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An energetic duet from the Kilfenora Ceili Band
1 LORD GORDON'S/THE PROVIDENCE/I'M WAITING FOR YOU
2 THE CUIL AODH JIG/DA PHREACHÁN*
3 LUCY CAMPBELLS/THE MOVING BOGS/THE FLAX IN BLOOM
4 THE FLOWING TIDE/THE TARA BROCH
5 JENNY'S WELCOME TO CHARLIE/THE LAND OF SUNSHINE
6 PIPE ON THE HOB/HAG WITH THE MONEY
7 THE STORKS HAVE LANDED*/MAGPIES NEST/STEAM PACKET Back to top
8 AN RAIBH TÚ AG AN GCARRAIG
9 THE BROKEN PLEDGE/THE GRAF SPEY
10 THE SECOND VICTORY/THE LUCK PENNY
11 FAHYS/SWENNEYS DREAM
12 THE ACE AND DEUCE (OF PIPERING)/AN SUISCÍN BÁN Back to top
13 THE OAK TREE/PATSY TOUHYS/THE WILD IRISHMAN
14 ROLAND'S RETURN/THE BALLYCARROLL JIG*
15 THE TIPPERARY FANCY/FAREWELL TO EIREANN
*Tunes marked*are composed and arranged by Conor McCarthy All Rights Reserved
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Conor McCarthy & Annemarie McCormack
Ballycarroll Barfield Ennis Co Clare Ireland
065 6841799 (Intl' +353 65 6841799)
Mobile 087 2728070 (Intl = +353 87 2728070)
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About the musicians
Annemarie McCormack hails from Kilfenora in County Clare. Her family have long been associated with the Kilfenora Ceili Band. Annemarie plays with the present Kilfenora Ceili Band and has a very distinctive North Clare Fiddle style. Her teacher was Gus Tierney whom she respects greatly as both a teacher and musician. She also featured on the following Recordings: 'St Fachnans'; 'The Kilfenora Ceili Band' (1995); and 'Set on Stone' (1997);
Conor McCarthy comes from Ennis in County Clare, coming from a long line of traditional musicians. Conor plays with the present Kilfenora Band and recorded with the band on 'The Kilfenora Ceili Band' (1995) and 'Set on Stone' (1997). Conor learnt his music from his father, well known box player Johnny McCarthy.
Conor teaches both Accordeon and Concertina in Barefield during the week and at various Festivals: Contact conor at 065 6841799 or 086-2728070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Cyril O'Donoghue Cyril originally comes from Ennis, Co. Clare but now resides in Shannon. Cyril plays Guitar & Bouzouki on the CD. Cyril's background is also steeped in traditional music with both his father and his brother also being well respected musicians in the Clare area. Cyril presently plays with Fisher Street.
Conor and Annemarie play regularly at sessions in Ennis and around County Clare. They can both be heard playing with The Kilfenora throughout the Country and abroad.
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About the Music
Lord Gordons has always been a favourite of ours, we always play it with The Providence, Im waiting for You is a great Kilfenora Tune, a favourite of Paddy Mullins
Jigs The Cúil Aodh Jig / Da Phreachán*
This first jig was learnt from Johnny McCarthy and the second was composed by Conor and named after the household of the great singers Jane & Mick Flynn in Rineen, Miltown Malbay
Reels Lucy Campbells / The Moving Bogs / The Flax in Bloom
This is a selection of three reels popular in Clare, particularly Lucy Campbells, given great road by John King and Tony Cullinan. Here, the Flax in Bloom is played in reverse as originally played.
Hornpipes The Flowing Tide / The Tara Brooch
The Flowing Tide is a very popular hornpipe, there is a good change here into the Tara Brooch, also called Paddy OBriens. ¯
Reels Jennys Welcome to Charlie / The Land of Sunshine
Accordion Solo with two interesting tunes. Jennies Welcome to Charlie is a good traditional reel, providing a nice pairing with Martin Mulhaires Brilliant Composition~The land of sunshine: This was called 'Andy McGanns' on the Sleevnotes
Jigs The Pipe on the Hob / The Hag with the money
This is one of many versions of The Pipe on the Hob, The Hag with the Money is a lively flowing Jig derived from the song.
Reels The Storks have landed* / The Magpies Nest / The Steam Packet
This first reel was composed by Conor after the welcome birth of our twins Jane & Kevin. The Magpies Nest is taken from The Roche Collection of Music (a version of Cronins) and the Steam Packet is a great gutsy reel to finish the selection.
Air An Raibh tu ag an gCarraig
This is a very sensitive slow air on the accordion, taken from the song.
Played for Baby Peter McCarthy R.I.P.
Reels The Broken Pledge / The Graf Spey
The Broken Pledge is a very traditional reel regaining its popularity, the Graf Spey is a favourite of James Devitts and was named after a scuttled battleship, and, as Alf Duggan says, "always goes down well".
Jigs The Second Victory/The Luck Penny
The first jig, we got from the renowned teacher and musician Gus Tierney, it was composed by Paddy O'Brien and called 'Tierneys' on the sleevenotes. It makes a nice change into the Luck Penny, a great old favourite.
Reels Fahys / Sweeneys Dream
This Fiddle solo begins with one of Paddy Fahys, a reel with a lovely turn in the second half, the second tune is called Sweeneys Dream (thanks to Seamus Bugler for the name).
Set Dances The Ace and Deuce (of Pipering) / An Súiscin Bán
The Ace and Deuce has some very interesting music and has been a favourite of ours for years, this is followed by An Suiscin Ban, a very old and delicate tune.
Reels The Oak Tree / Patsy Touhys / The Wild Irishman
The Oak Tree we got from the music of Tommy Peoples, this is followed by Patsy Tuohys, (the first tune we ever played together) and the final reel, The Wild Irishman is also called The Daisy Field
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Irish Traditional Music, our hobby , our life, has an invaluable and unique asset in its development of individual and regional styles: National music with local accent, choice and habit, contributing to, never hindering the music. Those fortunate enough to have an understanding of this music are in enduring awe of the complexity, depth and expression bestowed upon this ancestral tradition. Being guardians of this Inheritance, it is of great importance that we never cease to nourish and protect, teach as it was taught and play as it was heard, undiluted in its meaning and reason:
The music we borrowed from our ancestors and borrowed from our children.
We are eternally grateful for our music, our family & friends and many blessings throughout life ..
But for the grace of God
Conor McCarthy & Annemarie McCormack April 1998
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Last Revised: April 2000