Ceol Tigh Neachtain - Music From Galway

By Various Artists

  1. The Gold Ring
  2. The Road To Ballymac
    Cutting A
  3. The Little Bank Of Rushes
  4. O’Mahony’s
    The Swallow’s Tail
  5. Chuil Aodha
    The Jig Of Slurs
  6. Eamonn Mhagaine
  7. Cooley’s
    Last Night’s Fun
  8. The Easy Club
    Morse Avenue
  9. Hand Me Down The Tackle
    Kilty Town
  10. The Lark On The Strand
    The Bride’s Favourite
  11. An Fhallaingin Mhuimhneach
  12. Pigtown
    Kiss The Maid Behind The Barrel
  13. The High Caul Cap
  14. Seamus McManus
    Seneca Square Dance
  15. Tom Ward’s
    Out On The Ocean
  16. Virginia
    The Galway Rambler
    P. Joe’s

Eight comments

Ceol Tigh Neachtain-Music from Galway

This is a tape from 1989 of music played by local and visiting musicians in Tigh Neachtain (Naughton’s Pub) in Galway. It’s not your average session album—only the last three tracks are live session recordings. The rest are studio cuts. Here are the specifics, with a rundown of who played what:

Catalog Number: CEFCD145
Music Label: Gael Linn

1) Jig: The Gold Ring.
Brian Lennon-flute
Jimmy Higgins, Jr.-bodhran

2) Reels: Phil Cunningham’s Reels. Gan ainm/Cutting a Slide
Sharon Shannon-accordeon
Brendan Ó Regan-guitar
Nicky Power-bodhran

3) Slow Air: The Little Bank of Rushes.
Pádraig Ó Carra-cruit (lap-harp/zither)

4) Reels: O’Mahony’s - The Swallow’s Tail.
Breda Smyth-whistle
Brendan Ó Regan-bouzouki

5) Jigs: Port Chuil Aodha - Jig of Slurs.
Maureen Fahy-fiddle
Patsy Broderick-piano

6) Song: Eamonn Mhagaine.
Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin-song

7) Reels: Cooley’s - Last Night’s Fun.
Patsy Broderick-piano

8) Reels: Sean Smyth’s Fancy. (The Easy Club/Morse Avenue)
Seán Smyth-fiddle
Kevin Hough-guitar

9) Reels: Hand Me Down the Tackle - Kilty Town.
Maureen Fahy-fiddle
Brendan Ó Regan-bouzouki & guitar
Chris Kelly-guitar

10) Jigs: The Lark on the Strand - The Bride’s Favourite.
Vinnie Kilduff-whistle
Brendan Ó Regan-bouzouki

11) Song: An Fhallaingin Mhuimhneach (The Munster Cloak)
Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin-song
Brian Lennon-flute
Brendan Ó Regan-bouzouki
Billy Robinson-bass

12) Reels: Pigtown - Kiss the Maid behind the Bar.
Brian Lennon-flute
Kevin Hough-guitar

13)Polkas - The High Caul Cap.
Seán Smyth-fiddle
Brendan Ó Regan-bouzouki

14) Live From Tigh Neachtain:
Waltz - Seneca Square Dance
Máire Egan-fiddle
Eilís Egan-accordeon
Kevin Hough-guitar

Jigs: Tom Ward’s - Out on the Ocean
All of the above

Reels: Virginia - The Galway Rambler - P.Joe’s.
All of the above, plus Cora Smyth, Sean Lennon, and Mickey Kenny

Names of some of these…

If anyone can tell me the name of the first Phil Cunningham reel played by Sharon Shannon, and the name of the American waltz played near the end, I will make the necessary adjustments.
Can’t say I’ve heard the Phil Cunningham tune anywhere but this tape.
The waltz is on “They Sailed Away from Dublin Bay,” listed as The Continental Waltz, and it’s quite often played at sessions around here, but I have no name for it!

Or the name of this one:

The reel called P.Joe’s, the last track. I’ve heard this plenty of times but can’t find it on the database, even using the "advanced search" function.

Names of some of these…

Hi Patrick - I think you’ll find the first reel in the Phil Cunningham set is the Road to Ballymac. Not actually one of his, though!

See: https://thesession.org/tunes/2251

Thanks, triplet—good catch! Now, anyone care to tackle the other two?

“American Waltz” palyed before Seneca Square Dance

The waltz in question is, I believe, Canadian and probably an amalgam of two waltzes, as I’ve heard an entirely different B part played in Maritime Canada. With the different B part it is known as Seamus (or James) O’Brien. The version on this album appears to be the waltz called "Seamus McManus" which appears on "Humours of Lissadell", an album by Irish fiddlers Seamus & Manus McGuire (Folk Legacy FSE78, 1980). On the album liner notes they say they learned it from Joe McIsaac, a Cape Breton fiddler.

Two down, one to go!

Thank, George—some serious sleuthing! Looks like P, Joe’s reel is the last holdout.

P. Joe’s

Martin Hayes did a fabulous version of P. Joe’s on his album ‘welcome here again’. Simple yet effective with lots of swing.