ComhaltasLive #316 (Full Programme)

Highlights from the Comhaltas North America Convention in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA.

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00:00 Recorded at the Comhaltas North America Convention in Parsippany, New Jersey in April 2010, a hornpipe followed by a selection of reels, played by accordionist John Whelan, Anna Culleton (Chicago) on bodhrán, Brendan Dolan (New York) on flute and Alan Murray (Glasgow) on guitar.
04:55 A selection of reels from Brian O’Halloran (concert flute) from New Jersey and now living in Cleveland, and Dylan Foley (on fiddle) from New York.
07:31 Mike Simpson on fiddle from Atlanta, Georgia plays nice, unusual settings of two very old jigs - “The Rambling Pitchfork” and “The Connachtman’s Rambles”. Mike is also an excellent flute player.
11:02 A selection of reels from accordion player Billy McComiskey and his two sons on concert flute and accordion. Piano accompaniment is by Felix Dolan, The Recording was made at the Comhaltas North America Convention in April 2010.
14:26 Representing different generations of musicians in New York, Monsignor Charlie Coen on concertina and Dylan Foley on fiddle play a selection of reels known as “Fr. Kelly’s” by whom they were composed and who was from Woodford, Co. Galway. Incidentally, Charlie is also from Woodford and won three All-Ireland titles in one year - 1960. Dylan won the All-Ireland Under-18 Fiddle Competition in 2008.
17:17 Monsignor Charlie Coen from New York (on concertina) tells us about the gander who waddled from Woodford to New York to Inisfree. “The Waddling Gander” is a very old three-part jig, which Charlie learned from his father (also a concertina player) long before he left his native Woodford, Co. Galway in 1955 for New York. Charlie included the tune in a recording which he made. He never heard anyone else play the tune until he heard the Inisfree Céilí Band winning the All-Ireland in 2008 with the very same setting of the tune. Full credit to Charlie for keeping that particular gander alive!

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5 May 2010
Created By
Willie Fogarty
Performers/Subjects Instruments
John Whelan Accordion
Anna Culleton Bodhrán
Brendan Dolan Flute
Allan Murray Guitar
Brian O'Halloran Flute
Dylan Foley Fiddle
Mike Simpson Fiddle
Billy McComiskey and Sons Accordion and Flute
Felix Dolan Piano
Monsignor Charlie Coen Concertina

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