yes another documentary post by me 😉😏 cant help it.
This is well put together film with history and tales of Irish fiddler Lad O Beirne who up until I watched this really only associated with tune titles. The video has chapters and full versions of tunes played by some of the best fiddlers today so after watching is a great resource for tunes. You may recognize the host from a series of videos about sligo style fiddling which is where James Lad O Beirne was from before emigrating to America.
check out The Geese in the Bog at the beginning. I havent heard the reel version of what I learned as a jig. pretty cool.
Anyway, great movie for those interested in this style of music. watch it!
Great video - I don't recall watching this one!
Some really great music, I really like Sligo style - you can feel the wee fairies dancin'!
🤔... new favorites - The Gold Ring, The Templehouse, Minnie Foster's, and The Flogging.
Hard to see how anyone could survive the Great Depression without music like this.
Thanks for sharing this!
@elcbk if you search on youtube there was an event in 1990 that allowed Boston College to interview some of the fiddlers that youll hear referenced by some now. Tommy Potts, Paddy Cronin... Paddy Cronins interview is great!. Its not fair and difficult to judge by a 45 min interview 30 years later... but He seemed like one of those guys youd be happy to see come through the door. Its pretty interesting to hear his views about where Irish music was then ,1990 , and you can hear his concern for it. Also he explains how the different areas styles would have worked ...how the dynamics played out when people from different areas played together. Youll like it. id share but better probably you find on youtube and just watch there due to some off music topics.
I had watched Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin's interview with Paddy Cronin maybe a couple years ago.
Had not seen the Tommy Potts Videos - pretty wild, especially his version of Banish Misfortune!
Another one I ran across was a documentary of 4 very short Tommy Peoples Videos - some great fiddling!
Besides recommending the excellent OP video to everyone, I just wanted to mention that at 15:40 Séamus McGuire talks about Ed Reavy and plays his composition - "Lad O'Beirne's Hornpipe"!
I linked Ed Reavy's info & wonderful (91 page!) tune book pdf to download in this thread: