Twelve Irish Dances (Strict tempo)

By The Four Provinces Céilí Band

Added by Kenny .

  1. The Rakes Of Mallow
    Tripping To The Well
    The Galway Bell
  2. Kiss Me Sweetheart
    Behind The Bush In The Garden
  3. The Dusty Miller
    The Boys Of Ballysadare
  4. Fitzpatrick’s
    The Banks Of Slaney
  5. The Fiddler’s Contest
    Andy McGann’s
  6. St. Patrick’s Day
  7. The Blackbird
  8. The Hurling Boys
  9. The Hunt
  10. The Job Of Journeywork
  11. The Orange Rogue
  12. Madam Bonaparte

Three comments

The Four Provinces Ceili Band

This record had been in the Aberdeen City Library’s lending collection until they sold it off some years back. I bought it because the band leader on the front photo was the late, great Jimmy McHugh [RIP] from Glasgow. There’s no indication when this was recorded, but I would think in the early/mid 1960s.
It’s exactly what it says - ie Irish music played in strict tempo for dancing to, and the whole of side 2 consists of set-dances.
I’ll post the sleeve notes from the back of the album in their entirety later.

Jimmy Mc Hugh and Four Provinces

Jimmy’s wife Anne is/was a great dancer, no wonder he has the swing for dancers. Great man.

His sons play bodhrán and Benny and Martin too and were great musicians as teenagers. Sure they still play.

Who else was in the band, please?

Four Provinces Ceili Band

Apologies - I should have posted this before.
Band members on this recording were :

Jimmy McHugh - fiddle and button accordion
Denis Boyle - piano accordion
Madge McEntee - piano
Frank Montgomery - bass
Andy Hurst - drums

The “Four Provinces Ceili Band” was formed in Paisley in 1946. There is no date for this record, but the label, “Thistle” records, seem to have made most of their recordings in the early / mid 1960s.