Aggie Whyte

By Aggie Whyte

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Archival recordings by the great East Galway fiddler Aggie Whyte, released by her grandson Michael Harrison. Can be purchased as CD or download from bandcamp. I think Custy’s also has it. Superb album.

Some tracks include other musicians, including Eddie Moloney, Séamus Connolly, Peadar Ó Lochlainn, Paddy Carty, Paddy Fahy, Elizabeth Crotty, Micho Russell, Father PJ Kelly, Joe Burke, and the Ballinakill Céilí Band.

I’ve corrected some of the tune names:
track 28 is incorrectly listed as the Old Copperplate;
McMahon’s hornpipe is listed as Sean Ryan’s (he being the composer);
O’Dowd’s is listed as O’Dowds
Castle Kelly is listed as Castle Ceilis
Miss MacLeod’s is listed as Ms. McLeod’s

Composers that I know of (based on the track listing or what I already knew) are:
Rattigan’s - Larry Redican
Maudabawn Chapel - Ed Reavy
Dooney Rock - Sean Ryan
Ballyoran - Sean Ryan
Fiji - assuming it’s Father PJ Kelly, who worked in Fiji for much of his career
Derrycrag - PJ Kelly
Ben Hill - PJ Kelly
Rossmore Jetty - PJ Kelly
Nightingale - Sean Ryan
Twilight in Portroe - Sean Ryan
Christmas Eve - Tommy Coen

I haven’t checked the link yet, but the Blackbird is the set dance by that name.

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Track 36: The First Day of Spring is a jig, but links to a reel composed by Tommy Peoples. I’m guessing the jig is a Father PJ Kelly composition, since he accompanies the track on piano. He probably also wrote the second jig in the set.

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Track 6: Lough Derg is another Father Kelly composition.

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Track 32: Sarsfield’s Retreat March is not the Sarsfield’s March that’s in the database.

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Track 43: Guessing that Fleadh Cheoil Chill Ruis hornpipe was written by Father Kelly, since he plays piano accordion on the track.

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Correction on track 36: Father Kelly is playing piano accordion, not piano.

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Correction on track 46: listed as Castle Ceilis, I had changed it to Castle Kelly, but after listening, discovered it was the Doon.

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Apparently The Grouse in the Bog, track 25, is an alternate title for The Merry Harriers, so I added it as such on the tune page. This is the title used when Alan Lomax recorded Aggie Whyte on this track in Galway in 1951.

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I don’t generally buy CDs nowadays (or stream modern releases) but I was queuing up for this before it was released - I haven’t been disappointed! It’s a wonderful compilation of great historic interest. Many congratulations to Michael - go and buy, and you won’t be disappointed either!

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The liner notes attribute Fisherman’s Island (#33) to Seán Ryan though it is more widely accepted that this is a composition by Ed Reavy.