"We have been so lucky to have Flo teach at the South East Tionól for the past three years. Flo has the ability to instruct beginners as well as advanced concertinists in the same class at our small annual workshop. Each student has walked away with the confidence, technique and musicality to become a better traditional Irish musician all thanks to Flo. The tunes she chooses to teach and perform come from the very essence of her upbringing and the rich concertina tradition of County Clare. She truly has the gift to communicate her love for the instrument and the music of her home... We are looking forward to having Flo teach at the 2013 South East Tionól in Orlando, Florida"
 Kathleen Cavanagh  South East Tionól Organizer

"Among the minority of younger players who continue to sustain the older dialects of Clare are Jacqui McCarthy, Florence Fahy, Breeda Green, Louise Pyne, and Francis Droney"  
Gearoid O hAllmhurain                                      

 "Clare -The Heartland of Irish Concertina

On RTE's Raidio na Gaeltachta on the 16th of July last, I was delighted that tracks from my concert was played on Aine Henessey's show "Draíocht an Chonsairtín". I know many of you have asked me for photos and videos of the night and I am trying to source both! The concert was recorded at this past "Consairtin" festival which took place in Ennis in April of this year and which I played for the opening concert on the Thursday night.  I was accompanied by the great Garry O Bhriain on mandocello and I had my student who was attending the classes at the festival Niamh McGillacuddy join me for a tune!  Enjoy listening!  

Below is the radio show link and if you are not familiar with Irish, Google does offer to translate the page or hit the green button that says  "Eist anois". At first, the show has the "nuacht' or "news" in Irish so the actual show starts time is around the 5 minute mark :-)   


Raidio na Gaeltachta, July 16th, "Draoicht An Consairtin"



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  • Garda's Cap1:29

  • The Foggy Morning2:12

  • Gooseberry Fair Reel.mp31:45

Florence Fahy

  • Paddy Cronin's Reel1:02

  • Dinny O Briens Jig1:23

  • Scoraiochtar1:02

  • The Rookery - Vincent Broderick1:39

  • An Buachalán buí .mp32:20

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  • The Elusive Magpie2:18

  • Second Victory Jig 2:04

  • The Smiling Lady1:35

  • The Maids Of Castlebar - Slower1:49



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Tune For October

The Tattie Hookers  - Hornpipe

Hello and welcome to my "Tune Of The Month"  for October!!! I have decided to slow it down this month and bring to you a lovely hornpipe I learned not so long ago.  It is a really fun hornpipe to play and not too difficult in my opinion. It is a composition of Vincent Broderick from Loughrea, Co. Galway and this tune can be found in his tunebook entitled "The Turoe Stone". 

If you didn't know already you can access the ABC music notation of all of Vincent's tunes from The Turoe Stone music book  on the following website address which you will have to copy and paste into your browser as it will not let me give you a direct link to this page when you click on it. http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=www.capeirish.com/webabc/working/source.folders/turoe/turoe_ABC.txt/0082

After doing this, select "instead you can view/download turoe_ABC.txt from the Bill Black abc collection"

I am assuming the tune earns its title from the majestic Galway Hooker fishing boat. If I am wrong and anybody has more information on this tune, feel free to entertain me with the story behind the tune.

 In the event that this tune is indeed about the great fishing boats, here is a quote from a website I found giving the history and importance of the boats for everyday life.  I am  referencing so you can become acquainted with these beautiful Galway Hooker fishing vessels. 

"Fishing vessels have always been important part of the fleet and this has led to the evolution of some distinctly Irish boats. Perhaps most notable among these are the iconic red-sailed Galway Hookers"

Click here to find out more about these beautiful sea vessels:​http://irelandsmaritimefestivals.com/galway-hooker/

 I really had to ponder on what the tune was named after but I see a drawing of the great Galway Hooker boat on the page of his tunebook that the tune is transcribed on so I am almost certain this tune was written about one Vincent might have travelled in or saw in his travels. I'll let you decide!

Wishing you all a Happy Hallowe'en!!!

See you next month and thank you for checking out my tune!