Recently I’ve started a series of workshops with a Connecticut based fiddle/violin instructor named Dan Foster. In addition to being a nice guy, he’s a really great fiddler, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to work with him. The whole thing comes out of a grant obtained through the Southern New England Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. We have had our first workshop–the second being prevented by the recent snowstorm–and I’m really optimistic about what the outcome of the whole thing will be. Dan taught me a tune called Johnny O’Leary’s, a dark and urgent jig in the key of E, dorian mode. I thought I’d share a couple examples of the tune with you here, just because it’s a great tune.
Here’s ShaneMcAleer at Custy’s in Ennis playing the tune, with a reel following.
Here’s a buncha crazy musicos, handling the tune very well indeed: