Rolling In The Ryegrass: Irish Flute Music

By Paddy Taylor

  1. Colonel Fraser
  2. Talk
    The Cabin Hunter
    The Pigeon On The Gate
  3. The Queen Of The Fairies
  4. The Coolin
    Maid At The Spinning Wheel
  5. Talk
    The Banks Of The Ilen
  6. The Lord Of Mayo
    The Boy In The Gap
  7. Pat Hanley’s
    Pat Hanley’s
  8. Talk
    Gan Ainm
  9. The Tarbolton
    Miss McCloud
  10. The Fair-Haired Girl
  11. Talk
    Gan Ainm
  12. With Kitty I’ll Go
    The Priest In His Boots
  13. Talk
    Rolling In The Ryegrass
  14. Ned Of The Hill
    Down The Glen
  15. The Tailor’s Thimble
    Gan Ainm
  16. Rocking The Cradle
  17. Old Loughill Set Tune
  18. Dan Morrison’s
    Hanley’s Favourite
  19. The Battle Of Ballingeary
  20. The Sweep’s

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"Paddy Taylor: Rolling In The Ryegrass: Irish Flute Music"

FolkTracks (FolkTrax) FSA-60-171 / FTX-171 - 1977

From the notes ~

Paddy Taylor (flute) ~ Famous Irish musician from West Limerick (1912-1976) plays solo flute and talks about his music with Peter Kennedy. ~

Paddy Taylor was born 1912 at Loughill in West Limerick. His father was a good singer and, although not a player himself, he knew hundreds of local dance tunes with which he would prompt Honora, Paddy’s mother, herself a well-known anglo-concertina player. Her father was Pay Hanley, locally famous as a flute player, but proficient on many other instruments. Paddy was encouraged by his grandfather and also by his two cousins, Mike and Mortimer Taylor, who also played flute.

The family moved to London in the early fifties and settled in Chiswick. Paddy started the Tara Club above Burtons in Hammersmith Broadway and played in Frank Lee’s Tara Band as well as in The Garryowen Band just before the Second World War. He took part in a number of broadcasts with many well-known Irish pipers and fiddlers and played regularly for Irish dancing in London. After the war he joined Mole Richardson, a firm of television lighting engineers, with whom he worked for 20 years.

This recording was made by Peter Kennedy at his home in London in December 1956. Paddy died in December 1976.

On this recording he plays a Boehm system concert flute.

Re: Rolling In The Ryegrass: Irish Flute Music

"On this recording he plays a Boehm system concert flute."
That’s what it says on the "Folktrax" website, but I can’t help but wonder whether or not the person who made that statement knew the difference between "Boehm system" and "Radcliffe system", the latter being more commonly associated with Paddy Taylor’s playing.

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Kenny, you know far more about the flute (and many other aspects of the music) than I do, but might you be confusing Paddy Taylor with Paddy Carty, who was most definitely a Radcliff man?

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Paddy Taylor was too, so I believe.
We had a discussion about this on "Chiff & Fipple" 10 years ago, I’ve found, which was inconclusive. It may be that he played both Boehm and Radcliffe flutes.
I honestly can’t for the life of me think where I heard that he played a Radcliffe system flute, it was certainly over 40 years ago, but the source of that information eludes me.
I must ask "The Archivist" - she might know.
At the end of the day, it’s his music that matters, and he and Paddy Carty are proof positive that Irish music CAN be played on keyed-system flutes.

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Indeed, and I’d add Sarah Allen of Flook to their number (though she usually adopts a more auxiliary role at gigs).

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Correct [ I’d forgotten all about it until I’d done a "Google" on Paddy Taylor, and it came up ].

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There’s surprisingly little comment about the type of flute played by Paddy Taylor if you do a "Google" search, but Grey Larsen is quite categoric in his "Essential Guide To Irish Flute and Tin Whistle".
pg 53 : "Paddy Carty and Paddy Taylor are known for playing the Radcliff-system flute…. "
pg 380 [ in an analysis of PT’s playing of "The Boy In The Gap ], - "Like Paddy Carty, Paddy Taylor started out on simple-system flute but switched over to the Radcliff-system."

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The photos of Paddy Taylor I’ve seen show him with a cylindrical plateau covered keyed flute. I thought it was not a Radcliffe but it would have been very similar anyway. Boehm bore with more or less simple system fingering the open holes covered by plateau keys.
I had one or two of these over the years if they were in concert pitch I would have held on to them. The majority of the flutes I’ve seen in this style are high pitched (though certainly not all) and they have smaller tuning slides so you go to tune them down and you run out of slide.
http://www.oldflutes.com/articles/oldsys.htm

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