The Donagher Family


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Donagher Family-Traditioal Irish Music and Song from Sligo


  • Jigs: The Road to Easkey / Jackson’s. 2:33
  • Song: The Salley Gardens. 2:39
  • Reel: The Morning Dew. 1:16
  • Jigs: Larry O’ Gaff’s. ( Accordion Solo) 1:55
  • Reels: The Copperplate / Clysdale Lassies. ( Flute Solo) 1:51
  • Hornpipes: Glenbeigh / The Owenbeg. 2:51
  • Reels: Moving Bogs / Wild Irishman. ( Fiddle Solo) 1:36
  • Air: Teddy O’ Neill. ( Harmonica Solo) 2:14
  • Jig: Frieze Britches. ( Uileann Pipes) 2:50
  • Reel: Trim The Velvet. 1:16
  • Medley: Highwood Lassies. 1:35
  • Reels: Flax In Bloom / Miss Thornton’s. ( Accordion Solo) 2:17
  • Jigs: Paddy Fahy’s. ( Tin Whistle Solo) 2:27
  • Medley; Tennessee Wig Walk / Turkey In The Straw. 2:21
  • Hornpipe: McLoughlin’s. (Piano Solo) 1:57
  • Waltz: The Tennessee Waltz. 2:59
  • Jigs: Tobin’s. 1:58
  • Song: Emigrant’s Letter. 2:35
  • Reels: The Kerryman / Lord McDonald’s. 2:24

This recording is a unique combination of skill and tradition which culminates in a wide ranging and unusual music, which in turn shows the versatility and capability of the musicians involved. The Donagher’s consist of Gerard ( Father) Aileen and Kenny, of Easkey, Co Sligo, who have been prominent in musical circles throughout the West of Ireland. Gerard’s traditional technique, derived from his father John Donagher, sets the tone and rythmn of the traditional music. Kenny follows with his development of contemporary and traditional accordion playing and Aileen through her cosmopolitan knowledge of music delivers excellent renderings of “ The Frieze Britches” and the “Tennessee Waltz” to the listener. Ivan Gibson, the guitarist, enhanced each by his excellence in approach to his instrument. Jim Higgins, who provides the discursive rhythymical and harmonic approach to the music also achieves his goal as accompanist on the recording. Songs by Gerard and Aileen, arranged in a moood of the times, complete the employment of expertise in the production of a compellingly human sound. Dedicated to Bridie Donagher Acknowledgements. Bridie Donagher for her love of, and motivation for the music on this production. Rev. Thomas Foy, for encouraging Gerard’s musical career. Brendan McDonagh, for his inspiration and encouragement. All the places we played in for their welcome and encouragement. Fiddle, Harmonica, Song (Emigrant’s Letter) Gerard Donagher. Flute, Tin Whistle,Uileann Pipes, Piano, Song ( Salley Gardens) Aileen Donagher Accordions, Kenny Donagher. Guitars, Bass Guitar, Ivan Gibson Bodhran, Tamlan Drums, Piano ( On Track 13) Jim Higgins Recorded at West One Studio. Engineer: Pat Neary Produced by. The Donaghers, Ivan and Jim Distributed by; Trad Ireland Photo, Ben Bulben, by Sean Walsh

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Weight 135 g