PADDY MURPHY: IN GOOD HANDS - FIELD RECORDINGS FROM A PIONEER OF THE IRISH CONCERTINA
Paddy Murphy: concertina, spoken
Peadar O'Loughlin: fiddle
Joe Ryan: fiddle
Jimmy Kennedy: flute
Paddy Murphy (1913-1992), from Kilmaley, Co. Clare, is one of the most revered players of the concertina from a county that has produced many. Although a modest, self-effacing man, Murphy was a brilliant player whose pioneering playing style had a lasting influence on the evolution of modern concertina technique. The twenty-eight tracks assembled here offer ample illustration of the Murphy's remarkable musicianship, developed, as Gearoid O'hAllmhurain points out in the extensive notes, in relative isolation in the rural Clare countryside of the 1940s-50s. An extraordinary document, in part because only very few recordings of Murphy's playing have been available previoulsy.