The Tailor’s Choice

By Joe Burke

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Joe’s flute album

Coming up for 2 years since it was posted, and still no comments!! You should at least be told that this is not a recording of Joe Burke on accordion,( apart for 1 track ) but on his 2nd instrument, the flute, which he plays in the lesser-known Galway style - slower, gentle pace, steadier rhythm, and not a lot of ornamentation. Joe is a big fan of slow airs on the flute, and there are several classics here, with fine accompaniment by Maire ni Chathasaigh on harp. There’s also 1 track on tin-whistle. Very different from any other flute album I’ve heard, and recommended.

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Joe Burke as a Fluter

This "unusual" flute album is best understood in relation to other flute players of Ballinakill, East Galway, most notably the Moloneys and Mike Rafferty. The title of the recording in fact refers to Stephen Moloney of the Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players, who was a tailor in trade. The smooth, "silky" style of Joe’s flute playing is virtually identical to that of Stephen’s grandson Sean Moloney, who released a couple of solo albums in 2004. Needless to say, he also has much in common with Mike Rafferty who appears on track 14 as a guest even though he doesn’t punctuate as much as Mr. Rafferty does.

“Joe Burke: The Tailor’s Choice” ~ the musicians & tracks

http://www.irishtune.info/album/JB+2/

Joe Burke – flute, whistle, button accordion
Máire Ní Chathasaigh – harp
Kathleen Guilday – harp
Lori Feeley – flute
Mike Rafferty – flute

1.) air
Joe Burke – flute & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

2.) reels
Joe Burke – flute & Kathleen Guilday

3.) air & reel
Joe Burke – flute & Kathleen Guilday

4.) slow strathspey
Joe Burke – button accordion & Kathleen Guilday

5.) reel
Joe Burke – flute & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

6.) air
Joe Burke – flute; Lori – flute harmonies & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

7.) reels
Joe Burke – whistle & Kathleen Guilday

8.) reels
Joe Burke – flute & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

9.) air
Joe Burke – flute; Lori – flute harmonies & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

10.) jigs
Joe Burke – flute & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

11.) air
Joe Burke – flute

12.) hornpipes
Joe Burke – button accordion & Máire Ní Chathasaigh
13.) air
Joe Burke – whistle

14.) reels
Joe Burke – flute; Mike Rafferty & Kathleen Guilday

15.) air
Joe Burke – flute & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

7.) reels: “Sean Reid’s Favourite” / “The Green Fields Of Rosbeigh”

Joe Burke – whistle & Kathleen Guilday

"Sean Reid’s" / "Sean Reid’s Fancy" / "Sean Reid’s Favourite"
Key signature: Gmajor
Submitted on December 10th 2003 by whistlemanhimself
https://thesession.org/tunes/2249

"The Green Fields Of Rosbeigh" / "The Kerry Reel"
Key signature: Edorian
Submitted on October 11th 2001 by Jdharv.
https://thesession.org/tunes/322

~ & he’s playing set 7 on an F whistle…