Seán Ryan CD 2

By Sean Ryan

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Double CD collection - CD2

CD2 - Seán Ryan compositions

1. Maura Connolly’s Reel, The Edendeny Reel (Reels)
2. Dan Cleary’s Favourite (Reel)
3. Trotting Down the Lane (Hornpipe)
4. Seán Redmond’s Hornpipe (Hornpipe)
5. Bill McEvoy’s Reel nos 2+1 (Reels)
6. The Sliabh Bloom March (March)
7. The Castle Jig. McKenna’s Jig (Connolly’s) (Jig)
8. Our Lady’s Bungalow (Reel)
9. The Haymaker (Hornpipe)
10. Light as a Feather (Jig)
11. Sun Splitting the Stones (Reel)
12. The Freehold (Hornpipe)
13. St. Sinneach’s March (March)
14. Interview
15. Pat Lyon’s Reel, Patrick’s Reel (Reels)
16. Martin Cooneys, The Hawthorn Hedge (Jigs)
17. The Cornstack, The Singing Kettle (Reels)
18. Tapping Toes, Fr.Kelly’s Farewell (Jigs)
19. The AbbeyIeix Reel, The Leix County (Reels)
20. Silver Lining (Jig)
21. Twilight in Portroe, Skipping Lambs (Reels)
22. The Rosenallis Reel (Reel)
23. The Rock of Dunamaise (Hornpipe)
24. A Tune for the Road, The Blueball Reel (Reels)
25. The Dash to Portobello (Reel)

CD1 - recordings of tunes in the traditional repetoire

1. Paddy Fahy’s Reel, The Boys of the Lough, Paddy on the Railroad (Reels)
2. Tommy Coen’s Reels Nos. 1 + 2 (Reels)
3. Lord Gordon (Reel)
4. The Three Sea Captains (Set Dance)
5. Miss Monaghan (Reel)
6. The Gold Ring (Jig)
7. Farrell O’Gara, The Doon Reel (Reels)
8. The Wheels of the World, Tom Steele (Reels)
9. The Leitrim Thrush (Reel)
10. Miss Mcleod, The Wild Irishman (Reels)
11. Thomas Ryan’s Jig (Jig)
12. O’Beirne’s Delight (Reel)
13. Dinny O’Brien’s version of The Pigeon on the Gate (Reel)
14. The Trip to Dutrow (Reel)
15. Cosgrove’s Reel (Reel)
16. The Flowing Tide, The Swan (Hornpipes)
17. Paddy Taylor’s Jig, Jackson’s Jig (Jigs)
18. The Star of Munster (Reel)
19. Richard Brennan’s, The Cook in the Kitchen (Jigs)
20. Crowley’s Reels Nos 1+ 2 (Reels)
21. Tell Her I Am (Jig)
22. The Bunch of Keys, The Girl that Broke My Heart (Reels)
23. Andy McGann’s, The Humours of Scarriff (Reels)
24. Bonnie Kate, Jenny’s Chickens (Reels)
25. Dooney Rock, Willie Clancy’s Jig (Jig)
26. Paddy Kelly’s Reel, The Pigeon on the Gate, The Glen of Aherlow (Reels)

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A double CD of the fiddle player Seán Ryan (1919-1985) who grew up in the Newport/ Portroe area near Nenagh Co. Tipperary and who learnt his music from his father and other local players like Paddy Kelly. He moved to the midlands Portarlington area in his 20’s and absorbed the music of that region. Seán recorded some albums with P.J.Moloney and Peter Carberry but this collection was gathered together by his wife, Kathleen and son & daughter Brian & Catríona who both carry on the music. They are largely ‘kitchen’ recordings by a Fr.John Quinn who visited Seán many times to capture his music on a reel to reel recorder in the 1960’s. Lovely spirited playing - CD1 is Seán playing well know tunes and CD2 is devoted to a small number of his many compositions.

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I just got this double CD album from Custy’s in Ennis. It’s a revelation. Can’t stop listening!

You’re right - there’s a lot to be said for fairly straight takes like this. No studio, little editing etc., all the more real.

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