I have transcribed this barndance from the DVD ‘Geantrai’ TG4
it’s Charlie Lennon (fiddle) and Johnny Óg Connolly (accordeon) who is playing. It’s the first, in a set of two - the second is ‘Murphy the Big Man’, maybe that one comes later…………….
"Step it Out Joe" ~ another Charlie Lennon composition!?
I don’t have either recording to check the notes for this set but this has Charlie Lennon’s ways of composition about it. I suspect both barndances may be his. Maybe someone else can confirm that? 😏
Here is the second tune: ‘Murphy the big Man’
Yes ceolachan they both are.
Thanks dinn, much appreciated. It is good to give credit where it is deserved…
"Step it Out Joe" ~ a composition by Charlie Lennon
Does anyone know the story behind the title? Who’s Joe?
Apologies for not being sure how to spell his surname, but I believe it refers to Joe Neachtainn who is a sean-nos step dancer living round Galway last I heard. He came to Aberdeen about 6 years ago with a bunch of musicians including Des Cafferkey and Johnny Moynihan promoting a beer from a Dublin micro-brewery called "Darcy’s".
Joe also appears doing his thing on one of Harry Bradley’s CDs.
At least I think I read somewhere that he’s the Joe referred to
[ but could be wrong ]. "Step it out" certainly fits for Joe.
Seosamh O’Neachtain - see your own comments to Harry’s "As I Carelessly Did Stray", ceolachan. Best wishes to Mrs "c" for a speedy recovery.
Thanks Kenny, you’ve come through again, appreciated. That ‘Joe’, I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this dancer but I have enjoyed his percussive steps by ear, as you’ve mentioned. Someday I hope to see it as well. I am particularly fond of well thought out and respectful percussion, whether skin pulled tight around a rim and beat with a stick or the hand, or underneath the foot and sounding off the floor… 😉
Joes seems to be on the latest recording of Johnny Connolly Sr. too. When I had a chat with him, he told me he was back home in Connemara, occasionally touring around the world. He’s a lovely box player too.
Seosamh O’Neachtain ~ Joe ~ courtesy of dinn:
"The first tune in Gmajor is dedicated to Seosamh Ò Neachtain,the sean nòs dancer from Spiddal,Connemara, who can create a flow of steps which match in an unique way the nuances of a given dance tune.The piece was originallywritten for viola,but alsoworks well on the fiddle in the lower octave. ~ "
# Posted on September 14th 2007 by dinn2
(in the ‘comments’ for other barndance "Murphy the big Man")
Re: ‘Step It Out Joe and ‘Murphy The Big Man’ on YouTube
The relevant bit (these two barndances) of the TG4 DVD mentioned in the original post is on YouTube, see