Track 12. Jigs – Julia Cliffords – Bill The Weaver’s

from "At Home" by Gerry Harrington

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The first jig I got from Billy Clifford who learned from his mother Julia Clifford. It is releated to, but not the same as, Johnny O'Leary's "Éireann go Brách" (no. 2 in the book) and "Long John's Wedding" O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), No. 233.
he tune is named for the father of the famous Sliabh Luachra fiddlers Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, Bill Murphy. The entire Murphy family, who lived in Lisheen near Gneeveguilla, was known as “The Weavers” because Bill’s father was a linen weaver, and the name stuck through the generations. Even Denis Murphy was known as ‘Denis the Waiver’, and sometimes got letter addressed to him as Denis Weaver (Donal Hickey, 1999). Hickey took the title of his book on Sliabh Luachra musicians from a quote from Julia Murphy, who, talking about her father, said he was “stone mad for music.” Bill played several instruments and was even a leading member of the Lisheen fife and drum band. Paul de Grae tells the story of Seamus Ennis recording Denis Murphy at home in Sliabh Luachra:
Denis's father Bill ("The Weaver") had been a noted fife player
in his youth, and had reverted to the tin whistle in later life when
his teeth fell out.  After a while Seamus, out of politeness, asked
Bill would he play a tune.  "God forgive me, I will", said Bill, reaching
into an alcove to produce a venerable old whistle, all covered in dust
and cobwebs.  Seamus started to brush off the whistle for him but Bill
cried "Stop, stop, leave it alone--'twill make the music sweeter!"


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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