Mickey Doherty was one of the famous family of fiddlers who travelled throughout Donegal for generations playing their music and plying their tinsmiths trade. Garvan Hill features more than three hours of his music recorded by the Irish Folklore Commission in the Croaghs outside Glenties in 1949. It’s a joint project of the National Folklore Collection UCD and the Donegal fiddlers’ organisation, Cairdeas na bhFidliéri. It’s produced by Rab Cherry and Dermot McLaughlin. Mickey Doherty and his family lived on Garvan Hill, in the Cloghan area, for a number of years while his children attended Commeen national school. He was one of the most important fiddlers in the Donegal fiddle tradition and it’s wonderful that such a treasure trove of material from him from almost 70 years ago has been made available. We have brilliant and distinctive playing and a tremendous selection of tunes which were recorded in a cottage in the Blue Stack Mountains, a part of Donegal steeped in Irish culture. The music on Garvan Hill comes from the days before tape recorders. It was recorded directly onto acetate discs which have been well cared for over the decades since they were made, and the sound quality is excellent. The collectors for the Folklore Commission at that time were Caoimhín Ó Danachair and Seán Ó hEochaidh.
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