Con Cassidy: fiddle
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh: fiddle
Dermot McLaughlin: fiddle

From Teileann in south west Donegal, Con Cassidy (1909-1994) was one of the great Donegal fiddle players of the past century. He was an influential player and the source of many a tune played and recorded by players of the younger generations, such as the members of the group Altan. This 36-track CD, produced by the same team who compiled the "Fiddle Music of Donegal" series, and bringing together recordings made at various times during the 1980s, clearly shows that this man could play. This is essential listening for fans and students of Donegal music. And unlike some field recordings where the players seem to have felt like they needed to record their "best tunes," and left out highlands, marches, and such, there are plenty of those kinds of tunes here, including the very curious arrangement of the French anthem "La Marseillaise." Biography and tune notes by Dermot McLaughlin, who also plays fiddle on three duets with Cassidy.

Rating: ****

Price: $21.99        Recommended
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1. Jig: Con Cassidy's Jig
2. Highland: The Low Highland
3. Highland: The Lazy Dog
4. March: La Marseillaise
5. March: Parnell's
6. Jig: The Forst is All Over
7. Jigs: The Rakes of Clonmel / Old Man Dillon
8. Waltz: The Speaking Waltz
9. March: Gallagher's
10. Mazurka: Untitled
11. Hornpipe: Lad O'Beirne's
12. [spoken] Con talks starting to play the fiddle
13. Reels: McFarley's (duet)
14 [spoken] Con tells the story behind "Taibhse Chonaill"
15. Single Jig: Taibhse Chonaill
16. [spoken] Con talks about local musicians in Teileann
17. Slip Jig: Untitled
18. Highland: An Mhalaidh Gharbh
19. Highland: Miss Ramsey's
20. Reel: My Love is in America
21. Lancer: My Love She's but a Lassie Yet
22. Highland: Maude Millar's
23. Highland: Untitled
24. Reel: The Green Mountain
25. Barndance: Untitled
26. Highland: Dulaman na Binne Buidhe
27. Highland: Untitled
28. Highland: The Ewe with the Crooked Horn
29. Barndance: Untitled
30. Reel: The Copper Plate
31. [spoken] Con talks about Seamus Ennis
32. Reel: Francie Byrne's (duet)
33. Lancer: Petronella (duet)
34. Reel: Cuffe Street (duet)
35. [spoken] Con talks about his fiddle playing
36. Reel: Sean sa Cheo
See also:
      The Brass Fiddle