“Traditional Dance Music of Ireland” ~ recordings of Peter Kennedy
Saydisc CD-SDL 420, 1997 ~ 75 minutes.
Part of this review by Geoff Wallis:
"During the 1990s the Gloucestershire based Saydisc label released a number of CDs drawing upon Peter Kennedy’s recordings of traditional music taped during the 1950s and 1960s and subsequently issued in cassette format by Kennedy on his own Folktracks label (later renamed Folktrax). Field recordings made then regularly suffered from poor sound quality, so it is pleasing that the original reel-to-reel recordings which constitute this album have been partially cleaned up through transfer to Digital Audio Tape (though they might still benefit from further treatment).
Traditional Dance Music of Ireland is the best of Saydisc’s Irish releases by some stretch and the reason consists of two words: John Doherty. As owners of the RTÉ album The Donegal Fiddle will already know, Doherty was at the peak of his powers in the 1950s and the evidence is here on ten of this album’s thirty-seven tracks, even if all, bar one, are just over one minute long." ~
John Doherty, Donegal fiddler ~ the tracks:
2. ) Gurty’s Frolics
7. ) Please Give A Penny to the Poor Old Man
8. ) Stormy Weather
13.) The New Lough Isle Castle
14.) Marry When You’re Young
15.) Lord Gordon’s
23.) The Salamanca
24.) The First of May
27.) Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
28.) The Floggin’
“Traditional Dance Music of Ireland”
Further on the Doherty recordings, track 7, "Please Give a Penny to the Poor Old Man" was played for dancing the last figure of "The Lancers", the figure also known as "The Lancers". Another gem is a polka, "Dark Girl Dressed in Blue"…
Here follows the other tracks and artists featured:
1, 2, 6, 10, 16, 19, 22, 25, 29, 31, 35, 37 ~ Jimmy Hogan & The Jimmy Hogan Trio
4, 30 ~ Tom Turkington
5, 17, 26 ~ Paddy Taylor
9 ~ Sean Maguire
11, 18, 36 ~ Michael Gorman & Margaret Barry
12, 20 ~ The McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
32 ~ Paddy Breen
33 ~ Seamus Ennis
34 ~ Johnny Pickering
9.) This features the father of the fiddlers Jim and Sean Maguire / McGuire, Sean senior, or John, on a ‘flageolet’ as compared to a whistle, and for a comparison in tonal differences there’s the track 33 with Seamus Ennis on a whistle. Pa Maguire played winds ~ flute, piccolo, whistle, flageolet ~ and fiddle…
For a bio of Sean McGuire
FTX-376 "The Maid of the House ~ Folktrax recording
Special Message - June 12th 2006
We are sorry to announce that the founder and proprietor of Folktrax, Peter Kennedy, sadly passed away on Saturday 10th June 2006. Peter had been ill with cancer for some time. Peter will be very sadly missed by his many family, friends and associates.
“Traditional Dance Music of Ireland” ~ more track information
Traditional Dance Music of Ireland- Track 11
I believe Track 11 has the Woman of the House as the second tune after Carracastle Lasses.
Thanks enirehtac, appreciated ~ sadly there’s no way to edit in an additional track and I forgot to add ‘gan ainm’ as I usually do for an unlisted tune in a set, and before making a search for it in memory or online…
Jimmy Hogan & The Jimmy Hogan Trio ~ great music
Just added confirmation that I’m not just bias to fiddle and Donegal music, this is the only recording I know of that has recordings by this artist, and we love em… I like the whole CD, but this selection from Jummy Hogan and his trio is choice stuff… Here are the liner notes:
" ~ when ecorded by Peter Kennedy in 1958 they (‘The Jimmy Hogan Trio’) were playing regularly at "The Buffalo Club", an Irish venue in Kentish Town in Northwest London. Jimmy Hogan was born at Borrisokane in Co. Tipperary and learned many of his tunes from his friend and fellow box-player Paddy O’Brien."
enirehtac ~ now we can, the correction has been made. It’s a tune I should have had the name for, except for a generally uncooperative memory… :-/