|Rip the Calico
Dooley, one of the leading exponents of the Irish harp in its historical
form and style - playing a 34 brass wire-strung harp, with a frame
of cherry and soundbox made from of one piece of willow and plucking
the strings with the fingernails. This CD showcases his pioneering
work in performing Irish dance music (as on this CD) on his traditional
harp. This recording also features traditional Irish music and
compositions by both Paul Dooley and Neil Dickie.
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|01||The March of the King of Laois||
|02||Mulhaire's, Rip the Calico, The Glass of Beer - (Reels)||
|03||Anach Cuain - (Slow Air)||
|04||Condon's Frolics, Garret Barry's Eddie Kelly's - (Jigs)||
|05||O'Carolan's Draught, John Doherty's reel||
|06||The Raven's Wing* - (Slow Reel)||
|07||The Sweeper's Tune*||
|08||Fear an Bhata - (Slow Air), Captain O'Kane - (O'Carolan)||
|09||The Clumsy Lover**, The Otter 's Holt, Marie's Wedding* - (Reels)||
|10||Jackson's - (Slow Reel)||
|11||Inishowen* - Pull the Knife and Stick it Again - (Jigs)||
|© Paul Dooley 1996
* Composed by P. Dooley
1.The March of the King of Laois This tune was probably composed in honour of Ruairi O'Moore, sixteenth century head of the O'Moore clan.
2. Mulhaire's, Rip the Calico, the Glass of Beer- (Reels) These are popular session tunes, the first suits the harp because of it's recurring arpeggio motif, the second one gives it's name to the album and the third was the first reel that I learnt on the harp.
3. Anach Cuain- ( Slow Air ) This is the air of a song that commemorates the tragic drowning of nineteen people on Lough Corrib in 1928.
4. Condon's Frolics, Garret Barry 's, Eddie Kell 's - (Jigs) These are three piping jigs I learnt in sessions.
5. O'Carolan 's Draught, John Doherty 's Reel Carolan apparently composed this tune during his stay in Munster. It was collected by Father Welsh of Sneem who was the original Father O' Flynn. The reel that follows comes from the repertoire of John Doherty the legendary fiddle player from Donegal.
6. The Raven 's Wing* - (Slow Reel) This tune started life as a reel version of the Irishowen jig before eventually evolving into it's present form.
7. The Sweeper 's Tune* I composed this tune for my favourite street sweeper.
8. Fear an Bhata - (Slow Air), Captain O 'Kane - (O 'Carolan) This is the air of a song a friend of mine used to sing, probably of Scottish origin. Captain O'Kane came from a distinguished family in Antrim, little else is known about him. I first heard the tune in Brittany from Jean - Pierre "Bovelo" on the piano.
9. The Clumsy Lover**, The Otter 's Holt, Maries Wedding* - (Reels) I learnt the first of these in Edinburgh some years ago where it was very popular and still is with Scottish pipers. The second tune comes from the inspiring playing of Noreen O 'Donoghue a harper from Dublin and I composed the third as a wedding present for my sister.
10. Jackson 's - (Slow Reel) This tune appears in Ceol Rince na hEireann - Cuid 1.
11. Inishowen*, Pull the Knife and Stick it Again - ( Jigs ) I composed the first of these as an exercise for one of my pupils. It 's dedicated to the Kealy family of Inishowen, the second is a well known session tune, played here in Bm instead of Em, the second part is altered to suit the higher key.
Eight hundred years ago Giraldus Cambrensis, a highly educated Welsh born Norman, came to Ireland and describes in his account the natives as barbarians. He was however highly impressed with their musical skill on the instrument that was later to become the National Emblem:
"Their style is not deliberate and
solemn but quick and lively nevertheless the sound is smooth and
pleasant. It is remarkable that, with such rapid finger work, the
rhythm is maintained and that, by unfailingly disciplined art,
the integrity of the tune is fully preserved..."
Recorded at Calluragh Sound Studios - June 1996
All titles Traditional & Arranged by P. Dooley except
|Title:||Rip the Calico|
|Instruments:||Solo Harp (wire strung)|