This CD was recorded Live in Maison de la Radio (French Public Radio House) in Paris, France as part of their world music collection, which explains the very simple title "Irlande" (Ireland In French).
It is a reference recording in which the three musicians totally "set the place into fire" (as we say in French… ah, ah), I think it is still available in Radio France website (in French) :
Frankie Gavin’s Irlande
This is one of my absolute favorite CDs, the fiddle and accordion are amazing, and of course the guitar…. and it is available also called FG live in Concert, send a note to GFA@greenfiddleagency.com, which is Frankie’s agency….
One of my favs…had a poor copy on tape, but found the CD yesterday for $15 (AUS)!!!!!!
Starts with the following from Frankie:
"We’d like to encourage people to, sort of, participate in the music as much as possible in the sense that it’s the actual sounds that you make when you’re listening to Irish traditional music that is very important. In different parts of the country you’ll have people will make sounds like ‘Hrow!’, that type of thing. Then in other parts of the country you’ll have people who just go ‘Hoou!’. That’s the kind of best they can manage. And then in different parts of the country "Hup ye boy ye!, and that kind of thing, you see. So we’d like to encourage people to do that while we’re playing, in particular, and then if we change keys for example, that’s definetly an area where you’d let a couple of squeals out of you…you’d be convinced that you had a great time…and that’s enough about that then…"
I’m an Arty McGlynn fan, so I try to buy all the CD’s on which he plays a significant role.
For a year or more, I’ve found references to a live album he did with Frankie Gavin called Irelande on the Ocora label. I’ve searched and searched and have not been able to find a copy, though. So the other day I was looking at a discography and read that the album has been rereleased. I don’t know what label. I can’t find it in the USA.
Does anybody know where I can order it from, either in the USA or UK? I’m working through an Artie McGlynn jones here, and I appreciate any help you can lend.
I ordered my copy from Mulligan Music in Galway.
They were incredibly helpful when I visited the store in 2003. I typically wait until I have 4 or 5 hard-to-find CDs on my wish list, then place an order with Muligan via email. The CDs arrive here in California within a week.
2. Reels: Stony Steps / Bloom of Youth
3. Hornpipes: The Showman’s Fancy / Thomond Bridge
4. Jigs: Rose in the Heather / The Rambler / The Drimneen Jig
5. Reels: The Maid if Tullyknockbrine / Dinkey’s Reel
6. O’Carolan’s Draught
8. Reels: Gan Ainm / The Templehouse / The Foxhunter’s
9. Reels: The Mountain Road / Old Concertina Reel
10. Jigs: Cailleach an Airgead / Connaughtman’s Rambles / Out on the Ocean
11. Air: The Cuckoo without her Nest
12. Reels: John Egan’s Reel / Gorman’s Reel
13. Waltzes: The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door / A Mother’s Love is a Blessing
14. Jigs: The Monk’s Jig / Old John’s Jig / The Hag at the Churn
15. Reels: Banks of the Ilen / Tom Billy’s / The Virginia
16. Reels: Martin Mulvihill’s / The Dublin Porter
17. Hornpipe & Reel: The Derry Hornpipe / The Cill Abhail
Hey…I was wondering if someone might be able to tell me the name of the second polka in the set….track number 7 it is…thanks!!
2nd polka, track7…
I think it may sometimes be called "Mrs.Crotty’s".
There are quite a few mistakes on the insert with this recording. How about this ? :
“In the next 2 pieces, Frankie Gavin plays the traditional flute in the Galway style, of which Matt Molloy is one of the foremost exponents”.
This is in reference to Frankie Gavin playing 2 reels on flute. To my ear, this is nothing like “Galway” style, certainly not the Galway style you would associate with say Paddy Carty, Joe Burke or Mike Rafferty. It reminded me very much of Seamus MacMathuna and Mick O’Connor on the “Lucky In Love” Comhaltas recording, which was very much in the “rushy” style of Leitrim and John McKenna.
Tracks # 14 and 15 – the track details are the wrong way round, as “Robert Ryan” has listed above.
Track 14 is a set of jigs, but the notes list the 3 reels on Track 15. The 2nd jig, I’d call a version of “Bryan O’Lynn”.
Track 15 – the reel called “Tom Billy’s”, I’d suggest is better known as “The Humours of Scartaglen”.
Does anybody have the names of the tunes in the polka set (Track 7)? Second is Mrs. Crowley’s as mentioned above. What about the others?