The Smoky Chimney

By Eoghan O’Sullivan, Gerry Harrington, Paul De Grae

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Sliabh Luachra Music

This is a quite nice recording, but I’m not so familiar with the players and the music in the south part of Ireland. I just know Sliabh Luachra is the area around the Cork and Kerry border and its music and style are a little overshadowed by those of Clare and Sligo today. (I apologize if it’s not true.)

So, I ask someone to explain the Sliabh Luachra music and style, and to add the information of the musicians.

Sliabh Luachra

I wouldn’t say that the Sliabh Luachra style is overshadowed by that of its neighbours further up the coast.

The Sliabh Luachra hallmark tunes are polkas and slides which are used to provide accompaniment to feisty dancing!

De Grae, O’Sullivan and Harrington provide a “late-night” take on the SL style in that their approach is mellow and laid-back (very atmospheric - this is one of my all-time favourite albums to relax to!). Compare their approach with that of, say Begley and Cooney, and you’ll get an idea of the spectrum of nuances which the Sliabh Luachra tunes can accommodate.

This album is worth the money alone for their playing of “The Smoky Chimney” which incorporates the tune “Kitty O‘Shea’s Champion Jig”, also known as “Kitty O’Neill’s” and which was the subject of some discussion in The Session following it’s appearance alogside The Kerry Jig on Paddy Keenan and Tommy Sullivan’s “Long Grazing Acre” album.

My wife listening to this as we were out across Lancashire to take a long walk in the countryside today, with a smile, “This little group has a nice sound, very foot tapping.”

Re: The Smoky Chimney

TrevorS - Jeremy has kindly allowed anyone to correct any mistaken links - you can do it yourself. I’ve done it for the 2 tunes you’ve mentioned, and can see a few others which I’ll fix later.