Monday 5 October 2009

Kevin Taylor - Irish Traditional Music (1978)

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Kevin Taylor with Mary Conroy - Irish Traditional Music
(Inchecronin - INC 7418 - 1978)

A very interesting album, not least for Taylor's skill on the accordion, but particularly for his somewhat virtuosic interpretations of dance tunes on the piano, which are very lovely indeed. Taylor learned his music first from his father, the great West Limerick flute player Paddy Taylor, then from playing with the likes of Roger Sherlock and Seán Maguire at sessions in pubs such as the King's Head in Fulham Broadway. He was immersed in the music from a young age, and while he claimed to have started on the piano due to 'the musical laziness inherent amongst the Taylors', his mastery of the music on that particular instrument really needs to be heard to be believed.

1. The Gooseberry Bush/The Cup of Tea [Reels]
2. Katie Taylor's/Paddy Taylor's [Reels]
3. Eileen Curran/The Sandymount [Reels]
4. The Tailor's Twist [Hornpipe]
5. The Cook in the Kitchen/Sixpenny Money [Jigs]
6. The Garden of Daisies [Set Dance]
7. The Dogs Among the Bushes/The Fisherman's Island [Reels]
8. Con Curtin's Twins/The Knights of St. Patrick [Jigs]
9. Within a Mile of Dublin/Johnny Allan's [Reels]
10. The Colliers [Jig]/The Colliers [Reel]
11. The Boys of the Lough [Reel]
12. Paddy O'Brien's/Paddy O'Brien's [Jigs]
13. The Job of Journeywork [Set Dance]
14. The Pinch of Snuff/The Flax in Bloom [Reels]
15. Lady Gordon/Mary McMahon [Reels]
16. Aggie Whyte's/The Bloom of Youth [Reels]


1 comment:

  1. Ha! Piano, don't hear that often. Nice stuff all around, a piano playing friend (both the upright and accordion varieties) will be interested. Am lucky to have most of your offerings but not this one. For an example of the piano in other traditions, try these: Cindy (piano): Hobart Smith: MP3 Downloads
    Playing the piano at the Bearcraft Craft Center in Cape Breton