The Days That Are Gone

By Charlie Piggott

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Re: The Days That Are Gone

Where could one find this record?
I adore the music of Charlie Piggott, but I can not find this record mentioned on his website,
or on Custy’s, CDbaby, or amazon.

Charlie Piggott - The Days That Are Gone

From his Bandcamp liner notes:

– Track 1, The Westmeath Jig & The Old Walls Of Liscarroll
The first tune was a great favourite of the Waterford fiddle player Jimmy Power. I learned the melody in turn from the playing of a hero of mine, the renowned bouzouki player and singer Johnny Moynihan. The second jig comes from the delightful lilting of Paddy Raftery from East Galway, who could often be heard performing at the Hill in Kylebrack.

– Track 2, The Battle Of Waterloo
Here is a traditional melody composed for the Great Highland Bagpipe. Several tunes, including Boney Crossing the Alps and the The Hot Asphalt are derived from the original pipe melody.
I learned the tune in the 1980’s from American harpist Vicki Parrish at a house concert in San Diego, California.

– Track 3, Old Corcomroe & The Drunken Landlady
The first reel, which connects with Corcomroe Abbey in the Burren area of North Clare, I composed together with my son Rowan Piggott. The Drunken Landlady, a popular reel at De Danann sessions in 1970’s Galway, comes from the playing of piper Seamus Ennis.

– Track 4, The Days That Are Gone
I learned this tune (played here on C-Clarke whistles) from my mother’s people, the Flannerys of Ashmount who were members of the Dingle Fife & Drum Band. The tune is an old Scots version of the song “Maggie”, and the title derives from a line in the song; “Let us sing of the days that are gone Maggie, when you and I were young”. C-Clarke whistles were sometimes substituted for fifes by members of the Dingle marching bands.

– Track 5, Tadgh Stenson’s & I’ll Mend Your Pots And Kettles O!
The first tune I picked up from the noted Mayo melodeon player Paddy Joe Tigue who hails from the village of Aghamore. The tune was regularly performed on the last day of December in the area some 150 years ago, as a marching tune to welcome in the New Year. I’ll Mend your Pots and Kettles comes from the repertoire of the piper Seamus Ennis.

– Track 6, Dick Tobin’s & O’Dalaigh’s
These two fine south of Ireland polkas are here played in march time. I picked up this way of playing from my maternal grandfather Charlie Flannery, who many moons ago was bandsmaster of the Dingle Fife & Drum Band.

– Track 7, Down The Broom & The Maid That Daren’t Tell
This version of Down the Broom comes from the playing of Armagh fiddler Peter Flanagan. The second reel, which appears to be a version of Dowd’s Number 9, was often performed at early Feis Ceoil gatherings and is a favourite of the well known Donegal fiddle player Danny Meehan.

– Track 8, The House At Creegh
This jig tune is among the many fine compositions of fiddle player Frances Marriott, and was composed by her some years ago while holidaying near the village of Creegh in West Clare.

– Track 9, Sweet Kingwilliams Town & On Blackwater’s Banks
The great Kerry song Sweet Kingwilliams Town is sung around the Sliabh Luachra area to this traditional air. The tune can also be found in the repertoire of sean-nos singer Tom Phaidin Tom O’Coisdealbha, Spiddle, Connemara when singing Henry Joy. The second tune, a Munster jig I learned from a colleague of mine, banjo and fiddle player Roger Leach. Thanks to Jackie Small for publishing the tune.

– Track 10, John Naughton’s Jig & The Tenpenny Bit
I first heard this version of Old Man Dillon played by concertina player John Naughton at Pepper’s Bar in Feakle, and I liked the setting. The Tenpenny Bit I learned from the North Clare concertina player Martin Fahy during one of the many fine sessions at Linnane’s Bar, New Quay in the Northern Burren.

– Track 11, The Tadgh & Biddy Waltz & The Tombigbee Waltz
The Tadgh and Biddy Waltz is a composition of Sliabh Luachra concertina player Terence (Cuz) Teehan, who was once a pupil of the renowned fiddle teacher Padraigh O’Keeffe. Tadgh and Biddy were close neighbours of Cuz before he emmigrated to the U.S.A. in his teens, and I learned the waltz from Chicago fiddle player Tom Dayhill. The second waltz appears to be an old Scots tune, popular among American fiddle players. The title derives from a tributary (the Tombigbee) of the great Mississippi River. I picked up this tune from Glasgow accordion player Aidan Curran, when both of us played at various music sessions in the 1980s in Galway city.

– Track 12, The Hag’s Purse & The Tailor Small’s Jig
The Hag’s Purse was a popular jig at De Danann sessions in 1970’s Galway. During those years I learned the second tune from archivist and accordion player Jackie Small, who had the melody from his father John Small, a melodeon player.

On the album:
– Charlie Piggott (C#/D button accordion/C-Clarke whistles)
– Rowan Piggott (fiddle)
– Frances Marriott (fiddle)
– Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh (bodhran)
– Garry O’Briain (mandocello/piano)