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Paddy Cronin's Reel

I am back this month after a short absence as I have found the Summer to be quite busy and finding time has been a challenge indeed. I decided this tune would be a tune for June/July since I didn't post a tune for June.  With that I think I will introduce a really fantastic tune for you all.  This reel has been my new favorite over the past few weeks and its the reason it is showing up here ;-)  I learned this tune quite quickly upon hearing it and learned it as a composition of the great Paddy Cronin.

  The title of the tune is Paddy Cronin's. So I have decided to tell you a little bit about the man Paddy Cronin because if you don't know him or you haven't heard him play then you are definitely missing out and need to study up.

 Paddy Cronin was a fiddle player from Gneeveguilla near Killarney in Co. Kerry. He was a lovely fiddle player and known for collecting and playing tunes from Sliabh Luachra tradition.  He was born in 1925 and passed away just 5 years ago in 2014.  

 Here is a video to learn more about him and there is a wealth of videos of him playing, and interviews on YouTube. 

This video I am enjoying, especially at the beginning because he  he associates Clare as having great concertina players, mentioning Noel Hill as the concertina great he admires the most. Aside from that, the interview with Michael O Suilleabhain is a true insight into his life, growing up in Ireland, learning music, moving from Ireland to Boston where he lived for 40 years and then moving back to Ireland eventually where he later died in 2014. What I love in this interview is his opinions on matters. For instance, one of his views on the "newer" style of playing music which he refers to as being more "technical" but he believes its not what sustains the music and not entirely what the music is about. He compliments the musicians who are able to do all the technical elements of the tunes but it is "traditional" Irish music and in his words he says "the tradition is back there".  I couldn't agree more. I hear my own dad talking when I hear this being said.  The technical element that people add to the music is amazing, and wonderful and beautiful but don't forget where it came from in the first place.  What is interesting to note is his opinion on the state of Irish music is in the USA and Ireland in the then 1990's when this was recorded versus how it is now. He mentioned Ireland had gone down hill with younger people playing music in the 1990's but I don't think it would be the case now.  Irish music has absolutely taken off both in the US and Ireland now. What I also found interesting is his take on how it was difficult to teach his own tradition/dialect of music in America mentioning the influence of other genres of music was the cause, something I wouldn't have thought about.   

If you click on this link:


you get a lovely summary of who he was and a collection of lovely videos of him playing.  His playing is beautifully sweet and his rhythm sublime. His interpretation and style is just beautiful. Just gorgeous playing.  Below is a link to a clip from YouTube of the tune being played by Nicholas and Anne McAuliffe  Enjoy this tune and finding out more about this great musician.

Nicholas and Anne McAuliffe playing "Paddy Cronin's" composed by Paddy Cronin himself :-)


Until August!!! Enjoy and Stay Cool ~~~



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