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This first tune is found in the repertoire of the well known concertina player Mrs Crotty of Kilrush, Co.Clare, and is a version of the setdance air, “The Blackbird”. We learned the tune from the unique bosouki playing of Dublin musician Johnny Moynihan.
McGivney’s Fancy is from the playing of Thomas Kiernan, a 19th century blind fiddle player from Co. Longford. Eamon McGivney (fiddle) came across the melody in a Longford manuscript, and gave it to Offaly accordion player Paddy O’Brien, who subsequently recorded the hornpipe as “McGivney's Fancy”. Related melodies include “The Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Jacky Tar”.

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from The Trip We Took Over The Mountain, released November 30, 2020

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Rowan Piggott Sheffield, UK

Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for The Living Tradition magazine and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. In 2016, he won the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival. ... more

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