Tommy Peoples

Little John'd Hame (Strathspey) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Little John’s Hame

I first heard “Little John’s Hame” played by Dermot Byrne and James Cullinan at an amazing concert at the Corofin Traditional Festival back in 2013. This strathspey really stuck in my head the the following day I learned it from a video I found of Dermot Byrne playing with Tommy Peoples.

The Kilfenora Lass (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kilfenora Lass (The)

I learned “The Kilfenora Lass” from Tommy Peoples, it is on the “Fiddler’s Fancy” CD. When I learned this jig I thought it would be a common Kilfenora tune, but the truth is I actually never heard it in sessions.

Old John's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Old John’s

“Old John’s” has been one of my favourite jigs for many years. I learned it from a recording of Tommy Peoples and also associate it with Tony MacMahon, the great accordion player from Clare.

Dowd's Favourite | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Dowd’s Favourite

“Dowd’s Favourite” is a very beautiful reel which I associate with the playing of Paddy Carty. It is also simply called “Dowd’s” or “O’Dowd’s” and was recorded by Tommy Peoples on his album “The Iron Man”. I am not really sure where I originally learned this tune though, I think it might have been from my friend Damian Werner.

Don't Touch That Green Linnet | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Don’t Touch That Green Linnet

“Don’t Touch That Green Linnet” is a composition of the late Tommy Peoples, the fiddle player from Donegal who lived in County Clare for many years and influenced many great fiddles players. Tommy’s tunes are all remarkable and I particularly like this one.

The Cup of Tea Reel | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Cup of Tea (The)

A common session tune, “The Cup of Tea” is a great reel which I learned through various sessions. This version is quite standard, however I would highly recommend Tommy Peoples’ version on his album “The Quiet Glen”, I think it’s the best recording of this tune ever.

The Collier's Reel | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Collier’s (The)

“The Collier’s” is a common session tune and one of my favourite reels. I associate this tune with the great Tommy Peoples, but also with my friend John Fitzgerald, who is a great local whistle player here in Doolin with a style that reminds me very much of Micho Russell.

Black Pat's | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Black Pat’s

“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.