An Tobar Glé

By Neil Mulligan

  1. An Fáinne Óir
    Airgead Réalach
  2. Caitríona Rua
  3. The Blackbird
    Miss Galvin
  4. The Stoney Steps
    The Dooneen
  5. A Stór Mo Chroí
  6. Bímís Ag Ól ’s Ag Pógadh Na mBán
  7. The Morning Thrush
    Colonel Frazer
  8. Is Fada Mo Chosa Gan Bróga
    Castles In The Air
  9. East Of Glendart
    I Buried My Wife And Danced On Top Of Her
  10. The Peacock’s Feather
    The Boys Of Bluehill
  11. Dónal Óg
  12. An Tobar Glé
    Oileán Na Meannáin
  13. The Fairy
    The Pigeon On The Gate
    The Merry Blacksmith
  14. Táimse Im’ Chodladh
  15. The Fermoy Lasses
    The London Lasses
    The Rose In The Garden
  16. Chase Her Through The Garden
    Kiss Her In The Furze

Two comments

“Neil / Néillidh Mulligan: An Tobar Glé” ~ website & links

Spring Records SCD 1049; 53 minutes; 2003 - including reviews.

“Many years ago, An Tobar Glé was the name on a club owned by the great musician, storyteller, singer, and collector Séamus Ennis, nach maireann. Séamus Ennis was also teacher, mentor, and friend to a young piper named Neil Mulligan. It was Séamus Ennis who put the nickname Néillidh on him, from Donegal fiddler Néillidh Boyle. ~ ” - Paul Carr, The Irish Herald (U.S.A.)

“This is essential piping faire for any traditional Irish musician, be they pipers or not. Neil’s playing is exactly as he wants it to be, passionate and respectful. Everything is bare and exposed, yet full and complete. His airs being of great significance to me. One in particular is a great monument to his mother, Caitríona Rua. His influences shine through, be they Seámus Ennis or his father Tom Mulligan.” - Patrick D’Arcy, uilleann piper

“ ~ As an accurate musical portrait of a man who has given so much to piping and who has so much still to say, An Tobar Gle does the business.” - Dermot McLaughlin, Donegal fiddler

“ ~ This is Néillidh Mulligan’s third album. It builds on Barr na Cúille and The Leitrim Thrush. In a sense biographical details aren’t all that material; All-Ireland titles won, critical acclaim, plaudits gained, because the story of what’s truly behind the music on this CD is that of a world of music. What’s important is that this is an unusual work these days – work that is seldom heard – that of a solo musician playing with wit, great style and vivacity. A piper who is sure of his touch and for whom playing music is a lifelong preoccupation and who plays with warmth and emotion. Néillidh Mulligan’s music is imbedded in a great tradition – it honours that tradition and carries it forth. That world of music.” - Peter Woods - from the sleeve notes