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Martin ‘Junior’ Crehan, fiddle
with Cissie Crehan
Bonavella, Mullagh


Recorded in Crehans’ home, 8th July, 1976
Recorded by Barry Taylor
BR Taylor Collection Tape 024


Martin Junior Crehan


1. Reel: Sporting Nell (The Long Strand) (.29 - 1.32)
2. Talk about learning tunes from Scully Casey; comparison with Thady Casey (1.38 - 2.37)
3. Reels (3): Old Torn Petticoat/Green Fields of America/Rakish Paddy (2.40 - 6.15)
4. Talking about item 3; playing with Johnny Doran at fair in Kilmihil; Johnny Doran playing at fairs and platforms; more feeling in Willie Clancy’s music; Junior would as well play an air as a reel or jig (6.18 - 9.30)
5. Air: A Stór Mo Chroí (9.37 - 11.30)
6. Talk about item 5; tries to express song (11.31 - 12.00)
7. Air: Anach Cuain (12.02 - 14.09)
8. Story of ‘Anach Cuain’; used to hear songs from old people; Irish language in his area; no Irish taught in his day – when inspector came, books would be put away; Junior finished school in 1922 (14.12 - 18.17)
9. Talk about how Junior learned the fiddle; first tune ‘Wearing of the Green’; meeting Thady Casey at Crosses of Annagh; meeting Scully Casey and listening to Scully play; Junior brought more tunes to Scully than he got from Scully; Scully was very quick to learn from records; location of Thady Casey’s house; Thady was a great step dancer and had the hardest dance in the world; ran dancing school in the winter; Paddy Boohan was a great dancer; similarity between Junior and Bobby Casey’s styles; Bobby does more with the bow (18.18 - 26.10)
10. Jig: Scully Casey’s (Billy O’Donnell’s) (26.56 - 28.12)
11. Set dance: Humours of Bandon (28.18 - 30.21)
12. Talk about item 11; Junior’s relaxed slow style; Casey used to play’ slow and solid’ – quicker for the dance (30.22 - 31.25)
13. Reels (2): Pigeon on the Gate/Toss the Feathers (played as for dancing) (31.28 - 33.12)
14. Reel: Toss the Feathers (Scully’s version) (33.29 - 34.33)
15. Talking about 78 records; got ‘the world of tunes from records;’ listened to the radio; learning tunes from travelling fiddlers at fairs; 2 people learning one tune: 1 with the first part, etc., Scully Casey learning tunes from records; going to country house dances; people coming home from America wanting Junior to play at different houses; dancing in the kitchen, with up to 100 people; house dance held for brother from USA attended by possibly 200 people; threshing corn in the kitchen using a flail (34.36 - 41.06)
16. Hard times during ‘Economic War’; organising money-raising dance (41.11- 41.58)
17. Ban on house dances; charging tax on dances; dances in halls, big bands; music nearly died out; emigration; Junior devastated; start of Comhaltas; (Cissie Crehan: 150 at house dance; drink your tea) (42.09 - 44.42)
18. (Interference from TV) house dances – it was at house dances where we learned to play (44.43 - 45.42)
19. House dances great way to learn tunes; ‘You’d hear the music the following in the breeze – in the wind from the night before’; young lads would be listening to the 2 Caseys play together; beetles in house are sign of bad weather (distortion on tape) (45.44 - 47.45)
20. Old players reluctant to share music; how he got ‘The Drunken Gauger’ from Pat Barron (tape ends) (47.48 - 50.01)
21. Set dance: Blackbird (Cissie talking at start) (50.22 - 52.24)
22. Talk about set dancing (52.32 - 53.23)
23. Set Dance: Mount Famous Hunt (53.38 - 55.44)
24. Set dance: Drunken Gauger (56.12 - 58.02)
25. Talk about dance for item 24 – jig time but like a person staggering (58.06 - 58.30)
26. Set dance: Rodney’s Glory (58.38 - 1.00.00)
27. Use of double stopping – demonstration by Junior; top of the finger turned, so doesn’t reach up enough (1.52.00 - 1.02.19)
28. Jigs (3): Hills of Lachine/Maid in the Meadow/Humours of Donnybrook (1.02.21 - 1.05.45)
29. Kerry music; all slides and polkas for the Plain Set; jigs and reels for Caledonian; 5 or 6 musicians for a country house dance – sometimes ten!; fiddles, flutes and concertina – no guitars; melodeons but not accordions (1.05.45 - 1.07.47)
30. Hornpipes (3): Stack of Wheat/Bantry Bay/Stream of the Cats (1.08.07 - 1.11.08)
31. Names tunes in item 30 (1.11.15 - 1.11.28)
32. Air: Priest’s Lament (1.11.31 - 1.13.45)
33. Story: Priest’s Lament (1.14.01 - 1.18.18)
34. Talk about ‘Kerry Woman’s Lament’ (1.18.21 - 1.19.01)
35. Hornpipe: Caisleán an Óir (1.19.03 - 1.19.55)
36. Jig: Mist Covered Mountain (1.20.09 - 1.21.29)
37. Dance: An Gabhairín Buí (1.21.59 - 1.22.58)
38. Talk about dance (1.22.59 - 1.23.28)
39. Reels: Steam Packet (?)/Over the Moors to Maggie (1.23.51 - 1.26.54)
40. Reel: Ships Are Sailing (1.27.20 - 1.28.43)
41. Talk about local fiddle players Paddy Galvin, Michael Downes (1.28.44 - 1.30.55)

Josie Hayes & Martin Junior Crehan,  Dunsallagh.

Josie Hayes & Martin 'Junior' Crehan at the Dunsallagh Feis, 1936

 


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