Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, Tommy McCarthy & Joe Ryan, WCSS, 1999

Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, Tommy McCarthy & Joe Ryan, WCSS, 1999

Now playing: Reminiscences about his father and early life, speech / Bobby Casey, speech
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  1. Reminiscences about his father and early life, speech / Bobby Casey, speech
  2. The hairy-chested frog, reel / Bobby Casey, fiddle
  3. Outline musical biography, speech / Joe Ryan, speech
  4. Sliabh geal gCua, air ; The garden of daisies, set dance / Joe Ryan, fiddle
  5. An buachaill dreoite, fling ; Mrs Galvin’s, hornpipe / Joe Ryan, fiddle ; and others
  6. Reminiscences about music in London in the 1960s, speech / Joe Ryan, speech ; and others
  7. Seán Reid’s favourite, reel / Bobby Casey, fiddle
  8. Description of meeting Tommy Potts and subsequently learning from him, speech / Joe Ryan, speech
  9. An buachaillín bán, air / Joe Ryan, fiddle
  10. Banish misfortune, jig ; The pipe on the hob, jig / Tommy McCarthy, concertina ; and others
  11. Reminiscences on life and music in Clare and London, speech / Tommy McCarthy, speech ; and others
  12. Old hag, you have killed me, jig ; Old Tipperary, jig / Tommy McCarthy, concertina ; and others
  13. Paddy Fahy’s jig ; The castle jig / Paddy Canny, fiddle
  14. The foxhunters’ reel / Paddy Canny, fiddle ; and others

Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, Tommy McCarthy & Joe Ryan, WCSS, 1999

Since the late 1990s Kerry fiddle player Máire O’Keeffe has organised morning recitals and question-and-answer sessions with older source fiddle players and other musicians at the Willie Clancy Summer School. This is done for the enrichment of the fiddle players attending the School’s classes in St Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. With the generous agreement of the performers, Máire and the School have facilitated the Irish Traditional Music Archive in recording many of these sessions, at first in audio and later in video.

ITMA audio recordings from its 1999 recording session are reproduced here. They feature four Clare musicians who performed for and spoke to the students that year, and who have sadly since died. They are the east Clare fiddle player Paddy Canny from Tulla, and, from west Clare, Bobby Casey from Miltown Malbay & London on fiddle, Tommy McCarthy from Kilmihil & London on concertina, and Joe Ryan from Inagh & Meath on fiddle.

With thanks to the performers, Máire O’Keeffe, the McCarthy family, & the organisers of the Willie Clancy Summer School.

NC, IL & DD, 1 June 2012