Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure) — The Fiddle Album

By Various Artists

Added by Jeremy .
  1. The Foot Of The Glen
    The Road To The Town
    The Morning Star
  2. Farewell To Whiskey
    The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue
    The Knocknaboul
  3. Fisher’s
    Shanahan’s
  4. The Humours Of Lisheen
    The Lark In The Bog
  5. Tomorrow Morning
    Byrne’s
  6. The Dawn
    The Maid Of Mount Kisco
  7. The Rookery
    Gallagher’s Frolics
    The Maid At The Spinning Wheel
  8. Ben Hill
    Dunphy’s
  9. Tom Ward’s Downfall
    Corney Is Coming
    All Hands Around
  10. Dever The Dancer
    The Drops Of Brandy
    Cahiramee
  11. The Sligo Maid’s Lament
    The Maid Of Mount Kisco
  12. The Bunch Of Keys
    Lord MacDonald’s
  13. Pigeon On The Gate
    The Tarbolton
  14. Bonnie Kate
    Jenny’s Chickens
  15. Tom Ennis
    The Maid Behind The Bar
  16. The Lark In The Morning
    The Wandering Minstrel
  17. The Boys At The Lough
    The Kerry
    Reidy Johnson’s
  18. The High Level
    McCormack’s
  19. The Wandering Minstrel
    Fasten The Leg On Her
    Coleman’s Cross
  20. The Three Sea Captains
  21. Rhattigan’s
    Miss McLeod’s
  22. The Jaunting Car
    The Fair-haired Boy
    Young Tim Murphy
  23. The Drunken Piper
    The 79th’s Farewell To Gibraltar
  24. Kerry Mills
    Gan Ainm
  25. Miss Thornton’s
    The Bird In The Bush
  26. The Rising Sun
    The Dawn
  27. The Maid On The Green
  28. The Hollybush
    Paddy On The Turnpike
    The Bag Of Spuds
  29. The Old Dudeen
    The Road To Lurgan
  30. The Bush On The Hill
    Fr. Hanley’s
  31. Gan Ainm
    The Kesh
  32. Captain Kelly’s
    My Love Is Fair And Handsome

Two comments

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.