In 1969 and 1970, Séamus Mac Mathúna recorded the legendary West Clare fiddle player, Bobby Casey, in London. These invaluable recordings are part of the Comhaltas Archive. A CD of many of these recordings has been produced by the Cois na hAbhna Archive.
Is it just me, or is there something different about Casey’s fiddling here than on his other records (“Taking Flight”, “The Spirit of West Clare”, etc.)? I don’t know if it’s the recording more than the playing, but Casey seems to put a lot more power and enthusiasm into his playing here. Except maybe for that really long set on “The Spirit of West Clare”, which is a gem. But overall, I think his playing here is somewhat different. Has anyone else noticed this? Fabulous record, by the way!
I think I kind of get what you mean, Daniel - I don’t know if it’s just a recording thing but there’s a good ‘bite’ to the sound in a lot of these tracks.