Track 13. Hornpipes – The Wiley Old Bachelor – The Mountain Top – Rick’s Rambles

from "At Home" by Gerry Harrington

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I heard the first hornpipe from the great Kerry fiddle player Paddy Cronin. The first strain is also shared with “Norfolk Hornpipe [1],” credited to W.H. Whiddon in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (c. 1883), and has similarities to the second strain of “Whiddon’s Hornpipe.” O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903/1979; No. 1751. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907/1986; No. 923, pg. 158. Coleman Center CD CC004, P.J. Hernon, Donal Hernon, Maria Lynn McHugh – “The Mountain Road” (1999. Various artists. “A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo”). Coleman Music Center CHC 009, fiddler Michael Creegan (Cloone, Co. Leitrim, died circa 1980’s) – “The Coleman Archive, vol. 2: The Home Place” (2005. Various artists). Shanachie 78004, John Carty – “Yeh, That’s All It Is” (2001).
The second hornpipe I learned from a session recording of Liz Carroll and Billy McComiskey.
The third tune in the set is also known as John Joe Gannon’s. The “Rick’s Hornpipe” title comes from a 1931 recording by the Ballinakill Ceili Band. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland:1001 Gems), 1986; No. 940, pg. 161. Source for notated version: fiddler Joe Ryan & harmonica player Eddie Clarke (Ireland) [Breathnach]. Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 210, pg. 96. Green Linnet Records SIF 1030, Joe Ryan & Eddie Clark ‑ "Crossroads" (1981).


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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