The Brass Fiddle
Traditional Music from Donegal

Vincent Campbell, Con Cassidy, James Byrne and Francie Byrne
This record draws attention to the hitherto neglected fiddle traditions of southwest Donegal, where many of the most sophisticated players in Ireland live. Four of the area’s best fiddlers give an insight into their local traditions, playing tunes which to a large extent have not been heard outside Donegal.

  1. Muilleann na Maidi (Crushing the Twigs) Reel

2. Vincent Campbell's Mazurkas; Mazurkas

3. The Marine; Marine

4. Drowsy Maggie; reel

5. Doodely Doodely Dank; slip jig

6. The Frost is all over; double Jig

7. The Low Highland; highland

8. Mary o’ the Wisp; reel

9. King George IV; highland

10. Bagpipe March; march

11. The Wild Irishman; reel

12. Johnny Boyle’s Jig; double jig

13. Biddy from Muckross; reel

14. Jackson’s and Bean a Ti ar Lar; reel

(The Women of the House on the Floor)

15. The Lancers; lancers

16. Johnny Ward’s and Paddy Bartley’s; highlands

17. La Marseillaise; march

18. Miss Drummond of Perth; highland

19. Rakish Paddy; reel

20. The Cat that Kittled in Jamie’s Wig; highland

21. The Kilear Mazurka; mazurka

22. On the Road from Glen to Carrick; reel

23. The Old Wheel of Fortune; reel

24. James Byrne’s Mazurka; mazurka

25. Séamus Ó Beirn’s Highland; highland

26. Rí Mhín na Saileach (The King of Meenasillagh) and The Curly Haired Boy; reels, James Byrne


Produced by Dermot McLaughlin

Recorded by Harry Bradshaw