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Castor Bay

by Barry & Laura Kerr

Co Armagh siblings Barry and Laura Kerr join forces in their first studio album together. Featuring music from the Ulster tradition on fiddle, flute, pipes and vocals.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. The Angry Peeler: The Angry Peeler / Padraig O'Keefe's Slides
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2. Hup Maddens: Money in Every Pocket but Mind Own / Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine / Tom McElvogue's Reel
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3. The Tern and the Swallow
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4. Dawn of Dara: Dawn of Dara / Le Funambule
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5. Hennessy & Kerr: Paddy Fahy's Reel / Hennessy & Kerr
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6. The Tailor's Thimble: The Four Mile Stone / The Tailor's Thimble
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7. The Chicken Gone to Scotland: The Chicken Gone to Scotland / Miss Chalmers / Miss Elspeth Campbell
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8. Planxty Davis
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9. On Yonder Hill
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10. Fair Haired Mary: Terry Bingham's / Fair Haired Mary
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11. The Morning Dew: The Morning Dew / The Widow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Siblings Laura and Barry Kerr were brought up on the southern shore of Lough Neagh in Co Armagh. Having played music together all their lives, this album captures their close musical relationship. Laura is a fiddle player and Barry is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, uilleann pipes, guitar, bouzouki and sings. Laura is currently based in Dingle Co Kerr and Barry is living in Dublin.

1. The Angry Peeler: The Angry Peeler / Padraig O'Keefe's Slides (Jig and Slides)
The first two tunes are popular session tunes in Belfast and we learned the final tune in this track from Belfast based uilleann piper, Darragh Murphy.

2. Hup Maddens: Money in Every Pocket But Mine Own / Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine / Tom Mc Elvogue's Reel (comp. Tom McElvogue) (Marches and Reel)
Barry picked up the first great flute tune a lifetime ago from the renowned Belfast flute maker Sam Murray. Tom McElvogue hails from Newcastle Upon Tyne and we learned his composition from Edinburgh based flute player Claire Mann.

3. The Tern and the Swallow (song)
Barry was directed towards this song by his good friend Mickey Coleman from Co Tyrone. It was sung by Neili Coney, a Lough Neagh fisherman and fine traditional singer from County Tyrone. The imagery in this song conjures up a lot of emotion for Barry and having travelled the length and breadth of the United States, he often dreamed of following the tern and the swallow to be at home on the Lough Shore. We dedicate this song to our friend Paddy Prunty, founder member of the Lough Neagh Rescue service. Barry formerly served as a crew member with LNR before moving to Dublin.

4. Dawn of Dara: Dawn of Dara (comp. Barry Kerr) / Le Funambule (comp. Gilles le Bigot) (Jig & Breton Tune)
Barry composed the first tune to celebrate the birth of Laura's second son Dara. The second tune was composed by the great Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot.

5. Hennessy & Kerr: Paddy Fahy's (comp. Paddy Fahy) / Hennessy & Kerr (comp. Marie Fielding) (Slow Reel & Jig)
The first tune was written by the prolific Galway composer Paddy Fahy. The second tune was written for Donogh and Laura by Scottish fiddler Marie Fielding, a good friend and talented composer.

6. The Tailor's Thimble: The Four Mile Stone /The Tailor’s Thimble ( Reels )
This lively set of reels has been in our repertoire for years. The second tune was played by James Morrisson who recorded it in America in the 1930s.

7. The Chicken Gone to Scotland: The Chicken Gone to Scotland / Miss Chalmers / Miss Elspeth Campbell ( Highlands )
The first tune was collected in South Armagh by Luke Donnellan in the 1930s and we learned it from the playing of Armagh box player Martin Quinn. The second is one we got from the playing of County Armagh flute player Fintan Vallely. This particular setting of the tune is simpler than the version usually played by Donegal fiddlers. The last tune is a popular bagpiping tune sourced from
the Scottish band The Tannahill Weavers.

8. Planxty Davis ( comp. Thomas Connellan )
Laura learned this tune from the playing of the legendary guitarist Nic Jones. It was composed by the harper Thomas Connellan who was born c. 1640. We would like to dedicate this tune to the memory of Laura’s first fiddle teacher, Séamus McNeice.

9. On Yonder Hill ( Song )
Barry learned this old hunting song from the singing of the great Geordie Hanna from Ardboe in Co. Tyrone. As a youth, Barry hunted the fields and bogs around home with his friends and dogs. They would walk for miles on frosty mornings
to new fields and secret rabbit burrows. Barry has always had a fondness for the elusive hare and its mystical associations. You will be glad to hear the hare in this song lives to run another day.

10. Fair haired Mary:Terry Bingham’s / Fair Haired Mary ( Reels )
We learned the first tune from the playing of Mary Custy and the second tune from the playing of Darragh Murphy.

11. The Morning Dew: The Morning Dew / The Widow ( Reels )
The Morning Dew is one of the first reels we ever learned. The second tune in this set is a popular Northern fiddle tune.

All tracks trad arr. Kerr, Hennessy, Kerr (IMRO ) except where otherwise mentioned

Produced, recorded and mixed by Donogh Hennessy in Studio Mhic an Daill, An Daingean.

Musicians:
Barry Kerr: Flute, Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals
Laura Kerr: Fiddle
Donogh Hennessy: Guitar
Ryan O’Donnell: Bouzouki
Trevor Hutchinson: Double Bass



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