Stephane Germain

The Lilting Banshee (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Lilting Banshee (The)

“The Lilting Banshee” is a very common session jig and it was the second tune I ever learned. My friend Stéphane taught it to me on tin whistle during my first summer in Doolin, back in 2006.

The Rights of Man (hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Rights of Man (The)

I learned The rights of Man during my very first summer in Ireland, back in 2006, on the tin whistle. It is my friend Stéphane who got me started, and I am ever so grateful for all the advice and tips he gave me, especially around his respectful approach to traditional music.

Jimmy Duffy's No 2 | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Jimmy Duffy’s No 2

This is the second tune of the “Jimmy Duffy’s Barndances”, which I learned from my friend, flute player Stéphane Germain. He actually enjoys playing these two barndances on the accordion, and it is one of our favourite sets to play at our Sunday afternoon session at Gus O’Connor’s Pub.

Jimmy Duffy's No 1 | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Jimmy Duffy’s No 1

I learned the “Jimmy Duffy’s Barndances” from my friend Stéphane Germain, and I believe he learned himself when he used to live in County Leitrim. This set of Barndance is one of our favourites, which we enjoy playing on the Sunday afternoon session at Gus O’Connor’s Pub.

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

Jackie Coleman’s

I learned “Jackie Coleman’s” from Dympna O’Sullivan’s album “Bean Chairdín”. It is a popular reel around Doolin and I associate it with flute player Stéphane Germain in particular.

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”.

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 Hare's Paw | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Hare’s Paw (The)

“The Hare’s Paw” was one of the first reel I ever learned. I got it from my friend Stéphane and Paul Dooley (fiddle/harp) at a session in McHugh’s Pub in Liscannor. A common set in the area is to play “The Hare’s Paw” before another great tune, “The Concert Reel”.

Handsome Sally | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Handsome Sally

“Handsome Sally” is a reel I learned from Stéphane and Adam Shapiro. They used to have a great sessions in Cooley’s Pub in Ennistymon. I believe they got this tunes tune from Catherine & John McEvoy’s CD “The Kilmore Fancy”.

The Green Fields of Rossbeigh | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Green Fields of Rossbeigh (The)

“The Green Fields of Rossbeigh” has been one of my favourite tune for a very long time! I learned it from my friend Stéphane, when he used to work in the Traditional Music Shop in Doolin. I also associate this tune with accordion player Seán Vaughan.

Garrett Barry's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Garrett Barry’s

I learned “Garrett Barry’s” as one of my first jigs, from my friend Stéphane Germain here in Doolin. It is a common session tune associated with the blind piper Garrett Barry from Inagh, in Co. Clare.

The Galtee Ranger | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Galtee Ranger (The)

“The Galtee Ranger” is a reel which I learned from my good friend Stéphane. It was recorded by Mary Bergin and also by Kevin Crawford on his album “In Good Company”, and it is sometimes called “Callaghan’s” as well.