Different State

By Paudie O’Connor

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Great accordion playing from O’Connor, with an emphasis on the music of his native Sliabh Luachra. Guest appearances from Paul de Grae (guitar), Aoife Ni Chaoimh (fiddle), Noeleen O’Connor (fiddle), Joe Sullivan (flute). Own label PBCD1975. If you can’t get this in the shops, email Paudie at paudieoconnor@ireland.com

Great stuff by Paudie O’Connor

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. We were just finishing pints after a session one afternoon at the Willie Clancy week last July, when in walked 2 fiddlers and 2 box players, and asked to sit down. One of the box-players was Paudie O’Connor. Fresh pints were ordered and that was us for another couple of hours. A month or so ago, I heard Paudie and fiddler Aoife O’Keeffe play 2 polkas on an archived “Ceili House” programme, 2 fairly unusual tunes which I’d never heard before, and decided I had to learn them. They are “Tom O’Connor’s” and “Denis O’Keeffe’s”, ( 2nd and 3rd tunes on Track 1 ) and I’ve just posted the pair of them this past week.
I was very pleased to hear that Paudie had made a CD and ordered it immediately from “Claddagh” in Dublin. It’s one of the best recordings I’ve heard in some time. Great playing and an excellent selection of tunes, with a slight bias towards the Kerry polkas and slides. I particularly like the 4-part version of “The Maid In The Meadow”, ( Jimmy O’Brien’s ) and the “Jackson’s” reel set really swings. Lovely slow-air playing too. A strong contender for traditional CD of the year. Highly recommended.

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