Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Old Wheels of the World

Happy weekend everyone!    I learned this reel from my teacher, the late Michael Rafferty, flute player from Ballinakill, Ireland.  He told me that he heard this tune from a recording of Siobhan and Willie Kelly.  Here is the manuscript:   The Old Wheels of the World


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Concert Reel

Here is a tune that I learned from accordion player, John Whelan.  We played this tune in Jimmy Kelly's basement as part of his monthly concert series. In the recording here, I played the tune up to speed the second time around. So enjoy, and I hope you like this one. For the manuscript of the tune, click here: The Concert Reel

Music is addictive

This makes it all worth while.  When you apply what you love to do with your life, and your children are witness to it, true happiness abounds.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Pigeon on the Gate

Not to be confused with "Toss the Feathers" or "Cooley's", this is another staple tune that I learned from the playing of John Weir (Tyrone), Claire Keville (Galway), and Eithne Ni Dhonaile's (Clare) An Tri is a Rian album.  Click here for the manuscript:  Pigeon on the Gate

Friday, April 6, 2012


Tunnel Vision-Irish Trad by Cuebro Producers

Here is the title track from my 2001 debut recording called, Tunnelvision. This odd metered tune is followed by the tune, Ellen O'Grady.  I promised the Safe Haven folks in Brooklyn that I would write this one down, so here it is.  Feel free to click on the title for the manuscript.
bass-Eric Thorin 
bouzouki-Sean Sutherland
fiddle-Jessie Burns
flute-Christel Rice
guitar-Jefferson Hamer
tablas-Ty Burhoe

The Hen and her Brood

You can also see the manuscript for this tune at this link:
   The Hen and her Brood

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Derry Hornpipe

I first learned this tune as a two part hornpipe, but recently discovered an old recording (from 1923) of this tune from the playing of James Morrison (fiddle) and Tom Ennis (pipes) and they played this tune as a 6 part hornpipe.  So here you go with the first two; learn it  and I will work out the rest of the tune for you.