Now She's Purring

by Gerry Harrington & Billy Clifford

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about

Gerry Harrington and Billy Cliff ord have had a lifelong affi nity with the music of Sliabh Luachra
and have been making the music ‘purr’ in its sweetest most lyrical form for many years.
The fi rst time I heard Billy Cliff ord play was when himself and his mother Julia took to the stage
in The Cork Opera House in the early 1980’s to play a set of slides in a concert celebrating the
composer Sean Ó Riada. It’s a performance that still burns bright in my memory. Their music was
delicate, sweet, full of personality and devilment and at times deceptively simple. What I heard in
their music became a standard bearer in my own endeavours to learn the music of Sliabh Luachra.
It drew me into a wonderful journey of exploring the music of The Murphys of Lisheen. A journey
with no end. Billy’s playing does that to people. It gets you thinking. It reminds you of previous
recordings of The Star of Munster Trio in which he played with Julia and his father John Cliff ord
and the many other musical webs that his mother wove with Denis, Pádraig Ó Keeff e and Johnny
Ó Leary.
I’ve known Gerry Harrington since my teenage years back in the early 1990’s. We fi rst played
together at the Patrick Ó Keeff e festival in Castleisland when The Smokey Chimney comprising of
Gerry, Eoin Ó Sullivan and Paul de Grae were to the fore front of performing and recording music
from the Sliabh Luachra survives in its purest form. His recent recording of accordionist Timmy
Connors ensured that Timmy’s contribution to our music was properly documented and archived.
Another feature of this recording is that most tracks were recorded on Julia Cliff ord’s iconic stroh
fi ddle that Billy had restored and brought back to life. Hearing it in full health brings back lots of
memories and it contributes to the mood of the album.
Gerry’s deep respect for generations that have handed us the torch is evident in this recording Now
She’s Purring, a reference to Padraig Ó Keefe’s expression when the music was sounding good and
all was well with the world. Gerry displays a great understanding of Billy’s style of playing and the
result is an excellent duet album. The tunes are played in settings many will not have previously
heard and the accompanying notes give a complete history. It’s a recording that will stand the test
of time and I highly recommend it.
Paudie Ó Connor
April, 2018

credits

released July 9, 2018

Acknowledgments
Produced by Gerry Harrington and
Billy Cliff ord
Recorded and mixed by Gerry
Harrington
Mastered by Bruno Stahelin
Photos by Donal Wylde and Jessica
Reid
Special Thanks to
Paudy O Connor
Bruno Stahelin
Catherine and Denis Clifford

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Gerry Harrington County Sligo, Ireland

. Gerry's music was brought to a wider audience during the nineties through the release of two exquisite albums with accordion player Eoghan O'Sullivan, Scéal Eile and The Smokey Chimney. Gerry recorded the album “The New Road" with button accordion master Charlie Piggott. The latest work is a solo fiddle album titled “At Home” which includes music from Sliabh Luchra and Sligo. ... more

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