Category Archives: Videos

Jigs: Julia Clifford’s Jig and Paddy Taylor’s

A lovely couple of Jigs played on my super loud 4-voice Dino Baffetti B/C. I got the box from a piano accordion maker who wasn’t really aware what he held in his hands. Plays lovely and very loud. Ideal box for a noisy Paddy’s Day session!

The first tune is a standard by now, the second not so much. I heard it played in one of the many box-related facebook videos that pass my screen everyday and in the comments, it said that these two are always played together. I can’t remember the third tune in that set and find it hard to find a suitable third tune. If you have a suggestion: Just let me know :-)

Reels: Miss McGuiness/McGoldrick’s

This week it’s reels again. Miss McGuiness is a tune I have played for a long time after I heard Frankie Gavin play it with De Dannan. I never considered it to be a particularly nice box tune until I heard Daithi Gormley play it on some Youtube video I can’t find anymore. What makes it really fun for me now is that the second part starts with the dominant chord, so in this case D and not G. This gives a nice little lift to it as it comes as a surprise to the listener. It also serves as a mean little test for the person playing backing will they be able to pick that up or just keep playing against that chord change?

The second tune, McGoldrick’s has been a firm favourite since I heard it played as the finale of a four-reels set on the first Beginish CD. What a nice set of reels that is. It’s dangerously close to the Humours of Tulla though and it took me long to keep this two apart. It still happens that I slip into McGoldrick’s when I want to play Humours of Tulla in a set but it get’s less.

The fair haired boy/The controversial

I finally found the time to record some tunes and am going to share one after the other roughly every week. I’ll put some info on where I got them from. The following two reels have been longtime favorites of mine.

The fair haired boy is tune I first heard played on a recording of a Lisdoonvarna session someone had filmed with a cell phone and posted on facebook. I can’t find it anymore but luckily, I played it back out loud and recorded it with my cell phone on the train immediately while I was commuting to work. Poor folks sitting next to me… It was only after that incident that I heard it played in the Amsterdam Session as well.

The controversial was written be Billy McComiskey. It seems less popular on this side of the pond, which I think is a pity so I keep advertising it. IMHO The best version is actually not played by the man himself, but by John McCann.