Track 2. Hornpipes: Lad O'Byrnes / Saults Own / The New Century

from "At Home" by Gerry Harrington

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The first hornpipe was composed by by the late prolific composer and fiddler Ed Reavy (1898-1988) of County Cavan, Ireland and Corktown, near Philadelphia, Pa. It was named for the great fiddler Lad O'Beirne as O'Beirne loved the tune, though it was written for Reavy's son, Ed Reavy Jr., a lover of hornpipes. The piece was recorded by the great County Sligo/New York fiddler Michael Coleman in 1944, later, in the 1960's by Sean Ryan and by the late Peter Horan the great flute player from Killavil in south Sligo.
The second tune Saults Own No. 1660, pg. 309. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), (1903) was composed by the Co. Longford fiddle player John Sault. Other recordings can be found on Shanachie 34016, Joe Burke, Andy Mc Gann and Felix Dolan – “The Funny Reel” (1995) and on Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington “Fortune Favours The Merry” on the Clo Iar Chonnachta CICD 158.
The title of the third hornpipe refers to the new 20th century, around the time O’Neill prepared his first publication, Music of Ireland, and the heyday of the Chicago Irish Music Club. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907/1986; No. 939, pg. 161. It can also be found on the following recordings Green Linnet Records SIF 1058, Matt Molloy & Sean Keane ‑ "Contentment is Wealth" (1985). Shaskeen Records OS‑360, Andy McGann, Felix Dolan, Joe Burke ‑ "A Tribute to Michael Coleman" (c. 1965). Shanachie 78005, De Danann – “Hibernian Rhapsody” (appears as 1st of “George Ross Hornpipes”). Talcon Records KG240, Paddy Cronin – “The House in the Glen” (197?).


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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