Frank Cassidy: fiddle, speech
John Doherty: fiddle
Con Cassidy, Seamus Ennis: speech

Cairdeas na bhFidileiri continues its important work to make available the music of past great figures of Donegal fiddle playing, this time with a collection which features Frank Cassidy (1900-1971), and which offers the listener ample proof that Cassidy's tremendous reputation as a player is entirely justified. Like his cousin Con Cassidy, who was the subject of the previous release in this series, Frank Cassidy was from Teileann in south west Donegal, and grew up in a musical family--his older brother Johnny is said to have been an even better player, but no recordings survive. Johnny and Frank were the makers of the famous brass fiddle which adorns the cover of the CD by the same title. The 35 tracks on this CD include several spoken testimonies, by the like of Con Cassidy and Seamus Ennis, about Frank Cassidy and his playing. The music tracks, which span the years 1946-1967, and include several fascinating duets with John Doherty, another great of Donegal fiddle music, are often stunning, especially the many slow airs which Cassidy evidently loved to play, and which he did play in most extraordinary fashion. Repeated performances of the same tunes also provide unusual insight into the evolution of Cassidy's style over the years. The record notes, by Rab Cherry and Dermot McLoughlin, paint a fascinating portrait of a lonely and mysterious man and his art. Like the recent Con Cassidy CD, this is essential listening for fans and students of Donegal music, indeed for anyone interested in the Irish music tradition.

Rating: ****

Price: $21.99        Recommended
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1. Hornpipe: Tuam na Farraige
2. Reel: Down the Broom
3. Reel: The Pinch of Snuff
4. Air: Tiarna Muigh Eo
5. Air: Tiarna Muigh Eo
6. Jig: The Wedding Jig
7. Reel: Bonnie Kate
8. Air: Crónán na Máthar
9. Air: Dark Loch na Gar
10. Seamus Ennis recalls meeting Frank Cassidy
11. Reel: Cuffe Street
12. Reel: The Pinch of Snuff
13. Jig: The Irish Washerwoman
14. Introduction to Muineál a'Bhardail by Frank Cassidy
15. Reel: Muineál a'Bhardail
16. Air: Myth Island
17. Reel: Cuffe Street
18. Hornpipe: The Japanese Hornpipe
19. Con Cassidy talks about Frank Cassidy
20. Waltz: Beautiful Ohio
21. Jig: The Lark on the Strand
22. Hornpipes: The Showman's Fancy / Untitled
23. Con Cassidy speaks about Frank Cassidy
24. Reel: The Blacksmith's Fancy
25. Reel: Rakish Paddy
26. Dr Mc Closkey remembers Frank Cassidy
27. Air: Tiarna Muigh Eo
28. Air: The Blackbird (Air)  
29. Hornpipe: The Japanese Hornpipe
30. Reel: The Mason's Apron
31. Air: Myth Island
32. Air: Come back to Erin 
33. Frank's greeting to his sister Kate
34. Reel: Bonnie Kate
35. Air: Crónán na Máthar
See also:
      The Brass Fiddle