Dreaming Up The Tunes

By Johnny Og Connolly And Brian McGrath

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  1. The Maid In The Meadow
    Dobermann’s Wallet
  2. Paddy Ryan’s Dream
    Jimmy Batty’s
  3. Mick O’Connor’s
  4. The Happy
    The Souvenir
  5. The Inis Bearachain #1
    The Inis Bearachain #2
  6. Ril Johnny Phadraig Pheter
    Ril Joe Mhaire Mhicilin
  7. Christmas In Spiddal
    Twelve To The Bar
  8. The Carraroe
    Homage To Rooney
  9. Mountain Dew
  10. Dillon’s
    Marion Egan’s
  11. Bean Phaidin
    The Seanamhach Tubestation
  12. Michael Coleman’s
    Flanaghan Meets O’Hanlon

Eleven comments

Traditional music on the accordion (Johnny Og Connolly)and banjo(Brian McGrath). Recorded in 1998.


need the notes for homage to rooney badly

brillant cd without a doubt its one of the best

Press Reviews

Johnny Og is Johnny’s senior’s son and plays the slightly larger two-row button accordion with a beautiful fluent, light touch. The great Joe Burke was one of his early influences. Virtuoso banjo player Brian McGrath, one of the founders of Four Men and A Dog, currently plays in Sean Keane’s Band and At The Racket. He and Johnny Og have played together for years; there’s both tightness and an easy give and take in their duo playing. Distinguished accompanists here too, James Blennerhasset on cello and double bass, Eugene Kelly and Peter O’Hanlon on guitars and McGrath on piano. The title is apt. Several of the tunes are recent compositions by, among others, Charlie Lennon and Johnny Og himself, whose fine, intricate tunes include the lovely set of jigs Poirt Inis Bearachain(also featured on his father’s CD) and named after the now uninhabited Island off the Connemara coast, where Johnny Connolly Snr was born John Neilson

The Living Tradition
All are played with gusto and the box and banjo keep each other company with microsecond-precise timing, producing an overall sound that positively throbs with vitality.

The Irish Voice
The full maturity of Irish banjo and box playing has never been demonstrated better.

Dirty Linen
Johnny plays with a fine sense of rhythm, but also very melodically with smooth execution, a light touch and nice ornamentation.

The Examiner
Good honest playing of the highest order. Johnny Og’s strong, yet sensitive, accordion style combines perfectly with Brian’s crisp banjo picking

City Tribune
An album which mixes freshness and spontaneity with professionalism that is their second nature.

The Living Tradition
Johnny Connolly’s debut album An tOile n Aerach received fulsome plaudits in the pages of this magazine, which rated it one of the musical highlights of its year of release, 1991. This pair of welcome new offerings from Cl

It’s a lovely album to listen to. Both musicians play very well together and there is a nice selection of tunes too.

The Happy Hornpipe

One of my top fifty favorite trad albums, easily! Nice box/banjo combination with an old-fashioned but not outdated sound.
The tune The Happy Hornpipe (track 4) is in the database here:
(The details link takes you to a different tune entirely.)

Mountain Dew

The 2 reels on track 9 are compositions of Charlie Lennon. Neither have been posted here yet, despite a link coming up for “Mountain Dew”.

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this album is just too good

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The Maid In The Meadow

the very first tune on this album is called “The Maid In The Meadow” transposed up to A from the version listed on the session in G:


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Re: Dreaming Up The Tunes–Tune ID, track 1

On track 1, there is a 3rd tune not named, very familiar…Title, anyone? Love the whole cd.

Re: Dreaming Up The Tunes

Just listened to the whole of track #1 - 2 jigs only, both listed above, unless your CD is different.

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