The Far Side Of The Glen

By Derek McGinley And Tara Connaghan

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The Far Side of the Glen

Fiddle Music of South West Donegal
A lovely album by two of the many fine young musicians who are keeping the Donegal tradition alive.
Derek and Tara stick close to the tradition learned from older players of distinction and it is delightful to hear the octave playing on some of the tracks.
They have a website

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“Tara Connaghan & Derek McGinley: The Far Side Of The Glen” ~ Brilliant!!! Thanks Hiro!

One of our prized Winter/Christmas surprises/gifts was this lovely recording. ‘Slainte’ on site here, dear Hiro blessed us with this gift from afar, ordered from Custy’s from Japan and sent here to the Northwest of England - with a lovely little note and smile from Custy’s enclosed. This recording has had many repeat spins since it arrived, including using it to inspire dancers, in teaching. Hiro is a friend who understands the pleasures of music that nourish my soul. This is among only a few recordings I’ve purchased or received over the last few years that are the top of my listening pleasures, highly prized. It also rings all kinds of good memories, times spent with older musicians while living in and touring around Ireland. It raises a smile. It feels like home. Many of those blessed moments of music sharing were in and around and about Donegal, with hopes we’ll be returning there for a few weeks sometime this year ~ quietly…

I recommend you chase up this recording for the full pleasure of their talents and inspirations, their playing and the tunes, better yet if you can catch them live. This whole recording is inspirational. We love it. As already said, I also use some of the tracks in teaching dance, and that is high praise from me.

This Winter, Christmas and the opening of this New Year was music all round, including a Welsh wedding and Welsh choirs. I will be transcribing more tunes from this recording and adding them to the database here, continuing the praise and appreciation for this lovely recording…

Thanks Tara and Derek for taking the time to do this for us all, and for the tradition, for those that have carried it for us before us.

Again, and repeatedly ~ Thanks Hiro/’slainte’ ~ for these repeat pleasures and inspirations. My own family doesn’t know me well enough to satisfy my interests and passions like you have with this one CD… ~ ‘c’ :-D

The Far Side of the Glen

‘c’, nice to know you enjoy this recording, perhaps even more than I do. It caught my attention just after it was released, but it took me almost a year to make enough money for it! Well, actually I purchased John Carty and Brain Rooney’s lovely album early in 2011, so I was a bit reluctant to get another fiddle duet recording just a few months later.

Better late than never. This recording really has a timeless quality. I never grow tired of it. It’s inspirational, as ceolachan put it. Visit their website and listen to a couple of tracks, and you’ll see.

You can watch them play a set of highlands:

And Derek McGinley’s gig from last year:

Thanks for the additional links, much appreciated, and right now as I type. As said, we’ve enjoyed dancing to this music. Do you still remember the Highland steps I’d taught you? They go well with those tracks on this recording, and with Derek’s playing for NPU, lovely… :-)

Not quite sure how I managed to post the links to Soundcloud without actually saying how amazing this is.