Toss The Fiddles
A compilation CD recorded live September 8, 2001 at the
Philadelphia Ceili Group's27th Annual music and dance festival.
All the artists freely gave their talents to make this CD to benefit the
Philadelphia Ceili Group, America's first traditional Irish music, dance and
cultural organization and the organizers of America's longest-running
traditional Irish music festival.
Liz Carroll (Fiddle) with John Doyle (Guitar)
Tommy Peoples (Fiddle) with Sean Tyrell (Tenor Guitar)
Dezi Donnelly (Fiddle) with Eamon McElhom (Guitar)
Cathal Hayden (Fiddle and banjo) with Kevin Doherty
Brendan Mulvihill (Fiddle)with Billy McComiskey (box)
and Zan McLeod Guitar
Brendan Callahan (Fiddle) with John Brennan (Guitar)
and Aran Olwell (flute)
Myron Bretholtz : MC
It was officially released at this year's festival.
For more information, or to buy this CD, email the Philadelphia Ceili Group at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their website at: PCG website
Maeve Donnelly's new recording is different from the very first note. (literally, since the fiddle
is retuned on the first set of tunes!) Maeve's command of the instrument is obvious; she's earned
three All-Ireland tiles, but instead of roaring through a number of fast, flashy reels, she uses her gifts to present a wonderful variety of
music. There are Jigs and Reels, of course, but also a "Clog", hornpipes, a slow "descriptive piece"; Waltzes,
a slow Air, a Reavey tune, and some flings! Each set of tunes is well described in the liner notes. Special moments
include a set of tunes where the music is made by four Donnellys! Or the beautiful air "Peggy's Dream" from the
mid 1800's, played here with fiddle, viola and cello. This is a wonderful CD.
Go to the Irish Fiddle Site for Maeve Donnelly
First Through The Gate
Brian Conway's new recording on Smithsonian-Folkways offers the
"Sligo-New York Style" of fiddle playing. One special moment includes three generations
of fiddlers and Brian plays with former mentor Andy McGann and former student Pat Mangan.
Another great moment is the set of 4 Martin wynne reels back to back!
The title "First Through the Gate" refers to W.B. Yeats' poem: The Fiddler Of Dooney.
Includes extensive liner notes.
Irish Fiddle page for Brian Conway:
Manus McGuire released Saffron and Blue with Green Linnet records this Summer.
It is a great album and one that is a treat for lovers of fiddle playing.
He shows that, not only is he a master at traditional Irish tunes, but that the is
comfortable enough to add his own original tunes, and even to include tunes from
Scotland, Shetlands, and Canada (French Quebec).
The results prove his efforts were all worthwhile.
Irish Fiddle Site: coming Soon
Green Linnet Site: here
Summer 2002 Release
Gor the Irish Fiddle Site for Seamus Quinn
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