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  1. Last night RTE aired a flim about the the dance show I mentioned above, Mám. It concentrates on the creative process and the dance, improvising and pulling everything together. With plenty of Cormac Begley. Great stuff, I thought: The Dance While at it, you may as well watch John Kelly interview Begley :The Works presents: Cormac Begley
  2. If you listen closely, you can even hear him, just about, shout it out to Eithne just before they go into it.
  3. No doubt about that but hearing the recording in the first post my immediate thought was that was a variant of Father O' Flynn/ToCr and that was all my post wanted to say. The same tune, landed in Ireland and adapted there for local use/circumstances. It is sometimes hard to see the relation between variants of the same melody. For example, I have been playing the jig Kit O'Mahony's for decades. KOM was Francis O Neill 's mother and he named the tune for her in his collection. I learned the jig initially from a recording by Tommy People's but it was one of Paddy Murphy's signature tunes. Some years ago I lifted Kit O Mahony's hornpipe off the recording by Paddy Murphy, Peter O Loughlin and Paddy Canny. Never gave it much further thought until I heard Tommy Keane play the hornpipe last week. I hadn't played it for a while but it kept playing in my head for days after hearing it again. Then finally a couple of days ago I had a light bulb moment and realised the jig and the hornpipe are actually the same tune, played as different forms. And I am left wondering why I didn't spot the obvious any sooner.
  4. Father O'Flynn/Top of Cork Road goes back to an English tune, Yorkshire Lasses that became the wellknown Irish jig. I have little doubt the OP's clip and the jig are versions of the same basic melody, that developed in different directions, suited to the use, time and place. David and I will have to agree to disagree on that one.
  5. The Top of Cork Road or Father O'Flynn in Ireland: T: Father O'Flynn R: jig M: 6/8 L: 1/8 K: Dmaj |:A|dAF DFA|ded cBA|dcd efg|fdf ecA| dAF DFA|ded cBA|dcd efg fdd d2:| |:g|fdf fga|ecA ABc|dcd Bed|cAA A2 c| BGB Bcd|AFD DFA|dcd efg|fdd d2:|
  6. The 11th Concertina Cruinniú will be held 10-12 February 2023 2023 Programme
  7. I donknow how it compares to the Clare but here's one
  8. There's that, I have sat with a good few players who switched to C onm the fly to suit the flat pipes. But listen to players like Claire Keville, Dympna O Sullivan, Mary MacNamara etc who build sets of tunes going from D to C, G and F all the time, and to great effect.
  9. I'd be wary of generalising. Irish music tends to be in D. Yes, except when it isn't. There's a reason why players of Irish music don't use the G/D, except for a limited number of tunes, perhaps. There are players who play 'on the rows' who prefer the (two row) D /A but their number is relatively limited too. That said, I played for years with a lovely 'on the rows' player who treated her 30 button instrument as a two row and I don't think she felt limited by it at any point. In fact she was always pining for a nice two row, if we could find her one. The two row C/G has its limitations but as an introduction, a starter instrument it's a great alternative to cheap 30 button accordion reeded instruments. But for the OP it may just be a little late to pick a nice one, if they want to find one before Christmas.
  10. I know what I would do, but different strokes and all that. And different people, different circumstances to consider, everyone should make the choice best for them. A point to consider, perhaps, if someone comes to the instrument through listening to a particular music and has fallen for a particular sound, it is worth taking that into acount and look at instruments that actually produce something approaching that sound.
  11. I started my son, aged seven at the time, off on a vintage two row we had on loan. It had a c# at the end of one of the rows so that did fine. After a year he upgraded to a 30 button mahogany ended Lachenal that kept him going for a good while. Into his teens a nice, good quality, vintage upgrade came along. Teachers advised against the cheap accordion reeded ones available at the time and, to be honest, we were never tempted to go that way, for reasons of sound and looks. Butt YMMV. I think that was the right way to go.
  12. I just remembered he had one track, Slieve Russell/Give us a drink of water, on a RnaG compilation of music recorded at concerts at the Willie Clancy week. I have that CD. I can shoot you that track, tomorrow, to keep you going until the Barley Grain arrives.
  13. The county library has two copies, not in branches local to me but I am curious about the recording myself so I just put in a request to have it sent over to a local branch. I'll give you a shout when I have it.
  14. It's fresh off the press. I knew it was in the works, I supplied some photos for it. Still unavailable at amazon UK, by the way.
  15. Amazon returns a 'temporary out of stock' I'll go into Custy's tomorrow and see if they can get any copies in, would prefer that to buying from Amazon.
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