Gallagher's

from "At Home" by Gerry Harrington

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I got this jig from the playing of the great Kerry fiddle master Pádraig O’Keeffe. It is a version of the well known jig “The Frieze Britches” and also the song Cúnla. An interesting story, possibly even true, of how this tune entered the Sliabh Luachra region of Ireland's tune repertoire was told by piper Tim Britton, confirmed by Paddy O'Brien. It seems that the renowned regional fiddler Padraig O'Keeffe played the melody that he had learned, as he did many of his tunes, from an uncle named Cal Callaghan. Callaghan, the story goes, lived for several decades in a Scottish settlement in southern Ohio and learned many tunes there, some of which he taught to his nephew Padraig on his return to Ireland. O'Keeffe called the tune "Gallagher's" and played it in seven parts. The tune can be found in pgs. 87-89. Moylan (Johnny O’Leary) and on the RTE CD “The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master Pádraig O’Keeffe” track 2.

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from "At Home", released January 1, 2011

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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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