A Rake of Tunes

By Randal Bays

  1. The Icy Road
    The Carraroe
    John McHugh’s
  2. The Man From Kilconnell
    Mrs. Carolan’s
    Maids Of Mitchellstown
  3. The Star
    Tuamgraney Castle
  4. The Cascadia
    The Collier’s
    Ice On The Window
  5. Gilbert Riley’s
    The Nightingale
  6. Caher Rua
    Captain Kelly
    The Old Pinch Of Snuff
  7. Paddy Fahey’s
    The Abbeyleix
  8. The Rocky Mountain
    Lucy Farr’s
  9. Dillon’s Fancy
    Dick Cosgrove’s
  10. Father Hogan’s
    Drowsy Maggie
  11. I’m Waiting For You
    The Humours Of Tulla
  12. The Hairy Cat’s Ear
    The Mouse In The Cupboard
  13. The Job Of Journeywork
    Luke Kelly’s
    The Hairy-Chested Frog
  14. Farewell To Miltown
    The Star Of Munster
  15. Miss McGuiness
    The Ravelled Hank Of Yarn
  16. Gillan’s Apples
    The Sporting Pitchfork
  17. The Dairy Maid
    The Steam Packet
  18. St. Ruth’s Bush
    Last Night’s Joy
    The Beauty Spot
  19. The Morning Star
    John Dwyer’s
  20. Martin Kirwan’s
    Mrs. Dwyer’s
  21. Reilly Of The White Hill
    The Humours Of Loughrea
    Lucy Farr’s
  22. The Mother’s Day
    Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight
  23. Paddy Kelly’s
    The Colonel’s Delight

One comment

Randal Bays and Family new CD, “A Rake of Tunes”

This CD came out recently with little fanfare, but I believe it will be a classic. I’m always on the lookout for great traditional recordings but most of the time, for me at least, that means reissues from the 30s and 40s. This album by Randal Bays and his family is simply produced, almost totally unaccompanied except for piano backing on one live track, and it has the feeling of some of the old LPs and reissues that I love so much. The playing, as one would expect, is stunning. And that includes Randal’s wife and children, who play fiddle, concertina and flute on many of the tracks. The tune selections are super, including several tunes composed by Randal and several by his son Owen, who I believe is very young. A special favourite of mine is “The Man From Kilconnell”, which Randal composed in homage to the great East Galway fiddler and composer Paddy Fahey. The CD packaging is basic - black print on white cardboard - and to read the sleeve notes you have to go to his website, www.randalbays.com . I had never heard of Randal Bays until a few years ago when I had the good fortune to hear him in a small concert setting. This new CD with his family is a delight from start to finish and I highly recommend it.