Tribute to legendary Kerry fiddler
This CD is Tom Dunne’s tribute to the Kerry fiddle great and longtime friend Paddy Cronin. Tom of course plays fiddle with sympathetic guitar accompaniment by John Dillon. Guest musicians are Don Meade on harmonica, Iris Nevins on guitar, and Gabriel Donohue on bodhran. Paddy Cronin was born in the village of Gneeveguilla in East Kerry, famous for its musicians and characters, where he was taught by Pádraig O’Keeffe. He also lived in Boston for many years. Tom’s album has the insight of a close musical companion and captures Paddy’s unique ability to bring life to the simplest of tunes. Paddy also has a reputation for enthusiastically devouring new tunes - as Tom says “it amazed me that every time we met, he had a new selection of tunes to play!”. This recording gives a unique snapshot of Paddy’s repertoire and features many tunes rarely heard these days. This record has been the result of a labor of love to “keep these tunes alive and spread them around”. Tom Dunne is a stalwart of the traditional Irish music scene in New York and New Jersey where you will find him raising the roof with both fiddle and accordion.