Hello All: I have returned to one of my favorite books of tunes, The Leitrim Fiddler, a collection of Joe Liddy's compositions, assembled by members of the Monkstown branch of CCE in 1981. Journey by Train is a great workout for the flute anytime; I set it with another of his reels, The Sweat House. I am completely bowled over by the ingenuity in the Golden Egg, another reel, and am working on Say 99. This last title has me wanting to learn more about him than I can glean from the introduction to his book or from the Companion to Irish Music. There are very few circumstances when the expression "say 99" comes up, unless you are having your lungs examined by a compulsive doctor who wants to check your 'tactile fremitus'. The doctor instructs the patient to 'say 99' while feeling for the symmetry of the resulting vibration at the base of the lungs along the back. I think Joe brought this instruction home and made a tune up about it!
I don't have Ceol Tire, the CCE album that included tracks from the Belhavel Trio, so I have never heard Joe play, but his tunes have a timeless feel to them (witness Palmer's Gate, which is all over YouTube played by Young People.)
At the other end of the spectrum, who else in the 20th Century has competently composed a 10 bar set dance (The Peeping Stars)?
I would love to learn more about him from anyone on the List who knew him, or who knows how I could find out more about him. I would also like to get recordings he made, either from 78s or less formal occasions.