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The Flax In Bloom

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The Flax In Bloom
The Flax In Bloom


A wide selection of traditional music from Ulster across three themed discs, from the pioneering recordings of 1952-3 by Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle. Traditional music-making in Ireland in 1952 was flourishing well enough in its own social settings, but it was largely hidden from the view of mainstream society. Certainly, radio and the record industry on both sides of the border scarcely knew of its existence. So it is quite remarkable that Peter Kennedy from London and Sean O'Boyle from Armagh should have combined forces and taken upon themselves, with limited resources and technical equipment, to explore and record what they could find in Ulster. This album presents a selection of their location recordings, most of which have never been issued commercially before. Each of the three CDs is presented as a separate programme but, taken together, they give a wide and varied view of traditional music in Ulster in the early 1950's.


  1. Name
  2. Lough Erne Shore - Paddy Tunney
  3. The Mountain Streams Where The Moorcocks Crow - Brigid Tunney
  4. Polka: untitled - Joe Tunney
  5. Single Jig: Pat Hart's - Joe Tunney
  6. Reels: Miss Monaghan/The Green Mountain; The Scholar - Joe Tunney
  7. My Charming Buachaill Roe - Annie Lunny
  8. Deartháirín ó mo Chroí - Annie Lunny
  9. Single Jig: Bundle and Go - John Doherty
  10. Reel: Miss McLeod's - John Doherty
  11. Slip Jig: Gusty's Frolics - John Doherty
  12. Moorlough Mary - John Doherty
  13. Reel: Marry When You're Young - John Doherty
  14. Boney Crossing the Alps - John Doherty
  15. The Last Figure of the Lancers - John Doherty
  16. The Rollicking Boys around Tandragee - Mick Gallagher
  17. Buachaillín Donn - Maureen Melly
  18. Paddy Shinahan's Cow - Maureen Melly
  19. Farewell Green Erin - Maureen Melly
  20. The Blackbird - Paddy Tunney
  21. Reel: The Loughanure Tune - Neilidh Boyle
  22. Reel: Seán sa Cheo - Neilidh Boyle
  23. Pleoid ar an Fharraige is í átá Mor! - Neilidh Boyle
  24. Verse and air: Sráid na mBúrcach - Neilidh Boyle
  25. An Seanduine Dóite - Sheila Gallagher
  26. In Aimsir Bhaint an Fhéir - Sheila Gallagher
  27. The Wearing of the Britches - Pat Bell Keown
  28. The Blackbird of Avondale - Maureen Melly
  29. My Dark Slender Boy - Maureen Melly
  30. Reel: Bonnie Kate - Simie Doherty
  31. Reel: Cuffe Street - Simie Doherty
  32. Reel: The Pigeon on the Gate - Simie Doherty
  33. Reel: The Tullaghan Lasses - Simie Doherty
  34. Reel: Mooney's Favourite - Simie Doherty
  35. The Heathery Hills - Brigid Tunney
  36. The Soldier & The Sailor - Brigid Tunney
  37. Wee Paddy Molloy - Brigid Tunney
  38. Hornpipe: The Atlantic Roar - John Doherty
  39. Rocking the Cradle - John Doherty
  40. Highland: The Basket of Oysters; Jig: Jackson's Rum Punch - Johnny Pickering
  41. Highlands: Green Grow the Rushes O; Love, Will You Marry Me - Johnny Pickering
  42. Jigs: Biddy the Bowl Wife; I Lost My Love & I Care Not; King of the Cannibal Islands - McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
  43. Polkas: untitled; untitled; Jenny Lind - McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
  44. Reel: The First of May - Vincent & John McCusker
  45. Mazurkas: untitled; untitled; untitled - Vincent & John McCusker
  46. Highlands: Monymusk; Kafoozalum; Maggie Pickens - McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
  47. Jig: Tatter Jack Walsh - Vincent & John McCusker
  48. Set Dance: The Princess Royal - Vincent & John McCusker
  49. Hornpipe & Barndance: The Man from Newry; The Barndance - McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
  50. Set Dance: Jockey to the Fair - Vincent, John & Benignus McCusker
  51. Set Dance: The Orange Rogue - John McCusker
  52. Reels: McKenna's; The Tinker's Apron; The Antrim - McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
  53. Single Jig: The Sweets of May - McCusker Brothers Ceili Band
  54. Reel: The Gosson that Beat his Father - John Maguire
  55. Reel: The First House in Connaught - John Maguire
  56. Jig: Lovely Nancy - John Maguire
  57. Reel: The Maid of the House - John Maguire
  58. Reel: The Boys of Leefive - John Maguire
  59. Hornpipe: The Cuckoo's Nest - John Maguire
  60. Polka: All the Way to Galway - Paddy McLuskey
  61. March: Napoleon Crossing the Alps - Paddy McLuskey
  62. Hornpipe: The Cuckoo's Nest - Paddy McLuskey
  63. Reel: The Ewe with the Crooked Horn - Paddy McLuskey
  64. Jig: Coming home from Reilly's Party - Danny McNiff
  65. The Clap Dance: The Soldier's Joy - Eddie Moor
  66. Highlands: unidentified; Monymusk - Philip Breen
  67. Waltz: Woodland Whispers - Philip Breen
  68. Reels: The Flax in Bloom; The Dairymaid; The Galway Rambler - Philip Breen
  69. Reels: The Sailor's Bonnet; Kiss the Bride; Roaring Mary - Sean Maguire, Liam Donnelly, Tom Turkington, Bill Montgomery, John Maguire
  70. Reels: The Flax in Bloom; The Millstone; The Dairymaid - Sean Maguire & Bill Montgomery
  71. The Dark-Eyed Gypsy - Christy Purcell
  72. What Brought the Blood? - Mary Connors
  73. I Am a Maid that's Deep in Love - Lal Smith
  74. Here's a Health unto All Truelovers - Mary Doran
  75. Three Old Jolly Sportsmen - Paddy Doran
  76. The Lovely Banks of Lea - Mary Connors
  77. The Bandy-Legged Mule - Christy Purcell
  78. Marrow Bones (The Blind Man He Can See, no.1) - Mary Connors & Paddy Doran
  79. Early, Early on the Month of Spring - Lal Smith
  80. The Lodging-House in Carrick-on-Suir - Christy Purcell
  81. The Rambling Irishman - Mary Doran
  82. Dungarvan - Paddy Doran
  83. The Bold English Navvy - Lal Smith
  84. Hornpipe: The Little Beggar Man - Paddy Doran
  85. Going to Mass Last Sunday - Winnie Ryan
  86. Kate from Ballinamore - Paddy Doran
  87. Tis Miles I Have Rambled (The Blind Man He Can See, no.2) - Mary Connors & Paddy Doran
  88. The Fair at Spancil Hill - Christy Purcell
  89. Come All You Loyal Lovers - Mary Connors
  90. Early, Early All in the Spring - Winnie Ryan
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