Carmel’s musical tribute to the town of Sligo


Cathair Shligigh by the prolific composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Carmel Gunning, features many of her own compositions (including some featured in her recent book of tunes, The Sligo Maid) along with some classic traditional tunes. The comprehensive track list includes jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, a fling and a slow air.

For this album of splendid flute and whistle tunes, Carmel is generally accompanied by Junior Davey tasteful playing on bodhrán and/or bones. For the final two tracks on the album, she is joined by an impressive line-up of musicians – Tom O’Dowd on accordion, Josie McDermott on flute,Tommy Flynn on fiddle, J. J. Doherty on whistle, Séamus Reynolds on flute and Brendan O’Dowd on bodhrán in an atmospheric recording of one of the kitchen sessions in the O’Dowds’ house in Sligo in 1982.

Track listing:

  1. Drinks on the House*/The Jolly Bangers/The Flogging Reel (Reels)
  2. Up ya Boya*/Ciaran’s at Home*/Off to Rosses Point* (Jigs)
  3. Jella’s Birthday*/Off to the Session* (Polkas)
  4. Lament for Tommy Nangle* (Slow Air)/Conway’s Cross* (Fling)
  5. Road to Maugheraboy*/Aisling Ruby* (Jigs)
  6. The Little Grandchild*/Farewell to Sligo Town* (Waltzes)
  7. The Woman of the House/Paddy Gone to France/Happy Days* (Reels)
  8. The Boys of Blue Hill/Daniel’s Delight* (Hornpipes)
  9. Lovely Hurling*/Footing the Turf* (Jigs)
  10. Ceathrú D’Arigne*/The Dublin Reel/Sunny Strandhill*/The Cross Keys* (Reels)
  11. Humours of Ennistymon/James O’Beirne’s (Jigs)
  12. The Boys of the Lough/Devils of Dublin/Over the Bog Road (Reels)

* Composed by Carmel Gunning

Cathair Shligigh is available from Ceoláras Coleman in Gurteen (click here) where her recent song book, Shamrocks from Geevagh, and her collection of original instrumental compositions, The Sligo Maid, (each with accompanying CDs) are also available. Alternatively, you can order them from Carmel, herself, by e-mail. In light of the current health crisis, Carmel has reduced the price of Cathair Shligigh to €10, while each of the books have been cut to €20.

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