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Fiddling Demonstration, Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay
Musicians: John Kelly, Rehy West, Cross; Bobby Casey, Annagh, Mullagh; Martin 'Junior' Crehan, Bonavella, Mullagh, fiddles


Recorded in the Community Centre, Miltown Malbay, 5th July 1976
Recorded by Barry Taylor
BR Taylor Collection Tape 021

John Kelly
Junior Crehan


Musicians:
Item 2; 23; 31: Bobby Casey
Item 6; 10; 19; 20; 30: 'Junior' Crehan
Item 12; 14; 16; 24; 26; 28: John Kelly
Items 33 – 34: All

1. Introduction by John Kelly (.01 – 2.33)
2. Reel: Seán Reid's (2.49 – 4.44)
3. Talk: John Kelly about Bobby Casey’s playing (4.53 – 6.06)
4. Talk: Introduction to Junior Crehan (6.06 – 6.28)
5. 'Junior' Crehan tuning up (6.28 – 6.59)
6. Reel: Pigeon on the Gate (7.00 – 8.18)
7. Talk: 'Junior' Crehan about modern players playing too fast (8.26 – 9.05)
8. Jig: Scully Casey’s (Billy O’Donnell’s) (9.07 – 10.18)
9. Talk: 'Junior' Crehan about himself; Ó Riada’s ideas about traditional music; Nell Galvin (10.25 – 13.20)
10. Reel: Crosses of Annagh (13.37 – 14.56)
11. Talk: John Kelly about learning tunes from Patsy Geary; Patsy Geary playing in big houses; marriage to Mary McNamara – stole her from her wedding to another man; Mary McNamara sold sea food; John Kelly learning tunes from records (Michael Coleman); playing ‘Lord McDonald’s Reel’ for Patsy Geary (15.01 – 22.04)
12. Reel: Salamanca (22.04 – 23.22)
13. Talk: about cutting turf in Lachin; playing music after cutting turf; Michael McMahon fiddle player (related to Martin McMahon of Caravelles); playing for dances; Michael McMahon’s way of playing ‘Humours of Carrigaholt’ (23.32 – 26.33)
14. Reel: Humours of Carrigaholt (26.34 – 27.38)
15. Talk: fiddle player Timmy Hanrahan; Mikey Callaghan’s way of playing ‘College Groves’ (27.46 – 28.43)
16. Reel: College Groves (Morrison called ‘The Millstone’) (28.48 – 29.50)
17. Talk: about old ways of playing for dancing (29.56 – 30.29)
18. Talk: Junior Crehan – story of the ‘Kerry Woman’s Lament’ (30.29 – 33.42)
19. Air: Kerry Woman’s Lament (33.47 – 35.51)
20. Air: A Stór mo Chroí (36.07 – 37.55)
21. Reel: Farewell to Miltown (37.55 – 39.17)
22. Talk: John Kelly asking for more fiddle players from audience; Mac the fiddler; great man for ‘Job of Journeywork’; story of ‘Rodney’s Glory’; Patsy Geary winning in 1927 at Feis (39.19 – 44.10)
23. Set dance: Seán Ó Duibhir (44.15 – 46.14) (some distortion as tape runs out)
24. Reel: Mother’s Delight (46.21 – 47.48)
25. Talk: about item 24; introduced by James Clarke (Fermanagh) (47.54 – 50.07)
26. Air/set dance: Seán Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna (50.09 – 53.40)
27. Talk: about the wit of the Geary’s; Sean Geary castigating musicians (53.46 – 55.52)
28. Jig: Variation of a part of the Old Gray Goose (55.52 – 56.59)
29. Talk: 'Junior' Crehan – about item 28; Pat Barron; learning 'The Drunken Gauger’ (57.06 – 1.00.43)
30. Set dance: Drunken Gauger (1.00.46 – 1.02.15)
31. Set dance: Hurry the Jug (1.02.59 – 1.04.51)
32. Talk: about item 31; George Whelan; Patrick Kelly playing ‘Foxhunter’s Reel’; Patrick Kelly’s ‘stepping note’ in jig playing’; Pat Aherne of West Limerick had similar style (1.04.54 – 1.08.42)
33. Reel: Tempest (1.08.44 – 1.10.03)
34. Reel: Foxhunter’s (1.10.08 – 1.11.43)


John Kelly. Photo Michael John Glynne

John Kelly, c.1975. Photo Michael John Glynne © Clare Local Studies Project


Bobby Casey, 1999. Photo Peter Laban

Bobby Casey, 1999. Photo © Peter Laban

Martin Junior Crehan. Photo Peter Laban

Martin 'Junior' Crehan, 1997. Photo © Peter Laban

 


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