Alan Kelly - Piano accordion.
Arty McGlynn - Guitar
Nollaig Casey - Fiddle/viola
Rod McVey - Hammond Organ, Piano.
James Blennerhassett - Upright bass
Liam Bradley - Drums, Percussion.
John Kelly - Fiddle.
Jimmy Higgins - Bodhran (track 9).
Seán Smyth - Fiddle (track 2).
Jesse Smith - Fiddle (track 10).
Richie Buckley - Saxophone.
Daniel Healy - Trumpet (tracks 2,11).
Mike Nolan - Trumpet (tracks 1,3,7).
Produced by Arty McGlynn
Recorded @ LG Studios, Longford, Mar - Dec 1999
Engineered By Paul Gurney
Additional recording by
Mixed by Ciaran Byrne @ Marguerite Studios, Dublin
Mastered by Ciaran Byrne and Aidan Foley at Digital Pigeon,
Seán Smyth appears courtesy of Green Linnet Records
Jesse Smith appears courtesy of Shanachie Records
Alan plays Saltarelle accordions
Tuned by Brendan Mulhaire
Photos by Melissa Mannion: Email email@example.com
Design by A&D, Galway
1. Eva's Reel (Alan Kelly
I composed this tune 3 years ago in London and dedicate it to
2. The Wing Flapper (Alan Kelly Cop.Con.) / Grier's
Slip Jig (Trad)
The first slip jig is another recent composition of my own and
the second I learned from Brendan Breathnach's Ceol Rince na
hEireann volume 4. One of the main contributors to this book
was Stephen Grier, a fiddler and Uilleann piper from Farnaght,
Co. Letrim, who wrote his manuscripts in the 1880's
3. Salamanca Samba (Arty McGlynn PRS/MCPS)
A recent composition from Arty, which feels made for the piano
4. Earl Grey (Trad) /Campbletown Loch I wish you
were whiskey (Trad)
The first tune is an 18th century stratspey from the east coast
of Scotland. Thanks to Donald Shaw from the Scottish band Capercaille,
for suggesting this tune. The Jig, also Scottish, is a version
of a song by the same name. I learned this tune from my good
friend, banjo player Brian McGrath, from Co. Fermanagh.
5. Leaving Haines (Alan Kelly Cop.Con.) /Johnny McGreevy's
The air I named after a beautiful small town in Alaska and the
second tune is associated with Johnny McGreevy, the fiddle player
6. The Pride of Rathmore (Trad) / Micho Russell's
Two of my favourite reels. The Pride of Rathmore has recently
acquired a 3rd part, which was originally the 1st part of another
reel called The Girls of Farranfore. The second reel is associated
with the legendary Micho Russell.
7. The Plane of the Plank (Liz Carroll, ASCAP) / Hanley's
This hornpipe was composed by the Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll
and recorded on the album Trian. Hanley's Tweed, another of
my favourite reels, was recorded by the group Fisherstreet.
8. Reminiscing (Arty McGlynn PRS/MCPS)
Another great composition of Arty's.
9. Jim Donoghue's Reel (Trad) / Martin Wynne's No.
3 (Martin Wynne) / Palmer's Gate (Joe Liddy)
My brother John joins us on the flute for these well-known reels.
The first one is associated with Jim Donoghue, a whistle player
from Co. Sligo and we learned it from Roscommon fiddler Paddy
Ryan. Martin Wynne's no.3 was learned from another great Roscommon
musician, flautist John Carlos. The fiddle player Joe Liddy,
who composed the third tune, came from Killargue Co. Letrim.
10. The Colliers (Trad) / Paddy Taylor's Reel (Paddy
Taylor & Martin Wynne)
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. Flowers of the Forest (Trad Finland)
This popular Finnish tune is normally played as a waltz. Thankfully
this salsa version was well received on a recent trip to Finland!
Saltarelle Accordions, Martín O'Connor, John Cook @ Tara
Music, Jim Higgins, Rose Parkinson and the Galway Arts Festival,
Tommy Keane, Kevin Hough, Kieran Gilmore @ Moving Arts Productions,
Becky Morris @ Smallworld Music, Jimmy Keane, Mick Barry @ MBE,
Tommy and Louise @ The Burren, Frank Kilkelly, Damian Evans,
Yoko Nozaki @ The Music Plant Tokyo, Seán Smith, Charlie
Lennon, Trevor Hutchinson, Brian McGrath, Billy Durkin @ Hemisphere
Travel, Michael Walsh @ Club Cheoil France, John Mannion @ The
Róisín Dubh, Judy Murphy, Michael Meade, Donald
Shaw, Eric Cunningham, Vine Turunen, Mirella Murray, Laoise
Kelly, Liz and Yvonne, Larry Hynes, Melissa Mannion and of course
Mum and Dad.
Special thanks to Arty McGlynn for creating the team, the
atmosphere and above all for his production. Ciaran Byrne and
all the musicians, for their huge input into this album. .