A Tribute To John McKenna

By Mick Woods

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Mick Woods

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Much later….

Forgot about this - thanks to "Ceolachan" for reminding me. The album sleeve notes say the following :

"Born at Co. Leitrim - just a few miles from the John McKenna country - the Arigna Mountains. As a boy, from listening to John McKenna’s records, Mick was inspired by him and decided to endeavour in that tradition. Mick comments - "John McKenna was a unique flute player and had a rare style of playing. He was a man who in my opinion had great breath control and had excellent phrasing in Jigs and Reels. I wish to dedicate this album to the great man." By the age of eight, Mick had made substantial prgress on a Concert Flute which was presented to him by John McKenna’s brother Paddy and which he still treasures at his home in Drumshambo. Like many of us he is a keen enthusiast of the late Michael Coleman. Mick has partnered many distinguished musicians on both sides of the ‘water,’ including the famous Joe Burke and Sean McGuire. Mick Woods has indeed got a unique style of playing and this album is something special for your collection; it offers an attractive change from the many other flute albums available. The pace is fast but not forced - the fingering reaches rare peaks of brilliance."

Not at all sure I agree with all of the above. He has a particularly irritating feature in his playing where he stops very abruptly at the end of 8 or 16 bars and takes a breath, cutting short the last note of the phrase. Makes the whole tune sound very stilted, I think.
Classic selection of flute tunes, though.

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I should also have mentioned…

…accompanied by Mary Conroy on guitar.
"Mary Conroy the guitar accompanist is from Abbey, Loughrea, Co. Galway. She is very much in demand as an accompanist because of her understanding and feeling for the music."

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I’ve made a few edits to this track listing.
Track 3 - first jig is listed as "Paddy O’Brien’s" on the LP sleeve.
Track 4 is listed as "Jackson’s" jigs, but they have other titles.
Track 8 - first reel is listed as "Frieze Britches" on the sleeve.
Track 10 - listed as "Coleman’s" jigs.
Track 11 - listed as "McKenna’s" jigs.
Track 12- "Salamanca" comes first, followed by "The Blackthorn Stick" [reel ] - listed in the wrong order on the sleeve.
Track 14 - first jig is listed as "Salty Bacon". More common title is "The Scotsman Over The Border".
Track 15 - listed as "McKenna’s" reels.

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Re: A Tribute To John McKenna

Darn, where did I put that? I have a few cassettes (which I’m sure I digitized) with Mick Woods on them.

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Re: A Tribute To John McKenna

I think all of the links are now to the appropriate sheet music for this recording.

Incidentally, I had an email from a member here who told me that Mick had passed on nearly a year ago, which I hadn’t heard, and I don’t think was ever mentioned here. RIP, Mick.
On a happier note, there may be some plans afoot to have this recording released as a CD.

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