The Jackie Daly Collection: Original Irish tunes in the traditional style for all melody instruments 

The Jackie Daly Collection, compiled, transcribed and edited by fiddle player Matt Cranitch contains over 200 tunes composed by the famous Irish box player. 

Jackie Daly was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where he grew up surrounded by the rich music tradition of Sliabh Luachra in the south-west of Ireland. One of the greatest influences on his early musical development was Ballydesmond fiddle-player, Jim O’Keeffe, a pupil of the famous Sliabh Luachra fiddle-master, Pádraig O’Keeffe. Over the years, Jackie’s lifelong affinity with fiddle-music has resulted in highly-acclaimed albums featuring fiddle and accordion – with the late Cork-based musician Séamus Creagh, with Kevin Burke, with Máire O’Keeffe, and with Matt Cranitch.

Jackie was a central figure in some of the most dominant groups playing Irish music since the 1970s. His performances throughout the world with bands such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara all attest to his wonderful music and versatility. However, it is the style and repertoire of the Sliabh Luachra tradition that has made the most significant impression on his accordion-playing, a fact well exemplified by his performances and seminal recordings.

With this collection of his original compositions, Jackie reveals another dimension to his creative achievements. Here are 226 new tunes across the various rhythmic genres of Irish music, including Jigs, Reels, Slides, Polkas, Hornpipes, Waltzes and Planxties. All are written in the traditional style, and are suitable for the various different melody instruments. In addition there is a song, somewhat autobiographical, that he wrote when he was presented with the Kanturk Arts Festival Award in 2009. He was honoured in 2005 with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award, and he has also received the M.J. Quill Irish Cultural Center (NY) Award in 2014, and the Patrick O’Keeffe Festival (Castleisland) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

A selection Jackie's tunes are included in ITMA's Saothar - New Compositions for the Tradition.

Product Type:  Book

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