Bluebells are Blooming

by Bríd O'Gorman and Eoin O'Neill

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Bluebells are Blooming is Bríd O'Gorman's debut CD. It contains 12 tracks of traditional Irish flute music accompanied by Eoin O'Neill on bouzouki.

1. The Bag of Spuds/The Mills are Grinding (reels) 4'35"

The Bag of Spuds was recorded by the Laictín Céilí Band. The Mills are Grinding, also known as The Flowers of Limerick, is an East Galway tune, originally recorded by the Ballinakill Traditional Players in the 1920s.

2. An Seanduine Dóite/Bluebells are Blooming (jigs) 3'56"

An Seanduine Dóite, The Burnt Old Man, was originally an old Scottish pipe march, also known as The Campbells are coming. Bluebells are Blooming was composed by whistle player Michael Dwyer.

3. Around the Fairyfort/The Dances at Kinvara (barn dances) 4'14"

Around the Fairyfort was composed by East Galway flute player Vincent Broderick. The Dances at Kinvara was composed by fiddle player Ed Reavy.

4. Tie the Ribbons/Miss Monaghan's/Geoghan's (reels) 4'46"

Tie the Ribbons was played by West Clare fiddle player Bobby Casey. Miss Monaghan's was played by piper Séamus Ennis, another three part version of which can be found in O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland. Geoghan's Reel is known by many other names including Eileen O'Callaghan's and was first recorded by the Aughrim Slopes Céilí Band in the late 1930s.

5. The Hills of New Zealand 4'01"

The Hills of New Zealand was composed by Joanie Madden and can be heard on Cherish the Ladies, Woman of the House.

6. An Buachaillín Bán/Princess Nancy (jigs) 3'53"

An Buachaillín Bán, also known as The Fair-haired Boy, can be found on a recording of Frank Lee's Tara Céilí Band and a version can also be found in O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland. Princess Nancy was composed by fiddle player Liz Carroll for her friend and fellow fiddler, Nancy Leoni.

7. The Concertina/The Shaskeen (hornpipe/reel) 3'56"

A version of The Concertina hornpipe can be found in the Martin Mulvihill Collection, where it is called Brendan's Fancy.
The Shaskeen reel was recorded twice by Michael Coleman because it was so good, firstly with The Bag of Spuds in 1922 and subsequently with The Liffey Banks in 1936

8. I have a House of My Own with a Chimney Built on the Top of It/Gort na Móna/Breathnach's (slip jigs) 3'36"

I have a House of My Own with a Chimney Built on the Top of It was composed by Junior Crehan. Gort na Móna was composed by Michael Rooney. Breathnach's can be found in Brendan Breathnach's collections of music, with the title Gan Ainm.

9. The Concert Reel/Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel (reels) 4'40"

The Concert Reel was published in Pat Mitchell's collection The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. Paddy Cronin recorded Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel in 1950 in Boston

10. Byrne's/The Stack of Oats (hornpipes) 3'40"

This setting of Byrne's was recorded by the Ballinakill Traditional Players. The Stack of Oats, composed by Junior Crehan, can be found in his book The Collected Compositions of Junior Crehan.

11. Whelan's Old Sow/McHugh's (jigs) 3'52"

Whelan's Old Sow was composed in the 1930s by East Galway flute player Tommy Whelan, who was a member of the Ballinakill Traditional Players. McHugh's, also known as Adam and Eve's, was composed by John McHugh and appears on Music at Matt Molloy's, played by John's son and grandson, Kevin and John McHugh.

12 A View From Across the Valley/The Doonagore (reels) 4'13"

A View From Across the Valley was composed by John Brady from Offaly. The Doonagore reel has been recorded by Josie McDermott and Mary Bergin, under the title Micho Russell's. Doonagore is the name of the townland where Micho lived, just outside Doolin.

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released November 29, 2016

Princess Nancy composed by Liz Carroll.
Around the Fairyfort composed by Vincent Broderick.
The Dances at Kinvara composed by Ed Reavy.
The Hills of New Zealand composed by Joanie Madden.
Bluebells are Blooming composed by Michael Dwyer.
I have a house of My Own with a Chimney Built on the Top of it composed by Junior Crehan.
Gort na Móna composed by Michael Rooney.
The Stack of Oats composed by Junior Crehan.
Whelan's Old Sow composed by Tommy Whelan.
McHugh's composed by John McHugh.
A View From Across the Valley composed by John Brady.

Arranged by Bríd O'Gorman and Eoin O'Neill.
Produced by Bríd O'Gorman and Eoin O'Neill.
Recorded and mixed by Quentin Cooper.
Photography by John Kelly. www.johnkellyphotography.ie
Design and layout by David J Taylor.
Website/Bandcamp integration by Bibio Web Design. www.bibiowebdesign.ie

With thanks to Nicky McAuliffe.
With special thanks to Bríd's husband Mike Crowe, and her parents Bridget and Michael O'Gorman.

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