This nice Sligo-flavored reel comes from NY fiddler Tony deMarco and ultimately from the late Paddy Reynolds (d.2005), originally from Ballinamuck, Co. Longford. Paddy was well-known in NY trad circles - primarily as a duet player with the late Andy McGann - but not as well-known outside, although he had a broad repertoire that encompassed not only Irish but Scots and Cape Breton tunes as well. He was one of the many fine musicians who helped me break into the music in the early 1970’s - he liked the fact that I could play "piano bass" on the guitar!
There’s another tune named "Rakes of Drumlish" that’s not related to this one. Drumlish is a townland not far from Paddy’s home town, I’m not sure if Paddy actually composed this tune or not, or who gave the name to it. Regardless of the uncertainties, it’s a neat tune!
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