Iarlaith Mac Gabhann: dlr Musician in Residence Update 4

Iarlaith Mac Gabhann: dlr Musician in Residence Update 4
Iarlaith Mac Gabhann, dlr Musician in Residence, shares his final update.

For my fourth and final update as part of my Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown residency I have put together a selection of two reels which serve as an example of the type of music I intend to showcase as part of the Residency’s final performance later in the year.

Donoghue’s favourite | Lucy Campbell’s | Iarlaith Mac Gabhann & Macdara Ó Faoláin

The first tune titled “Donoghue’s favourite” comes from Co. Sligo tin whistle player Jim Donoghue. The recording, which features Jim as well as his son Séamus on bodhrán, was made by Reg Hall, a name most well-known for his extensive recording of musicians in London. The recording can be found as part of the British Library’s sound archives within the Reg Hall collection.

The second tune is a common tune known as “Lucy Campbell’s”. However, I associate this particular version with the great Killavil flute player Peter Horan. Although having come from a recording of Horan and his lifelong musical partner Fred Finn, my playing is hugely inspired by Horan’s take on the tune. Interestingly, I recently heard a very similar version of the tune on a recording of Peter or P Flanagan, a fiddler and tin whistle player from Co. Fermanagh who I covered in my first update as part of my residency.

I would like to thank a few people for their help putting this video together. Firstly, my great friend Macdara Ó Faoláin who provided bouzouki accompaniment on the day. Secondly, Oisín Mcgreal and Ultan Mac Gabhann for their help with camerawork and editing. And lastly a massive thank you to Tom Mulligan and all the staff of the Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield who were hugely accommodating.

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council and managed by Music Network. The scheme provides opportunities for performers and composers to develop and showcase new work and cultivate new artistic collaborations. The Residencies also serve to enrich the cultural environment of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and beyond.

The dlr Musicians-in-Residence Scheme was established in 2015. Previous Musicians-in-Residence have included composer and guitarist Dave Flynn, the Tommy Halferty Trio, chamber group Ikigai, percussionist and composer Éamonn Cagney, improvising pianist and composer Izumi Kimura, composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lara Gallagher, vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown, pianist and composer Conor Linehan, sound artist and composer Craig Cox, musician and composer Sebastian Adams, The Eidola Trio, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard with composer Gráinne Mulvey, jazz drummer Matthew Jacobson and Metier, a jazz quintet led by Ronan Guilfoyle.