The Rambling Irishman: Country Music Of West Clare

By Paddy Breen

  1. Paddy’s
  2. The Red-Haired Boy
  3. Fisher’s Frolic
  4. Rolling Home
  5. Biddy Durkin
  6. My Love She’s But A Lassie Yet
  7. O, The Britches We Do Wear
  8. Moonlight In Mayo
  9. The Wild Colonial Boy
    The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door
  10. The Frieze Breeches
  11. The Pipe On The Hob
  12. Paddy’s
  13. The Cuckoo’s Nest
  14. The Cross
  15. The Morning Star
  16. The Morning Star
  17. Brave Rodney’s Glory
  18. The Orange In Bloom
  19. Mrs. Casey
  20. The Basket Of Oysters
  21. Paddy’s
  22. I Am A Rambling Irishman
  23. The Jolly Tinker
    The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
  24. Some Say The Devil’s Dead
    The Orange And Blue
    Paddy When You Die
  25. Paddy When You Die
  26. George White’s Favourite
  27. The Priest’s Leap
    The Blackthorn Stick
    Off She Goes
    The Swallow’s Nest
  28. Gan Ainm
    Gan Ainm
    Gan Ainm
  29. The Quarrelsome Piper
    The Harvest Home
  30. I Love A Girl With The Blue Dress On
  31. Green Grow The Rushes
  32. The Green Hills Of Ireland
  33. The Boys Of Bluehill
    The Friendly Visit

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"Paddy Breen: The Rambling Irishman: Country Music Of West Clare"

Folktracks Cassettes, FSA-60-078, 1975


Paddy Breen was born at Kilmihill in West Clare, between Ennis and Kilrush. It was not until the early fifties, when he met up with other Irish instrumentalists in London, that he became particularly well known as a whistle player.

Recorded in London in March 1952 by Peter Kennedy whis recording also includes Michael Gorman, fiddler from Sligo, who also plays flute, Peter and Helen Kennedy, fiddle and English concertina…

On this recording Paddy Breen plays a type of vertical wooden flageolet sometimes known as an Orcon flute. On occasion he also played tin-whistle and transverse flutes, but the flageolet was his favourite.

Over 40 whistle tunes - reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, as well as highlands (schottisches), "polkeys" - and Paddy sings "The Rambling Irishman" and "The Green Hills of Ireland". He plays a vertical wooden flageolet but was also noted as a tin-whistle and transverse flute player. Michael Gorman, the Sligo fiddler, plays flute with him for two tunes, "Mrs. Casey", and for the polkey "I Love the Girl With the Blue Dress On". (Recorded London 1952)

Thanks Prof…