Hugh Healy

The Laurel Tree (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Laurel Tree (The)

“The Laurel Tree” is the second reel I have ever learned! I learned it from my friend Tom Delany during a lovely afternoon back in 2006 in the garden of Magnetic Music Café, where I used to work back then. I had this tune stuck in my head as it was the opening tune on Hugh and Colm Healy’s album “Macalla na hÓige”.

The Lady on the Island (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Lady on the Island (The)

The Lady on the Island is a very common session tune. I first learned it from James Cullinan & PJ Crotty’s album “Happy to Meet”. It was also recorded by Dympna O’Sullivan on her beautiful CD “Bean chairdín” and by Hugh Healy and Blackie O’Connell.

John McHugh's (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

John McHugh’s

“John McHugh’s Jig” is a very common session tune here in Doolin. I learned it at one of the Super Sunday sessions in O’Connor’s Pub with Noel O’Donoghue, Sean Vaughan and Hugh Healy. It is part of one of my favourite set, which is associated with the Kilfenora Ceili Band.

The Harty Boys | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Harty Boys (The)

I learned “The Harty Boys” from Hugh Healy and Blackie O’Connell’s album “We Were Drinking And Kissing The Ladies”. A very nice jig that is rather common in sessions.

The Humours of Ballingarry | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Humours of Ballingarry (The)

“The Humours of Ballingarry” is a popular jig around Doolin. It is the last tune of a set that I learned from James Cullinan abd PJ Crotty’s album. The First two jigs of this set are “Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part” and “Dooney Rock”. Hugh & Colm Healy also recorded “The Humours of Ballingarry” on their CD “Macalla na hÓige”.

George White's Favourite | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

George White’s Favourite

A reel I like very much, “George White’s Favourite” is a tune that I associate with Christy Barry, Terry Bingham and James Devitt. It was also recorded by Hugh & Colm Healy on their album “Macalla na hÓige”, for which particular set they were joined by Noel O’Donoghue and Eric Healy.

The Gaelic Club | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Gaelic Club (The)

“The Gaelic Club” is not a common session tune, but I’ve loved playing it for many years now. I learned it from Hugh & Colm Healy’s album “Macalla na hÓige” and it was also recorded in 2015 by my friends Tom Delany and Caroline Keane with their band FourWinds.

Father Kelly's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Father Kelly’s

“Father Kelly’s” is quite a common session reel. I learned it after a Sunday evening session at Gus O’Connor’s Pub with Hugh Healy, Noel O’Donoghue and Kevin Griffin.

The Drumraney Lass | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Drumraney Lass (The)

“The Drumraney Lass” is a jig that I learned from Hugh Healy and Blackie O’Connell. They recorded it on their album “We Were Drinking And Kissing The Ladies” back in 2010.  X:1 T:Drumraney Lass, The M:6/8 R:Jig K:Ador |:A2A ABA|GEE G2B|A2A ABd|edB gdB| A2A ABA|GEE G2B|dBA GAB|ded dBA:|| |:def g2g|agf g2e|def g2d|edB dBA| def gfg|agf …

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Drag Her Round The Road | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Drag Her Round The Road

I learned “Drag Her Round The Road” from Hugh Healy & Blackie O’Connell’s duet album “We Were Drinking And Kissing The Ladies”. It is a great reel which I have enjoyed playing for many years now and never get tired of it!

De'il Among The Tailors | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

De’il Among The Tailors (The)

“The De’il Among The Tailors” is a setdance I learned from one of Doolin’s legends, concertina player Packie Russell. This being said, I actually first heard this tune on Hugh Healy & Blackie O’Connell’s album “We were drinking and kissing the ladies”. They mention Packie Russell as their source and so I learned it from the album “The Russell Family” as well.

Con Cassidy's Jig | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Con Cassidy’s (Jig)

“Con Cassidy’s” is a jig from Donegal which I learned from the playing of the great flute player Frankie Kennedy, who recorded it on his wonderful duet album with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. Hugh and Colm Healy also recorded it on their album Macalla na hÓige.

Christmas Eve | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Christmas Eve

“Christmas Eve” is a very popular session tune, and not only at Christmas time! This reel was composed by fiddle player Tommy Coen and I learned it from Hugh Healy & Colm Healy’s album “Macalla na hÓige”, which came out in 2004 and is full of great tunes.

The Bird In The Bush | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Bird in the Bush (The)

“The Bird In The Bush” is a very common reel in sessions all over the world. It was one of the first reel I ever learned and I got it from Hugh Healy & Colm Healy’s album “Macalla Na hOige”.