Source Recordings for Welcome Day

 

Below are source recordings of elder traditional musicians from whom Cindy and Grey learned some of the traditional tunes on their album, Welcome Day.

 

Joe Dawson (1928-2012)

Sally’s Got a Meatskin Laid Away to Grease Her Wooden Leg Everyday. This is a field recording made by Grey on February 28, 2001 in Joe Dawson’s living room in Bloomington, Indiana USA. Joe is playing fiddle, and Grey joins him on fiddle near the end of this excerpt.
Paddy Won’t You Have Some Good Old Cider. This is also a field recording made by Grey on February 28, 2001 in Joe Dawson’s living room in Bloomington, Indiana USA. Joe is playing fiddle, and Grey joins him on fiddle near the end of this excerpt.

Michael J. Kennedy (1900-1978)

The Geese in the Bog (jig). This is a field recording made by Grey in September of 1973 in Michael Kennedy’s living room in Covington, Kentucky USA. Michael is playing a melodeon in G. Grey was 18 years old at the time.
Hard Road to Travel (single reel). This is also a field recording made by Grey in September of 1973 in Michael Kennedy’s living room in Covington, Kentucky USA. Michael is playing a melodeon in G.

Francie ‘Dearg’ & Mickey ‘Bán’ Byrne

Dúlamán na Binne Buí (Highland). This is track 5 from the LP Ceol na dTéad: Traditional Irish Music Played on the Fiddle from Donegal (Cló Iar-Chonnacht – CIC078 – 1992). From the liner notes: “A raw blast of fiddle music from the Byrne brothers of Kilcar, County Donegal, probably recorded some time in the late 1970’s, shortly before Mickey passed away. There are hardly any sets here, only individual tunes, and the sound quality is that of a field recording, not a studio album. A little gem of pure Donegal fiddle music from an earlier age.”

Watch Francie Dearg playing Dinky Dorrian’s Reel with Peter Carr.

John Kelly

The Humours of Kilclogher (single jig)/Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight (slip jig). This is track 5 from the LP Ceol an Cláir vol. 1, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann – CL17 – 1978. From the liner notes: “A very important and rare release from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann compiled from recordings made between 1966 and 1978. It features five musicians whose playing exemplifies the various fiddling styles of West Clare. Sound quality is variable, as tracks were recorded on different media over a long period, but this is a truly magnificent album of unaccompanied West Clare fiddling from some of the masters of the tradition.”