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James Byrne
The Road to Glenlough




Claddagh Records


Irish Traditional


James Byrne is one of the greatest fiddlers living in Ireland today. He learned his music form his father and his neighbours in Glencolmcille, southwest Donegal. His record includes much rare music from a tradition little known outside his home county. Highlands and barndances, now common only in Donegal, take their place beside the more popular jigs and reels. A legendary figure in fiddle circles, his only other appearance on record is on The Brass Fiddle (CC44).


1. Con McGinley’s (reel)
2. Paddy Hiúdaí’s Jigs (slip jig and double jig)
3. An Londubh (air)
4. The Fickle Lad (jig)
5. The Wild Irishman (reel)
6. Muineál a’ Bhardail (reel)
7. The Road to Glenlough (waltz)
8. The Devil’s Dream (reel)
9. McConnell’s (barndance)
10. John Byrne’s (jig)
11. The Glory Reel (reel)
12. Jig na Mire (jig)
13. Jimmy Lyons’s (highlands)
14. Johnny Boyle’s (jig)
15. Mick Carr’s (barndance)
16. Tripping Upstairs (reel)
17. Seán Parnell’s (reel)
18. Maidin Fhómhair (air)
19. Mick Carr’s Highlands (highlands)
20. The Heather Breeze (reel)
21. The Sportin’ Belles (reel)
22. Dúlamán na Binne Buidhe (highland)
23. Ríl na Drithleog (reel)