The First Month of Summer/Cut the Sod

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

‘The First Month of Summer’ is No. 491 in O’Neill’s 1001 (The First Month of Summer – 1001Gems). Much has written about Chief O’Neill’s work and his many publications and the fact that this 1907 publication is still referred to today as ‘The Book’ adds further weight to his huge significance in the development of Irish Traditional music. One of the most famous recordings of ‘The First Month of Summer’was by the legendary fiddler Andy McGann (1928- 2004).Many tributes have been paid to the great Andy McGann since his recent death;he was a vitally imant link to the great era of Michael Coleman and had a truly distinctive style of fiddle playing and mastery of his instrument. Andy McGann’s contribution to the development of Irish traditional music in North America is and will remain ‘set in stone’. This particular setting of ‘The First Month of Summer’ is associated with whistle and pipes and was popularised by west Clare concertina, piper and whistle player Tommy McCarthy who spent much of his time in London. ‘Cut the Sod’featured on the 1998 ‘Leitrim’s Hidden Treasure’CD.It was one of the tunes learnt by Michael McNamara from Pee Fitzpatrick, a fiddle player from Aughavas in South Leitrim.

5 December 2006
The First Month of Summer/Cut the Sod

Concert Tour of North America 2006

Performers/Subjects Instruments
Pádraig McGovern Uilleann Pipes

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