ELIZABETH CROTTY: CONCERTINA MUSIC FROM WEST CLARE
Elizabeth Crotty: concertina
"Pure drop" traditional music by one of its most famous exponents. Kerry had Julia Clifford, Sligo had Kathleen Harrington (nee Gardiner), but the grande dame of Clare music was undoubtedly Mrs. Crotty (1885-1960). Thanks to the extensive remastering work of Harry Bradshaw in the RTE archives, which already yielded the wonderful Padraig O'Keeffe and Denis Murphy CDs, we can now hear Mrs. Crotty's lovely concertina playing in all its glory. There are 31 tracks here (some fairly short), recorded by Ciaran Mac Mathuna in 1955 and 1960, and featuring alongside Mrs. Crotty such eminent players as Paddy Canny, Denis Murphy, Aggie White, Peter O'Loughlin, Michael Tubridy, etc. All of this accompanied by a superb booklet full of notes and photos. As "pure drop" as it gets.