We should never ignore or forget “the ould fellas”. This is the first of two reels played by Paddy Donoghue – aged 76, I think he said – on the “Ceili House” programme two weeks ago. It wasn’t made clear if this was one of his own compositions or not, although he did say that he had composed several tunes, and I think this may be one of them. No name was given, so it’s “Paddy Donoghue’s” until I hear different. Paddy was flute player with the “Tulla Ceili Band” for over 30 years. There’s a nice story in Fintan Vallely’s book that the band were first known as “The Ballinahinch Ceili Band”, but changed the name to “The Tulla” because the short name would fit better on the bass drum !
Paddy played this on a Boehm-system flute.
Kenny, this is a wonderful, lovely reel, tailor made for flute! I just went through your dots and it’s the first time I’ve ever picked up my flute and walked right through a new tune like it was an old friend. This tune plays itself, and it really is a beautiful melody. What a gem! Thanks for posting it. And when you can get around to it, give us the other reel Mr. Donoghue played, thanks.
Also works well on the fiddle too Kenny. Paddy composed a book of great tunes a few years ago which were published by the Clare Cois na hAbhna Comhaltas Archive. My copy seems to have gone adrift so I’m not able to check if this reel is in it - if I find it I’ll come back here with an answer. Should anyone want to get hold of the book I’d suggest they contact Frank Whelan, who looks after the Archive, on email@example.com.
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Will - you’re welcome. Like you, I heard the tune and took a liking to it immediately. I will try to post the follow-up tune this week-end.
"Bannerman" - many thanks for this information. A book was mentioned in the programme, but wasn’t precise about whether it was available now or not yet published. I’ll definitely be trying to get hold of a copy. If you do locate the title of this tune, please let me know and I’ll make the correction.
One other thing. Is Paddy’s surname Donoghue or O’Donoghue? I managed to find both on 2 different CD sleeve notes, but a "Google" search for the Tulla Ceili band found a website for the band where his name was given as Donoghue - so that’s what I called the reel.
I think this is the same Paddy O’ Donoghue who is the father of Cyril, a well known Ennis musician.
If he is the same Paddy, he can sometimes be found playing in Seamus Bugler’ s session in what used to be Lina´s bar in Feakle on Thursday nights.