Re: Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure) — The Fiddle Album
Recordings from the late 1940s and early 1950s from Denis Murphy, Patrick and Sean O’Sullivan, Aggie Whyte, Joe Milton, John Kelly and Felix Doran, Tommie Potts, Patrick Clarke, Sean Maguire, Sean McLaughlin, Matt Muldoon, Paddy Killoran, Eileen Lane.
Track 31, 1st tune
I believe this tune is not, as supposed in the liner notes to this album, a composition of Paddy Killoran. It is instead an unusual-key setting (in A rather than G) of the Lark on the Strand (https://thesession.org/tunes/1634). The tune is ultimately traceable back to the air "The Old Woman Lamenting Her Purse" which is to be found as tune #560 in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland (1903). It is also related to another jig, the Stolen Purse (#821 in O’Neill, titled Lame Crowley; https://thesession.org/tunes/2646).
This tune was recorded under the Lark title in 1922 by Michael Coleman (fiddle) and Michael Walsh (flute) with Arthur P. Kenna (piano) along with the Primrose Vale (https://thesession.org/tunes/3254), which, because of this pairing, also came to be known as the Lark on the Strand. This latter is now perhaps the more common tune under that name. It is known in Donegal through the playing of Frank Cassidy, and I’m sure others as well. The Coleman–Walsh recording has been made available here: https://archive.org/details/MichaelColemanandMichaelWalshTheLarkontheStrandThePrimroseVale.
It is interesting also that Killoran chose to follow this tune with the Kesh Jig. Firstly, because the Kesh is similar in the first part to the Primrose Vale, meaning that this set is, in a way, almost a reprise of the Coleman–Walsh set, but not quite, because the second part of the tune is definitely that of the Kesh. The other interesting thing is that Killoran’s setting of the Kesh is unusual, not only in the key, but also in the first part.
I have edited the link on track 31 to show the identity of the first tune.