Gol na mBan san Ár/George White’s Reel

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This track is from our 2006 CD, Concert Tour of North America 2006.

This challenging descriptive piece was first recorded at the turn of the century by the Kerry piper Micí Combá Ó Suilleabháin. This piece is included in Allisdrum’s March - a complex piece of music which commemorates the Battle of Cnoc na nDos which was fought on 13 November 1647.Inchiquin defeated the Irish forces under Lord Taffe in the battle and Alasdair Mac Domhnaill was killed afterwards. Interestingly another very different version of ‘Gol na mBan San Ár’was recorded by Pilib Ó Laoghaire on the first ever CCÉ album The Rambles of Kitty.The source for this particular setting was the playing of Eoghan Ó Súilleabháin from Waterville in County Kerry.His daughter Treasa Bean Uí Bhreallacháin played the tune for Liam De Nóraidh in 1942.To add further variety to the history of Gol na mBan san Ár another version of this air was notated from Seán Ó Fionnghaile by Séamus Mac Mathúna and Breandán Breathnach in Tacair Portc.1961.

George White’s Reel has been a core repertoire tune for many years. According to Harry Bradshaw’s research on the Fluters of Old ErinCompilation, from which much of our present-day knowledge of the flute players of the 78 r.p.m.era is derived,George White owned a dance hall in New York during the early years of the twentieth century. The reel formed part of a well-loved selection, ‘George White’s’ and ‘The Carracastle Lass’or ‘Miss Langford’ which were recorded in 1935 by Paddy Sweeney, a fiddler from the area known as Powelsboro,near Tubbercurry in Co.Sligo.

5 December 2006
Gol na mBan san Ár/George White's Reel
Concert Tour of North America 2006
Performers/Subjects Instruments
Sabina McCague Harp

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