Jig Away the Donkey  Album LUGCD964

Gabriel McArdle on vocals and concertina, Martin Quinn on accordion and Gerry O’Connor on fiddle.

 

"Jig Away the Donkey" brings together three soloists presenting the Music and Song of South Ulster in its most natural form. The music is full of lift and drive; the songs exude depth and humour. The album celebrates the rich musical heritage from Ireland’s drumlin region of hills and lakes, stretching from north Louth to south Donegal, drawing on the rich store of music and song from Armagh, Monaghan, Cavan and Fermanagh.

 

Musicians from a previous generation using the same title for two different dance tunes gave rise to the album title.  Single jigs, highlands, song tunes and ballads reflect the diverse and varied musical nature of this rich and relatively unexplored part of Ireland. Many tunes are drawn from unpublished sources and long forgotten recordings of local musicians, re-imagined and interpreted by three of the region's finest performers, playing in modern times but managing to maintain the vibrant charm and fluency of the past masters.

 

Suitable for house concerts, Arts Council tours, Traditional Arts events , workshops, festivals, etc. 

 

Visit:     www.southulstermusic.com

 

I am an Irish fiddle player, music producer and label owner of Lughnasa Music. Please check out on my projects page the various activities I am presently involved in;  these include performing, teaching, arranging and producing.

 

 A selection of CDs are available from the Store, including Lá Lugh, Skylark, Journeyman and all more recent projects on which I am working: Oirialla, Jig Away the Donkey and a live Duo album with longtime musical partner, Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot .

 

The long awaited album Bilingua by Eithne Ní Uallacháin is now available at Gael Linn label. Please visit Eithne's website for lots of photos and details abouth Eithne's life and her music. 

 

Recent developments include the publication of Cathal McConnell's song collection "I Have Travelled this Country" and, in collaboration with Fintan Vallely, we have created a mixed media one hour concert presentation of Fintan's  "Companach", the definitive Encyclopedia of Irish Music.

 

I continue to play as guest musician with  the wonderful White Raven vocal trio  and the celebrated and highly successful veterans of the Irish folk music scene The Irish Rovers. Check out these activities under Projects. 

 

I also manage a business in Violin Restoration and Sales under O'Connor Violins.

 

You can contact me at gerryfiddleoconnor@gmail.com.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit the site.

 

    Gerry

 

 

1964  Gerry with the fiddle case

Margaret Kettle (Conlon) and me leaving the Dominican Hall at Fleadh Dhun Dealgan. Margaret, one of my mother's first pupils, tells a great story. Arriving at our house for her weekly fiddle lesson she meets my father at the door. He enquires how much practice she had done. Margaret states that she did a bit all right .. " a fair bit "? my father enquires... ah yes , replies Margaret ... Thats amazing , my father teases, taking her bow from behind his back. You left this behind last week!