Last Night’s Joy

By Gerry O’Connor

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This is the latest album by the County Louth fiddler and former member of Lá Lugh and Skylark.

He’s joined on various tracks by his son Dónal (piano, fiddle and tenor guitar), Niall Hanna (guitar), Séamie O’Dowd (guitar), Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Gerry O’Connor (banjo), Neil Martin (cello), Seán Óg Graham (guitar), and Dermot Moynagh (bodhrán). Track 11 actually features all four O’Connors.

‘Andie Phaddie’s’ comes from the Fermanagh fiddler Ned Curran via Cathal McConnell, and Claude Flanagan’s son Peter was Cathal’s whistle tutor.

The three double jigs on track 2 were collected from the Louth fiddler Peter McArdle by Breandán Breathnach who had asked him to play some of his more uncommon tunes. McArdle is also the source for ‘Mixing the Porridge’.

‘The Caledonian’ is a reel, possibly Nova Scotian.

The tunes on track 10 are, respectfully, an air learned from John McManus (the Big John of track 3) and a hornpipe learned from the Longford accordionist Peter Carberry.

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Finally, James Byrne is associated with ‘The Rat in the Thatch’ and John Henry from Doocastle, Co. Mayom has the last tune as ‘Five Mile Cross’.

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