Katy Bar The Door

By Randal Bays

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Fiddle player Randal Bays with John Williams, Susan Waters, Paddy League, Leo McNamara, Roger Landes

This delightful recording was completed over a couple nights and contains a collection of traditional tunes (including a few originals) played in the style of the early ceili band recordings of such players as Hugh Gillespie and Paddy Killoran in the early 1930s.

Here, Randal Bays is joined by John Williams, Susan Waters, Paddy League, Leo McNamara, Roger Landes.

John William’s piano adds a celebratory, dance-like feel to the CD, giving the tunes an almost Cape Breton flavor.

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Re: Katy Bar The Door

I just got this recording, and it’s great! I’m going to assume the third reel on track 3 (the namesake "Katy Bar the Door") and both reels on track 7 are Randal Bays’s compositions. Does anyone know if that’s correct?

Re: Katy Bar The Door

Actually it seems "Katy Bar The Door" is an old-time breakdown that Bays recorded with some Irish reels…

Re: Katy Bar The Door

Then again, the breakdown and the reel here seem very different to my ear.