Michael Sexton Ceili Band, Volume 2: Mad to Dance

By Michael Sexton Ceili Band

  1. The Green Mountain
    The Road To Rio
    Charlie Mulvihill’s
  2. The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh
    The Reconciliation
    The Reconciliation
    The Reconciliation
  3. Tarboltan
    The Longford Collector
    The Sailor’s Bonnet
  4. The Woman Of The House
    The Bag Of Spuds
    Green Gates
  5. The Tamlin
    Sean Sa Cheo
    Fergal O’Gara
  6. Dinny Mescall’s
    Old Favourite
    Jimmy Ward’s
  7. The Taur
    The Munster Bank
  8. Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí Agam
    The Ballyhoura Mountains
    Mrs. Crowley’s
  9. Cronin’s
  10. The Kerry
    Captain Jinks
    Merrily Kissed The Quaker’s Wife
    The Girl In Dark Blue
  11. The Kerry Cow
    Finnegan’s Wake
  12. The Boyne Hunt
    The Kilfenora
    The Fermoy Lasses
  13. Lad O’Byrnes
  14. Maud Miller
    Lord Ramsey’s
  15. The Tulla
    The Foxhunter’s
  16. The Gold Ring
    The Luck Penny
  17. The Devil Is Dead
    The Rag Row
    The Jolly Beggarman
  18. Chief O’Neill’s
    The Rights Of Man
  19. Cooley’s
    Tom Ward’s
  20. Brian’s
    Old Man’s Delight
  21. The Laurel Tree
    Jenny’s Wedding
  22. The Ballydesmond
    The Newmarket
  23. Michelle’s
    The Rambler
    Kitty’s Fancy
  24. Dillon’s
    My Love Is In America

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“Michael Sexton Ceili Band Volume 2: Mad to Dance”

Produced and engineered at Harmony Row Studios, Ennis, Country Clare, Ireland

The Michael Sexton Ceili Band:
Michael Sexton - accordion
Ralph Morgan banjo
Caroline Tubridy O’Dea - fiddle
Michelle O’Brien - fiddle
Pat Curtin - flute
Brian Morgan - flute
David Culligan - drums
George Byrt - piano
Paul O’Driscoll - double bass

Tracks / = Set of Quadrilles
_1 - _5 = The Clare Lancers
_6 - 11 = The Cashel
12 - 18 = The Labasheeda
19 - 24 = The Clare Orange & Green

I know, I know ~ I’ll be back! I’ve a lot gan ainms here to clear up once I can find the disk… The notes for this disk are sparse, the reason for all those ‘temporary’ gan ainms…

This is yet another pair of recordings that someone thought needed a boost. Why? The evidence of this is the pitch, a half step up from concert, up from where Michael Sexton and his band would have originally been taking it, as recorded before anyone started screwing around with dials in the processing. To avoid unwanted noise and distortion, ‘artifacts’, when someone diddles a tune this way, boosting the tempo, it’s best to let the pitch rise as it would normally, in this case upwards with that rise in tempo. What that means is that a tune in D, or any relative key, sounds a half step sharp, Eb. In the old days this was sometimes done to fit more on the limited media, such as the old 78s.

Back to those tempo changes, one track for comparison, the after as it sounds on the CD, and the ‘before’, taking it back to the source, the band, and A=440:

Track 1 - reels - “The Clare Lancers”, first figure:

122 bpm ~ on the CD
116 bpm ~ the bands tempo at the microphones, before processing/diddling…

The same thing happened to the first recording of this pair, “Michael Sexton Ceili Band”:

& something similar here too, a full step up and a bigger boost to tempos:
“Music for the Sets Volume 1: Round the House”

It wouldn’t be the first time the actions of commercial interests, or some inconsiderate twit, have affected the music and the dance.

Re: Michael Sexton Ceili Band, Volume 2: Mad to Dance

Track 18 #3 is mislabelled - in fact it’s “The rights of Man” (J Hill) https://thesession.org/tunes/83

Re: Michael Sexton Ceili Band, Volume 2: Mad to Dance

The second tune of track 6 has the wrong label, please change to
Old Favourite

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