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Tune For September
Hello and welcome to the tune of the month for September. I have chosen a lovely hornpipe entitled " Cooley's Hornpipe"that I first learned when I started going to local sessions with my dad. Little did I know it was a composition of the great Paddy O' Brien from Co. Tipperary at the time but found that out when I studied more of Paddy's music and learned his tunes. The title of the tune refers to the great Joe Cooley from Peterswell in Co. Galway. He is a legend and one of the greats in Irish traditional accordion playing I have added some YouTube clips for you to watch and appreciate how much Joe contributed to Irish traditional music as a whole. I often heard my dad talk of Joe Cooley and how great he was of a player and how he saw him play in Gort, Peterswell and Loughrea in Co. Galway many times. I believe a lot of Irish traditional music players today can learn just by listening to the playing of Joe Cooley. His rhythm, energy and drive that would make your feet tap no matter what and you can feel his love for the music. It comes from within, his heart and soul and his music exudes that. It is heartwarming, to listen to him play and for me he is a voice for the musicians of that time and for the musicians that even came before him. I tell all my students all the time that anyone can learn tunes, that is the easy part. It is finding that spark within and understanding where this music came from and respecting the generations before us that have passed it on so brilliantly. The videos below show Joe playing before he sadly passed away with throat cancer in 1973. The 2nd video is a documentary by Tony McMahon on the great Joe Cooley in which he looks back over his life and interviews some Joe's music friends over the years. The last clip is Noel Hill and Tony Linnane playing Joe Cooleys Hornipipe from one of my favorite albums. Please take a moment to learn who this great man was if you are not familiar with his history and legacy. He is one of the legends of this tradition.
Enjoy learning this tune and enjoy learning more about the great Joe Cooley.
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