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Méabh & Tiarnán Smyth

by Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth

Méabh and Tiarnán are siblings from County Armagh. They have being playing together for many years, and this recording is a small insight into the music they play.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. The High Fiddle Reel / The Jolly Tinker / The Hawk
Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth
4:39 album only
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2. The Hen's March / Larry Reynolds' Fancy / The Humours of Ballingarry
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3:27 album only
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3. Minnie Foster's Clog / The Newcastle Hornpipe
Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth
3:25 album only
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4. The Diamantina Drover
Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth
3:52 album only
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5. Comb Your Hair and Curl It / The Boys of Ballisodare / Larry McDonagh's
Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth
3:25 album only
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6. Moran's Return / Black Pat's
Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth
4:32 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth are an up-and-coming sibling duo from Armagh, having learnt their music in the Armagh Pipers Club.
Méabh, on fiddle, was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Ed Reavy Fiddle Player of the Year competition in 2016.
Tiarnán plays concertina, guitar and sings, and the pair were semi-finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year award 2017.
They have played at renowned festivals in the past including the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Celtic Connections, Piping Live and the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, and this self-titled EP is their first recording together.
For bookings, contact meabhandtiarnan@gmail.com

1. The High Fiddle Reel / The Jolly Tinker / The Hawk
The first reel is a Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh composition, and the second is Finbarr Dwyer's setting of the Jolly Tinker which I learnt from Liam O'Connor. The third reel is a version of The Hawk, originally composed by James Hill as a hornpipe, and I first heard it played as a reel by Sean Keane.
(Comp. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh / Trad arr. Finbarr Dwyer / Comp. James Hill)

2. The Hen's March / Larry Reynolds' Fancy / The Humours of Ballingarry
The first is a barndance our sister Aoife taught us that she was taught by Pádraig McGovern. The first jig is tune of Jerry Holland's that we got from the playing of Bríd Harper, and the last jig is
(Trad arr. Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth / Comp. Jerry Holland / Trad. )

3. Minnie Foster's Clog / The Newcastle Hornpipe
The first hornpipe we learnt from Brian Conway, and it was written for a dancer in North America in the 19th century. The second is another famous James Hill composition I first heard on a Sean Maguire record.
(Trad arr. Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth / Comp. James Hill)

4. The Diamantina Drover
This song is about a man working in the Australian outback, realising he will never return home. Tiarnán learnt it from the singing of Tyrone musician and singer PJ McDonald.
(Comp. Hugh McDonald, arr. Méabh Smyth & Tiarnán Smyth)

5. Comb Your Hair and Curl It / The Boys of Ballisodare / Larry McDonagh's
Three hop jigs Tiarnán learnt from Pádraig Rynne. (Unfortunately, he didn't learn any other information about them!)
(Trad arr. Tiarnán Smyth)

6. Moran's Return / Black Pat's
Moran's Return is very old piece which was first written down in 1844. We learnt it from the playing of Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey, who got it from the P.W. Joyce collection of Old Irish Folk Music and Songs. We finish with one of our favourite reels, Black Pat's, composed by the inimitable Donegal fiddle player and composer, Tommy Peoples.

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