Traditional Music On The Hammer Dulcimer

By John Rea

Added by Stiamh .
  1. Whistle O’er The Lave O’t
    Braes Of Tulimet
    Scudding Through The Whins
  2. Bundle And Go
    The Jug O’ Punch
  3. The Galway
    Dinny O’Brien’s
  4. Ladies Of France
    Jackson’s Trip To Aughrim
    Jackson’s Return From Dover
  5. The Belfast
    The Rights Of Man
  6. Sailor On The Rope
    Bonny Bunch Of Roses
  7. The Three Sea Captains
  8. Kitty’s Fancy
    Lady Anne Hope
  9. The Boys Of Ballycastle
    Five Mile Heat
  10. The Mountain
    The Kingston
  11. The Kinnegad Slashers
    The Tenpenny Bit
  12. The Plains Of Boyle
    Jackson’s Slippers
  13. Roaring Mary
    Tim Moloney
  14. St. Patrick’s Day
    Duncan Davidson

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John Rea’s date of birth

John Rea was actually born on 4th May 1916. He died age 67 on 15th November 1983.

John Rea on The Hammer Dulcimer - other entries on site:

Sean McAloon & John Rea: Drops Of Brandy
https://thesession.org/recordings/958

Irish Traditional Music Played on Uilleann Pipes, Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle, Flute And Whistle -
By Sean McAloon, Seamus Horan, Packie Duignan, John Rea, Sean Wynne & Robin Morton
https://thesession.org/recordings/1690
John Rea - tracks: 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 22 & 24

Re: Traditional Music On The Hammer Dulcimer

Absolutely love this album. John has such a characteristic style of playing, such bounce and lift! I feel like his style really lends itself perfectly to the snappy Scottish influenced Ulster style and carrys over into a lot of his playing, not just in the strathspeys and highlands.

To my ear it sounds like the whole album(the LP and MP3 versions both) are pitched a bit flat. Does anyone happen to know if it would be simply from only having to be in tune with himself (since the album is unaccompanied), or if it would have been through oft found problems in the older recording/pressing technology? His album with Sean McAloon appears to be in relatively standard pitch.