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Peadar O'Loughlin & Maeve Donnelly
The Thing itself




Claddagh Records


Irish Traditional


West Clare flute player Peadar O’Loughlin made his debut album in 1960 with East Galway fiddler Aggie Whyte; some 40 years later, he recorded a follow-up, Touch Me If You Dare, with another fiddler from the same region – Maeve Donnelly, whom he first met in the 1970s when she was a very young musician. Geraldine Cotter’s piano backing adds to the nostalgic atmosphere, although her playing has considerably more bounce and delicacy than the thumping accompanists of old. Piper Ronan Brown co-produced the CD with Donnelly and O’Loughlin, and sits in on flute and tin whistle for a couple of tracks. As with all Claddagh releases, there are extensive notes detailing the provenance of all the tunes, as well as introductory essays by Seamus Connolly and Pat Mitchell.


1 Jack Rowe's Reel / Sailing into Walpole's Marsh
2 Moll Ha'penny / Poll Ha'penny
3 Jimmy Kennedy's / Henchy's Delight
4 Dan Breen's / The West Clare Reel / The Sandmount
5 Johnny Gorman's / Leather away the Wattle-O
6 Ryan's Rant / Eileen Curran
7 Dunguaire Castle / Garraí na Saileog
8 Bobby Casey's / The Rathcroghan Reel
9 Miss Walsh / Eddie Moloney's
10 Mike Casey's / The Fairhaired Boy / The Dublin Lads
11 The Chorus Jig / Cathaoir an Phíobaire
12 The Templehouse / Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel
13 The Monasteryeden Fancy / The Ivy Leaf
14 Pat Canny's Jig / By Golly
15 Pride of Rathmore / Ceol na Ceartan