On Mon, 23 Nov 1998 13:09:54 -0600 "John E. Gillis"
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>My question comes from one I've been asked: "If I can only get a few
>recordings, which ones do you recommend?" I'm looking for some help
>list in making recommendations.
>The criteria I think are important are (remember, these are people
>to this music):
>Easily available (can be purchased locally)
>"Accessible" (may not necessarily be "pure drop" but will engage the
>casual listener? (and lead to the hard stuff eventually))
>Contains tunes that are fairly widely known and/or played
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I will try to contain my response to a reasonable number of recordings.
"Tunes that are fairly well known and widely played" is a tough one,
depending on what musician(s) are leading local sessions, and to what
recordings people have been listening. Anyway, here goes:
Chieftains I and II. Originally recorded in 1964 and '69,both are
available in CD reissue. The tunes are plentiful, with a good balance of
well-done airs. Michael Tubridy's formidable repertoire from Mrs. Crotty
et al of Co. Clare predominates.
For those interested in Clare flute, whistle and concertina, Tubridy's
solo album "The Eagle's Whistle" starts and ends with sets of single
reels that are widely known today because of him.
Kilfenora Ceili Band's eponymous release on Transatlantic in 1974
features a fiddle section with Tommy Peoples and the powerful Paddy Organ
on flute. Mick Moloney produced it and wrote the liner notes. This is
an album (or CD - I hope it's in reissue) to put on the player and just
The Bothy Band 1975 with Tommy Peoples. There is a wonderful immediacy
to the playing on this album that more than makes up for some imperfect
tuning. This is where everybody learned the Kesh Jig, I believe.
Noel Hill agus Tony MacMahon: I gnoc na Grai (pardon lack of accents)
Gael-linn 1985. This has GOT to be out on CD! Who would have thought
concertina plus accordion would make such an exciting sound. The live
tracks with the dancers' batter would appeal to any first-time listener
Jack and Charlie Coen: The Branch Line originally Topic 1977.
Beautifully preserved Galway renditions of dance tunes. This is one of
my favorite field recordings, done at Jack's house in the Bronx.
Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan: Dublin (1978 Tara)Another direct-to-tape
session of blistering duets and solos, heavy on the session material.
Should be in reissue.
Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh on Gael-linn. A real good introduction to
the Sliabh Luachra repertoire.
James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule: Is it Yourself? on
Shanachie, 1979. Lots of commonly played tunes (now), plus the LP came
with a an insert that included transcriptions of a number of the tunes.
For folks starting flute, I would recommend Matt Molloy's first album,
for whistle Mary Bergin's Feadog I, accordion Billy McComiskey's solo CD
on Green Linnet, and for pipes anything by Liam O'Flynn (my personal
favorite is "Out on Another Side"). I will defer to Philippe Varlet for