Call the Set - I - Music for 2 Polka Sets

By The Red Abbey Group

  1. The Blackwater
    Pat The Red Box Favourite
  2. Egan’s
    The Munster Bank
  3. The Brosna
    The Scartaglen
  4. Johnny O’Leary’s
  5. The Priest
    Danny Abe’s
    This Is My Love, Do You Like Her?
  6. Gan Ainm
    The Stack Of Wheat
  7. Vince’s Favourite
  8. Gan Ainm
  9. The Lakes Of Sligo
  10. Gan Ainm
  11. Johnny Mickey’s
  12. Maggie In The Woods
    Sweeney’s

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“Call the Set: Music for 2 Polka Sets”

Cork Folk Publishing - Cassette & book
CFP 0001 / Tape No. 1 (cassette tape)
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Presented by The Red Abbey Group

Pat O’Sullivan - box
Vince Milne - fiddle

Caller: Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy

Music & calls for the following sets of quadrilles:

The Sliabh Luachra / Knocknagree / Polka Set ~ tracks 1 - 6
The Ballyvourney Reel (Polkas) Set ~ tracks 7 - 12

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For the moment this contribution is using the track names and spellings from the recording, which are in need of correction and updating - later…

“Call The Set” ( I ) ~ the musicians - notes from this recording

Pat Sullivan ~ A native of Rathpeacon, County Cork, Pat has been playing the accordion for dancers for many years now. He has played for The Red Abbey Set since theyformed in 1982. Because of his lively style of playing Pat is a great man to lift the Set, and as such is a firm favourite with set dancers. Pat has played in folk clubs all over Ireland and is currently a member of the traditional group ‘Kowloon Bridge’ ( - whose first cassette was released in 1989. )

Vince Milne ~ A native of Clonakilty, County Cork, Vince is a prolific fiddle player known for his wide-ranging musical experience. He is a great exponent of both Irish and American musical styles and has recently recorded a solo album. He also plays with Cork group ‘Bone Idol’ and with Pat in ‘Kowloon Bridge’.

Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy ~ whose parents come from Blackpool in Cork, spent his early years in England, hence his nickname and distinctive accent. Timmy has had deep interest in traditional music for years. his introduction to set dancing took place during a trip to Ballyvourney in the early seventies. He took to the dancing with great gusto and immediately set about learning and reviving the old Munster Sets. He has been teaching for several years now and inspiring all those who attend his classes with his own enthusiasm and love for the Sets.

The Red Abbey Set Dancers (Set Maínistir Rúa) ~ When formed in 1982 in KSouth Parish Hall, Cork, they had four aims, these were to collect, learn, dance and retain the styles of set dancing native ot Cork and Kerry regions. The group have danced all over the country at festivals and gatherings and also represented Ireland in Lorient, Brittany at The Celtic Festival in 1986.

“Call the Set” ( I ) - Music for 2 Polka Sets - double the tracks

There are two sides to the cassette, side A with calls given by Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy, side B repeating those tracks without calling, 24 tracks in total…
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Produced by William Hammond ~ his introduction:

The purpose of this tape is to provide an enjoyable but useful aid to the learning and dancing of The Sliabh Luachra Set and The Ballyvourney Reel Set.

Side 1 of this tape contains music for two sets. Tim McCarthy will call the Sets whiel the music is played at a learner’s pace. In the background you will hear the Sets being danced as called.

Side 2 of the tape contains music only for the 2 sets and the tunes are played at a faster pace, ideal for those who are more familiar with the Sets.

The greatest benefit will be derived from this tape if it is used in conjunction with the explanatory book of the same name.

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Dancers: Tom & Veronica Gibbons, Bridget Fox, Rhona McCarthy, Linda Quinlan, William Hammond, Tim McCarthy, Euge O’Sullivan…

CD: The Set - Three: Music for Five Complete Sets

The Sliabh Luachra Polka Set
The Jenny Ling Jig Set
The Ballyvourney Reel Set
The Ballyvourney Jig Set
The Borlin Polka Set
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CDs: The Set - One / Two / Three / Four: Music for ~ Sets
Sadly these recordings (4), with booklets that give the dance description for each set, lack tune lists. I had plans to remedy that with close listening, along with at least half a dozen other recordings like this, but I haven’t yet - numerous distractions good & bad, including currently being computerless… :-( I accept some of the fault, in part procrastinating over building a new PC…

The Set - One - OSSCD 126
The Set - Two - OSSCD 127
The Set - Three - OSSCD 128
The Set - Four - OSSCD 129
https://thesession.org/recordings/5718
Ossian Publications Ltd., 2002