River Reel

By Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich/Brendan Begley, Seamus Glackin, Mick O’Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor

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River Reel

This has been discussed before. - see below. I’ll add some comments tomorrow

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“River Reel”

I first came across this recording as a cassette tape, entitled “Crossroads Ceili”. The musicians involved are Brendan Begley [ accordion ], Seamus Glackin [ fiddle ] – not Kevin, as I’d thought - , and Mick O’Brien [ flute ] , accompanied by Mary Corcoran, [ piano ] and Mick Gaynor [ drums ].
Ive tried to identify all the tunes, because some of them are listed as medleys. The only tune I don’t know is the first waltz, [ Track 3 ] which is named as “Cooley’s”. I changed it to “Gan Ainm”, otherwise it’ll show up as being on about 100 recordings, when it’s actually “Cooley’s” reel or jig.
The “Laserlight” CD has no mention of the musicians involved whatsoever, although the name of K.Hanrahan [ presumably Kieran ] is credited to some tunes which he did not compose. I bought a few of these CDs some years ago, because it’s a great [ and cheap ] recording of Irish session standards, and gave them away to young musicians in Scotland who were in the process of building an Irish repertoire. There does seem to be 2 versions going around, with either 12 or 14 tracks. This recording turns up quite often on e-bay. There were several in America last week, and 1 on e-bay in the UK last week went for £3.99, inclusive of postage, which is very good value indeed. Someone from New Zealand sold one the previous week, too, - the title given was “Crossroads Ceili” - and said it was on the “Chart Records” label.
In the US, Amazon has 15 listed, from $1.67. In UK, “jonfergy” – who flogs them on e-bay, - is selling for £4.50. A gentleman from Luxembourg, who in my opinion doesn’t know Irish music from a hole in the ground, has given a very negative review. Ignore him.
Presumably the musicians involved have been paid for this recording, I hope so. The least we can do is see that they get the recognition.

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