ComhaltasLive #247: The Mullahoran Concert (Full Programme)

One of the longest-running annual concerts of Irish traditional music must surely be the Mullahoran Concert in Co. Cavan, organised every year by fiddle player Antón Mac Gabhann. The 2008 concert, the 39th since its inception in 1969, takes place on Sunday 30th March.

This week we feature some of the music from the 2007 event.

Time Description
00:00 We commence with a trio of All-Ireland champion concertina players Fionnuala, Blathnaid and Ailbhe Mac Cába from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. They play two reels: “The Curragh Races” and “Hand Me Down the Tackle”.
03:57 A selection of reels by the MacGabhann family from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Antón (fiddle), Seán (button accordion), Caitlín (concertina) and Bernadette (fiddle) MacGabhann play, accompanied by Philip Clarke of Co. Cavan on piano. Some lovely old-style dancing is provided by Bernie, Caítlín and Bernadette. The reels include “Caitlín’s Reel”, “The Dancing Girl from Clare”, “Boys of Ballysodare” and “The Five-Mile Chase.”
09:41 We present a set of Jigs: “The Trip to Athlone” and the Junior Crehan tune “An Lorgadán” played by Anne-Marie Grogan (flute), Caitlín Ní Gabhann (concertina) and Ailish Carolan (fiddle) from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. “An Lorgadán” is this week’s tutorial.
12:07 A set of reels including “The Pigeon On The Gate” and “Mossy Banks”, played by the three-in-a-row All-Ireland winning Naomh Pádraig Céilí Band.
16:09 From the North American Comhaltas Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, a musical session including John and Margie Reynolds (fiddle and flute), Catherine Joyce (fiddle), John Sweeney (fiddle) and Tom Glynn (concertina). They play “The Silver Spear” reel. The 2008 North American Comhaltas Convention takes place in Parsippany, New Jersey from 27th to 30th March.
16:09 From the 2007 Comhaltas Convention in Atlanta, we conclude the programme with another informal session of music led by concert flute player Mike Simpson, who was one of the key organisers who did so much to make Convention 2007 such a great success. They conclude with the reel, “The Foxhunter’s”.

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25 March, 2008
Created By
Willie Fogarty
Performers/Subjects Instruments
Fionnuala, Blathnaid and Ailbhe Mac Cába Concertina
Antón MacGabhann Fiddle
Seán MacGabhann Button Accordion
Caitlín Ní Gabhann Concertina
Bernadette Ní Gabhann Fiddle
Philip Clarke Piano
Anne-Marie Grogan Flute
Ailish Carolan Fiddle
Naomh Pádraig Céilí Band
John Reynolds
Margie Reynolds Flute
Catherine Joyce Fiddle
John Sweeney Fiddle
Tom Glynn Concertina
Mike Simpson Flute

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