John McKenna was an influential Irish flute player. Born in 1880 in Tarmon, Co Leitrim, he worked in the Arigna coal mines before emigrating to the States in 1911, where he settled in New York. He made 60 recordings (78s) between 1921 and 1937, including several duets with violinist James Morrisson. He was among the first to make recordings of Irish traditional music, with James Morrisson (fiddle), Patsy Tuohy (uilleann pipes) and other emigrant musicians, at the time of Francis O’Neill’s book “The Dance Music of Ireland.
The group Cruinniu playing at the Cooley/Collins festival, with 3 tunes : the Boys of Bluehill and 2 reels. With Jack Talty (keyboard), Ann Marie Grogan (flute), Caitlíin Nic Gabhann (concertina), Siobhán O’Donnell (bodhrán and vocals), Damien O’Reilly (accordion) and Áine Bird (fiddle).
Orlaith McAuliffe plays a set of reels on Irish flute, accompanied by guitarist Siobhan O’Donnell
Orlaith McAuliffe & Colm O’Donnell (Irish Flute) accompanied by Siobhan O’Donnell on guitar. Recorded at the Herschel Arms, Slough.
More tunes :
- The Frost is All Over 2 (Jig)
- Deck the Halls – Christmas song on Tin Whistle
- The Leitrim Fancy (Jig)
- Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye – Easy Tin Whistle Song
Irish Music Books
Books in English
Book + FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD. 90 children’s songs from the Whistle for Kids collection
Books in English
Book with free audio download - 90 well-loved Irish and Scottish songs, chosen for beginners.
Tuamgrainey Castle Hornpipe played on Irish flute; also known as Loch Gamhna.
Born in 1932, in Cloonfeighrin, Co Mayo, near the Sligo border, Roger Sherlock started playing on a Clarke whistle. He emigrated to London in 1953, and played with all the big names of that period; he recorded for Raidio Eirinn’s Job of Journeywork, and played with the Dunloe, Hibernian et Thatch Ceili Bands. He returned to live in Ireland in 1996.