“Jean Carignan Plays The Music Of Coleman, Morrison And Skinner” - LP
Philo Records, F1 2018, Canada, 1977
Jean Carignan - violon
Gilles Losier - piano & arrangements
Sadly this is one I haven’t yet got so I can’t say much about it, but I can add some useful information for those who do have the pleasure of this for their ears.
1. ) Skinner’s Reels: A reel in A major called the Hurricane, played by James Scott Skinner from the Harp and Claymore collection but presently found in the Scottish Violinist.
2. ) Hornpipe Set: A medley of hornpipes in D major. The first, called Murhey’s Hornpipe, can be found in a book called Irish Traditional Fiddle Music, Vol. 1-3. The second is called Sligo Fancy.
3. ) Irish Clogs: A medley of clogs in G major and F major. The first is called The Forth Brig. This piece was composed by Skinner as a hornpipe but is played in Quebec as a clog. The second clog is from the playing of Percy Scott.
4. ) Bavarian Waltzes: A medley of German walzes in D major learned from the recordings of Kimmel, and probably of Bavarian extraction. These waltzes were particularly suited to the range of the diatonic acordion (which is originally a German instrument) and were aranged for violin by Jean.
6. ) Kimmel Straight Jigs: A medley of straight jigs in Bm and D major that Jean learned from an old recording of John G. Kimmel, a diatonic accordion player. We have no other information cfoncerning titles on the recording, but Tom Anderson of Shetland says that the second tune is an ld Scots tune called the Braes of Banff, played in a different style. Kimmel often took fiddle tnes and re-arranged them for accordion.
7. ) Coleman Reels: Two reels played in Em, probably Irish.
8. ) Pigeon on the Gate: In Em, this is a well-known piece played by Michael Coleman, followed by the Donegal Reel in the key of D.
9. ) Slip Jigs: The fist in this pair of slip jigs is in Am and is called the Arragh Mountains, and the second is called Father Burke’s, in the key of G. Father Burke’s is found on an Irish recording, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann #CL-6, of the playing of Paddy O’Brien and Seamus Connolly on acordions accompanied by Charlie Lennon on piano.
10. ) Paddy Ryan’s Dream: In Am, Paddy Ryan’s Dream by Coleman followed by an old Irish Reel in the key of G major.
11. ) New Brunswick Reels: A pair of reels in G major and D major. The first is an old Acadian reel from the playing of Pius Boudreau of new Brunswick and is probably of Scottish extraction. The second is a reel of Irish extraction played in Quebec.
12. ) Lord Gordon: n D major, the Lord Gordon Reel as played by Michael Coleman.
13. ) Jim Morrison Reels: Two reels by Jim Morrison in C major and Dm.
14. ) Strathspeys and Reels: From the playing of Nathanial Gow, Lady Elizabeth Lindsay Strathspey in the key of B flat, found in Kerr’s Second Collection of Merry Melodies for the violin. The second strathspey is from the playing of Neil Gow, Lady Charlotte Campbell’s Strathspey in G major. Ca’ Hawkie Through the Water or Lord Elphinston is a traditonal strathspey in the key of C and Am, but played as a reel on this recording.
15. ) Two Reels of Derrane: Two reels entitled Peter Seeney’s Dream and Flowers of the Flock originally from the playing of Joe Derrane, an excellent accordionist like Kimmel. Derrane recorded it for Coply Records around 1907 or 1908. Philo gratefully acknowledges Radio Canada International for use of their recording of this tune.
Notes by Gilles Losier & Mary Calder
I wish I did have this, not only for my listening pleasure, but also to fill in the blanks… 😏
Track 15, above…… “Derrane recorded it for Coply Records around 1907 or 1908”. Joe Derrane was born in 1930, according to “Irish Traditional Music”, compiled by Fintan Vallely. The sleeve notes are some 40 years out. The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts has a biography of Mr. Derrane, saying he made his first recording for Copley [sic] records in 1947.
Can’t help but wonder if “Peter Seeney’s Dream” may have come to be known as “Sweeney’s Dream”.
Re: Jean Carignan Plays The Music Of Coleman, Morrison And Skinner
For all that the back cover notes (duplicated above) look detailed, they are frequently stunningly wrong (like labeling one reel played three times through as “reels”). I’ve edited the list to include the tunes I know. Note that it’s the other Murphy’s Hornpipe https://thesession.org/tunes/1140 and that somehow The Session translated my rough notation of “New Brunswick Reel” (keeping part of the original name for a tune I couldn’t identify) into the “New Brunswick” slide.