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Dominic McNabb | Traditional Fiddle Music from the Glens of Antrim

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Traditional Fiddle Music from the Glens of Antrim

by Dominic McNabb

Traditonal fiddle music from County Antrim, Northern Ireland - Irish dance music with a Scottish lilt featuring Dominic McNabb on fiddle with piano and guitar accompaniment by Rose Murray and Sean Quinn.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jigs: Munster Bacon, Bill Collins' Jig
2:25 album only
2. Reels: Lad O'Beirne, Willie Coleman's
2:32 album only
3. Jigs: Smile for Síle, the Flying Wheelchair
2:23 album only
4. Air: Ned of the Hill
2:41 album only
5. Hornpipes: The Kildare Fancy, Brigid of Knock
2:58 album only
6. Reels: Coleman's Cross, the Killavil Fancy
1:57 album only
7. Jigs: Kate's Fancy, Charlie Hunter's
2:19 album only
8. Reels: Bramley Brae, The Spoot o' Skerry
2:27 album only
9. Jigs: Denis Ryan's, Mulhaire's
2:23 album only
10. Reels: Sheila Coyle's, the Road to Ballymac
2:30 album only
11. Air: Slievenamon
3:25 album only
12. Hornpipes: The Cuckoo's Nest, the Home Ruler
3:47 album only
13. Jigs: O'Brien's, the Cat's Mew
2:56 album only
14. Reels: Dominic's Delight, Larry's Little Box
2:42 album only
15. Jigs: Thingamy Jig, the Glenshesk Jig
2:23 album only
16. Reels: Miss Louise McNabb, Sean's Delight
2:26 album only


Album Notes
Dominic McNabb
Scotland has figured large in its influence on the North Antrim fiddler. The McNabbs came to Northern Ireland from Killin on Loch Tay. Dominic's father Alex played fiddle and bagpipes and when the lad was 10 he was sent to learn fiddle from Barry Limerick, a train driver on the old Ballymoney-Ballycastle line. He progressed quickly and from age 14 he was playing for local dances at nights to augment his wages as an apprentice joiner. At home he would often play tunes, including a fair amount of Scottish music, with his father and brother Joe on accordion. During this time he also knew and played with admired local fiddlers and composers Frank McCollam (Ballycastle) and Sean McLoughlin (the Shadow) from Armoy. But when Dominic qualified he had to travel away to work, the music scene broke up and the fiddle was put away...for over 20 years !

When Dominic was about 47, the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann started holding music sessions in the area and those who had played music before were encouraged to take it up again and keep at it. For Dominic this was an opportunity to meet musicians from other areas and learn new tunes. He particularly values his contacts with local accordion players like Leo Brown, James McElheran, Leslie Craig and Agnes Boyd, all from Co. Antrim, and also with Kevin Loughlin (Fermanagh). With Leslie and pianist Rose Murray, Dominic established a productive musical collaboration playing for step-dancing competitions and they have released a very successful CD entitled Music for Irish Dancing.

Over the years Dominic has appeared on various radio and TV programmes from Ballycastle, including UTV's 'Ronan on the Road' and BBC's 'Corner House' as well as playing regularly on the "gig rig" for the Fleadhs and the Lammas Fair. He has great feeling for Scottish traditional music including pipe tunes and especially marches. He has travelled regularly to the Scottish fiddle and accordion championships at Perth and also to Rathlin island and the Scottish island of Islay to share his music. His own style of playing is influenced in part by the Scottish tradition, but also by Irish fiddlers like Brendan McGlinchey, Charlie Lennon and Eileen O'Brien, as well as the old recordings of Frank O'Higgins, Paddy Killoran and Michael Coleman.

Today Dominic is an active member of Ballycastle Comhaltas and the Maine Valley Fiddle and Accordion Club. He plays regularly at sessions in Ballycastle and Cushendall and travels each year to many fleadhs and festivals all over Ireland to play with the best musicians around. This album is a testimony to Dominic's great talent as a musician, and also as a composer - the last two tunes are named for his grand-daughter Louise.



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