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Damien Connolly | Tippin' Away

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Tippin' Away

by Damien Connolly

Dynamite Irish music from a young All-Ireland accordion and melodeon champion from Co. Clare steeped in the deep tradition of his celebrated family (father Martin & uncle Seamus), with some French & Quebecois tunes for variety & a bit of craic...
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Paddy Gavin's/The Rabbit's Burrow (reels)
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2. The Bunch of Roses/Kiss Me Sweetheart (single jigs)
2:21 $0.99
3. Miss Langford's Reel/The Taylor's Thimble (reels)
2:53 $0.99
4. Fitzmaurice's Polka
2:39 $0.99
5. A Trip to Montmagny/Fisher's Hornpipe (hornpipes)
2:46 $0.99
6. La Foule (waltz)
3:08 $0.99
7. The Humours of Castlefinn/The Gooseberry Bush (reels)
3:34 $0.99
8. The Keel Row/Shiny Shoes (flings)
3:08 $0.99
9. Farewell to Ireland/The Gardener's Daughter (reels)
3:38 $0.99
10. Paddy Kelly's/The King of the Clans (reels)
3:41 $0.99
11. Valse du Peril (waltz)
2:51 $0.99
12. The Watchmaker/Now She's Purring (reels)
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13. Jimmy Mulqueen's/Callaghan's (reels)
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Album Notes
Damien Connolly hails from Killaloe, Co. Clare. Born into one of the liveliest houses for Irish music in the County, Damien learned the accordion from his father, Martin – a leading box player and renowned Kincora accordion maker – and, later, the fiddle from his stepmother, Maureen Glynn. In 1997, Damien took first place in both the Under-18 All Ireland accordion and melodeon competitions held in Ballina, Co. Mayo. A year later, he recorded three melodeon tracks on his father’s CD entitled Back to Brooklyn. In 2000, at the young age of 20, he recorded his own accordion and melodeon CD, Tippin Away, featuring New York guitarist Pete Mancuso. Damien moved to the US in 2003 and now resides in Fairfield, CT with his wife Sally and 4 children, Colman, Tiernan, Clara and Tristan. In 2009, Damien published "The Irish Accordion Tutor: Volume 1" , an instructional book and DVD set that can be purchased directly on his website: www.damienjconnolly.com. Damien is currently working on his second recording which will include both traditional tunes and his own original tunes played on both button accordion and fiddle. On of Damien's original compositions entitled, "Sally Gally" was recently featured on Teada's 2010 album.

"The musical gatherings in Connolly's front room in the late 50's in Killaloe live on in my memory. My friendship with Seamus Connolly (surely one of the great fiddlers of the 20th century) had developed rapidly. Our desire to play, learn - and learn about other musicians - brought us together on a regular basis. The musical nights in the Connolly household were unforgettable. The enthusiasm and encouragement from Mick and Lena Connolly will remain with me forever. It is with great delight that I listen to this first recording by Damien Connolly. He is the third generation of a musical family that I've admired all my life. Here is a young man showing great musicianship, great taste, and great respect. Pointed in the right direction by his father Martin, (himself a major figure in Irish traditional music) it couldn't be any other way. Tradition goes on - it's a lovely album. You can't beat breeding. Enjoy the music."
--Joe Burke on "Tippin' Away"

"A recent visit to accordion maker Martin Connolly afforded me the opportunity of hearing his son Damien's new recording. This excellent CD demonstrates a deep knowledge of both melodeon and the accordion. It also ecokes memories of the old 78 rpm recordings of melodeon players from the 1920's era. Damien's rhythmic, spirited, and imaginative style is like a breath of fresh air."
--Bobby Gardiner on "Tippin' Away"

"Tippin' Away is an impressive debut album from young button accordionist, Damien Connolly. His striking technique and control of the different instruments he uses are evident, as he tastefully weaves his way through a well-crafted and delightfully eclectic mixture of tunes. His playing, always crisp and lucid, reveals his understanding of contemporary traditional Irish styling, as well as the French and French-Canadian idioms. Pete Mancuso's guitar accompaniment, while solid, is never over done. No gimmicks here...just great playing."
--Joe Derrane on "Tippin' Away"



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Damn Hot!
Pretty Damn Hot! Nice traditional playing, no mucking about with, just simple excelent accordian music.

Steve Jones

An excellent addition to any collection of Irish trad or accordion music
The clips tell you everything: lovely box playing, flowing yet lively, flawless timing, impeccable phrasing, great choice of tunes. The accordion sound is very pleasing - no bone-dry tuning here. The accompaniment is just right too!