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O'Keeffe's (Slides)

The Plough And The Stars (Reels)
The Rose of Aranmore (Song)
Apples in Winter (Jigs)
The Taylor's Barndance (Barndances)
Easter Snow (Slow Air)
The Cuas Polkas (Polkas)
I Courted A Wee Lass (Song)
Kitty In The Lane (March/Reels)
A Night At The Fair (Jigs)
Iníon An Fhaoit Ón nGleann (Song)
Greencastle Hornpipe (Hornpipe/Reel)

Sleeve Notes


Paul McGrattan - Flutes.
Paul O'Shaughnessy - Fiddle
Brendan Begley - Accordion and Vocals
Noel O'Grady - Bouzouki.

Arty McGlynn - Guitars
Triona Ní Dhomhnaill - Keyboards, Vocals.
Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill - Vocals.
Colm Murphy - Bodhran.

Recorded principally at Harmony Row Recording Studios, Ennis, Co. Clare with extra recording at Keystone Studios, St. Stephens Green, Dublin, November 1997
Engineered by Martin Murray assisted by Debbie Smith in Dublin
Mixed in Harmony Row Studios by Martin Murray
Produced by Beginish and Martin Murray
Mastered and pressed by Robyn Robins, Mid Atlantic Digital, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
Notes by Paul O'Shaughnessy

Design by Red Dog Graphics, Photography by Paul McCarthy

Paul McGrattan's flutes are made by Hammy Hamilton, Cúil Aodha, Macroom, County Cork.

Track Notes

1. O'Keeffe's Number 1 - O'Keeffe's Number 2 - Thadelo's : (slides)
Johnny O'Leary the famous Sliabh Luachra box player is the source of these three tunes.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn and Colm Murphy

2. The Plough And The Stars - The Kilfenora Reel - Maids of Galway - McGoldrick's : (reels)
The four reels in this set are among Brendan's long standing favourites.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn and Colm Murphy

3. The Rose Of Aranmore : (Song.)
Brendan learned this beautiful love song from Seán Garvey, a singer and musician from Caherciveen in County Kerry. The song is also associated with the County Clare based singer Sean Tyrell.
Trad arr. Beginish and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

4. Apples in Winter - The Peacock's Feather - Hennigan's : (jigs)
The four part version of the first jig again comes from Johnny O'Leary, a great source of tunes to us all.
Trad arr. Beginish

5. The Taylor's Barndance - Ansty's Barndance : (barndances).
These lively barndances were composed by Paul McGrattan who named them after the famous West Cork couple, The Taylor and Ansty.
Composed Paul McGrattan, arr. Beginish and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

6. Easter Snow : (slow air).
A favourite tune of the great uilleann piper, the late Seamus Ennis, after which he named his home in North County Dublin.
Trad arr. Beginish and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

7. The Cuas Polkas : (polkas).
Brendan composed the second of these polkas which gives its name to the set.
Cuas polka composed Brendan Begley, arr. Beginish

8. I Courted A Wee Lass : (song)
Maighread and Triona learned this song from their grandmother, Maggie Chonaill from Rann na Feirste in County Donegal.
Trad arr. Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill

9. Kitty in The Lane - The Hawk - The Templeglentaun Reel : (March/Reels)

Used as an introduction here, the march was traditionnaly a 'lead around' for dancers in the middle of the first reel. John Doherty and Dermot McLaughlin are the sources of the first two reels.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn and Colm Murphy.

10. A Night At The Fair - Bill The Weavers - Síos Chun NA Trá : (jigs)
Bill the Weaver was the father of Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, two of the great Kerry fiddle players while the third tune is from Seán Coughlan, a box player from West Kerry.
Trad arr. Beginish, Arty McGlynn

11. Iníon An Fhaoit Ón nGleann : (song)
Unrequited love for "White's Daughter from the Glen" is the theme of this song from the Kerry Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area).
Trad arr. Beginish

12. Greencastle Hornpipe - Miss Patterson's Slippers : (hornpipe/reels).
Once again we learned the hornpipe from Johnny O'Leary and we have known the two Donegal reels for as long as we can remember.
Trad arr. Beginish and Colm Murphy

Thanks to:
Anne Muarry, Nuala Monaghan and Paul O'Driscol for their hospitality, To Mary Doherty for the hot coffee on a cold Saturday in January to Conor Byrne for the loan of a flute, to Kevin Doherty and Se´n Connolly for wardrobe assistance, to Custy's Traditional Music Shop and Busker's in Ennis when keyboards were need at short notice, to Peter Reid and Caoimhin Mac Aodh for help in naming the tunes and to NA Piobairí Uilleann and the Irish Traditional Music Archive whose facilities have always been available to us.

Special thanks to Catherine, Marion, Cathy, and Caroline.


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