Three Slides

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

These first of these three slides is a popular one in West Limerick. It occurs in Breathnach (Vol. 2) as a number of slides and polkas which the collector obtained from a manuscript that had belonged to a David Collins from Abbeyfeale in West Limerick. Breathnach obtained the manuscript through fiddler Tom Barrett who lived in Listowel.

The second tune has been a very popular tune for many years and was published in the Roche Collectionas ‘The Echoes of Killarney’. The Roche Collection was published in 1911 and the East Limerick collector and dancing master and Roche hoped to avoid including material already published – quite a mammoth task given that by this time, especially from 1855 onwards quite a number of significant collections of Irish music had been published. The inclusion of such a wide variety of tune-type, including marches, single and hop-jigs, set-dances and quadrilles has always rendered the Collection one of the most interesting and popular.

The third slide is most associated with the Brosna Céilí Band in North Kerry which and was one of the many tunes popularised from their radio broadcasts during the 1970s. The late1960s and1970s was a period during which many of the Céilí Bands which went on to become household names played not just at Fleadhanna Cheoil but also at the annual Oireachtas. Bands such as the Castle Céilí Band (c.f. Track 10) and the Brosna to name just two featured on radio broadcasts at a time when much music was still learnt from the radio.

Many older musicians still talk about the impact of these radio broadcasts from the late 1950s through to the 1970s. Musicians listened to tunes that they often had not heard before and often recall the fact that they had to listen very attentively indeed to ensure that they ‘caught’the new tune properly as,unlike a record,there was no chance of replaying it.

5 December 2006
Concert Tour of North America 2006
Performers/Subjects Instruments
Eimear Buckley Concertina
Pádraig King Button Accordion
Siobhán Ní Chonaráin Flute
Geraldine O’Callaghan Fiddle

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