CD A0374: The Harper's Fancy

The Harper's Fancy
Paul Dooley

CD Cover: Music from the Robert ap Huw Manuscript, Vol. 1 by Paul DooleyA collection of Jigs, Reels and miscellaneous traditional tunes old and new played on wire strung Irish Harp

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Track Listing & Audio Samples

1.   Loftus Jones (planxty)
2.   Miss Monaghan, Fred Finn’s (reels)
3.   Port an Deorai. An Phis Fluich (slip jigs)
4.   Breton Tunes (medley)
5.   The Fairy Queen (planxty)
6.   Caber Feigh, Patti (bagpipe medley)
7.   The Boys of Tandragee, The Wishing Well, The Harper’s Fancy (jigs)
8.   The Corner House, The Ash Plant, The Roving Bachelor (reels)
9.   Lamentation of Youths (lament)
10. The Humours of Ennistymon, Contentment is Wealth (jigs)
11. Rothermurches Rant, The Graf Spey (strathspey and reel)
12. Mr Malone (planxty)
13. Mall Dudh an Ghleanna (slow air)
14. The Cup and Saucer (jigs)
15. Swedish Polska, Lime Hill, The Wild Irishman, A Long Way from Home, Jenny Dang the Weaver (polska, strathspey and reels)

Total running time: 58:00

CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

The notes on the individual tunes given in the CD booklet are not reproduced here.


All titles traditional except:

The Wishing Well’ c. Tommy Peoples
‘A long Woy From Home’ c. Martin Muihaire
‘Patti’ c. Neil Dickie
‘Dans Plinn’ c. Stéphan Lemoigne
‘Lime Hill’ c. Dan R. MacDonald
‘The Cup and Saucer’ and ‘The Harper’s Fancy’ c. Paul Dooley
‘The Fairy Queen’, ‘Mr Malone’, and ‘Loftus Jones’ c. Turlough OCarolan (1670- 1738)
‘Lamentation of Youths’ c. Harry Scott (c.1601)

All titles arranged for the harp by Paul Dooley

Printed sources for the music and sleeve notes

Donol O’Sullivan, Corotan - The Life, Times, and Music of an Irish Harper (1958)

Mary Anne Alburger, Scottish Fiddlers ond Their Music (The Hardie Press, 1996)

Colette Maloney, The Irish Music Manuscripts of Edward Bunting (1773­843): An Introduction and Catalogue (Irish Traditional Music Archive, 2000)

Edward Bunting, A General Collection ofThe Ancient Irish Music (London, Dublin 1796); The Ancient Music of Ireland (Dublin 1840)

Breandán Breathnach, Ceol Rince no nÉireann cuid I,II (Dublin 1963, 1976)

John & William Neal, A Collection of the most celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin 1724)

J. S. Kerr, Kerr’s Collection of Merry Melodies for the Piano (Glasgow c.1870)

J.S. Skinner, The Harp and Claymore Collection (Glasgow & London 1904)

Robert Bremner, A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances, with a bass for the violoncello or harpsichord (Edinburgh 1757)

Andrew Kuntz, The Fiddler’s Companion (1996-2009)

Photos: Fiona O’Dwyer, John Kelly
Cover design: ESW
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Callura Sound Studios, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Duplication:  Mid Atlantic Digital
Produced by Paul Dooley


Thanks to Fiona, Paddy & Jimin and all my friends for putting up with me through all of this and to The Arts Council for their support.

Special thanks to Andrew Kuntz for providing an invaluable on-line resource for anyone writing sleeve notes. And last but not least, thanks to my teachers and all the musicians who have inspired and helped me along the way.

Album Information

Title: The Harper's Fancy
Artist: Paul Dooley
Instruments: Solo Harp (wire strung)
Genre: Tradional Music
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0374
Label: Paul Dooley
Year: 2010
Origin: EU