Sean Maguire, Volume One

By Sean McGuire

  1. Never Was Piping So Gay
    The Noisy Curlew
  2. Cherish The Ladies
  3. The Coulin
  4. Bonnie Kate
    Jenny’s Chickens
  5. Schön Rosmarin
  6. The Beeswing
  7. Pet Of The Pipers
    Buttermilk Mary
  8. Róisín Dubh
  9. The Banks
  10. Our Highland Queen
    Little Johnnie’s Hame
    The Forth Bridge

Three comments

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: 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.

Great Album

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.