Two Gentlemen Of Clare

By Gerard Commane And Joe Ryan

  1. The Congress
    The Traveller
    Bunker Hill
  2. Ballinakill Reels
    The Milliner’s Daughter
  3. Rosemary Lane
    Hungry Rocks
    The Fairhaired Boy
  4. Sean Ryan’s
  5. The Stone In The Field
    The West Clare
  6. The Irish Washerwoman
    Piper On The Hob
  7. The Chicago
    Scotch Mary
    The Templehouse
  8. The Humours Of Bandon
  9. The Lads Of Laois
    Gerdie Commane’s
  10. The Piper’s Chair
    The Maid In The Meadow
  11. The Limestone Rock
    The Laurel Tree
  12. The Star Of Munster
    The Dogs Among The Bushes
    Kitty Gone A Milking
  13. Sliabh Na MBan
    The Quarrelsome Piper
  14. The Road To Nenagh
    Gan Ainm
    Scotch Mary
  15. The Galway Rambler
    The London Lasses
  16. The Ewe
    The Bunch Of Keys
  17. Gerdie’s Reminiscences (Spoken Word)

Seventeen comments

A rough diamond

This delightful recording of Gerard "Gerdie" Commane (concertina) and Joe Ryan (fiddle) is a little rough around the edges (recorded in Gerdie’s house - in one or two tracks if you listen carefully, you can hear the wind roaring in the background) but is certainly a gem.

Some of the tracks are either solo concertina or fiddle, with one or two a combination of the two, concluding with the final track spoken word with a reminiscence).

The roughness might take a few listening to get used to, but it is definitely worth the effort.

Title of CD spelled incorrectly

This wonderful CD is hard to access with the name spelled wrong. It should be: Two Gentlemen (not gentleman) of Clare

It has depth despite some superficial rawness.
Well worth the effort!

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What it’s all about!

Hats off to Eoin O’Neill and John O’Connor for producing this wonderful CD. I hope they are going to produce many more like it.

Isn’t this the sort of work that organisations like Comhaltas & the Arts Council should be carrying out as a matter of urgency.

Reading through the sleeve notes I read that Gerdie was born in 1917 & Joe in 1928, which makes me wonder how many ‘tradition bearing’ musicians like these two ‘treasures’ are going to pass on, without anyone bothering to capture the craft that they spent a lifetime learning, developing and saving so we might enjoy it, too?

Listening to this and seeing the photograph of the two men by the ‘range’ you just get the feeling that their might, if you are lucky, be a spare seat for you, there too.

Warm Glow Factor - 10 out of 10

Track 12 is the ‘stand out’ track for me - just magical versions of these three tunes. In my opinion, if you play Concertina, this CD is worth getting for this track alone!

Two unnamed “bonus” tunes on tracks 9 & 10

On this fabulous CD, both track 9 and track 10 have great
tunes after the named ones.
Does anyone know the name of the tune following
Lads of Laoise (track 9)
or after
Piper’s Chair (track 10)
Jeremy Kammerer just taught the 2nd tune on track 9 at
Lark Camp, in Mendocino this past week (Aug 1, 07)
What a tune!

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Jig identified…

Jig after the "Piper’s Chair" is this :

It’s also played as a reel.

Don’t know the reel after "The Lads", although it sounds familiar. I’ll try to post it in the next day or so.

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Track 9, 2nd tune is Gerdie Commane’s

Thank you, Kenny!

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Milliner’s Daughter

isn’t that the second tune on track 2?

Joe Ryan’s Jigs

anybody recognize these? i play the middle one but don’t know if i’ve ever had a name for it

West Clare Reel

someone help me out - this is a very common tune, i hear it all the time and i can’t for the life of me remember what its more-common name is - i know it isn’t "the west clare" and the link here goes to a different tune altogether

Track 2 = 3 reels

Are versions of "The Steampacket". "The Bunch Of Keys". and "The Milliner’s Daughter".

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Track 14…

is actually 3 reels - first is "The Trip To Nenagh" - not sure of the second, and the third is "Scotch Mary".

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track 3 “Joe Ryan’s” jigs

these are Rosemary Lane, Hungry Rocks and one of the Fairhaired Boys. I took the liberty to update the database accordingly