Live from Josephine Keegan CD Launch, May 2011

Live from Josephine Keegan CD Launch, May 2011

Now playing: The trip to Sligo, jig ; The Scotsman over the border, jig / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others
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  1. The trip to Sligo, jig ; The Scotsman over the border, jig / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others
  2. The skylark, reel ; Roaring Mary, reel / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others
  3. Ronnie Cooper, reel ; The gates of Mullagh, reel / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others
  4. The Spanish lady, song / Brian Dunne, singing in English
  5. Jackie Coleman’s, reel ; Sligo maid, reel ; Molloy’s, reel / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others
  6. Alexander’s, hornpipe ; & other hornpipes / Seán Óg McKenna, banjo, and others
  7. Devanny’s goat, reel ; Untitled, reel / John Daly, fiddle
  8. The poppy leaf, hornpipe ; Miss McLeod’s, reel / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others
  9. The boys of the lough, reel ; and other reels / Josephine Keegan, fiddle, and others

Live from Josephine Keegan CD Launch, May 2011

The latest CD by Josephine Keegan, the prolific Co Armagh fiddle and piano player, composer in the traditional idiom, and collector and publisher of Irish traditional music, was launched in the Poitín Stil pub and restaurant, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, on 25 May 2011. Entitled A Few Tunes 'Now and Then', the CD features traditional tunes and new compositions by Josephine on fiddle, accompanied on piano by Kathleen Gavin McLoughlin, by Sean Maguire, and by Josephine herself, and it was introduced to the crowded attendance by Dublin singer Phil Callery and Cork fiddle player John Daly.

Organised by her friend and fellow fiddle player Ita Garvey as part of the regular Wednesday night traditional-music session in the Poitín Stil, the launch was attended by musicians from Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kildare, Dublin, and the North, who joined for hours in an impromptu session of music in the old style led by Josephine herself, with the occasional song. The selections given below will give a flavour of the proceedings, which were recorded for the Irish Traditional Music Archive by Danny Diamond and Nicholas Carolan, and which can be heard in full by visitors to the Archive. There are over 40 commercial recordings (in different formats) featuring Josephine Keegan and 5 books by her in the ITMA collections.

With thanks to Josephine Keegan, Ita Garvey, and all the other musicians and singers featured here for their cooperation on the night

NC & DD, 1 August 2011