Unearthed

By Paul McGlinchey

Six comments

More info

on: http://www.flutemcglinchey.com

… where following info originates:


Musicians:

* Paul McGlinchey (D flute, F flute)
* Brid Harper (Fiddle)
* MacDara Ó Raghallaigh (Fiddle)
* Stevie Dunne (Guitar, Banjo)
* Ryan Molloy (Piano)
* Seamus O’Kane (Bodhrán)

(see "photos" section for more information on the musicians, accompanying their photos)

Full account of Track Listings:

1. Reels: Darby’s Farewell/Fr O’Grady’s Trip to Broca/The Lansdowne Lasses
(Paul D flute, Stevie Guitar, Ryan Piano, Seamus Bodhrán) 3:24

These reels are brilliant compositions of the now deceased Roscommon flute player Josie
McDermott. I believe them to be among the best flute reels in circulation.

2. Jigs: Dermot Byrne’s/Tom Billy’s (Paul D flute, Stevie Guitar, Seamus Bodhrán) 2:26

The first jig can be heard on one of the early Altan albums. The second is commonly known.

3. Reels: The Kerry Reel, Devaney’s Goat, The Rookery (Paul D flute, Ryan Piano)
3:29

The first reel is a well known favourite. The second is the introductory tune on Frankie Gavin’s flute album "Croch Suas É". I learned the final reel from concertina maestro Mícheál
Ó Raghallaigh who tells me that it is a composition of Vincent Broderick, the Galway flute
player and composer.

4. Slow Air: Anachuin (Paul D flute) 2:14

This air laments a boating disaster in County Mayo in the nineteenth century. I learned it from the playing of the Sligo flute player Seamus Tansey.

5. Jigs: Out on the Road, Princess Nancy (Paul D flute, Brid Fiddle, Ryan Piano) 3:14

Both jigs are compositions of the legendary Chicago fiddle player, Liz Carroll.

6. Reels: Follow me down to Carlow, Famous Ballymote, Cronin’s (Paul D flute,
Stevie Guitar, Seamus Bodhrán) 3:16

I learnt the first reel from the playing of Danny O’Mahony, the great Kerry accordion player, a good friend of mine. The second reel is well known. I believe the third reel to be a version
of Cronin’s hornpipe. I first heard it played by Brid Harper about 18 years ago in Daly’s
public house in Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone.

7. Flings: The Four Provinces Flings (Paul F flute, Stevie Guitar) 2:46

I first heard these flings in my youth. They have been recorded by Fermanagh flute and
whistle player, Laurence Nugent, from whom I got the names. Laurence grew up in the North Fermanagh village of Lack, which is about 12 miles from my own homeplace in Omagh.

8. Reels: Drag Her around the Road, The Dublin Devils, The Glentaun (Paul D
flute, Ryan Piano) 2:59

The first reel comes from a fantastic album from the 1970’s by Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples
and Paul Brady. The second reel I have heard played for many years by Pat and Rosie
McKenna from Caledon, Co. Tyrone. I think it is a version of "Paddy on the Railroad". The
final reel is a popular session reel; I think it could well be derived from the well known reel
"Lord MacDonald’s".

9. Jigs: The Gaelic Club, Courtown Harbour (Paul D flute, Stevie Guitar & Banjo,
Seamus Bodhrán) 3:02

I heard the first jig on the Solas album "The Hour before Dawn". The second jig was
composed by Jimmy McHugh, originally from Aughyarn, Co. Tyrone, but who lived most of
his life in Glasgow; his sons Brendan and Martin are great musicians. I was taught this tune
as a child by Arthur Kearney, a wise and kind teacher, singer and fiddle player from Omagh. Sadly, both Jimmy and Arthur have passed to their eternal reward

10. Reels: Patsy Hanley’s, The Piper’s Broken Finger (Paul D flute, Stevie Guitar,
Seamus Bodhrán) 2:35

I learned these reels from my good friend and brilliant fiddle player MacDara Ó Raghallaigh
from Meath. The names I got from Marcas Ó Murchú’s flute album "Ó Bhéal go Béal".

11. Slow Air: O’Donnell’s Lament (Paul D flute) 3:47

Story. I was taught this air by Sean McCusker. Sean was probably the biggest influence in
developing my flute playing. He was a great accordion and flute player and an even better
teacher. He sadly died too young. I am eternally grateful to him for what he gave to me.

12. Hornpipes: The Golden Castle, Sean Ryan’s (Paul D flute, Stevie Guitar) 3:29

The first hornpipe is well known. It was recorded by Matt Molloy and Sean Keane on their
album "Contentment is Wealth" in the key of G minor. I heard it played in the much more
flute-friendly key of E minor, played by PJ McDonald in Daly’s public house in Pomeroy
where it was known as "Potter’s", named after one of the regular session attenders, John
Potter from Kildress. The second hornpipe is somewhat less well known. I learnt it from the
Comhaltas magazine "Treoir" in about 1988.

13. Reels: Lord Ramsey’s, The Jolly Tinker, The Rainbow’s End (Paul D flute,
MacDara Fiddle, Stevie Guitar) 3:57

All these reels are well known session tunes. I think I learned the first reel from the playing of Gerry Lappin, an Armagh box player who lived in Omagh for some time. The second I
associate with my aunt’s husband, Sonny Gildea, a great fiddle player from Leitrim North,
near Tubbercurry in Co. Sligo. Sonny is now playing his music in heaven. The third reel is a
great reel, I learned it from MacDara - it is a composition of Vincent Broderick’s, the Galway
flute player.

14. Jigs: Walls of Liscarroll, Gan Ainm (Paul D flute, Stevie Guitar) 2:07

The first jig is one I have known for many years. It has previously been recorded by the Chieftains. The second jig, I learned from the playing of virtuoso flute player Kevin Crawford.

15. Reels: Paddy Mills’ Fancy, The Galtee, Charlie Lennon’s (Paul D flute, Stevie
Guitar, Seamus Bodhrán) 3:14

The first reel is an old flute reel. I think Paddy Mills is a Mayo native and I learned this reel
from Breandan O’Hare, a great Belfast flute player. The second reel is a favourite of Danny
O’Mahony. The third reel is loved by flute players in Belfast, where it is referred to as the
"loudest tune in the world"!

All titles traditional except:

Track 1: Darby’s Farewell, Fr O’Grady’s Trip to Broca, The Lansdowne Lasses
(Josie McDermott)

Track 3: The Rookery (Vincent Broderick)

Track 5: Out on the Road, Princess Nancy (Liz Carroll)

Track 9: Courtown Harbour (Jimmy McHugh)

Track 10: Patsy Hanley’s (Patsy Hanley), The Piper’s Broken Finger (Cathal McConnell)

Track 13: The Rainbow’s end (Vincent Broderick)

Track 15: Charlie Lennon’s (Charlie Lennon)

All tunes arranged by Paul McGlinchey

Recorded at:

Track 13 recorded at Tumbledown Studios, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
All other tracks recorded by Shaun "Mudd" Wallace at:
Homestead Studios, Randalstown, Co. Antrim.

Mixed by: Mudd Wallace and Paul McGlinchey

Mastered by: Robyn Robbins, Mid-Atlantic Digital, Michigan, USA.

Apostrophes

There are several tunes listed on this recording which are already here - I’ve posted quite a few of them myself - but the links aren’t showing up. I think this has happened before -any solutions ?
Looks good - I’ll be ordering a copy soon , definitely.

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It would be interesting to know if the problem apostrophes are from text pasted out of documents because this is the curly vs. straight apostrophes issue. In Word, for instance, there is a Smart Quotes option which converts typed straight apostrophes to the curvy kind so it looks more typeset or professional. If I view the html source on this page and type an apostrophe next to an existing tune name apostrophe they are two different characters; different ascii or unicode will of course fail in a compare.

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Track 13 tune?

I heard some tracks from this album played by by Joan Hanrahan on Clare FM Monday. Some great stuff. I particularly like the piano playing of Ryan Molloy. It strikes me as a jazzed up Cape Breton style.
The first tune on track 13 sounds more like Miss Ramsay’s (aka Lady Mary Ramsay’s), the reel in D. Lord Ramsey’s is in G. We play that one in our ceili band.