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Session in Gleeson’s Bar, Coore
Musicians: Martin ‘Junior’ Crehan, Michael Downes, Paddy Galvin, John Joe Healy, Barry Taylor, fiddles; Josie Hayes, tin whistle; Pat Kelly, bodhrán; Unidentified, flute. Also Jim Considine, instrument unidentified; three boys, tin whistles
Singers: Dick Wickham?; Vincie Boyle; Unidentified man


Recorded in Gleeson’s Bar, Coore, 2nd September 1979
Recorded by Barry Taylor
(Tape: TDK AD-C90)
BR Taylor Collection Tape 056

Josie Hayes
Michael Downes
Paddy Galvin
Vincie Boyle, photo Peter Laban
Pat Kelly
Martin Junior Crehan


1. Reel: Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie (all) (.02 – 3.24)
2. Reels (2): Green Groves of Erin/Ivy Leaf (all) (3.50 –6.26)
3. Reel: Maid Behind the Bar (all) (8.00 –10.20)
4. Reel: Farrell O’Gara (all) (1.33 – 13.21)
5. Reel: Martin Wynne’s No. 2 (all) (13.58 – 15.43)
6. Reels (2): Jackie Coleman’s/Bucks of Oranmore (all) (19.13 – 22.41)
7. Reel: Jim Seery's (all) (23.26 – 24.16)
8. Reel: Pigeon on the Gate (all) (24.52 –26.18)
9. Jigs (2): Billy O’Donnell’s/Rakes of Clonmel (all) (27.00 – 29.27)
10. Hornpipe: Bantry Bay (all) (30.15 – 30.49)
11. Reel: Lady Anne Montgomery's (all) (31.56 – 33.25)
12. Reel: Pigeon on the Gate/Foxhunter’s (unidentified selection from listed musicians) (33.30 – 34.45)
13. Reels (2): Morning Dew/Green Gates (unidentified selection from listed musicians) (35.25 – 37.51)
14. Reels: Foxhunter’s (unidentified selection from listed musicians) (38.20 – 40.36)
15. Hornpipe: Harvest Home (unidentified selection from listed musicians) (40.51 – 41.26)
16. Jig: Rambling Pitchfork (unidentified selection from listed musicians) (41.30 – 42.15)
17. Jig: Rambling Pitchfork (unidentified selection of fiddles from listed musicians)
(42.34 – 43.50)
18. Jig: Banish Misfortune (unidentified selection from listed musicians) (44.28 – 45.19)
19. Hornpipe: Poll Halfpenny (all) (45.50 – 46.38)
20. Tunes (2): Knockanure/Remember Laddie (all) (47.13 – 50.17)
21. Waltz: Gan ainm (all) (50.28 – 52.14)
22. Waltzes (2): Skibbereen/Gan ainm (all) (52.35 – 56.27)
23. Song: Ireland, I Love You, Mo Cushla (Singer Unidentified – Dick Wickham?)
(56.57 – 59.36)
24. Song: The Flower of Sweet Strabane (Singer – Vincie Boyle) 59.46 – 1.03.17)
25. Song: The Crabfish (Singer – Vincie Boyle) (1.04.46 – 1.06.58)
26. Song: I Left Ireland and Mother (fragment) (Singer Unidentified) (1.07.26 – 1.08.36)

Set dancers at Gleeson’s.  Christmas  1997. Photo: Peter Laban

Set dancers at Gleeson’s. Christmas 1997. Photo © Peter Laban

Michael Downes, Kitty Hayes and Paddy Galvin 1999

Michael Downes, Kitty Hayes and Paddy Galvin, 1999. Photo © Peter Laban

Vincie Boyle, photo Peter Laban 1999

Vincie Boyle, 1999. Photo © Peter Laban

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

Paddy Galvin

Paddy Galvin, 1999. Photo © Peter Laban

Martin Junior Crehan & Josie Hayes

Martin Junior Crehan & Josie Hayes


"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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