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Irish Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes

Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy
Irish Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes

Influential duo Michael Gorman, a Sligo fiddler, and Willie Clancy, a Clare Uilleann piper, joined forces for this 1956 exhibition of Irish dance tunes.

At the time, Michael Gorman was already a popular traditional fiddler, performing on television and radio, and this recording features his now-standard reel, "The Mountain Road." This is Willie Clancy’s debut recording, however, marking his emergence as one of Ireland’s best pipers. Although it’s not among Clancy’s better known albums, Irish Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes clearly demonstrates his virtuosic pipering. Liner notes by frequent Folkways producer Henry Cowell and Ester Brown include biographies and a guide to Irish dance including step diagrams.

Track Listing

101
Slip Jig: Promenade Step Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 3:03
102
Slip Jig: Side Step Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 1:47
103
Single Jigs: Ask Me Father / Carry Me Down to Carlow (medley) Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 2:11
104
Double Jig: The Mug of Brown Ale Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 1:42
105
Double Jig: The Fair-Haired Boy Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 1:40
106
Sligo Reel: The Mountain Road Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 1:38
107
County Cork Reel: Fermony Lasses Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 2:28
108
Reel: The Flogging Reel Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 1:48
109
Reels: Humours of Lissadel / Doctor Gilbert (medley) Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 3:04
110
Hornpipe Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 2:09
111
Hornpipe: Chief O'Neill's Favourite Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 2:23
112
Irish Set Dance: Rodney's Glory Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 2:06
113
Traditional Air: Little Red Lark Michael Gorman and Willy Clancy 2:15

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