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North America

Mick Moloney

Mick Moloney: We Have Met Together

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  • We Have Met Together
    • 1973 - Transatlantic TRA263 LP
    • 1983 - Guimbarda ?GS-11.163 LP — Spain
  • Side One
    1. Two Jigs
    2. The Invisible Man (Leon Rosselson)
    3. The Pipe On The Hob
    4. Belfast Town
    5. Bodhrán Solo
    6. Don't Cry In Your Sleep
    7. Reel On Mandolin
    8. Farewell To The Rhondda (Frank Hennessey)
    9. Vi Skal Ikkje Sova Burt Sumar Natta
  • Side Two
    1. Bean Phaidín
    2. Bodhrán Solo
    3. Molloy's Favourite & The Earl's Choir
    4. Avondale (Dominic Behan)
    5. The Leitrim Fancy
    6. An Gaoth Andheas
    7. Flute solo
    8. The Fields Of Vietnam (Ewan MacColl)

  • Musicians
    • Mick Moloney: Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar
    • Friedmann: Guitar
    • Dave O'Docherty: Flute, Whistle
    • Dave Moses: Bass Guitar, Recorder
    • Ian Inge Rasmussen: Guitar
    • Aly Bain: Fiddle
    • Mal White: Bodhrán
  • Credits
    • Produced By Mick Moloney
    • Engineers: Adam Skeaping, Nick Glennie-Smith, Margaret Hadley
    • Recorded at Riveside Recordings
    • Co-Ordination: John Whitehead and Laurence Aston
    • Art Direction: Ann Sullivan
    • Photography: Ruan O'Lochlainn
    • Illustration: Anne Gately

My simultaneous playing of various combinations of banjo, mandolin and guitar was made possible by the dexterous and hyper-efficient, nimble-fingered Adam, Mags, Nick, and Pat of Riverside Recordings Inc., May good fortune attend these good-humoured and thoroughly delightful people.

My thanks also to all the lads who played on the record: Friedemann from Germany, Dave O'Docherty from Dublin, Dave Moses and Mal White from England, lan Inge Rasmussen from Norway and Aly Bain from the Shetlands. An interplanetary combination!


Sleeve Notes

TWO JIGS
I heard these jigs played several years ago in Dublin by the well known piper, Liam Og O Floinn. Neither he, nor indeed any other musician, could tell me the name of either of the two tunes.

THE INVISIBLE MAN
Written by Leon Rosselson
Second guitar: Friedemann
Bass guitar: Dave Moses

THE PIPE ON THE HOB
A well known tune played in all parts of Ireland.

BELFAST TOWN
Although this song is non-sectarian, it isn't neutral either. Being a recent composition by a resident of Belfast, the author wishes to remain anonymous.
Second guitar: Ian Inge Rasmussen.

BODHRAN SOLO
Mal White on the bodhran showing what a fine player he is.

DON'T CRY IN YOUR SLEEP
Jim McLean's sensitive depiction of the desolation caused by the Scottish clearances.
Second guitar and vocal: Ian Inge Rasmussen.
Flute: David O'Docherty.

REEL ON MANDOLIN
This is a Sligo reel, but not even the Sligo musicians of my acquaintance could enlighten me as to its correct title.
Guitar: Ian Inge Rasmussen.

FAREWELL TO THE RHONDDA
Frank Hennessey of The Hennesseys Folk Group, from Wales, wrote this at the time of the miners' strike in 1972.
Guitars: Friedemann and Ian Inge Rasmussen
Bass: Dave Moses

VI SKAL IKKJE SOVA BURT SUMAR NATTA
(We won't sleep away the summer's night)
This traditional Norwegian song extols the beauties of nature during the Nordic summer night — flowers among the grass, walking hand-in-hand, the dew glistening on our hair — eons away from the icy blasts of the Scandinavian winter. I learnt this song from Ian Inge on one of my trips to Norway in 1972.
Second guitar: Friedemann
Bass guitar and Recorder: Dave Moses.

BEAN PHAIDIN (Paidin's wife)
One hears this song quite a lot in Connemara — the Irish speaking district in County Galway. A young woman is enamoured of a local lad called Paidin, who unfortunately is married. In a rambunctuous fashion she heaps maledictions quite jovially on the unsuspecting head of the wife in question, and wishes that she herself was in the wife's privileged position.

BODHRAN SOLO

MOLLOY'S FAVOURITE AND THE EARL'S CHAIR
The opening reel I first heard played by the fine western flute player, Matt Molloy. The second tune is better known and tends to be played in most parts of Ireland, where traditional music is found.
Guitar: Ian Inge Rasmussen
Flute: David O'Docherty
Bodhran: Mal White.

AVONDALE
Written by Dominic Behan about the resting place of the great Irishman, Charles Stuart Parnell. Second guitar: Friedemann
Bass guitar: Dave Moses

THE LEITRIM FANCY
My own interpretation of a set dance that I first heard played by the incomparable piper, the late Willie Clancy, who so tragically passed away in January of this year.

AN GAOTH ANDHEAS (The south wind)
The winds come from the southern lands, heralding the end of winter. And may it bring the traveller's blessings to everyone it touches on its journey. Written many hundreds of years ago by DOMHNAILL MEIRGEACH MACH CON MARA (Freckled Donal McNamara).
Fiddle: Aly Bain.

FLUTE SOLO
Flute: David O'Docherty.

THE FIELDS OF VIETNAM
By Ewan MacColl. 'Where they make a desert, they call it peace'. (Tacitus).
Synthesiser: Adam Skeaping.