Donegal fiddle tradition/Video

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A collection of videos relating to the topic of Donegal fiddle tradition.

Videos

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Altan play a lively set of reels; Mairead again and Ciaran Tourish on the fiddles here. With Dermot Byrne on accordion.

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Francie Byrne and Peter Carr playing "Dinky Dorian's Reel." From the RTE video Come West along the Road.

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James Byrne, bowing vigorously as usual here, playing "McCahill's Reels," two well-known Donegal reels, along with some other fiddlers, and encouraged by some enthusiastic (and probably drunk) "punters" (pub patrons).

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Canúintí Ceoil begins with James Byrne and a rare and brief, but very nice, snippet John Doherty (playing "The Black Mare of Fanad"). From TG4.

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James Byrne, Tommy Peoples, and Danny Meehan,] three of the most respected living Donegal fiddlers, playing the highland "The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig," followed by a bit of "George IV."

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Jimmy Campbell, playing the common Scottish reel on a bus for some sheep (it seems)--probably did not know he was being recorded, but does a fine job anyway.

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Vincent Campbell, Jimmy's brother, playing two mazurkas and a reel, "Bean a Ti ar Lar."

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Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh giving a Donegal treatment to the well-known reel "The Foxhunter's."

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Ciaran Mooney playing one version of "The King of the Pipers."

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Francie Mooney (father of Mairead, grandfather of Ciaran) in an interview (in Irish), in five parts. With music from various well-known Irish musicians with connections to Francie.

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Part 2 (in which Francie himself plays with Altan)

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Part 3 (singing)

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Part 4 (featuring Paddy Glackin playing three reels at an uncharacteristically slow pace; at end, Francie playing jigs with daughter and grandson)

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Part 5 (conclusion of the latter tunes & more). From TG4.

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Tommy Peoples playing two strathspeys, "The Laird of Drumblair" and "William Marshall's." From the RTE video Come West along the Road.

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Tommy Peoples, some 25 years later, playing "The Silver Spire" and a tune of his own composition (both reels).

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Some younger Donegal fiddlers are represented here, including Mick Brown, Tara Connaghan, Ronan Galvin, and Derek McGinley.

  • Bríd Harper at an early age (in 1980, eight years before winning the All Ireland) playing two jigs, "The Castleblayney Piper" and "The Bank of Turf."
  • Brid Harper, 26 years later, playing a pair of reels with accordion player Danny O’Mahoney. ComhaltasLive.