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Subject: Arthur Darley(s)
From: Deirdre Sullivan & Paul de Grae <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Irish Traditional Music List <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Jun 2000 10:38:01 +0100
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Ted McGraw wrote (subject header, Re: IRTRAD-L Digest
- 14 Jun 2000 to 15 Jun 2000 (#2000-168):
>That must be the same Arthur Darley of the Darley &
>McCall Collection published by Ossian (reprint).
>According to the notes, he was president of the Irish
>Music Club and one of the founders of the Feis Ceoil
>Association.
>
>I assume he was also the Darley on the Delia Murphy
>78's (early queen of Irish ballads).  Can you tell us more
>about him? Was he a composer, arranger, musician -
>what instrument (guitar?)? Who played the accordion
>on the Delia Murphy records with Darley?

According to Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, writing here in
February 1999:

"There were two Arthur Darleys.  Arthur senior was a
classical violinist and church organist (who spent some
time as a Church of Ireland organist in Bruckless, Co.
Donegal and associated widely with the Dohertys and
composed 'Bruckless Shore' - his name for the 'Swedish
Jig' / 'Arthur Darley's Jig', as well as 'The Four Mile Stone'
(in Roche's Collection) and 'The Donegal Jig' (in the
Northern Fiddler as 'The Milestone Jig' as collected from
Danny O'Donnell).  Arthur senior composed many
wonderful tunes which reflected his absorption of the
Doherty influence.  He kept them in a travel trunk which
on his death went to his son Arthur junior.  Arthur jr.
eventually moved to France and attempts to trace
Arthur senior's manuscripts end there unproductively.
Arthur senior is the Darley in the McColl/Darley Collection.

"Arthur junior was the guitarist on the 78s above.  Both
Arthurs were involved with Walton's Music shop in
Dublin in setting and arranging popular ballads for sheet
music.  You can still buy or find in Irish second hand
shops sheet music which cites one or the other as arranger.

"Unlike his father, Arthur junior is not known to have
composed any tunes."

- Paul.

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