Got this reel from a ceili band recording years ago. Ambrose Moloney , I seem to remember , was a Galway musician. I think he was a brother of Stephen Moloney[?] of the Ballinakill Ceili Band.[?] Memory is very shaky on all of this - any definite information would be appreciated.
According to Sean Moloney’s recent album’s notes, Ambrose Moloney is a flute player and a son of Stephen Moloney. That means he is Eddie’s brother and Sean’s uncle.
On Shaskeen’s "Mouse Behind the Dresser" album, the sleeve notes confirm what slainte said for those wondering.
This tune goes great into Jackson’s reel as demonstrated by a flute solo on the above Shaskeen album.
Great recording of Frankie Kennedy playing this (second tune)
Cathal Hayden has this as "The Tailor’s Fancy".
The tailor in question might refer to Stephen Moloney. He was Ambrose Moloney’s father, and a tailor by trade. I’m not sure if any of his sons took over the family bussiness.
Watch Ambrose’s nephew Sean Moloney play the reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRylZ2iEk_A&feature=share&list=ULaRylZ2iEk_A
Watch Breda and Claire Keville from East Galway play this reel: http://source.pipers.ie/Media.aspx?mediaId=21140&categoryId=758
just to add to the thread (sic), Stephen Moloney’s father (James) was also a tailor, and his father before him (Stephen senior). They left Ireland to England and lived for a time between Leeds and Halifax in the 1870s/1880s. Sean told me that James Moloney learned or played the flute at a working men’s club in Leeds and was also an operatic singer before he went to America and later returned to buy a small farm and establish the family tailoring business in Ballinakil. So there was both fluting and tailoring across the generations.
Wow, I didn’t know there’s some connection between the Moloneys and Leeds. I was inspired to play the flute hearing Sean Moloney playing the instrument. That was one year before I started studying for MA in Leeds. Thanks for the info.