I was just looking through the Folkways website, seeing that they have a
catalog up that I hadn't seen online before (with about two dozen Irish trad
What do I spy but recordings by one Neil A. Duddy: "The Donegal Piper: Irish
Bagpipe Tunes" volumes one and two, recordings made, or released (I'm not
sure which--I think released) in 1961 and 1964.
Here's a track listing (from the website--I haven't received my copy yet):
101 Irish on the March: Garryowen - Donegal - Larry O'Gaffe
102 Medley: Dark Rosaleen - Easter Week 1916 - Rising of the
103 Old Irish Airs: Men of the West - Dawning of the Day, The -
104 Medley: Blackbird, The - Hills and Dales of Cork
105 Medley: Asche's Irish Polka - Drops of Brandy
106 Love Songs: Beside the Anner - Believe Me If All Those
201 Quicksteps: Clare's Dragoons - White Cockade, The - Rakes of
202 Jigs: Kelly's Rambles - Father O'Flynn - Nora Creanan
203 Harvest Home Hornpipe
204 Medley: Paddy McGinty's Goat - Phil the Fluter's Ball
205 Old Scotland: Comin' through the Rye - Will Ye No Come Back
206 Americana: Old Rustic Bridge - Swanee River - Little Toe
101 Medley: Scotland the Brave - Cakewalk, The
102 Road to the Isles, The - Skye Boat Song
103 Glendaruel Highlanders March
104 Medley: My Home - Kirkwood
105 Medley: Quadrilles - Donald's Can 'n Awa!
106 Medley: Marie's Wedding - Highland Fling
201 Far o'er the Sea
202 Medley: Donald Dhu - Highland Laddie - Tommy Aye
203 Medley: Comin' through the Rye - Loch Lomond
204 Medley: Stack o'Barley - Rights of Man, The
205 John Leckie's Lament
206 Medley: Fighting "69" - East Side, West Side
I had never heard of this guy before!
If I had to guess (which is pointless, of course, since I'll know the truth
as soon as I get my copies of the tapes, or as soon as someone confirms or
denies...), I'd say the guy is (was) an Irish-American highland piper
originally from Donegal. I can't find any mention of Neil A. Duddy on pp.
41-45 of Caoimhin's book, interestingly enough, which gives details of
various other Donegal pipers. I'm thinking that this might be because Duddy
is Irish-American, which explains the "Americana" selection...
I'd love to hear any background info anyone can provide!!