Here is a new rabbit hole for all of you who always hunt for fresh and interesting tunes. Master fiddle player and national heritage fellow Séamus Connolly collected over 330 wonderful Irish and Irish/American tunes. Mr. Connolly held the chair of Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music at the Boston College from 2004 to 2015. He made his Séamus Connolly Collection available free of charge for everyone via the Boston College Libraries.
The collection includes more than 330 tunes, the majority of which were unknown to me. The sheet music for every tune is accompanied by a background story. Each tune has also a proper recording from one of more than 130 fine musicians. The stories nicely complete the picture. Too often this aspect is forgotten in tune collections or tune books. For example, Séamus’ brother Martin learned the tune ”Magpie in the tree” from County Kerry fiddle player Johnny Cronin who played it for him over the phone. Johnny was in New York and Martin was in John’s sister’s house near Killarney.
The Séamus Connolly Collection is truly fun to browse through and discover new tunes:
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