LP on the Celtic label, from the 60’s. J. Keegan at the piano. Schön Rosmarin was composed by someone named Fritz Kreisler…YouTube vid of Issac Stern having at it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Oo9m5s4Ss Quite the party piece. Sean Heifetzs the crap out of the Banks, too - wraps things up with a burst into reel tempo.
I forget which Reavey reels he plays, they’re familiar enough. I dug up titles for the final medley of Scottish tunes; on the cover it’s just "Slow Air, Strathspey, Reel." Little John’s Hame was titled incorrectly by Tommy Peoples as "William Marshall’s." In fact it was a composition of Scott Skinner’s.
Altogether excellent record, more driving than later efforts perhaps? As fine as they are. I still like the pub recordings of him best of all though - just utterly pounding music.
Thank you for posting this! I’ve been trying to find the names of some of these tunes for a long time. This is definitely some of the best recordings Sean Maguire made. Two tracks, in particular, stand out on this record: Jenny’s Chickens and the Beeswing. I’m not a fiddler, so I have no idea how difficult a technique the double-stopping he uses on Jenny’s Chickens is, but it sounds fantastic. And the introduction/improvisation before the Beeswing proper always puts a smile on my face—there’s so much joy in his playing.
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Some title updates: "Harper’s Fancy" as listed on the cover = Buttermilk Mary in A; "Reevy’s Reels" = Never Was Piping So Gay/The Noisy Curlew. Sean & RS the fluter recorded the latter as Roger Sherlock’s fancy; Molloy and Carty called it Conlon’s Dream, the name SM & RS gave for the tune they recorded before the NC…yer faulty memory at work.