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Tunes from the Flaggy Shore

by Florence Fahy

Traditional Music on the concertina from New Quay in Co. Clare home also to the famous Chris Droney and Mairtin Fahy. Florence 's music and style of concertina playing is indigenous to North Clare, rhythmic and melodic, played at a relaxed, steady pace.
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1. Reels: The Trip to Birmingham / The Fairhaired Boy / The Fox on the Prowl (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
4:01 $0.99
2. Jigs: James McMahons / The Woods of Old Limerick / The Sheep in the Boat (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
3:48 $0.99
3. Reels: Garrett Barrys / Mrs Crottys (feat. Martin Fahy)
2:44 $0.99
4. Jigs: Darby the Driver /Jim Droneys
3:50 $0.99
5. Hornpipes: The Cuckoos Nest / The Swan (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
4:56 $0.99
6. Reels: St Patricks Night /Larkins Beehives (feat. Marien Collins & Garry O Bhriain)
2:49 $0.99
7. Waltz: The Jacqueline Waltz (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
3:43 $0.99
8. Jigs: Lark in the Morning / Paddy Fahys /Dave Collins
5:45 $0.99
9. Reels: The New Copperplate /The Old Copperplate (feat. Marien Collins & Garry O Bhriain)
2:46 $0.99
10. Barndances: The New Broom /If There Werent Any Women in the World
3:13 $0.99
11. Jigs: Scatter the Mud / The Legacy
3:10 $0.99
12. Reels: The Mountain Top /Pigtown (feat. Garry O Bhriain & Bebhinn Ni Bhriain)
2:18 $0.99
13. Jigs: The Wishing Well /Grainnes (feat. Marien Collins & Garry O Bhriain)
3:41 $0.99
14. Reels: Culfadda /The Red Haired Lass (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
2:44 $0.99
15. Jigs: The Haunted House / Whistler at the Wake (feat. Bebhinn Ni Bhriain & Garry O Bhriain)
3:13 $0.99
16. Slip Jigs: The Dragon Fly / The Honey Bee (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
2:52 $0.99
17. Hornpipes: An Buachaill Dreoite / Kilcooley Wood (feat. Garry O Bhriain)
3:23 $0.99
18. Reels: The Torn Jacket / The West Clare Railway / The Road to Ballymac (feat. Garry)
4:07 $0.99
19. Waltzes: A Mothers Loves a Blessing / Where the Blarney Roses Grow (feat. Martin Fahy & Garry O Bhriain)
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Florence is a highly regarded player and teacher of the concertina. Her playing is rooted in the Irish tradition and this first album from a player of her stature is long overdue. Florence comes from an area rich in traditional music and concertina playing in New Quay, Co Clare. She heard her first tunes by the fireside from her father Martin Fahy, who joins her in a few sets on this CD. Just down the road lived the famous Droney family and within a stones throw were many more Clare concertina players. As Florence started playing she mixed, played with, and learned from many of Clare's great players. This rich heritage in which she grew up has shaped and moulded her as a player and defined her approach to the music in that tradition. The distinctive feature of Florence’s playing is its North Clare concertina style. In this style the music is played at a steady pace with an emphasis on the rhythm and ‘lift’ of the tune. Growing up listening to old players and playing for Sets and Ceili's, she absorbed this old style. Her treatment of tunes is sensitive, it is honest music with each note played to full value, and the flow is rhythmic and bouncy while still being relaxed. Florence is joined on a few tracks by her old friends, Bebhinn Ni Bhriain on flute, daughter to Garry O Bhriain and West Cork fiddle player Marien Collins. She is joined on some other tracks by her father Martin Fahy. Those tracks from father and daughter are special, they are so in unison that it is ‘pure drop’ concertina playing and show just how well the tradition has been passed on. As the Irish saying goes ‘Briseann an Dúchas . . .’
Old friend Gary O’Bhriain provides tasty accompaniment on keyboard and mandocello. This CD is a delight to listen to, a must-buy for anyone interested in the concertina music of Clare and it will be a great resource for students of concertina”

Written by: Antoin Mac Gabhann

Tunes from The Flaggy Shore

“In his celebrated poem Postscript, the Irish Nobel laureate, Séamus Heaney invites us to 'make the time to drive out west, into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore, in September or October, when the wind and light are working off each other, so that the ocean on one side is wild with foam and glitter.' In this wonderful recording, Florence Fahy invites us to make that same journey along the Flaggy Shore that sits on Europe's edge, its stony silence wrapped in the memory of Old World bards, dreamers and music makers.

Breathing the draíocht of music into Heaney's timeless verse, this recording glitters with the voice of joy and hope, the dance tunes of yesterday and today, and a deep sense of caring for tradition and its keepers. A musician's recording in every sense, what really distinguishes this music is its splendid taste and subtlety, its effortless rhythm, its elegant choice of tunes and the good company its keeps—the tasteful accompaniment of Garry Ó Briain, masterful duets with West Cork fiddler, Marien Collins, and North Clare flute player, Bebhinn Ní Bhriain, and, of course, the artful presence of the master himself, Florence's father, Máirtín Fahy, whose music has resonated along the Flaggy Shore for over half a century.

This is music from a true master of her art, who knows and loves her own musical place, and shares it whole heartedly with the world. Her music, in the prophetic words of Séamus Heaney, knows how to 'catch the heart off guard and blow it open' for all to enjoy”

Written by: Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

Tunes from The Flaggy Shore - TRACK INFO

1. Reels: The Trip To Birmingham/The Fair Haired Boy/The Fox On The Prowl
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Piano
This tune is one of my favourites and a composition of the great Josie McDermott, a flute and whistle player from Co. Roscommon. I acquired this tune from a recording of The Tain Ceílí Band who hail from Dundalk in Co. Louth. The second tune I associate with the playing of Micho Russell. His music is something magical to me and tugs at the heart strings every time I hear him sing or play. I played this tune with Charlie Piggott and Charlie recorded it on “The Lonely Stranded Band” album, with Miriam Collins in 1996. It is a beautiful album. The third tune is a composition of the great Vincent Broderick from Loughrea, Co. Galway. He is by far one of my favourite composers. I play this tune with my dad and it was a regular at our local session in Linnane’s bar in New Quay on Friday night’s years ago.

2. Jigs: James McMahons/The Woods Of Old Limerick/The Sheep In The Boat
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Mandocello
This first tune is a composition of Fermanagh flute and uilleann piper James McMahon. I am not sure where I learned this tune but I remember hearing it played and thinking “I have to learn that one”. The second tune I heard Charlie Piggott play and he recorded this tune with Gerry Harrington on fiddle in their album called “The New Road” back in 2000. The third jig is a composition of the great Junior Crehan, a concertina and fiddle player from Mullagh, Co. Clare whose tunes are well-known around Co. Clare and beyond.

3. Reels: Garrett Barry’s/Mrs Crotty’s
Florence: concertina (C/G Wheatstone/
Martin Fahy: concertina(C/G Crabb)
I am joined by my wonderful dad Martin Fahy on this track. I learned this set from my dad having heard him play these tunes as long as I can remember and at every session we played in over the years. These two tunes I love dearly and I have fond memories of both learning them and playing them. The first tune is a composition of Garrett Barry’s; the blind piper from Inagh, Co. Clare. It has many similarities to the tune Miss McClouds and the tune can sometimes be found under the title Mr. McClouds. The second tune my dad and I have always called “Mrs. Crotty’s” but it is more commonly known as “Sporting Nell”. We called it Mrs. Crotty’s for a good reason. Mrs. Crotty, born in 1885, a famous concertina player of her time from Cooraclare in Co. Clare played this tune and my father would have learned this tune from hearing her play. The infamous “Crotty’s Pub” on Market Square in Kilrush was home to her and her husband Miko Crotty. There wasn’t many recordings of Mrs. Crotty’s music but RTE’s Ciarán Mac Mathúna, thankfully, recorded some of Mr.’s Crotty’s music in the late 1950’s early 1960’s. Years later, a CD was launched entitled “Elizabeth Crotty: Concertina Music from West Clare”. It is a true gem this CD, one that both portrays the beauty and simplicity of her music. Mrs. Crotty was heavily involved in music until her death in December of 1960.

4. Jigs: Darby The Driver/Jim Droneys
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Mandocello/Piano
This first tune I picked up from playing at the session locally in New Quay. Charlie Piggott played this tune as did my dad so this is where I picked this tune up. Jim Droney’s, I learned from my dad. This was a tune he played often and one that is so simple and beautiful it can’t but stick in your head and you just want to keep playing it over and over again. Chris Droney, from Bellharbour, Co. Clare, one of the great traditional concertina players in Co. Clare and who just happens to be my neighbor recorded this tune in 1995. It can be found on his album “The Fertile Rock”.

5. Hornpipes: The Cuckoo’s Nest/The Swan
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Piano
Both of these hornpipes were given to me by one of my former teachers of the concertina, the late Dympna O Sullivan. Sadly, Dympna passed away in 2015 and was taken from us all way too soon. I think of her often in tunes I play or hear and I am thankful for her contribution to concertina music in Co. Clare and beyond and appreciate all she taught me as a teacher, fellow musician and friend. I will always remember her and will forever feel blessed that she was part of my musical journey.
The Cuckoo’s Nest is a popular 3 part hornpipe and like I said I learned this one from Dympna. The Swan is probably my favourite hornpipe of all time. It was composed by the Tipperary fiddler, Sean Ryan, another composer that I highly respect and just love his compositions. They sit very well on the concertina and are widely and regularly played. Some of his most famous, well known tunes would be “The Reel of Rio”, “The Castle Jig”, “The Nightingale” or “The Trip to Nenagh”.

6. Reels: St. Patrick’s Night/Larkins Beehives
Florence: concertina Marien Collins: Fiddle Garry O Bhriain: Mandocello/Piano
I am joined on this track by my great friend and fantastic fiddle player Marien Collins. Marien hails from Drimoleague in West Cork and we have known each other since 1997. We toured Australia and the Middle East together with a group called “Ceol Chiarrai” in 1998 and were roommates for the whole trip and since then we have been close friends. Marien has many All-Ireland titles to her name and is a highly sought after teacher. I am delighted to have her here with me on this track. These two tunes were my solo piece for our concert tour back in 1998 and Marien was quick to pick them up both on the fiddle and concertina by the end of the tour. Both tunes are compositions of the great Paddy O Brien from Co. Tipperary. As a young musician, his tunes fascinated me and I took to learning quite a few. Actually, it was a bit of an obsession. You can find these tunes and many more in a beautiful book entitled “The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O Brien 1922-1991” which is a beautiful publication of his tunes by his daughter Eileen O Brien.

7. Waltz: The Jacqueline Waltz
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Piano
This waltz I learned from my dad. He would play it at the local session in Linnane’s on a Friday night. The waltz has always intrigued me because of its continental vibe. Upon researching this tune and the origin, I found that it was actually composed by an accordionist Will Starr for his then girlfriend Jacqueline. He was born in a mining village in Central Scotland in 1922 and travelled the world performing and composing music. The sad story is that Will was Catholic and Jacqueline was Protestant. The religious social climate at the time didn’t allow for a marriage of such to happen so Will never married her as the families didn’t agree and sadly, Jacqueline went to America. It wasn’t a very happy ending and there was a lot of heart break but what came out of the heartbreak was music in the form of a beautiful waltz.
The “Jacqueline Waltz” was one of Will Starr’s most famous compositions and it is one of my favourite to play.

8. Jigs: Lark in the Morning/Paddy Fahy’s/Dave Collins
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Mandocello/Piano
This first tune I also know by the name of House in the Glen. The second tune I learned from Dympna O Sullivan and is a Paddy Fahy jig and the last tune I learned from a lovely banjo player, John Phayer of Co. Limerick who was a member of our Ceol Chiarrai tour of Australia and the Middle East in 1998. A word of thank you to Antoin Mac Gabhann for supplying the name for this tune.

9. Reels: The New Copperplate/The Old Copperplate
Florence: concertina Marien Collins: Fiddle Garry O Bhriain: Piano/Mandocello
Delightfully, I am joined by the lovely fiddle playing of Marien Collins from West Cork on this track for a lively rendition of two old favourites.

10. Barndances: The New Broom/If There Weren’t Any Women In The World
Florence: concertina
The New Broom is another of Vincent Broderick’s compositions. The late Mike Rafferty, a flute player born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway but lived his life in New Jersey recorded a beautiful album with Willie Kelly, a beautiful fiddle player from New Jersey entitled “The New Broom”, so the tune can also be found on this album. The second barn dance is one I heard played by Antoin MacGabhann in Seattle at a music camp that we both taught at a few years ago and I really enjoyed listening to it, so I learned it. I think if I were honest, I am most amused by the title. This is a fun set to play.

11. Jigs: Scatter The Mud/The Legacy
Florence: concertina Martin Fahy: concertina
I am joined by my dad on this track to play two lovely tunes that I learned from him and these tunes were a regular set at the local bar on a Friday night. I listened to these tune regularly on Jack and Charlie Coen’s album called “The Branch Line” recorded in New York in 1976. We had it on an old LP when I was growing up and so it was always on the record player. A favourite set to play with my dad and I am so delighted he could join me on here with these two tunes.

12. Reels: The Mountain Top/Pigtown
Florence: concertina Bebhinn Ni Bhriain: Flute Garry O Bhriain: Piano
Joining me on this track is Bebhinn Ni Bhriain, a beautiful flute player and daughter of Garry O Bhriain. Bebhinn now lives in Belfast with her husband Michael Clarkson, a great flute player also, and they have 3 beautiful children. Bebhinn and I have been good friends and played music together for years. Bebhinn as I said is daughter to Garry O Bhriain. Garry recorded this album for me at his beautiful, serene, studio “Creg Na Vagabones” in New Quay, just a stone’s throw from my house. My dad and Garry have been friends for years, since Garry first moved from Dublin to New Quay. Our parent’s friendship goes back for years. Garry and my father played up and down the country and saw many a dawn together. Their stories are wonderful. Now, how great it is that years later, both of their daughters learned the music and played gigs together and they accompanied us to our gigs and played with us almost every time. It is pretty special. I am really delighted to have Bebhinn and Garry be a part of this album. The first reel is a popular one but I love it and the late Tommy McCarthy recorded it on his album “Sporting Nell” in 1997. It can be found on Mrs. Crottys album that I mentioned earlier ““Elizabeth Crotty: Concertina Music from West Clare”. Pigtown is a reel I learned from my dad.

13. Jigs: The Wishing Well/Grainne’s
Florence: concertina Marien Collins: Fiddle Garry O Bhriain: Piano
I am joined again by Marien Collins on this track. We are playing two lovely jigs composed by the great Tommy Peoples, who hailed from East Donegal. Both tunes can be found in his book “Ó Am go hAm – From Time to Time: Tutor, Text and Tunes by Tommy Peoples. The first tune I learned from my days of playing with the “Inis Og” ceílí band in Ennis under the guidance of Padraig O Reilly. The second tune I learned in Boston at one of the sessions. I am delighted Marien could join me on this track, a perfect concertina and fiddle duet.

14.Reels: Culfadda/The Red Haired Lass
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Piano
This set of reels is a favourite of mine to play with my father. The first tune is a composition of the late Dublin born fiddle player, Larry Redican. Larry’s mother hailed from Culfadda, Co. Sligo and so the tune is named after the village. I follow this tune by the infamous Red Haired Lass.

15. Jigs: The Haunted House/The Whistler At The Wake
Florence: concertina Bebhinn Ni Bhriain: Flute Garry O Bhriain: Piano
I am joined again by Bebhinn Ni Bhrian on the flute to play two lovely Vincent Broderick compositions. Both these tunes can be found in “The Turoe Stone – Volume 1” tune book along with many other great compositions. I first learned these from my dad and the tunes were played regularly at the session in New Quay. Again, delighted to have her on here playing with me.

16. Slip Jigs: The Dragon Fly/ The Honey Bee
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Mandocello
I mentioned before that I love Vincent Broderick compositions so these are two of his slip jigs that I learned from his tune book “The Turoe Stone – Volume 1”. I enjoy playing these and Garry tastefully adds to them with his sweet accompaniment.

17. An Buachaill Dreoite/Kilcooley Wood
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Piano
This first hornpipe I picked up from the playing of Mícháel Ó Raghallaigh, a fantastic concertina player residing in Co. Meath. This hornpipe was recorded by legendary Clare fiddler, Joe Ryan in 1992 on his album “An Buachaill Dreoite”, of the same name. The second tune is a composition of Sean Ryan the fiddler from Co. Tipperary. Dympna O Sullivan taught me this hornpipe many years ago when I was attending her classes in Ennis.

18. The Torn Jacket/The West Clare Railway/The Road To Ballymac
Florence: concertina Garry O Bhriain: Piano/Mandocello
The first tune “The Torn Jacket” is a tune I came upon recently and fell in love with it. I believe it is a Connie O Connell composition, a fiddle player and great composer from West Cork. The second tune is a composition of Junior Crehan’s and can be found in his book “Martin Junior Crehan – Musical Compositions and Memories”. This is a beautiful collection of tunes and song lyrics which he composed from old airs. The book is accompanied with beautiful pictures and stories. It is a real treasure. The third tune was composed by accordion player, Leslie Craig from Co. Antrim. Sharon Shannon recorded this tune in her album “Bringing It All Back Home”.
This set of tunes I am dedicating to the memory of my former concertina teacher Dympna O Sullivan. She was a constant source of encouragement as a teacher and her love for the music was revealed through the tunes she taught and the way she played and interpreted them. She had me enter my first Fleadh competition when I was not more than 8 months playing. I was 11 years old. I remember my jig was “The Blarney Pilgrim” and my reel, which is the third reel on this track was “The Road to Ballymac”. She loved this reel and so do I. Whenever I play this, I think of her and so Dympna, with love, this one is for you. I know you’re making sweet, beautiful music from above. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.

19. Waltzes: A Mothers Loves A Blessing/Where The Blarney Roses Grow
Florence: concertina Martin Fahy: concertina
Garry O Bhriain: Piano/Mandocello
I thought that these waltzes are a fitting way to complete my album. Looking back over the years, I realized that at the end of every session in New Quay on a Friday night after all the mayhem and fury of the endless jigs and reels, my father would say to me “A couple of waltzes would be nice now” and we would end our night with people dancing or singing to waltzes. These are two beautiful waltzes that I have played not only in the pub but at churches and on other occasions. Needless to say, I learned these from my dad. He is a beautiful waltz player. I have always admired how precise his waltz playing is and this is due to the fact that he knows the song words and how the song ebbs and flows. I should mention he has a beautiful voice when we can get him to sing too.
So I end this album as I have ended many a great night of music, song and dance; with waltzes. I do hope you enjoy them.

* “Florence is among those gifted young players who are helping to sustain the older dialects of Clare music”
Fintan Vallely

* "Florence stands out for her commitment to the north Co. Clare traditional style of playing that she learned growing up in that area of western Ireland. Her playing always brought to mind my visits to Clare and Galway in years past, and evoked memories of great players like Chris Droney, Tony Crehan, Gerdie Commane and other players from an earlier generation.
Apart from her mastery of the instrument, Florence is a gifted teacher. We've offered concertina classes at the Friday Harbor Week for over ten years and have engaged several different instructors, all of them talented and famous, but no one has received the kind of very high praise from our students that Florence has had. Students comment on her patience and her ability to articulate not only the technical aspects but also the essence of the music. She's had a great influence on players of the concertina in our part of the country, and I can point to several here in Seattle who would count her as a major influence"

Randal Bays
Fiddler, Guitarist, Composer & Artistic Director of the Cascadia Irish Arts Week, Seattle, Washington.

Florence's story, a note from the musician herself....
I am quite humbled and excited to be able to present to you my first CD “Tunes from The Flaggy Shore”. It is a collection of some of my favorite tunes, I have learned both from my dad, Martin Fahy and from musicians all over, who have influenced my musical journey down through the years. The title for the album came after much thought on what best represents me and the music that surrounded me and influenced me growing up. Some of my best childhood memories are of the Flaggy Shore, a small, rocky beach we considered heaven as children. It is now one of the most beautiful areas of the northern peninsula of Co. Clare with spectacular views across to Galway Bay and beyond.
So more about me! My name is Florence Fahy and I am a concertina player from North Clare, born and bred in the small village of New Quay in Co. Clare, only a short drive from Bellharbour and home to the famous concertina player, Chris Droney. I have been playing the concertina since the age of 10. My father, (Martin Fahy or Mairtín as he is widely known as) is a wonderful concertina player. He is my inspiration and one of my greatest influences in playing the concertina. I am happy to say that I have carried on a tradition that has been passed on through my dad, my grandad and close relations before that.
It was inevitable that I started playing the concertina. I hail from a county steeped in the history of concertina playing and a house that was always full of music, be it on the old LP record player, a tape, the radio (wireless) or on television. In the wintertime, my father would play by the fire, learning new tunes by ear from listening to the music on old LP’s on the record player or the radio in the kitchen. Some of the first records I heard spinning on the record player at home where of the Old Kilfenora Céilí Band, the Tulla Céilí Band, Jack and Charlie Coen, Paddy Carty and The Shaskeen and we had a collection of old records that included some compilations of the great players like Sonny Murray, Solus Lillis and Paddy Murphy. Every Saturday morning, I would listen to whatever took my fancy in the sitting room and play my favourite tracks over and over again.
I started Irish dancing before I took up the concertina. I attended my regular Thursday night Irish dancing classes in Ballyvaughan Hall with my lovely mother Margaret Fahy and competed in Irish dancing for a few years before I took up the music seriously. I started playing the tin whistle, but quickly realized it was not for me. That is when my dad decided to start me on the concertina. I would start humming the tunes to the dances I was learning at my dancing classes and my father would often say "You know the tunes better than you know the dance steps”. I remember him saying to my mother “There’s music in that one” and “that one” he meant me. Clearly, I remember hearing the excitement in his voice. My dad gave me his lovely 30 button C/G Wheatstone to start taking lessons. I am still playing that beautiful Wheatstone and it is sounding sweeter than ever. My dad told me the story of how he managed to buy the concertina. He purchased it from Wheatstone himself in the shop in London when he was just 21 years old for 20 pounds. He went to London as many did at the time to find work and earn money. He worked hard for 6 weeks while staying with his Uncle Martin and he told me that he would play at the Galtee More in Cricklewood at the intermission of the big acts. Here, he earned a few pound in an envelope, which he saved up and that helped him to buy the concertina. It is really a great story. It is a beautiful instrument and I can’t imagine finding another that would quite match the tone, the sweetness and the personality of this one. It is a treasure indeed.
I started taking lessons with Bríd Meaney in Cois na hAbhna in Ennis for a few months and Bríd left for college in Dublin so I found a new teacher in Dympna O Sullivan. Unfortunately, we lost Dympna over a year ago now and I still can’t believe she is not here with us. She is missed by the whole music community but her memory lives on through her music and the children she taught and influenced. Dympna was an encouraging and kind teacher who saw the potential and nurtured that in me. She taught the best tunes and after 8 months with some encouragement from her, I entered my first Fleadh competition and to my surprise, I won 3rd place. I was delighted. It was quite the achievement for me. Down through the years, I have been a member of various youth bands to mention a few: Inis Og Céilí Band, Ceol Chiarraí and Meitheal. I have competed and claimed medals in both solo and group competitions at county, provincial and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoils down through the years. I am excited to be able to contribute to the kids in Boston and help them prepare for competitions just like I did many years ago. These are fun-filled, exciting years and it is really a great learning experience and a chance to meet new friends your own age through music. I am still very much in touch with a lot of my friends I have had the opportunity to play with as a youngster and I have had so many opportunities to travel throughout the world with my music - Europe, Australia, Middle East and North America. At 16, it was quite the adventure and opened up my eyes to the world. It was an incredible learning experience, educating us about the different cultures and traditions with a lot of fun involved and quite the stories to tell after.
I relocated from New Quay, Co. Clare in 2008 to Boston, MA in the USA, where I currently reside. You may ask why I did that and I will tell you it is because of my husband Christopher Carnevale. We met in Ireland in 2003, I moved to the USA in 2008, we married in 2012 in Ireland and had our beautiful little girl Leah in 2014. She is our pride and joy and already starting to show some interest in music so this has me very excited! This album would not have come to be if not for the constant support and encouragement from Chris to record this album. He had me call the recording studio and said “Book it, now”. I have talked about it for so long and now that it is finally here, I have him to thank for pushing me to do what I love So “Thank you Chris”, thank you for your love and commitment to “anything is possible’.
In Boston, I am happy to say that I am sharing my love of Irish music through teaching. I am the concertina teacher for the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Comhaltas branch in Boston. I teach privately through Skype and from my home and I continue to teach and play at many great music festivals and workshops around North America. I have a website that I set up called www.concertinachick.com and on here I post a tune a month for people to learn and help build their repertoire.
The greatest part about the Irish music community is the people you meet. I really enjoy meeting people and sharing my tunes and learning new tunes. I have come to realize over the years something my dad once told me, he said that “when you have the music you are never without friends or a place to go”. With that, I have a great family of friends within the music community in which there is a common bond no matter where I go in the world. I am so thankful and grateful for that.
What I am most proud of is that this CD promotes the beautiful traditional North Clare style of concertina playing that is so indigenous to this region of the country. I celebrate this musical project with most importantly my dad and my mother, my husband and daughter, my siblings and many of my close musical friends who join me on this CD. I am thankful and blessed to have the gift of music which has and still brings me much joy, peace and many good times! I will be forever grateful to my parents for always encouraging me, supporting me, nurturing the talent I had and being a constant source of love through everything. I would not be the musician I am today if not for them. This CD is a huge “thank you” to my wonderful parents Maírtín and Margaret Fahy. This is for you. I love you both.



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