Our Musical Heritage Disc 1 of 3

By Various Artists

  1. An Caiptin O’Máille
  2. Una Bhán
  3. Máirin De Barra
  4. Piano Illustration Of John Twiss
    Una Bhán
  5. Piano Illustrations
  6. Sail Óg Rua
  7. Piano Illustration Of An Buachaillin Bán
  8. An Sceilpin Draighneach
  9. Donnchadh Bán
  10. Piano Illustration Of An Buachaill Caol Dubh
    Bean Dubh A’Ghleanna
    Roisin Dubh
    An Buachaill Caol Dubh
  11. Piano Illustration Of An Raibh Tu Ag A’ GCarraig
  12. Na Connerys
  13. An Buachaillin Bán
  14. An Carabhat
  15. Piano Illustration Of Cath Cheim An Fhia
    Cath Cheim An Fhia
  16. A Mháire Ni Laoire
  17. A Mháire Ni Laoire
  18. An Brianach Óg

Four comments

This is the first LP of a 3 LP set which was issued in 1981 by RTE. It was a selection of the musical examples used in a landmark 15 part radio programme, “Our Musical Heritage”, which first aired in 1962 on RTE and written and presented by Seán Ó Riada. These programmes are considered by some to be one of the most important points in the modern revival of Irish traditional music, as at the time (as Thomas Kinsella wrote) “…the Irish musical tradition was of little or no concern (indeed, an object of contempt) to the urban majority of the Irish people.” Not only did he raise national awareness of the music but he was instrumental in bringing together a number of players to produce traditional music in a manner that had never existed before, the “Ceoltóiri Chualann”. Directly out of this sprang the Chieftains and eventually the whole modern idea of traditional groups. However it is fair to say that the reaction to his ideas was not universally positive within the tradition at the time. In addition the selection of music reflects some of his own prejudices. For example, no English language songs were even discussed in the programmes despite the large number in the tradition. In addition he did not like the accordion as the ability for individual expression was limited, and some players resorted to excessive ornamentation to compensate for this. In this context he reserved his particular dislike for the piano accordion. Despite this he did recognize that certain players could rise above these ‘limitaions’, and he cited Sonny Brogan as an example. The banjo was not even thought worthy of mention. Despite all of this there is no doubt he has contributed enormously to the tradition we know today.
There are too many tracks on the 3 LP set to include as one album so I will list them in 3 separate entries. Most of these tracks were recorded especially for the radio programme. It should also be noted that a booklet was included with the LPs containing edited transcripts from the original radio shows.
This first LP is devoted to Sean-nós singing, with some piano used to discuss regional variations and styles
These are the singers involved in the various tracks:
1: Darach Ó Catháin
2: Seán Jack ‘ac Dhonncha
3: Nioclas Toibin
4: Seán Ó Riada
5: Seán Ó Riada
6: Seán Jack ‘ac Dhonncha
7: Seán Ó Riada
8: Darach Ó Catháin
9: Darach Ó Catháin
10: Seán Ó Riada
11: Seán Ó Riada
12: Nioclas Toibin
13: Nioclas Toibin
14: Nioclas Toibin
15: Seán Ó Riada/Pádraig Ó Tuama
16: Pádraig Ó Tuama
17: Máire Ni Cheocháin
18: Seán de hÓra

Our musical heritage

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By ‘volume’ I mean ‘Disk / LP’ - a 3 disk set…