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The Wind that Shakes The Barley

The Wind that Shakes The Barley
is around since Moses played the whistle and can be heard at any session throughout the country.

Tom Wards Downfall

Tom Wards Downfall is a a great old tune named after a much loved north Clare musician.

Lose The Head - Listen To This Track

I know absolutely nothing about Lose The Head. It caught my ear among a rake of other reels recorded at some mad session Milltown...Note Bryan Meehan on the sexy sax.!


Seo amhran a chum Deasun O Liathain, Siobhan Ni Chonarain agus Eoin O Suilleabhain. Fuaireas uathu e trath bhios i gColaiste Mhuire gan Smal. Is docha gur eascair se as na treimshsi Gaeltachta a chaith siad i gCorca Dhuibhne.

Joe Mc Mahons Joe Skelton's

I was taught this by Fr Joe when I was kind of a fiddle player with St. Flannans Band in the late 70's. Joe Skelton's I got from a marvellous Galway flautist of the same name.

Turas An Bhodranai Mickey Dan's

I got a great kick out of the high E in this. The second jig Mickey Dan's is a masterpiece of composition by Kilkenny box player Mick Mc Cauley. Thanks Mick.

Lough Sheelin Side

Aedin & Orfhlaith learned this song from their mother Maureen quite a few years ago as they travelled by car to a hurling match in Thurles. It took the entire journey to learn it and they've been singing it as a duet ever since.

Mc Cauleys

Mc Cauleys is another of Mick's. A nice catchy reel. Elaine Jeffries is an Australian flute player who gave me the tune in F. The Moving Pint is one of my favourites. A Galway reel which leaves great scope for going cracked. Both Steve and Mossie oblige!!

Mo Ghile Mear

Since Niall O Beachain first introduced this song to Orfhlaith several years ago it has become one of her favourites and has captivated audiences at home and abroad. Forever associated with Coir Chuil Aodha.

The Bach-Ward Jig - Listen To This Track

The Bach-Ward Jig is a tune I picked up from Michel Bonamy. The second jig is an Italian folk tune. It was converted into a pop chart hit in the late 1950's and called Lucky Me. We had a ball doing this track.

O Shaughnessy's

This is a tune Sharon plays with Paul O'Shaughnessy. The Charleston reel is a composition by Irish Americian box player, Jimmy Keane.

The Sailor Bold

This ballad speaks for itself, the moral of the story being, " Love conquers all ".

Micho's Mason's Apron

Micho's Mason's Apron, is a version of the famous tune as played by the late Micho Russell of Doolin. Madonna's is a Scottish reel I learned from Madonna Heron. Michel Ferry one of the great Parisian fiddlers composed the last tune. Bravo Michel.

Serious Business - Listen To This Track

( Miss Mc Leod's and the glass of Beer ) They didn't call my maternal Grandfather Mick "Didle" for nothing.

© Garry Shannon 2010