Black Is The Color Of
  22. Jumping Charlie
  23. Thompson Catty
  24. Old Waltz (untitled)
  25. Polka Mazurka (untitled)
  26. Strop The Razor
  27. Will You Come Down To Limerick?
  28. The Choice Wife
  29. Banish Misfortune
  30. Nora Criona
  31. The Humours Of Glin
  32. The Rocks Of Bawn
  33. Old Hag You Have Killed Me
  34. The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
  35. Top It Off
  36. Whelan’s
  37. The Shaskeen

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Folktrax 173: Willie Clancy & Bobby Casey

[Non-commercial field recording from Peter Kennedy’s archives available to libraries, acamedics and traditional musicians at Folktrax & SOundpost Publ., 16 Brunswick Square, Gloucester GL1 1UG Telephone: +44 - (0)1452-415110 -]

Recorded by Peter Kennedy in London in 1956. Edited by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax Cassettes 1975.

From the liner notes:

"WILLIE CLANCY (1918-1971) born near Miltown Mobray, West Clare. Both his parents were singers and played the concertina. His father, Gilbert Clancy, best known for his flute playing, had a friend, the blind piper Garrrett Barry of Inagh, which died in 1900, and it was from him that he learned many of his tunes. Willie started on the tin whistle at the age of 5, but it was not until he was 19 that he first heard the travelling piper, Johnny Doran, playing at the local races. Two years later he managed to get hold of a chanter, bag and bellows from Johnny’s brother Felix (see Folktrax 172), and less that ten years later, Willie won the first prize at the 1947 Oireacthas. It was in 1953, because of lack of work in Ireland, that he came to London and met up with Bobby Casey.

“BOBBY CASEY. also from Miltown Mobray, inherits his fiddle-playing from his father, John Casey, who was well-known locally as a violinist and music teacher. John, like all the fathers of the best players, discouraged his son from touching his violin saying that it would ruin a good instrument ”for a beginner to catch it". Usual story. When his father was out, Bobby seized his opportunity and took down the fiddle. One day his father came home, and showed surprise at his mastery, and from then on he would sit with him and help him. -died 13/5/00 Northampton (see MT News #18)

“Transcriptions of Poll Halfpenny, Ask My Father, Harvest Home, Seep’s Hornpipe, West Wind, Sean Reid’s, Rakish Paddy & Flogging Reel may be found in Pat Mitchell’s The Dance Music of Willie Clancy (Mercier Press, Cork 1976).”


Tracks 1,5,8,16 duets Clancy uillean pipes, Casey fiddle.

Tracks 36 & 37 with Agnes White (fiddle) & Thady Casey (bodhran)

Tracks 2,3,10,12,13 Bobby Casey solo fiddle.

Tracks 4,6,7,9,11,14,17,19,20,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34 & 35 Willie Clancy solo uillean pipes.

Tracks 15, 18,21,22,23, & 24 Willie Clancy solo tin whistle.

Pardon the typos

Sorry, should have read it over before submitting. It was nice to hear some more Casey solo fiddle as I have had a hard time getting my hands on the elusive Cowhouse recording. (Does anyone know how to get it?) Like all Folktrax CDs, 10 pounds sterling. They have PayPal.

Track 34 is subtitled “The Hurler’s March”.

Rowsome’s Slip

Nothing personal about Mr. Rowsome. No. 4 is listed on the CD as Rowsome’s Slip Jig but the Jig part got clipped by the program.

Track 26 is Petticoat Loose, not Strop the Razor. Nice work with the tracks though. Most of the later tracks are “Double Jig” and “Slip Jig,” etc. Track 24 (Old Waltz (untitled)) I’ve on a private tape of Willie where he goes into When the Cock Crows It is Day, and I’ve a recording of the piper Brian Gallagher where he plays this medley, calling the lot When the Cock Crows, so perhaps that’s what the air is as well. It matches the melody of the jig very well.
I always wondered about the titles for 22 and 23 - provided by Peter Kennedy? Perhaps they’re taken from English dancing. A “Polka-Mazurka” was a genuine dance from back when, too.

Miltown malbay

did peter kennedy do the liner notes? whoever probably mixed up miltown malbay with melton mowbray, the leicestershire england town

Can’t find this CD

Can’t fid it anymore. Would love to have it being that I got turned on to Bonny Casey this summer taking a workshop with Patrick Orceau.

This was never issued as a CD, Jim, unless you ordered it specifically in that format from Peter Kennedy. I could have sworn that I had a rip of the cassette, but I can’t find it at the moment.

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I’ve found it and will upload it.

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