Paddy Keenan - Uilleann Pipes (Concert "D" Pitch)
Paddy Glackin - Fiddle, Viola
Donal Lunny - Bodhran and Blarge
Noel Kenny - Concertina
Produced by P.J. Curtis
Engineered by Brian Masterson
Recorded at Keystone Studios, Dublin,
Design: Creative A.D.
On this recording we play tunes which
we have played together for years at sessions. Some of them we have
inherited from our families, others we have learned from other musicians
around Ireland. What we have tried to achieve on this album is to
bring out the essential ruggedness and spontaneity of the music.
Paddy Glackin & Paddy Keenan
I've known the two Paddy's for a good
number of years now - both as friends and as fellow-musicians and
indeed we've often shared a tune together. They're probably well
known to many of you as two of the finest traditional musicians
of their generation, so when I heard that they were teaming up for
this album I knew that the music would be good.
They have a lot in common (besides
the name!) - both grew up in Dublin City; Paddy Glackin on the North
side of the Liffey, in Clontarf and Paddy Keenan on the South side,
in Ballyfermot. They were each strongly influenced by their fathers,
both of whom play the same instruments as their sons - John Keenan
the uilleann pipes and Tom Glackin the fiddle. Another of the strong
influences on Paddy Glackin's playing is the music of Johnny Doherty,
a renowned travelling fiddle-player from Donegal. Paddy Keenan has
inherited a very old musical tradition in Ireland - the open-fingered
style of the travelling pipes; and indeed, one of the solo tracks
he plays is a rattling version of The Bunch of Keys, a reel which
the late Johnny Doran, a legendary travelling piper, recorded in
The two Paddy's are joined here on
some tracks by a truly versatile musician, Donal Lunny who plays
the "blarge" (which seems like a evolutionary enlargement of the
bouzouki) and also Noel Kenny, a fiery young concertina player from
South County Dublin.
Having heard this album just once,
I find it all I expected it to be - strong, exciting and skillful.
I've never yet known words to capture fully the mystique of good
music, but I'm sure that in many years from now we shall still be
listening to the music on this album.
Peter Browne, 1979