Compositions by Damien O'Reilly

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Damien O'Reilly / Maurice Gunning

Compositions

  1. Bridget McGrath's reel [comp. Damien O'Reilly]
  2. Pockets of Doolin [comp. Damien O'Reilly], reel
  3. Port luascach teach ceoil [comp. Damien O'Reilly], hop jig
  4. Rath slopes [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig
  5. Timeless Clahane [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig

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Reels

Bridget McGrath's reel [comp. Damien O'Reilly] ; Pockets of Doolin [comp. Damien O'Reilly], reel / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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Bridget McGrath's reel [comp. Damien O'Reilly]

I was researching tunes from the North Clare area and I came across documents and recordings collected by Eugene Lamb that are available on the Clare Library website. Details of stories of how musicians and local people of North Clare entertained themselves. I remember the name Bridget McGrath as it was to her place musicians would go to play their music.
Kitchen tables would be joined together to create a stage for the musicians at Bridget McGraths, enabling the dancers to have space. I feel it a great pity that this practise isn’t really done anymore.
Damien O'Reilly

Bridget McGrath's reel [comp. Damien O'Reilly] [played slowly] / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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Pockets of Doolin [comp. Damien O'Reilly], reel

I missed the period of time where the Russell brother and the Killoughery brothers were active in Doolin. However I am fortunate enough to play there from time to time, and I always find that there are musicians popping up out of different pockets of Doolin. It is a reference to the rich musical history of the locality.

Pockets of Doolin [comp. Damien O'Reilly], reel [played slowly] / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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Port luascach Teach Ceoil [comp. Damien O'Reilly], hop jig

Teach Ceoil in Corofin Co. Clare is a converted cottage where tourists were entertained every summer for the months of July and August. It is where I have many fond memories and learned a heap of music there. Musicians from all over Clare would come to play and a lot of musicians from all over Ireland. The night was an oíche céilí without much formality. My parents brought me here all my life. They were, and are, integral to the continuing traditions of this cultural centre. They have committed a huge amount of time to keeping the doors open. Due to having this facility in the village, my brother Padraic founded the Corofin Trad Festival in 2001 and changed the setting of Teach Ceoil into an intimate concert venue. Learn the tune:
These concerts had a huge affect on me throughout my teenage years and I suppose this tune is a reminder of all these memories for me.
Damien O'Reilly

Port luascach teach ceoil [comp. Damien O'Reilly], hop jig [played slowly] / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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Jigs

Rath slopes [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig ; Timeless Clahane [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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Rath slopes [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig

I was lucky enough to grow up in a quiet rural place which is a townland of Imeall Boirne, Rath. Due to the quiet nature of my home it allowed me to focus a lot of my time to playing music. The tune is a reference to the surroundings of my home. One can see the Burren off in the horizon on a clear day and our house was built in the middle of a valley.
The tune is also influenced by one of my musical heroes, Finbarr Dwyer.
Damien O'Reilly

Rath slopes [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig [played slowly] / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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Timeless Clahane [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig

A beautiful place in North Clare, life seems to be on a different time scale whenever we get to spend time there.

Timeless Clahane [comp. Damien O'Reilly], jig [played slowly] / Damien O'Reilly, accordion

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About Damien O'Reilly

Damien O'Reilly
Damien O'Reilly / Maurice Gunning

Damien’s music is heavily influenced by the great accordion/melodeon players from the 1920s right up to the modern day players. He immersed himself in the music of P.J. Conlon, John J. Kimmel and also the Flanagan brothers. Musicians from the North Clare area like Paddy Mullins, Austin Tierney, Jimmy Ward, and Gerry Lynch all had a significant impact on Damien’s style. From a young age he has had a keen interest in fiddle music, paying particular attention to Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, the Clare fiddle giants of Joe Ryan, Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan, John Kelly and Patrick Kelly. Various music form the 1950s onward with musicians like Joe Cooley, Paddy O’Brien and the Kilfenora Céilí Band have left on impression on Damien. Bands like De Danann, the Bothy Band, musicians Noel Hill, Frankie Gavin, Tommy Peoples, Matt Molloy and Seán Keane (to name a few) all recorded music from the 70s and 80s that Damien couldn’t get enough of. The accordion players which have had a great influence on Damien’s playing include Martin McMahon (Clare), Tony McMahon, Paul Brock, Finbarr Dwyer, Joe Burke, Paddy O’Brien, Jackie Daly, Máirtín O’Connor, Colm Gannon and Derek Hickey. Coming from North Clare, the region has been imprinted in his accordion playing and one can hear the strong rhythmical connection to North Clare whenever Damien plays.

Damien is a regular contributor to RTE and TG4. During the autumn months Damien was filmed playing for “An Snug” and also “Ceolaireacht”. Damien has countless appearances on RnaG and RTÉ Radio also.

Damien has been composing music and these compositions draw inspiration from his native North Clare. The compositions are in recognition of the music which has influence him, the fond musical memories he has or the landscape of the unique place of his upbringing. This composing has led Damien to being involved in a project, “The Last Set”, which was awarded the Frameworks funding scheme, and also in ITMA commissioning 5 tunes as part of their Saothar series.

Damien recently launched irishbuttonaccordionlessons.com which is a tuition based site with pre-recorded lessons to teach anyone, to play the B/C system of accordion playing to a very high standard. The site can bring a musician from complete “scratch” level of competency to a very high level of playing. The site has over 50 lessons at the moment and plans are in place to reach over a hundred. Damien maintains contact with the subscribers throughout their learning experience.

In 2019, Damien launched his solo album Dúchas to critical acclaim. He launched the album via a national tour and is widely accepted by the traditional music community as a stellar album. According to Adrian Scahill of The Journal “make its own impact on the next generation of accordion players”.

For more information see Damien's websites and social media pages

www.irishbuttonaccordionlessons.com
www.damienoreillymusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/irishbuttonaccordionlessons - Irish Button Accordion Page
https://www.facebook.com/DamienOReillyMusic/
https://www.instagram.com/irishaccordionlessons/ - Irish Button Accordion Page
https://www.instagram.com/damienoreillymusic/


Presented October 2022 by Treasa Harkin, with thanks to Damien O'Reilly