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Famous Sliabh Luachra Fiddlers
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July 30, 2021 - 12:25 pm
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I knew the area of Sliabh Luachra was known for it's music, dance & poetry. 

I just didn't realize the extent!  

I've recently started to learn more about some of the area talent, but just stumbled on a fiddler I hadn't heard anything about - 'Paddy Jones'! 

@stringy , @ABitRusty -

Do either of you know about Paddy Jones & his fiddling?

The Sliabh Luachra site has a wonderful 6 part video series, recorded with Paddy Jones before he passed away. 

Paddy Jones chats with Eoin Stan O'Sullivan. This is part of a six part video series made by Ailbhe Keogan and Michael Kelly. Paddy is a great musician and teacher who has a deep understanding of Sliabh Luachra music. He is one of the few surviving pupils of the great Pádraig O'Keeffe. 

Well, he's not surviving now, unfortunately - here's a link to these 6 videos. 

Paddy Jones



Great personality - great fiddler!

- Emily


July 31, 2021 - 3:52 pm
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Didnt know paddy jones unfortunately. friend of mine pat o connell lives on the side of a mountain at glengarrif in acottage without gas or electric, wouldnt surprise me if he knew him, pat played a few gigs in dublin apparently so he probably knew him, I am not familiar with his playing or anything though. mind you great fiddlers abound in every town in Ireland.

Remember though I am English of Irish descent,  my family come from the border, downpatrick , Dublin, and mullingar, they came ro liverpool for various reasons. my missus is Irish, but you wouldnt think so with her accent, her dad made her speak very precisely as he thought Irish wasnt a good accent in England

The Irish consider Liverpool an Irish city.


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Do either of you know about Paddy Jones & his fiddling?


I do not.  Thanks for sharing the info.  


July 31, 2021 - 5:17 pm
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just watched the vid of him playing, striking how his ornaments make the fiddle sound like the pipes


August 1, 2021 - 4:29 am
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@stringy -

Which one did you watch?

I finally watched all 6 short videos I linked - totaled about an hour. 

What fabulous stories! 

Paddy's take on the magic of Sliabh Lucachra & how it came about. 

About being told not to play for dance competitions, because they "ruin the music"!

🤣 I could relate to when his father brought him home a Fiddle... guess he'd been expecting/hoping for an accordion, for some time! 

LOVED ALL THE MUSIC - there wasn't nearly enough for me. 

He pretty much played a set for each video - I really must learn a few of them!

  • Kelly's Cow & Top of Maol
  • Rathawaun & Hare in the Corn
  • Ian Powrie's Leila 
  • Patsy Geary's Slide & Going to The Well 
  • The Lady On The Island
  • Close of an Irish Day & Tipperary So Far Away 

Love that he remembers all the tunes cause they are songs, with lyrics - he mouths the words as he plays. 

Here's a transcript of a Paddy Jones Lecture on Sliabh Luachra at rushymountain.com - very interesting early thoughts of viewing records as the potential downfall of musicians. 

Paddy Jones Lecture on Sliabh Luachra

I know I've talked about Sliabh Luachra elsewhere, but can't remember just where. 



Really a shame that Paddy Jones passed away just a little over a year ago! 

Of course there are other extraordinary Fiddlers from here, too! 

- Emily

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