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Session in Gleeson’s Bar, Coore
Musicians: Michael Downes, Martin ‘Junior’ Crehan, Barry Taylor, fiddles; Stephen Harrison, Patrick Crehan, flutes; Josie Hayes, Margaret Crehan, whistles; Tony Crehan, accordion; Pat Kelly, bodhrán; unidentified, spoons


Recorded in Gleeson’s Bar, Coore, 2nd July 1978
Recorded by Barry Taylor (noisy session; level variable; Tape: Maxell UDXL II)
BR Taylor Collection Tape 039-2 (continued on Tape 40-1)

Michael Downes
Martin Junior Crehan
Barry Taylor
Josie hayes
Margaret Crehan
Stephen Harrison


1. Reels (2): Jackie Coleman’s/Bucks of Oranmore (.03 – 3.50)
2. Reels (3): Down the Broom/Gatehouse Maid/Ivy Leaf (3.53 – 7.33)
3. Reel: Jolly Tinker (7.35 – 9.37)
4. Jig (3): Thrush in the Straw/Maid in the Meadow/Donnybrook Fair (9.39 – 13.38)
5. Reels (2): Pigeon on the Gate/Toss the Feathers (13.40 – 16.45)
6. Reels (3): Old Torn Petticoat/Green Fields of America/Rakish Paddy (16.47 – 20.26)
7. Reels (3): Green Fields of Rossbeigh/Morning Dew/Woman of the House (20.27 – 24.35)
8. Reel: Ten Pound Float (24.36 – 26.00)
9. Reel: Steampacket (26.07 – 27.47)
10. Reel: Bird on the Tree (27.49 – 28.54)
11. Reel: Duke of Leinster (28.59 – 30.45)

Barry Taylor, Michael Downes & Martin 'Junior' Crehan in Gleeson's, Coore c.1978. Photo Pat Mackenzie

Barry Taylor, Michael Downes & Martin 'Junior' Crehan
in Gleeson's, Coore, c.1978.

Photo © Pat Mackenzie


Josie Hayes & Martin Junior Crehan, Dunsallagh

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




‘The Band' : Junior Crehan, Eamonn McGivney, Michael Downes, Paddy Galvin with Michael Falsey left & Kitty Hayes right. Gleeson’s, 1997. Photo: Peter Laban

‘The Band' : Junior Crehan, Eamonn McGivney, Michael Downes,
Paddy Galvin with Michael Falsey left & Kitty Hayes right. Gleeson’s, 1997.
Photo © Peter Laban

"Sunday night at Gleeson’s of Coore became famous in the world of Irish music and the pub received visitors from many countries, particularly during the week of the Willie Clancy Summer School. For a wonderful twenty years, Junior [Crehan] was reunited with his old pals, including Michael Downes and Paddy Galvin on fiddles, with occasional assistance from John Joe Healy. His lifelong friend, flute player Josie Hayes was another regular, although, following illness, he generally played the tin whistle, while Pat Kelly’s exploits on the bodhrán and in song were legendary. Over the years, countless musicians sat in with ‘Dad’s Army’, as the residents were affectionately called, and everyone was made welcome."

Extract from Music in a Breeze of Wind: Traditional Dance Music in west Clare 1870-1970 by Barry Taylor. Danganella Press, 2013, p 155.

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