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By John Doherty

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This recording of John Doherty was made in the mid 1970’s when John was 83 years old. The tunes fly out in grand ‘Donegal’ style. John Doherty is no longer with us. I highly recomend that you give this album a listen. One amazing thing about this album is that several tunes sound as if they are being played on the pipes. Perhaps it was the miking, the room, type of strings, etc. all variables of course. But it was I believe mainly the style of playing for those particular tunes. Simply amazing.

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Some notes on the tunes. 1) Untitled Reel; a varient of ‘The West Wind’. 2) Black Mare of Fanad; a varient or cousin of ‘Nine Points of Roguery’. 4)The Bargain is Over; also known as ‘Who will be King but Charlie’. 6)Untitled; also known as ‘Beer and Ale and Brandy’ (Joyce), also known as ‘An Rogaire Dubh’ (O’Farrell). 11)The Knights of St. Patrick; a varient of ‘The Gold Ring’. 12) The Dispute at the Crossroads; also known as ‘Doctor Gilbert’s 13) Stormy Weather; varient of Miss Monaghan’s and Connacht Lasses. 14)Miss Patterson’s Slippers; these are two reels known as ‘Music of Ireland’ and ‘Roscommon Reel’. 19) Untitled; also known as ‘Careys Dream’ and as the ‘Cameronian’. 24) The Monaaghan Switch; also known as ‘Our Boys’ (Coles).

Track 21: "Bó Mhín Na Toitean" / "Johnny Doherty’s March"

Key signature: A Dorian
Submitted on November 29th 2005 by gian marco.

This is a great recording, a favourite…

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The Untitled reel on the first track is "Colonel McBain".

"John Doherty Master Fiddler of Donegal: Bundle and Go"

Topic 1984, & Ossian, 1989
LP & cassette

Topic 1980, Ceol, not 1984.

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Track 13….

The first reel is certainly not the most commonly played version 0f "Roaring Mary", and bears very little resemblance to the "Roaring Mary" which it links to here. I’d say it was more like a version of the "Boys Of The Lough". The compiler of the album sleeve notes has been very sloppy in saying that "The first reel can be found in C.R.E [ Vol.1 ] #161" as he couldn’t possibly have checked and compared the 2 tunes as printed and as played.

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24 March 2015
Here are the track notes provided by Allen Feldman in 1980, from the LP album of 1984.

The recordings were made in the field during the summer of 1977. At the time of the recording John Doherty was about 83 years old. The fiddle he played was lent to him by Danny O’Donnell, a highly accomplished fiddler in his own right.


Track 1. March & Reel: Hudie Gallagher’s March / Untitled Reel.
John learned the opening 6/8 march from the playing of his cousin Hudie Gallagher, a travelling highland pipe player who exerted a strong influence on the repertoire of many fiddlers in Southwest Donegal. The reel, which John remembers his father Michael Doherty playing on the pipes, is a variant of the “West Wind” (CRE 72).

Track 2. Reel: The Black Mare of Fanad.
This reel came down to John through his family and was associated with a ‘Fiddler’ Doyle of Fanad who made it up as a commemoration of his succesful escape from a supernatural creature at a crossroads. The bottom D triplets of the bow are supposed to recreate the rhythms of the beating of Black Mare’s hoofs in her flight from the haunt. It is a variant of the “Nine Points of Roguery”, but differs from it in the transition to the C chord in the first part and the more elaborate runs in the second. The former version can be found in CRE II, 264.

Track 3. Highland: The March of the Meena Toiten Bull.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 4. Jigs: Kiss the Maid Behind the Bier / The Bargain is Over.
These are two wedding jigs which, John informed us, were popular in the Rosses. They possibly served the same function as wedding marches did in the Shetlands. The first is a variant of “My Love and I in the Morning” (CRE 57) and the second was also known as “Who Will Be King but Charlie”. A 2/4 version of this same air is played in Kentucky as “Charlie’s Neat” and is known as a courtship tune (O’Neill’s DMI 398).

Track 5. Highland: The 21 Highland.
So called because it was composed by a Donegal fiddler in the year 1921.

Track 6. Untitled March.
A pipe tune John learnt from his father. It appears in Joyce as “Beer and Ale and Brandy”, and in O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion II, 43 as “An rogaire dubh”.

Track 7. Untitled Reel.
John identified this as a Laggan reel (from Tyrone) and it may be a distant variant of “Colonel McBain” (CRE 182).

Track 8. Highland: The Paps of Glencoe.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 9. Reel: The Hare in the Corn.
This was a popular reel throughout Southwest Donegal but was not often played outside this region. It is similar to the better known “The Maid in the Cherry Tree” (CRE 103).

Track 10. Untitled March.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 11. Jig: The Knights of St. Patrick.
An unusual version of the “Gold Ring”.

Track 12. Reel: The Dispute at the Crossroads.
This reel is actually “Doctor Gilbert” but was retitled by John’s uncle Mickey McConnell in order to mark a small altercation he had with the police. They had ascertained from McConnell’s playing of the reel while he was walking home from a dance that he was in no fit condition to be out and about alone late at night.

Track 13. Reels: Roaring Mary / Stormy Weather.
The first reel can be found in CRE 161. The second is a more elaborate version of “Miss Monaghan’s” which appears in O’Neill’s DMI 575 as well as in Goodman’s collection III, 159, and as the “Connach Lasses” in Cole’s “1,000 Fiddle Tunes”.


Track 1. Reel: Miss Patterson’s Slippers.
John has actually grouped two reels here under the same name. The first appears in O’Neill’s “Music of Ireland” 1407, the second is identical to the “Roscommon Reel” (CRE 202). Notice John’s use of highly spiccato bowing towards the end of this piece, a device characteristci of American fiddling but uncommon in Ireland.

Track 2. Highland: The Cat that Kittled in James’ Wig.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 3. March: Welcome Home Royal Charlie.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 4. Jig: Darby Gallagher.
An unusual jig that has a number of variants “The Humours of Glendat”, “East of Glendart”, “Shins Around the Fire” and “Tim the Piper”, which can be found in O’Neill’s “Music of Ireland”.

Track 5. Untitled Mazurka.
Learned from the playing of a travelling Antrim fiddler, Francie Welsch or Walsh, this evocative tune is unique in the Irish tradition for its transition from ¾ mazurka signature to slip jig tempo.

Track 6. Untitled Reel.
This appears as “Carey’s Dream” in CRE 128 and as the “Cameronian” in O’Neill’s DMI 731.

Track 7. Highland: The Teelin Highland.
Composed by John Cassidy of Teelin to commemorate the dancing of Tom Taylor of Teelin.

Track 8. Untitled March.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 9. Reel: The Heathery Breeze.
(CRE II, 149)

Track 10. Untitled Highland.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 11. Reel: The Monaghan Switch.
This seems to be an unusual variant of the better known reel of the same name. It tends to follow the melodic structure of the latter in a different mode. It appears as “Our Boys” in Cole’s “1,000 Fiddle Tunes”.

Track 12. Untitled Highland.
[No sleeve notes]

Track 13. Reel: The Black Haired Lass.
John refers to this as a Laggan reel and, though it is weel known in Fermanagh and Tyrone, I (i.e. Alan Feldman) have never heard it played with such authentic lyricism. The direct simplicity of his approach in playing this tune says a lot about John’s fiddling aesthetics and his control over the instrument. (CRE 114).

Track 114. Air: Paddy’s Rambles Through the Park.
‘Paddy’ picked uo this haunting air from the singing of a ‘banshee’ whom ‘Paddy’ followed from cairn to cairn all night to get the piece in good order. This may possibly be the oldest tune in Doherty’s repertoire and has come down to him from the lilting of his great-grandmother Nannie Rua Mac Sweeney. It is a worthy lament for John himself, and it is to be hoped he is finding good crack in Fiddler’s Green.

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It’s a shame that nothing seems known about the ‘Untitled Highland’, track 23. It’s quite the stonker. You have to wonder how many semi-forgotten tunes like this John had in his seemingly endless repertoire; sometimes his recordings seem to be the only conduit for the survival of certain tunes.

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This highland is known as "The Sinking of the Titanic" and according to Caoimhin MacAoidh and Jack Schroevers’s compilation of Donegal Highlands and Strathspeys "From Dunkeld to Dunkineely" one of the most common highlands deriving from the strathspey "Miss Sarah Drummond of Perth".

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It’s more than "derived" from "Miss Drummond Of Perth", I’d say 90% of it IS "Miss Drummond Of Perth", a tune which is a good bit older than "The Titanic".

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Ah, that’s super, thank you! I should’ve waited on responses before waxing lyrical!

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Interesting discussion on track 23 above. I think it’s also closely related to the tune which is known as "Matt Peoples No.1" and a Scottish reel called "Lady Doll Sinclair" (which rejoices in the alternative names "The King of France He Run a Race" and "Miss Henny MacKenzie".

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Yes Kenny, Track 7 is Mother’s Delight.