Gotta love the anticipation of having to wait thru a story just to hear a tune!
Actually, the stories are usually very entertaining - and the bonus of a fiddle tune isn't necessarily an ending, but more than likely a beginning to more robust festivities.
Love some of these old ones, like "Mickey Doherty and the Fairy Reel", and "Con Cassidy's Taibhse Chonail Jig" (aka. Conall's Ghost), at Gravelwalks.
Sheet music for both "Fairy Reel" and "Taibhse Chonail" can be found at thesession.org - GREAT Reel & Jig!
...hooked on the Taibhse Chonail Jig!
Thanx! Kevin Burke always seems to have a story about everything he plays. 😊
This is a good place to again suggest your favorite Podcast, 'Adam Sutherland's Interesting People' - everyone should check out the archives here, too!
So, wasn't exactly my intention to share stories that are about fiddlers, but I couldn't pass this one up. (lol)
"The Sligo Tunesmith - the story of Lad O'Beirne in music" at Omedia. LOVE this - some GREAT tunes!
I LOVE how Irish music has been traditionally paired with the art of storytelling!
Here's some stories from Eamon Kelly, along with some Irish music played by Tony McMahon, Kevin Glackin and Paul McGrattan (joekilgobinet).
Eamon Kelly also has a set of 6 more stories (no music) recorded on CD, called 'Stories From an Irish Fireside' - see on YouTube or find at Amazon.