The Grand Old Man barndance

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The Grand Old Man

From The Monks of the Screw first recording (I think) Bráithre an Óil, re-released in 2014.
From the liner notes:
"The Grand Old Man (An Seanfhear Galanta). From the concertina playing of Johnny Micky Barry who died in 1981 but left a wealth of music in the locality."
First time through Tim Browne - Bouzouki leads, second time through Timmy O’Connor - Accordion leads, all with the band’s very distinctive sound.
They follow it with
The Gypsy Princess (An Banfhlaith Giofogach)
"Learned from Jack Connell of Lighthouse. There are many different versions of this tune in the area & it is sometimes played as a slide."

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Re: The Grand Old Man

There are 3 "Monks Of The Screw" recordings posted here, all with the same title, but different track lists. The earliest one posted here - not their first - was 15 years ago. 2014 most likely refers to its’ "re-release" as a download, not the date of the recording itself. I have the tape with the serial number "MKS 001", [ this tune is on it ], so I would think logically that that was their first recording. There is no date anywhere on the cassette or insert, but I would guess it’s over 20 years old.
"Genny" has met and played with these guys, she might be able to shed some light.

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Thanks - yes, but there is subtle difference in one of the titles - this one’s "Bráithre an Óil" and I think the cassette came out around 1995. The other two are "Brathar na nÓi", one also from around 1995, and one from around 2000 by a trio version of the band, Brathar na nÓi (Paudy Scully - flute and Dan Curtain and Tim Browne - fiddles) see https://thesession.org/recordings/1001

I never saw the band live, so would be interested to hear from anyone who did (I although I was at a set dance weekend in London many years ago where Paudy Scully and Timmy O’Connor were playing - brilliantly for the dances from their region, naturally). Also it means I probably shouldn’t have stated above "First time through Tim Browne - Bouzouki leads" as I have no idea what a Mando-Cello sounds like, so perhaps it could have been John Drew on said instrument.
Musicians on this "Bráithre an Óil" cassette and CD:
Timmy O’Connor: Accordion
Paudy Scully: Flute
Tim Browne: Fiddle - Bouzouki - Mandolin
John Drew: Mando-Cello
Dan Curtin: Fiddle - Feet
Timmy O’Shea: Guitar - Vocals

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On second thoughts "Dan Curtin: Fiddle - Feet and Timmy O’Shea: Guitar - Vocals" might be on the 1995 "Brathar na nÓi" but not this recording. The posting at https://thesession.org/recordings/3784
has the musicians as just:
Timmy O’Connor - Accordion
Paudy Scully - Flute
John Drew - Mandocello
Tim Browne - Bouzouki

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