Veronica McNamara | Petticoat Loose

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Petticoat Loose

by Veronica McNamara

Traditional Irish Music, played from the heart, at a live music session in New Jersey, led by fiddler extraordinaire Veronica McNamara, including Mike Rafferty (flute) and Willie Kelly (fiddle).
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction - Tribute to James Morrison - Veronica Mcnamara
5:28 album only
2. Jigs: Morrison's Jig / Pipe On the Hob
3:48 album only
3. Reels: Belles of Tipperary / Morrison's Reel
3:47 album only
4. Reels: John Brennan's / Crooked Road to Dublin
2:51 album only
5. Air: Ned of the Hill
2:24 album only
6. Jigs: Goat On the Green / Molloy's / Cliffs of Moher
4:45 album only
7. Reels: Mrs. Mccloud / The Swallow's Tail
2:40 album only
8. Reels: The Abbeyleix / Sean Ryan's
2:48 album only
9. Reels: The Singing Kettle / Gooseberry Fair
3:13 album only
10. Jig and 3 Reels: Leitrim Fancy/Sword in Hand/Tear the Calico/Mar
5:59 album only
11. Reels: the Broken Pledge / Toss the Feathers
3:09 album only
12. Reel: The Caucus
5:22 album only
13. Reels: The Boy in the Gap / The Scartaglen
3:32 album only
14. Hornpipes: Dance of the Honeybees / Chief O'Neill's Favourite
4:38 album only
15. Air/Reel:Beannacht Ó Rí Na Haoine (Blessings From King of Friday
3:30 album only
16. Reel: the Shoemaker's Daughter
1:24 album only
17. Reels: Martin Wynne's No.2 / The Longford Tinker
3:32 album only
18. Jigs: An Ghaoth Aniar Aneas (South West Wind) / Petticoat Loose
3:38 album only


Album Notes
Veronica McNamara has been playing Irish fiddle since age 10, and was a pupil of Professor James Morrison for several years. Absolutely no-one can dispute the impact that James Morrison had on traditional Irish music, and for one young girl from Jersey City, NJ, that impression would be the beginning of a passion that would last throughout her life.

Born to Irish parents, her father from Co. Leitrim and her mother from Co. Sligo, it’s no wonder that Veronica has been so deeply involved with the Irish culture.

“Petticoat Loose” was recorded live at the Irish American Assoc. of NW Jersey in Rockaway Township, NJ. Veronica was asked to lead this special session in honor of her teacher, Professor Morrison.

Her love of traditional Irish music shines throughout this CD as she leads all the musicians, including special guests Willie Kelly and Mike Rafferty, through some great, rousing tunes. This live recording of a traditional Irish session will make you want to get on your feet and dance a step or two!

At this same session Professor Morrison's manuscripts, in his own hand, were on display. These are now published by Veronica in a lovely spiral bound book and available through - Just click on the James Morrison book link at the bottom of this page.

Review Tony Demarco: 12/4/07

A student of James Morrison (Sligo fiddle great), Veronica is a keeper of the flame for the Sligo style fiddle music that has thrived in the NYC area for more than 80 years. She plays, and has preserved on this recording, beautiful versions of these tunes. Joined by Mike Rafferty and Willie Kelly, she represents Irish music from both sides of the Atlantic. Along with the group performances there are many fine solo’s featuring her fiddling.
She is a treasure to anyone who loves fiddle music. This is a rare find for recordings coming out this day and age!
Tony DeMarco, SoundPost Productions

Review Dan Collins 12/12/07

A well recorded, organized session in tribute to James Morrison, noted fiddler and teacher. Hosted by his pupil Veronica McNamara. Eighteen tracks of fine well played music by Veronica, session musicians, and several soloists.
A fine listen.---Daniel Michael Collins

Review David Levine

The new CD featuring Veronica McNamara is lovely. Live session music, played at an accessible tempo and with an obvious sense of pleasure taken in the music and the friends. Music as it ought to be, without dubbing or special effects or frenzied high energy guitars driving the tunes aggressively.
Highly recommended: Veronica McNamara, "Petticoat Loose," with herself, The Great Rafferty, Willie Kelly, Iris Nevins, Lesl Harker, Tom Glynn, John & Brian Killackey, Eileen McIntyre, Mike Berry, Noirin Leslie and other indigenous session players.
Wish I'd been there. ---David Levine



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