Na Foinn Is Déanaí-Two “Tom Billy’s”

There are a number of tunes named after a man named Tom Billy. According to Seamus Creagh on his album “Tunes for Practice,” Tom Billy Murphy was “a great fiddle teacher around the Sliabh Luachra area, just before Páidraig O’Keefe.” There are two jigs I know of attributed to him-my one is harder to find on YouTube. The nice thing is that they go really well together. So here’s a version of the one that’s stuck in my head–the second tune in this set, played by Matt Molloy (flute,) Paul Brady (guitar,) and Tommy Peoples (fiddle.)

And here’s another version, Played by De Dannan (first tune in the set:)



Old Hag You Have Killed Me

Thanks to all who came out to the session tonight–our first session in our new location. It’s really nice. Be sure to check out the new tunes posted just this evening on the tunes page–Corey taught us two jigs–Old Hag You Have Killed Me and The Lilting Banshee.

And for your viewing and listening pleasure–the classic version of “Hag” by the Bothy Band.

Yes, I Am Slightly Concertina-centric….

But I love the pipes too! The sound of the two together makes my hair stand on end.

Here are Caitlín Nic Ghabhann and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail playing Down The Back Lane, followed by Pipe on the Hob (the three part one) and another jig the name of which I do not know. There is a fiddler off to the side that isn’t named who plays on the first tune but seems to sit out the others.

I love Caitlín’s playing. Her album, simply titled “Caitlín” is absolutely brilliant. You can pick it up at CDBaby. From what I gather, Caoimhín released an album called “Lá ag Ól Uisce” (meaning “a day drinking water”) along with Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Tomás Ó Gealbháin, which is available on iTunes.