By Beginish

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Kerry Flavor

Brendan Begley’s influence is huge in this album. It is totally different from Paul McGrattan and Paul O’Shaughnessy’s “Within a Mile of Dublin,” which is full of Donegal taste. But it does not mean I don’t like this recording.
I haven’t got it, but the second album of this band is also available now.

Interesting to compare “The Templeglentaun” reel on this recording with “Teampall an Gleantainn” from Mick O’Brien’s and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh’s “Kitty Lie Over” CD.


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Paul McGrattan - Flutes.
Paul O’Shaughnessy - Fiddle
Brendan Begley - Accordion and Vocals
Noel O’Grady - Bouzouki.

1. O‘Keeffe’s No 1, O’Keeffe’s No 2, Thadelo’s slide
Johnny O’Leary the famous Sliabh Luachra box player is the source of these three tunes.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn and Colm Murphy

2. The Plough And The Stars, The Kilfenora Reel, Maids of Galway, McGoldrick’s reel
The four reels in this set are among Brendan’s long standing favourites.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn and Colm Murphy

3. The Rose Of Aranmore song
Brendan learned this beautiful love song from Seán Garvey, a singer and musician from Caherciveen in County Kerry. The song is also associated with the County Clare based singer Sean Tyrell.
Trad arr. Beginish and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

4. Apples in Winter, The Peacock’s Feather, Hennigan’s jig
The four part version of the first jig again comes from Johnny O’Leary, a great source of tunes to us all.
Trad arr. Beginish

5. The Taylor’s Barndance, Ansty’s Barndance
These lively barndances were composed by Paul McGrattan who named them after the famous West Cork couple, The Taylor and Ansty.
Composed Paul McGrattan, arr. Beginish and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

6. Easter Snow slow air
A favourite tune of the great uilleann piper, the late Seamus Ennis, after which he named his home in North County Dublin.
Trad arr. Beginish and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

7. The Cuas Polkas
Brendan composed the second of these polkas which gives its name to the set.
Cuas polka composed Brendan Begley, arr. Beginish

8. I Courted A Wee Lass song
Maighread and Triona learned this song from their grandmother, Maggie Chonaill from Rann na Feirste in County Donegal.
Trad arr. Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

9. Kitty in The Lane, The Hawk, The Templeglentaun Reel march, reels
Used as an introduction here, the march was traditionnaly a ‘lead around’ for dancers in the middle of the first reel. John Doherty and Dermot McLaughlin are the sources of the first two reels.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn and Colm Murphy.

10. A Night At The Fair, Bill The Weavers jig, Síos Chun NA Trá jigs
Bill the Weaver was the father of Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, two of the great Kerry fiddle players while the third tune is from Seán Coughlan, a box player from West Kerry.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn

11. Iníon An Fhaoit Ón nGleann song
Unrequited love for “White’s Daughter from the Glen” is the theme of this song from the Kerry Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area).
Trad arr. Beginish

12. Greencastle Hornpipe, Miss Patterson’s Slippers hornpipe, reels
Once again we learned the hornpipe from Johnny O’Leary and we have known the two Donegal reels for as long as we can remember.
Trad arr. Beginish and Colm Murphy

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Track 7: The Cuas Polkas
The first polka in the set is “The Hayden Fancy”
The second is, presumably, “The Cuas Polka” composed by Brendan Begley.