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The Next Generation

by The Bog Band

Traditional Irish music performed by an exceptionally talented group of young musicians who are mad for trad and who also inspired the inception of Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week, one of the premiere trad Irish summer camps in the U.S.
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1. Reels: Last Night's Fun Doctor Gilbert's Spirits of Wine
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2. Jigs: Condon's Frolics Castletown Connors (Tommy Mulhaire's) Maid on the Green
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3. Hornpipes: Fiddler's Contest Fly by Night
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4. Reels: Bonnie Kate Jenny's Chickens
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5. Barndances: New Broom John Doherty's Lucy Farr's
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6. Jigs: Killimor Pat McKenna's
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7. Hornpipes: Peacock's Feather Drunken Sailor (In the Style of Tommy Potts)
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8. Polkas: Many a Wild Night John Walsh's Bill Sullivan's
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9. Air: Lament of the First Generation (Liz Carroll)
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10. Slip Jigs: Barney Brallaghan Ride a Mile
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11. Reels: Within a Mile of Dublin Crowley's 1 and 2
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12. Jig: The Strayaway Child
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13. Air Reel: The Parting Glass (In the Style of Tommy Potts) Green Fields of Glentown
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14. Jig Reel: The Orphan Beare Island
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15. Jigs: Cliffs of Moher out on the Ocean
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16. Hornpipe Jig: Sportsman's Hornpipe Kennington Jig
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17. Hornpipes: The Warbling Robin an Paistin Fionn Boys of Ballycastle
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18. Reels: Bantry Lasses Micho Russell's Sliabh Bloom
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE BOG BAND • the next generation digital liner notes

From the Director, with Gratitude
By accident of birth, and by definition, we inherit our heritage from our forbears. Cultural heritage, on the other hand, is not an accident—it is made, not born. If cultural heritage is to remain vibrant, relevant and compelling, it must be constantly explored, shared and celebrated. The Bog Band’s The Next Generation is all of these things at once and it is the natural outgrowth of the rich Irish cultural community into which it is constantly reborn.

Now in its fifth generation, the Bog Band continues to take root and bear fruit. Many in the band have competed and placed in local and regional competitions. One of our own is now an all-Ireland fiddle champion, having won the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis in 2017. Andrew Caden is a credit to this community. We couldn’t be more proud of him for all his hard work, dedication and achievement.

The Bog Band inspired the inception of Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week, an annual intergenerational week-long summer camp and festival that features a galaxy of star instructors of Irish traditional music and dance. Over the last twelve years, MAD Week has earned its international reputation as one of the premier traditional Irish summer camps in North America.

Proceeds from The Next Generation album sales will help fund MAD Week scholarship and faculty travel expense funds. By purchasing this CD, you have already done much to support traditional Irish music, dance and culture in our local trad community.
Thanks to all the Bogs over the years and to their parents as well who have supported my work with these many young and talented musicians. It has been an honor and privilege for me to know and work with them over the years, and a great joy.

To all of the more than 130 people who funded this project through our Kickstarter campaign—especially Ann Rutherford, Mike Smith & Amy Tejral, Jim & Chris Smith, Jake Sullivan and many others anonymous and unnamed here—heartfelt thanks for your generous support!

This next generation of young musicians provides ample evidence that traditional Irish music is in very good hands indeed. Thank you all for being the kind of community that makes Bog Band possible into the future.

Sincerely,

Mitch Fanning, Director


Notes on the Music by Myron Bretholz

1. Reels: Last Night’s Fun / Doctor Gilbert’s /Spirits of Wine
The first two tunes are session favorites, and the third tune has Donegal connections, not least because it has been recorded by the wonderful Donegal-based group Altan. Over the years, a good number of Bogs have made the pilgrimage with Mitch to Glencolmcille for Donegal Fiddle Summer School.

2. Jigs: Condon’s Frolics / Castletown Connors / The Maid on the Green
The first jig goes by several names, among which is “Castletown Connors”, a name that it shares with the second tune in this set. The second tune, for its part, is often called “Tommy Mulhaire’s”. The third tune has been popularized by the nonpareil Dublin/Galway tin whistle player Mary Bergin and the late great Mike Raf- ferty, who recorded it with Willie Kelly on their album The New Broom (2009).

3. Hornpipes: The Fiddler’s Contest / Fly by Night
The two intricate hornpipes that Andrew Caden plays here are both fiddle showpieces, as the title of the first tune bears out. The second tune is a relative of the “High Level” and “Low Level” hornpipes. Andrew graced the Bog Band and the local community by returning home from Ireland this past summer from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann as all-Ireland fiddle cham- pion in the 15-18 year-old category. Give this a track a listen and you’ll hear why he won!

4. Reels: Bonnie Kate / Jenny’s Chickens
This is a classic medley that Irish fiddlers have always held in the highest regard, ever since the legendary Sligo fiddle player Michael Coleman recorded it. Spe- cial thanks to Brian Conway for teaching the Bogs these exquisite settings of both tunes.

5. Barndances: The New Broom / John Doherty’s / Lucy Farr’s
The first tune was composed by the great East Galway flute player Vincent Broderick, and features in his col- lection of original tunes, The Turoe Stone (1999). John Doherty was the celebrated and influential fiddler from Donegal, whose name rightly appears on a good many tunes. Lucy Farr, like Vincent Broderick, was a native of East Galway, and her retrospective album Heart And Home (1991) came out on the occasion of her eightieth birthday.

6. Jigs: The Killimor / Pat McKenna’s
These two jigs were recorded by Brian Conway, for his Consider The Source album in 2008, and it was Brian himself who taught the tunes to the Bog Band, dur- ing one of his teaching stints at MAD Week. Brian’s role as a teacher and mentor to the new generation of Irish traditional musicians, especially fiddlers, cannot be overestimated or overstated. Special thanks to Paul Oorts for this fine arrangement of this classic set.

7. The Peacock’s Feather / The Drunken Sailor
Tommy Potts was a fiddler from the Liberties, one of the oldest sections of Dublin. He is a mythic figure in the annals of Irish traditional music. His album The Liffey Banks (1971) highlighted his wildly idiosyn- cratic playing, and included the air “The Parting Glass”, which, at hornpipe speed, is “The Peacock’s Feather”. The album also included the second hornpipe, which, apart from its title, bears no relationship at all to the sea chantey of the same name. On this track, Peri Leighty is backed by Michael Winch on bodhrán.

8. Polkas: Many a Wild Night / John Walsh’s / Bill Sullivan’s
These three tunes from the Sliabh Luachra tradition are made for dancing, and have been popularized in recent years by button accordionist Jackie Daly and fiddler Matt Cranitch. The Bogs learned the first two tunes from Mitch, who heard them first from one of his students, who in turn had learned them from Joe DeZarn at MAD Week. In Irish music, like life itself, we’re all teachers and students.

9. Air: Lament of the First Generation
The incomparable Liz Carroll, from Chicago, composed this tune, and she recorded it on her album Lost In The Loop (2000). Thanks to Liz for her support of Bog over the years and for giving us her permission to record our arrangement of this singularly lovely tune.

10. Slip Jigs: Barney Brallaghan / Ride a Mile
This is a standard slip-jig pairing, and the first tune is often used to accompany soft-shoe step dancers at feiseanna (dance competitions). The medley has been recorded by Derry fiddle maestro Eugene O’Donnell and the fiddle duo of Andy McGann and Paddy Reyn- olds, from whom the Bog Band learned this set.

11. Reels: Within a Mile of Dublin / Crowley’s 1 & 2 These popular session tunes gain new life in the hands of the Bog Band. The “Crowley’s” medley is another set made famous by Michael Coleman. Thanks to Paul Oorts for this fine arrangement of a great set of reels.

12. Jig: The Strayaway Child
This multi-part jig was composed by Michael Gorman, the great Sligo fiddler who settled in London,
and made several iconic recordings with the singer Margaret Barry. The tune gained wide popularity after the Bothy Band recorded it on their third album, Out Of The Wind, Into The Sun (1977). Kevin Burke, a fre- quent tutor at MAD Week over the years, also recorded the tune on his album Sweeney’s Dream (1973).

13. The Parting Glass / The Green Fields of Glentown
Tommy Potts’s album The Liffey Banks (see also Track 7) highlighted his wildly idiosyncratic playing, and in- cluded the air “The Parting Glass”. The reel following, “The Green Fields of Glentown”, is strongly associated with fiddler Tommy Peoples, and was recorded by the Chieftains’ fiddler Sean Keane, on his first solo album Gusty’s Frolicks (1975). Darrow Sherman is heard here channeling Tommy Potts.

14. Jig & Reel: The Orphan / Beare Island
The jig is often known as “Miss Casey’s”, and it was under that name that Baltimore accordion legend Billy McComiskey recorded the tune in 1981 for his album Makin’ The Rounds. Another accordion legend, Finbarr Dwyer, composed the second tune, which, as it happens, Billy recorded with his Pride Of New York quartet (Brian Conway, Brendan Dolan, Joanie Mad- den) for their self-titled 2009 album.

15. Jigs: The Cliffs of Moher / Out on the Ocean
Two popular session jigs, the second of which goes by at least two other colorful names, “Split The Whisker” (as recorded by Joe Burke) and “O’Connell’s Jig On Top Of Mount Everest” (as recorded by Jack and Charlie Coen). These are energetically and lovingly played by Bog Band emeriti Abraham Joyner-Meyers, Rebecca Weiss, Michael Winch and Gus Voorhees.

16. Hornpipe & Jig: The Sportsman’s / The Kennington These two tunes, so very well-played by Bog Band emeriti Gus Voorhees (accordion) and Abraham Joyner-Meyers (fiddle), are more closely associated with the local Morris dance community, to which both players actively belong. It is in the spirit of ecumenism that we include these tunes for your enjoyment—mi- nus the bell pads, handkerchiefs and swords. Fair play to you lads! “The Kennington Jig” was composed by John Dipper.

17. Hornpipes: The Warbling Robin / An Páistín Fionn / The Boys of Ballycastle
The first tune was composed by the great flute player Marcus Hernon. Marcus and his brother P.J. recorded it on their album The Grouse in the Heather (2000), for which Marcus wrote every tune and used avian names for all of them. The title of the second tune translates as “The Fair Haired Child”, and it is closely related to the jig “Statia Donnelly’s”. The final tune is featured on Kevin Burke’s album Up Close (1984). The Bog Band’s rendition of this set is inspired by local heroes Keith Carr and Tina Eck, who as the duo Lilt, recorded the set on their album Little Falls (2013). Thanks to Paul Oorts for his arrangement of this set.

18. Reels: Bantry Lasses / Micho Russell’s / Sliabh Bloom
These three reels are frequently played on Monday nights at the Irish Inn in Glen Echo by the Irish Inn Mates (Tina Eck, Mitch Fanning, Zan McLeod & Jesse Winch) and the many Bogs who regularly join them. The set deserves more airing. The first tune bears somewhat of a resemblance to the more commonly known “Cameronian Reel”. The second tune was re- corded by the legendary Josie McDermott, and some- times bears his name in lieu of the equally legendary Micho Russell’s name. It is also known as “The Doo- nagore” and “The Boys of Forty-Five”. Sean Ryan, the esteemed fiddler from Tipperary, composed the third tune, and first recorded it with his trio in 1972.

The Bog Band, The Next Generation Players

Alice Bradley, fiddle
Andrew Caden, fiddle, tenor banjo
Desi Corbett, whistle
Maggie Corbett, bodhrán
Jack Farias, piano*
Molly Milne-Gerlaugh, whistle*
Abraham Joyner-Meyers, fiddle, guitar*
Peri Leighty, fiddle
Emily McFadden, fiddle
Maddy Moss, fiddle
Claire O’Halloran, fiddle
Anna Grace O’Malley, fiddle
Darrow Sherman, fiddle
Gus Voorhees, button accordion*
Rebecca Weiss, fiddle*
Michael Winch, fiddle, bodhrán*
Jessica Zito, fiddle

* Bog Band Emeritus

Current provisional members:

Elora Paul-Martin, flute, whistle
Emily Mitchell, voice, guitar
Susannah Kalb-Bourke, flute

The Original Bog Boys:

Robert Coleman
Gabriel McKenna
Casey Mueller
Benson Welles
Gardi Royce

Second-Generation Bog Boys & Legacy Members:

Brendan Coyne, Sam Howard, Oliver Kendall, Oliver Meade, Alan Price, Wren Rudolph, and Jamie Sandel.

Patrick Armstrong, Kaziah Brachfeld, Daniel Brennan, Quinn Carpenter, Gabriel Epstein, Rownan Gilkes, Tim Glenshaw, Mark Grubbs, Caitlin Hearn, Conor Hearn, Caroline Kemper, Jesse Kenworthy, Erika Klatt, Molly Milne-Gerlaugh, Emily Nice, Shalini Randall, Mary Schech, Brady Stevens, Samantha Suplee, Gus Voorhees, Rebecca Weiss, and Michael Winch.

Supporting organizations
O’Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceótoirí Éireann (CCE)
CCE Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week
The Greater Washington Ceili Club
The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance
Shannon Dunne Dance

Special Thanks
Brian Conway, for his teaching and dedication
Brendan Mulvihill, local hero and teacher to many
Myron Bretholz, for erudite liner notes and editorial support
Paul Oorts, coaching and set arrangements
Karen Ashbrook, for her work with kids and teens over the years
Paul Gannon, ThoughtCast Media, for Kickstarter video production
Charlie Pilzer, Tonal Park Recording Studio
Peter Brice, layout & graphic design, www.newcenturyirisharts.com
David Hills, for cover photo, “Fiddlehead”, www.davidhillsphotography.com
Lauren Peeler Brice, for additional fern photos, www.4riversphoto.com
The Irish Inn Mates, for their friendship and ongoing support
Kickstarter Patrons, for their generous financial & support

Dedication & Thanks

Edie O'Donnell & Linda Fitzpatrick
This album is dedicated to the loving memory of Edie O’Donnell and Linda Fitzpatrick, who passed over the thresh- old during the course of this project. Both shared a great passion for Irish music and dancing, and both went out of their way to support the next generation of musicians and dancers in our local community. Though we all grieve, we are also heartened and grateful for the love, support and encouragement they gave us from the very beginning of our musical journey. Surely the angels are dancing sets in paradise now.

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