Felix in Paris (Hornpipe)
A tribute to famed New York born piano accompanist Felix Dolan, who sadly passed away a couple of days ago. Fiddler John McEvoy composed this tune for Mr. Dolan, who spent some time working in Paris, and recorded it with his sister Catherine McEvoy on their duet album “The Kilmore Fancy.” Mr. Dolan actually accompanies them on the recording.
Felix Dolan’s bio: http://midatlanticcce.wordpress.com/hall-of-fame/felix-dolan/
There are quite a few nice video clips of Mr. Dolan on the Internet, but my favourite is this one: http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_242_6_joe_madden_on_button_accordion
May he rest in peace.
X: 2 “Felix In Paris” ~ C: John McEvoy
slainte/Hiro made me do it, and I was having so much fun with this one I had to share a bit of that with anyone else that might want to give a go some of the places it took me. It’s a nice tune straight up too, but in the version I’ve given I’ve kept it within the D-limitations of some instruments, meaning nothing below D… Thanks Hiro for this very pleasant distraction this morning. It went well with the coffee and the pains au chocolates… 8-)
When and Why in Paris?
Here’s another article about Felix Dolan: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/id94.html
I especially like these words of Mr. Dolan’s quoted in the article: "The key thing is not to be intrusive. You are following. The presence is felt when you stop playing."
‘c’, nice to know you enjoy the tune and even made up your own version of it. Catherine McEvoy plays the original version on the flute and does a great job despite the limitations of the instrument.
I may have even heard and learned this originally from her, but having my own fun with it here. I’d love to see a transcription of her playing of it. I’ll have to see if I have one. ;-)