Terry Bingham

Larry The Beer Drinker (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Larry The Beer Drinker

I learned “Larry The Beer Drinker” from Terry Bingham during a concertina workshop at the Russell Memorial Weekend 2014. Andrew MacNamara recorded this tune on his album “Dawn”, he plays it after one of my favourite jigs, “Contentment is Wealth”.

The Kilmaley Jig | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kilmaley Jig (The)

I learned The Kilmaley Jig from Terry Bingham’s CD “Traditional Irish Music from Doolin, Co. Clare”, which is one of my all-time favourites. He follows this tune with “Billy McCormick’s”, another lovely jig. Kilmaley is a parish here in Co. Clare, close to Ennis.

The Jolly Tinker (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Jolly Tinker (The)

I learned “The Jolly Tinker” from Yvonne Casey and Terry Bingham at a session in McGann’s Pub. It is a great 5-part session tune and lately I’ve heard it a lot as part of a set that Kevin Griffin, Noel O’Donoghue and Sean Vaughan play together : Colonel Frazer, The Bucks of Oranmore & The Jolly Tinker.

Johnny Leary's (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Johnny Leary’s Jig

I learned Johnny Leary’s Jig from Terry Bingham, at a workshop during the Russell Memorial Weekend 2013. It is a nice tune that you hear every now and then in sessions, but not too often.

The Maho Snaps (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maho Snaps (The)

“The Maho Snaps” is a lovely little jig that I got from Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend a few years back. I believe Terry got this tunes from Cathal McConnell, the flute player with The Boys Of The Lough.

John Dwyer's Reel | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

John Dwyer’s

“John Dwyer’s” is a popular session tune composed by John Dwyer of the famously musical family of west Cork (John is a brother of Finbar, Richard and Micheal). I learned this tune from Christy Barry, Terry Bingham and James Devitt, and I now particularly enjoy playing this reel with Adrian McMahon, a great young flute …

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Jenny Picking Cockles | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Jenny Picking Cockles

I learned “Jenny Picking Cockles” from Terry Bingham, who recorded it with Dermot Byrne on his album “Traditional Irish Music from Doolin, Co. Clare”. I also associate this tune with my good friend Paolo Cerato.

Jackie Small's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Jackie Small’s

“Jackie Small’s” is a jig that I learned from Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend back in 2015, and I believe got that tune from the playing of De Dannan. It also features on a great album called “The Bank of Turf” by Tommy Fitzharris (flute) and Donal McCague (fiddle).

If there weren't any women in the world barndance | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

If There Weren’t Any Women In The World

I learned this lovely barndance, “If There Weren’t Any Women In The World”, from a session with Terry Bingham, Yvonne Casey and Stéphane Germain at Fitzpatrick’s Pub back in 2012. I have played it with Terry on other occasions since and he likes to play it after a hornpipe called “Caisleán an Óir”.

The Hole In The Hedge | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Hole In The Hedge (The)

“The Hole In The Hedge” is a jig I picked up at a session in Gus O’Connor’s Pub with Eoin O’Neill, Quentin Cooper, Jon O’Connell, Terry Bingham and Thierry Masure. It is related to “Larry The Beer Drinker”.

Hold The Reins | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Hold The Reins

I learned “Hold The Reins” from a session recording I made of a nice evening in Hotel Doolin back in 2008 with my friend Stéphane, Yvonne Casey and Terry Bingham. It was also recorded by accordion and concertina player from Chicago John Williams, who has spent a lot of time in Doolin over the years. It is also called “The Dublin Lads”.

Harvest Moon | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Harvest Moon

“The Harvest Moon” is a reel that was composed by Paddy O’Brien. I first heard it on PJ Crotty & James Cullinan’s album, but I learned it through various sessions, with Stéphane, Yvonne Casey & Terry Bingham in particular. Adam & Dave Shapiro also recorded it on their album “Cape to Clare”.

The Goat On The Green | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Goat On The Green (The)

“The Goat On The Green” is the first tune I ever learned on the concertina. It comes from Terry Bingham’s album, as part of a set called “Charlie Harris'”. It is not a very common session tune but you hear it every now and then. It also goes by the name “The Frog In The Well”.

The Glenside Cottage | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Glenside Cottage (The)

“The Glenside Cottage” (also known as “The Old Ruined Cottage In The Glen”) is a reel I learned from Terry Bingham’s album. It is the first tune of a set that Terry learned from Jackie Daly, the great accordion player from Sliabh Luachra who now resides in Miltown Malbay. The second tune in the set is “I Have No Money”.

The Girls of Banbridge | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Girls of Banbridge (The)

I learned “The Girls of Banbridge” at a workshop with Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend a few years back. I don’t remember hearing this jig in sessions but I think it’s a really nice tune nonetheless.

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.

I Have No Money | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

I Have No Money

I learned “I Have No Money” from Terry Bingham’s album. It is a reel that comes from the playing of Jackie Daly, the great accordion from Sliabh Luachra who now lives in Miltown Malbay. He recorded it in a set after “The Glenside Cottage”, and Terry Bingham recorded the same set.

The Flowing Tide | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Flowing Tide (The)

“The Flowing Tide” is a hornpipe that is very much associated with the playing of the legendary Chris Droney, concertina player from Bell Harbour. I actually learned it from Christy Barry, James Devitt and Terry Bingham.

The Eel In The Sink | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Eel In The Sink (The)

I learned this reel from Terry Bingham’s album, but it is also a tune I associate with Sean Vaughan, a great accordion player from Kilmaley who plays in Doolin often. It was also recorded by John Williams on his first album. He plays it after “Thadey Casey’s” and this is a set I play regularly.

Eddie Moloney's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Eddie Moloney’s

I learned this lovely jig, “Eddie Moloney’s”, from Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend back in 2012. Eddie Moloney was a flute player from East Galway and this particular tune was recorded on one of my all time favourite albums, “The Thing Itself” by Maeve Donnelly & Peadar O’Loughlin. X:1 T:Eddie Moloney’s M:6/8 L:1/8 …

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Donegal Reel | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Donegal Reel (The)

“The Donegal Reel” is a tune I learned from Terry Bingham at a workshop during the Russell Weekend 2012. It is a favourite of my friend Pat Lynch, fiddle player from Kilfenora.

Doctor Gilbert's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Doctor Gilbert’s

“Doctor Gilbert’s” is a great reel which I associate with Terry Bingham and Christy Barry. There is also another version of this tune known as “The Dispute At The Crossroads”,  is associated with the late John Doherty, the fiddle player from Donegal.

Dinny O'Brien's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Dinny O’Brien’s

I learned “Dinny O’Brien’s” at a workshop with Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend a few years ago. It is a reel written by the great composer Paddy O’Brien from Tipperary.

Cronin's Hornpipe | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Cronin’s Hornpipe

“Cronin’s Hornpipe” is a popular tune that I learned from Terry Bingham. I also associate this tune with my good friend Adrian McMahon, a great flute player from Kilfenora. Adrian likes to play it after “The Rights of Men”, which makes a really nice change.

The Cavan Reel | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Cavan Reel (The)

I got “The Cavan Reel” at a session with Terry Bingham & Yvonne Casey at McGann’s Pub. Mary MacNamara also recorded it on her album “Blackberry Blossom”, and it is known as Mike Flannagan’s as well.

Caisleán an Óir | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Caisleán an Óir

Caisleán an Óir (The Golden Castle) was composed by Junior Crehan from Miltown Malbay. I learned it from Terry Bingham, who often plays it after “If there weren’t any woman in the world”. It was also recorded on Matt Molloy and Sean Keane’s brilliant album “Contentment is Wealth”.

Boys of Bluehill | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Boys of Bluehill (The)

“The Boys of Bluehill” is one of the most common tune in Irish Music. Some would say it is only a beginner tune, but I think it is a beautiful hornpipe. This is the version we play around Doolin, I think I got it from Terry Bingham. I like playing this tune with flute player Adrian McMahon, he usually plays it after “The Good Natured Man”.

Billy McCormick's Jig | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Billy McCormick’s Jig

I learned “Billy McCormick’s Jig” at a workshop with Terry Bingham during the Russell Memorial Weekend in 2012. Terry also recorded this tune on his album, after “The Kilmaley Jig”. He associates it with fiddle player Connie Connell’s.

The Banks of Newfoundland | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Banks of Newfoundland (The)

“The Banks of Newfoundland” is a very nice jig I heard during the Russell Weekend 2013 with Christy Barry and Terry Bingham. Terry got it from John Blake, Lamond Gillespie and Mick Leahy’s album “Traditional Irish Music From London”.

Apples in Winter | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Apples in Winter

“Apples in Winter” has been one of my favourite jigs for a very long time. I first learned it from a session recording I made of Yvonne Casey, Terry Bingham and my friend Stéphane.