Music From Sliabh Luachra

By Jackie Daly

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“Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 6: Jackie Daly - Traditional Accordion and Concertina Music from Sliabh Luachra”

Topic 12TS358
Released on CD by Ossian: OSSCD 30
& Green Linnet: GLCD3065

“The Rushy Mountain: Classic Music from Sliabh Luachra 1957-77”

- a compilation of tracks from the six albums in the Topic series “Music from Sliabh Luachra volumes 1-6”…

"The Rushy Mountain:

Classic Music from Sliabh Luachra 1957-77"
This is a compilation that includes tracks from this album as well as the other five in the Topic series “Music from Sliabh Luachra, Volumes 1-6”…

Music from Sliabh Luachra ~ classic treasures:

1.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 1: Kerry Fiddles”
Padraig O’Keefe with Denis & Julia (Clifford) Murphy
Topic 12T 309 / TSCD309 - Ossian OSSCD10

2.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 2: The Star of Munster Trio”
Julia (fiddle), John (piano accordion) & Billy Clifford (flute)
Topic 12TS310 - Ossian 45

3.) “Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 3: The Humours of Lisheen”
John (piano accordion) & Julia Clifford (fiddle)
Topic 12TS311 - Ossian OSS 14

4.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 4:
Irish Traditional Flute Solos and Band Music from Kerry and Tipperary"
Billy Clifford (flute), et. al.
Topic 12TS312 - Ossian OSS 11

5.) "Music from Sliabh Luachra Volume 5: Johnny O’Leary -
Music for the Set"
Recordings made 1976-77 - 18 tracks - Topic /Ossian OSSCD 25

6.) ~ the listing here…Jackie Daly…

“Padraig O’Keefe: The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master”

“Denis Murphy: Music from Sliabh Luachra”

“The Star Above the Garter”
Denis (fiddle) & Julia Murphy/Clifford (fiddle)

“Ceol As Sliabh Luachra”
Julia (fiddle) & Billy (flute) Clifford

“An Calmfhear/The Trooper” - Johnny O’Leary"
17 tracks - Gael Linn CEFC 132 / CEFCD 132, 1989

“Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border”
Craft Recordings, Dublin - CRCS01
28 tracks - Craft Recordings - (CD) CRCD01, 1995

“Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music”
Mulligan - LUN 019, 1978

“Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
Jimmy Doyle (Melodeon) and Dan O’Leary (fiddle)
Shanachie 29007, and it was recorded in 1977.

I particularly liked the treatment of the air “Banks of Sullane” on this one.
I assume it’s a song tune.

“Banks Of Sullane” as played by Jackie Daly

He finishes by playing the tune an octave down. With some tunes (including this one, in A) one can do this on the bottom buttons of a DG melodeon, providing they haven’t been chromaticised, or have their chromatic buttons further down still. It makes for something different.

This has just been reissued again by Topic as part of the label’s 70th anniversary celebration (TSCD 358).

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Re: Music From Sliabh Luachra

FWIW, there’s a jig that’s clearly related to “Where’s the Cat?” called “Huish the Cat” in O’Neill’s (Also Bunting from 1840, and called Hunt the Cat in other collections between them). It’s not exactly the same, but nearly. So while I believe Jackie named the first one, I’m not so sure about the second…

There are words as well:
WALLOP THE CAT. Irish. The tune is a variant of “Whish Cat from under the Table.” O’Sullivan (1983) reports that a field recording of the tune was made from the singing and playing of Co. Cork accordion player Conchubhar Ó Laoghaire in 1979, with the following verse learned from his father and grandmother:

Wallop the cat, he’s fine and he’s fat,
Wallop the cat from under the table.
Wallop the cat, he’s fine and fat,
Wallop the cat from under the table.

The first strain of “Huish the Cat” is congate with the first strain of “Wallop the Cat.” See also “Hush the Cat,” “Kitchen with No Food (The),” “Tadeen the Fiddler,” “Wallop the Cat from under the Table,” “Wallop the Cat that’s Merry and Fat,” “Where is the Cat?”