The Plough And The Stars is a reel I have learned through various sessions in the area. I also associate it with the playing of Murty Ryan, who recorded it on his duet album with Siobhan Peoples “Time On Our Hands”.
“Larry’s Favourite” is a composition of Paddy O’Brien from Tipperary. I learned this great reel from my friend Johannes Perritaz, a great flute player from Switzerland. I also associate this tune with Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan, who recorded it on their album “Time on our Hands”.
“The Humours of Ballymanus” is a slip jig I learned from Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan’s wonderful album “Time on our Hands”. Siobhan and Murty are two fabulous musicians who live in Ennis and in my opinion one of the best duet of the last 20 years in Irish music.
“The Gatehouse Maid” is a reel I learned from Noel O’Donoghue. after a lovely session together with Murty Ryan (accordion) and Seanie McGrath (bouzouki). This tune is very often played after “Down The Broom”, it is a popular sets which has been recorded several times.
“Black Pat’s” is a composition of Tommy Peoples’. He wrote and recorded the tune in F, but this version in G comes from the playing of his daughter Síobhan Peoples, on her duet album “Time on our Hands” with accordion player Murty Ryan.