The Far Side Of The Glen - Derek McGinley & Tara Connaghan

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This recording features just two fiddles. The tradition of two fiddles and the uniformity of just one instrument is an aesthetic that south west Donegal musicians’ ears are very familiar with. The featured musicians live on either side of Glengesh Pass, between Ardara and Carrick, hence the inspiration for the title, The Far Side of the Glen. This would have been one of the main routes of access between Glenties and Glencolmcille where over the years many great musicians travelled.


Track 1. Untitled Jigs. (John Phadaí Chonchubhair’s / The Nova Scotia Jig). (Jigs)
Track 2. Jimmy McNelis’s Highland / Untitled highland. (Highlands)
Track 3. Kelly’s Fancy / Bun A’ tSrútháin. (Hornpipes). Derek solo.
Track 4. Patrick Doherty’s Barndances. (Barndances)
Track 5. Gealach An Fhómhair / The Old Wheel Of Fortune. (Reels)
Track 6. The Swallow’s Tail / The Cameronian. (Reels). Tara solo.
Track 7. Untitled highlands. (Highlands)
Track 8. Francie Byrne’s Mazurka / Untitled. (Mazurkas)
Track 9. Maggie Pickie. (Specific dance tune)
Track 10. Rocking The Cradle. (Slow air). Derek solo.
Track 11. Untitled Barndance / Balkin Hills. (Barndances)
Track 12. Charlie McDevitt’s / The Coillte Feannaid Reel. (Reels)
Track 13. Eddie O’Gara’s Waltz / Untitled. (Waltzes). Tara solo.
Track 14. Untitled Highlands. (Highlands)

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