Tom Delany

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”.

John Kelly's Concertina Reel | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

John Kelly’s Concertina Reel

“John Kelly’s Concertina Reel” is great tune that I got from Denis Liddy at a session in McCarthy’s of Coore during the Willie Clancy Week back in 2014. I was familiar with this reel, associate with John Kelly Senior, through Tim Collins & Brian McNamara’s wonderful album “Reed Only”, and my good friend Tom Delany recorded it with concertina player Caroline Keane on their album “Never Say Good Bye, Say Good Luck” as well.

The Ivy Leaf | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Ivy Leaf (The)

“The Ivy Leaf” is a reel I learned through various sessions, but I associate it my friend Tom Delany in particular, as well as accordion player Seán Vaughan. Micho Russell recorded a version of this tune also.

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

Humours of Lissadell (The)

I learned “The Humours of Lissadell” after a weekend trip to Inishbofin with Tom Delany, Caroline Keane and a few others in 2014, it was like the “tune of the weekend”. It is quite a common session tune and often followed by “The Queen of May”.

The Mother And Child | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Mother And Child (The)

“The Mother And Child” is a reel I learned from the playing of Micho Russell. The tune is also known as “The Yellow Cow”. John Williams recorded a nice version of this tune on his first solo album as well.

The Gander In The Pratie Hole | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Gander In The Pratie Hole (The)

“The Gande in the Pratie Hole” is a jig I associate with my friend Tom Delany. I learned it from him during one his visits in Doolin, back in 2011. The band Moher, which features Noel O’Donoghue (flute) and Michael Queally (fiddle) among others also recorded it.

Flagstone of Memories | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Flagstone of Memories

“Flagstone of Memories” great reel composed by Vincent Broderick. I learned it after a session in McCarthy’s in Coore during  Willie Week. It was a great session with my friends Tom Delany and Sammi König and we were joined by Josephine Marsh. It was the first time I had the chance to play with Josephine and I really enjoyed it !