ComhaltasLive #285 (Full Programme)

We continue to take a look a look back at some favourite selections from ComhaltasLive in 2008. We feature the playing of Orlaith McAuliffe (flute), Nuala Hehir (accordion) with Liz Gaughan (fiddle), John McEvoy (fiddle) with John Wynne (flute), Billy McComiskey (button accordion) with Felix Dolan (piano), Edel Fox (concertina) with Shauna Davey (harp), and whistle player Clodagh Holland.

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00:00 Continuing our look back at a few items featured during 2008, this is concert flute player Orlaith McAuliffe, recorded in April 2007 at the West London Comhaltas 50th Anniversary Concert in Hammersmith. Orlaith has won several All-Ireland titles and is the current Under-18 champion. She plays a set of reels, commencing with “The Moving Cloud.”
04:04 A selection of jigs played by Nuala Hehir on accordion and Liz Gaughan on fiddle. They learned the first tune from Clare concertina player Gearóid O’Halloran, and they associate the second with Leitrim fiddle player and composer Joe Liddy. Nuala is from Ennis, Co. Clare and Liz is originally from Manchester, England and is now residing in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. This recording was made in 2003.
06:24 A fiddle and flute duet by John McEvoy and John Wynne fro Co. Roscommon, recorded in March 2007 at the Nyah festival in Cavan. They play two reels known collectively as “Moran’s Reels” - called after Johnny Moran, a fiddle & flute player from Elphin, Co. Roscommon.
10:04 Recorded at the Comhaltas Convention of North America held in Parsippany, New Jersey in April 2004 are Billy McComiskey (button accordion) and Felix Dolan (piano). They play two jigs composed by Billy and called after his two grandmothers: “Nora Sweeney’s” and “Elizabeth Cullen’s”.
14:04 Concertina player Edel Fox plays two reels starting with “The Bag of Spuds”, joined by harper Shauna Davey. This recording was made during the 2004 the Comhaltas Concert Tour of North America.
17:09 Two reels played on tin whistle by Clodagh Holland from Eglish, Co. Tyrone. The first tune is a lovely setting of “The Swallow’s Tail”, and the second is “The Curlews” composed by Josephine Keegan. The music was recorded at the Ulster Fleadh at Warrenpoint, Co. Down in July 2004.

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12 Feb, 2009
Created By
Willie Fogarty
Performers/Subjects Instruments
Orlaith McAuliffe Flute
Nuala Hehir Button Accordion
Liz Gaughan Fiddle
John McEvoy Fiddle
John Wynne Flute
Billy McComiskey Button Accordion
Felix Dolan Piano
Edel Fox Concertina
Shauna Davey Harp
Clodagh Holland Whistle

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Programme: ComhaltasLive #285

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