Monday, 8 February 2016

Caisleán an Óir (hornpipe): Breandan (eile)

Caisleán an Óir (hornpipe)

Caisleán an Óir ('Golden Castle' or 'Castle of Gold' in Irish) is a beautiful hornpipe composed by the West Clare fiddler Martin 'Junior' Crehan (1908-1998). In 1978, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann released an album entitled Ceol an Chláir, compiled from recordings made between 1966 and 1978, which featured Crehan playing Caisleán an Óir. That same year, the tune was also recorded (and popularised) by fiddler Kevin Burke on his first solo album If the Cap Fits (1978):

The tune features on Matt Molloy and Sean Keane's Contentment Is Wealth (1985), Martin Hayes's Martin Hayes (1992) and Kevin Crehan's An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare; Kevin is Junior's grandson. Angelina Carberry has a lovely banjo version (in a different key) on her 2014 album Pluckin' Mad but I've based my attempt on Crehan's original and Burke's version.

Next up is Tommy Coen's Crosses of Annagh!

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