The Spirit Of West Clare

By Bobby Casey

  1. Pol Ha’penny
  2. Colonel Frazer
    Toss The Feathers
  3. Banish Misfortune
    Kitty’s Rambles
  4. Jenny’s Welcome To Charlie
    The Last House In Connaught
  5. Gan Ainm
  6. The Salamanca
    The Green Groves Of Erin
  7. The Gallowglass
    The Legacy
  8. The Liffey Banks
    The Shaskeen
    The Boys Of Ballisadare
    The Woman Of The House
    Tansey’s Favourite
    The Graf Spee
    The Ballinasloe Fair
  9. The Dear Irish Boy
  10. Kitty’s Gone A-milking
  11. Unidentified
    Mrs. Kenny
  12. Farewell To Miltown
    The Star Of Munster
  13. Unidentified
    The Mist On The Meadow
    The Wandering Minstrel
    The Drummer
  14. The Ace And Deuce Of Pipering
    Rodney’s Glory
  15. Bonny Kate
  16. The Laurel Tree
  17. The Gold Ring
    The Legacy
  18. Eileen Curren
    The Star Of Munster
    The Moving Bogs
    Rolling In The Barrel
    The Moving Bogs

Seven comments

Essential album

Finally available: a CD of the playing of Bobby Casey, one of the true legends of the tradition. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s well worth the wait.

It consists of recordings made in 1966-67 by Bill Leader and Reg Hall.

I’ve been listening to this CD over the last week - it’s just dazzling playing. Hugely inventive, of course, but it’s music with real heart, and that has a strong sense of place.

Available at Copperplate - the page includes great photos and a link to an engaging essay on Casey by Kevin Crehan:

Maybe you could correct a couple of things in the contents. The last four tunes in track 8 must have been mis-formatted somehow. And it looks like Eileen Curran is misspelled as Curren both on the liner notes and here.

Bobby Casey: "The Spirit Of West Clare" [Bow Hand 003] Track 4

The track listing posted on lists the second tune on track 4 as "The Last House In Connaught". This is incorrect. He actually plays "My Love Is in America" - as the CD sleeve indicates correctly.


Bobby Casey track 6

Does anyone know the name of the single jig at track 6 on this recording?

sorry… track 5