Morning Mist/Eileen O’Brien’s Reel

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The first reel was composed by the one and only Joe Burke and the tune lends its name to his most recent CD,The Morning Mist. Joe composed the reel in 1958 and having given it to Raymond Roland,the great East Galway accordion-player who was one of the stalwarts of the London Irish music scene in the late 1950s through to the 1980s Having been introduced to the London Irish music scene the reel quickly became part of the established repertoire amongst traditional musicians everywhere.It was first recorded by the Liverpool Céilí Band.

Eileen O’Brien,is daughter of the legendary Tipperary accordion player and composer,Paddy O’Brien,who spent much of his life in America.‘Eileen O’Brien’s Reel’ has been part of the core repertoire of Irish music for over twenty-five years having been absorbed into the tradition very soon after she composed it. Having played it at the All-Ireland Fleadh where it got one of it’s first ‘airing’ Eileen went to the first Cooley-Collins festival in Gort with her family where she met the great East Galway flute player Paddy Carty. Like all great musicians Carty appreciated hearing new and interesting tunes and immediately took to the tune. Eileen O’Brien herself remembers in particular the fact that Paddy Carty had ‘picked the tune up’with all its detail after she had only played it once through. Many other well-known musicians in turn learnt the reel from Paddy Carty and East Galway fiddler, Conor Tully, and like all good newly-composed tunes the reel has ‘stood the test of time’and is played ‘as if it was old’.

5 December 2006
Morning Mist/Eileen O’Brien’s Reel
Concert Tour of North America 2006
Performers/Subjects Instruments
Pádraig King Button Accordion
Joe Burke Composer
Eileen O’Brien Composer

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