Tuesday 13 October 2009

Tommy Peoples - An Exciting Session with one of Ireland's Leading Traditional Fiddlers (1976)

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Tommy Peoples - An Exciting Session with one of Ireland's Leading Traditional Fiddlers (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann - CL 13 - 1976)

Tommy Peoples' first commercial album, recorded live between October 1974 and January 1976. On several tracks there is a very quiet guitar accompaniment, provided by Finian de Brun, but much of the music is entirely unaccompanied, except for occasional outbursts from an understandably excited audience. The playing is truly magnificent, and while several sets will be familiar from other recordings Tommy made in the 1970s, the sheer exuberance and technical precision is rarely matched on any of his other albums. Particularly excelllent here are the versions of 'The Green Hills of Tyrol' and 'The Green Fields of Glentown', while 'Jenny's Welcome to Charlie' is an absolutely superb rendition, played with all the Donegal fire and brilliance for which Tommy Peoples so rightly became famous. Yet another wonderful recording that has yet to be re-released on CD. Unfortunately, due to spindle wear on the LP there is a small amount of tonal distortion on the last tracks of this rip.

1. Jackson's/The Oak Tree [Reels]
2. Port na bPúcaí [Air]
3. The Salamanca/Lucy Campbell [Reels]
4. Doctor O'Neill [Jig]
5. The Green Hills of Tyrol [Reel]
6. Mulqueeney's [Hornpipe]
7. Jenny's Welcome to Charlie [Reel]
8. Farewell to Ireland [Air & Reel]
9. O'Callaghan's/Galway Bay [Hornpipes]
10. The Green Fields of Glentown [Reel]
11. Bovaglies Plaid [Air]/The Highlander's Farewell [Strathspey]/The Boyne Hunt [Reel]
12. The Bank of Ireland/The Shaskeen [Reels]
13. The Geese in the Bog [Jig]
14.McCahill's/Danny Meehan's [Reels]



  1. Thanks again. As you say it's a shame some of these haven't been re-released. I can remember tis one being on sale at some of the Fleadhs in the UK but sadly never had the money to buy it.

  2. Hello, and thank you so very much for the wonderful music and all the information about it! Today I tried to dowload the Tommy Peoples 1976 material and the download would only cycle thru the ad pages and not actually begin the download. I thought you'd like to know.

  3. Hi, I tried again to download the Tommy Peoples, and when the download page came up I clicked on the text as instructed. It merely refreshed the page, several times. I tried to do a right-click to 'download file as,' and a file downloaded as .zip.html. I removed .html and tried to open the .zip file, but it wouldn't open. I thought you'd like to know about this.
    Thanks very much!

  4. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I can't fix it at the moment as I'm away for a couple of months. Breandan from CCE has uploaded all the albums, so you can download it from there. Just enter the full title into the search engine once you've registered and logged on.


    All the best.

  5. Magic - thanks for sharing this.

  6. Wow, I just found a number of comhaltas vinyl in a sealed box in our basement. I think I bought in 1976 or 1977. Also found "Rakish Paddy" and a Johnny Doherty recording.

    Too bad this wasn't the first Dylan mono issue. Anyway it was great to hear it here which reminded me that I had a vinyl copy.