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John Moran

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Hello

If you are intersted in photographs of West Clare concertina players the Tom Munnelly collection appears to be online at the National Folklore collection in UCD.

 

https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbeg/41339

 

Apologies if this has been flagged before.

 

Plenty of photographs of Geoff Woofe playing and also of Peter Laban (two musicians who frequent this site).

 

Cheers

 

John

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Thanks for that John. I had a look at it a few months ago, plenty of familiar faces and situations.  I remember turning up for the reunion of the surviving members of the Laictin Naofa, ( it was actually a talk, it was a bit of a surprise they all turned up and played too boot) and realising I hadn't brought a camera. Tom did, fortunately.  But that said, Tom was a man of many talents but photography was perhaps not one of them. He was in the right places and with the right people though and that makes the collection a valuable one.  

 

There were a few occasions too where I did bring the camera so I could turn the tables and  get a few snaps of Tom, here he is conducting  a public interview with another of the great West Clare characters, Marty Malley:

 

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While on the topic of West Clare concertinaplayers (and this one may well deserve a thread of its own): later next  month a CD will be launched with a recording made during the late 1970s by Séamus MacMahúna of Paddy Murphy, Paddy Canny, Peter O'Loughlin with Geraldine Cotter on the piano. The launch will be at a concert with Geraldine joined by family members of the original players. One to watch out for, if you're into that sort of thing.

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39 minutes ago, Peter Laban said:

While on the topic of West Clare concertinaplayers (and this one may well deserve a thread of its own): later next  month a CD will be launched with a recording made during the late 1970s by Séamus MacMahúna of Paddy Murphy, Paddy Canny, Peter O'Loughlin with Geraldine Cotter on the piano. The launch will be at a concert with Geraldine joined by family members of the original players. One to watch out for, if you're into that sort of thing.

Hmmmmm.  I can always take a  good dose of  Murphy, Canny and O'Loughlin +  Geraldine  is  always splendid  !!

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Hmmmmm.  I can always take a  good dose of  Murphy, Canny and O'Loughlin +  Geraldine  is  always splendid  !!

 Yes, looking forward to that. Mind you, the next generation isn't half bad either, Eimear Coughlan (Paddy Canny's grandaughter) is quite the musician.


 

 

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Indeed Peter  the latest  generation  has some  fantastic  players... well, you know  my  current policy  is to support the  youth  by  concentrating my  instrument  making  efforts in their direction.

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