Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck

By Caroline Keane & Tom Delany

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Re: Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck

I bought this on Bandcamp and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it—concertina and pipes is such a lovely combination!

Re: Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck

Fantastic album.

Caroline Keane & Tom Delany - Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck

Some liner notes from CDBaby:

1. Paddy Taylor’s / Hold the Reins / Famous Ballymote (Trad. Arr.)
The first tune is associated with the great London flute player Paddy Taylor. Caroline learned the second reel from Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. We finish with the great Sligo classic, Famous Ballymote.

2. Return to Burton Road / The Inishbofin Jig / Brother John (Comp. Richie Dwyer / Comp. Caroline Keane / Comp. Paddy Keenan)
These are three recently composed tunes. The first was composed by multi-instrumentalist and composer Richie Dwyer. The second is one of Caroline’s own, written while visiting the truly unique island of Inishbofin. The last jig was penned by the legendary Paddy Keenan for his brother John.

3. The Friendly Visit / The Hills of Coore (Trad. Arr. / Comp. Junior Crehan)
Tom learned The Friendly Visit from a very young Mikie Smyth on a 1993 broadcast of The Pure Drop. We’ve been playing Junior Crehan’s beautiful Hills of Coore for years now and still love it.

4. John Kelly’s Old Concertina Reel / The Avonmore / The Youngest Daughter (Trad. Arr.)
The renowned John Kelly Sr. of Rehy, West Clare/ Capel St is the source of the first tune. We couldn’t pass by The Avonmore when we happened upon it in O’Neill’s 1001. We’d like to dedicate it to Cecelia and Joe. The Youngest Daughter comes in various shapes and sizes. This setting is another collected by O’Neill.

5. Come in from the Rain / O’Dea’s / The Girl of the Big House (Trad. Arr. / Comp. Maurice Lennon / Trad. Arr.)
The first tune sports a very appropriate title for an old Irish traditional tune. Tom learned Maurice Lennon’s composition O’Dea’s from Limerick master piper Mickey Dunne. The last tune appears in Goodman’s manuscripts, collected during the 1860s.

6. Top it Off / Trouble in Paradise / Larry McDonagh’s (Trad. Arr. / Comp. Tom Delany / Trad. Arr.)
Top it Off has been recorded as a crooked hop jig many times. The setting we’ve chosen reverts the tune to an even measured hop jig. Tom wrote Trouble in Paradise for two very good friends of ours, and we learned Larry McDonagh’s somewhere along the way.

7. The Knocknagree / Sleamhnán Bhaile an Mhuilinn / Where’s the Cat? (Trad. Arr . / Comp. Caroline Keane / Trad. Arr.)
I visited Dingle about five years ago and stayed for a lot longer than the weekend. Apart from the stunning beauty of the area, I feel truly honoured to experience and partake in the profound cultural and musical landscape that is West Kerry. This selection of tunes is for the wonderful friends with whom I have the fortune of sharing music and a lot of laughter. Buíochas ó chroí libh go léir xx

8. The West Wind / The Hare in the Heather / The New Found Out (Trad. Arr.)
We learned The West Wind from The Pipering of Willie Clancy. The Hare in the Heather comes from the playing of Joe Cooley and The New Found Out is associated with the Leitrim flute tradition.

9. The Killimor Jig / The Hawthorn Hedge / The Church on the Hill (Comp. Seán Ryan)
Three contemporary compositions with the warmest traditional feel. Caroline’s love of Seán Ryan tunes ensured a place, for not one, but three of his compositions on the album. The only difficulty was in deciding which three to choose.

10. Métro Blues / Princess Royal (Comp. Michel Bonamy / Comp. Turlough O’Carolan)
Growing up in France one of the most influential visitors who called to our musical home was flute player Michel Bonamy. Michel spent years in Ireland and introduced me to the music of Co. Clare, where I found myself living years later. I’d like to dedicate this selection to my family, all my French friends who play Irish music, and to my friends in Co. Clare.

11. The Bunch of Green Rushes / The Fisherman’s Island / The Kilcoon (Trad. Arr. / Comp. Ed Reavy / Comp. Joe Liddy)
Caroline’s been playing the first part of The Bunch of Green Rushes for the last couple of years. Thankfully, she finally learned the second and third parts! The second tune is a beautiful Ed Reavy composition and the final tune is another fiddle tune, penned by Joe Liddy.

11. Anthony Frawley’s / The Mist Covered Mountain / I was Born for Sport (Trad. Arr. / Comp. Junior Crean / Trad. Arr.)
We affectionately call this set The Boat Jigs after a three month expedition on a Scandinavian ferry. They‘re three beautiful tunes we picked up from various friends along the way.