The Boys of the Town | Paul McGlinchey
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- Paul McGlinchey (D flute, E flat flute, B flat flute)
- Arty McGlynn (Guitars)
- Ryan O'Donnell (Bouzouki)
- Seamus O'Kane (Bodhrán)
(see "photos" section for more information on the musicians, accompanying their photos)
Full account of Track Listings:
1. Reels (3:40) Paul, Ryan, Seamus
Oot Be Est Da Vong/The Maids of Mount Cisco/Clancy's Fancy
l was made popular by the American group Solas on one of their earlier
recordings. The second reel is a popular North Connaught tune. The final reel, I learned
from an early recording on cassette of PJ Hernon, the Connemara button accordion player.
2. Jigs (2:59) Paul, Arty
Hardiman's/Maid in the Meadow/Scatter the Mud
I learned the first jig from the playing of the O'Raghallaigh family from County Meath. The
second jig I remember learning to play for a trio competition with Stephen Hayden and
Mickey McGoldrick in 1989. Mickey was a banjo player from outside Pomeroy who was
tragically killed in a car accident in 1993. Stephen is a great fiddle player from the Rock.
The final jig is popular in Belfast sessions, I learned it from Jason O'Rourke, a powerful
concertina player from Oxford who has spent most of his life in Belfast.
3. Reels (4:13) Paul, Ryan, Seamus
The Milky Way/Larry's Favourite/The Caucus
Three fairly modern reels composed, in turn, by Vincent Broderick, Paddy O'Brien and
4. Slow Air (1:57) Paul
Cape Clear is an island off the coast of county Cork, the birthplace of Saint Ciarán. I know
little of the story behind the air unfortunately, it was made famous by the playing of
Cork-born (but Omagh resident!) fiddle player, Nollaig Casey.
5. Reels (2:50) Paul, Arty, Seamus
The Full Set/Flagstone of Memories
The first reel is a mighty composition from another Michael McGoldrick, this time the
Manchester flute player. I learned it from Brid Harper playing it at sessions in Hayden's pub in the Rock. The second is also a great tune, composed by another flute player, Galway's
6. Marches (3:51) Paul, Ryan, Seamus
The Centenary/The Camowen
Both marches were composed by Arty's uncle, Arthur Kearney (after whom Arty is named).
Arthur lived in Centenary Park in Omagh. It was built in 1961 and called so because the
Christian Brothers had established a community and school in Omagh one hundred years
previously. The second march was taught to members of the Camowen Ceili Band (which
included me) when competing in the All-Ireland fleadh in 1988.
7. Reels (4:01) Paul, Arty
Black Pat's/The Thrush in the Storm/Packie Duignan's
The first reel is a superb composition of Donegal Fiddle player Tommy Peoples, the second is
well known, the final, another great composition, this time by Charlie Lennon.
8. Redowa/Reel (2:49) Paul, Ryan, Seamus
The Barnacle/The New Found Out
I heard Kevin Crawford play this redowa many years ago. I follow it with a reel I learned from Jason O'Rourke.
9. Hornpipes (3:03) Paul, Arty
Both common hornpipes, the second one I learned from Arty's uncle, Felix, a great fiddle
player and teacher.
10. Jigs (2:24) Paul
The Leprechaun/Pat McKenna's
The first is a composition of Junior Crehan's, the second a composition of Pat McKenna from
Caledon, Co. Tyrone, a very fine fiddle player and gentleman who sadly died earlier this year.
11. Reels (3:25) Paul, Ryan
Living in Decency/The Fair Wind/The Limerick Lasses
Three common session reels, played on a Rudall and Rose flute which is almost 200 years
old. I dedicate this set to David Migoya, flute player, cataloguer, compiler and expert in all
things Rudall and Rose!
12. Slow Air (2:24) Paul
Táimse im' chodhladh
A well known air, translates into "I am asleep (don't wake me)". I learned this from
Arthur Kearney. I dedicate this air to the memory of my first cousin Michael F Lynch, NYFD,
whose life in this world was taken from him on the 11th September 2001.
13. Jigs (3:58) Paul, Ryan, Seamus
The Second Victory/Only for Barney/The Cock and the Hen
I thank Collette McKeown for teaching me the first jig back in the 1980's. The second is a
fine composition of Paddy O'Brien's. The final tune that I "slipped" in is a well known slip jig.
14. Reels (3:12) Paul, Arty
The Pigeon on the Gate/The Green Mountain/The Galway Rambler
This is a version of the Pigeon I first heard when playing in the Duke of York pub in Belfast. It
may well be a version of the Donegal version of this popular reel! The Green Mountain was
a favourite of Hughie Hetherington's when he and I were playing music in Peter Daly's pub
in Pomeroy in the late 1980's and early 1990's.The Galway Rambler is a tune I have always
loved playing, and I dedicate this track to my mother, because she loves this reel too!
Tracks 1-14 arranged by Paul McGlinchey.
All titles traditional except:
• The Milky Way and Flagstones of Memories (composed by Vincent Broderick)
• The Full Set (composed by Michael McGoldrick)
• The Centenary and The Camowen (composed by Arthur Kearney)
• Pat McKenna's (composed by Pat McKenna)
• Black Pat's (composed by Tommy Peoples)
• Packie Duignan's (composed by Charlie Lennon)
• Larry's Favourite and Only for Barney (composed by Paddy O'Brien)
• The Caucus (composed by Jean Duval)
Dermot O'Hagan in Strule Arts Centre, Omagh between June 2009 and March 2011.
Mixed by: Donal O'Connor, Dermot O'Hagan and Paul McGlinchey.
Mastered by: Donal O'Connor and Cormac O'Kane.
• Sam Murray D flute
• Sam Murray E flat flute
• Michael Grinter B flat flute
• Rudall & Rose Boxwood flute
Paul McGlinchey "The Boys of the Town"
Own label, 2011
Flutist Paul McGlinchey hails from Omagh, in the Northern Irish Co. Tyrone. On his second album he celebrates the music of his native area. The Boys of the Town are Ryan O'Donnell on bouzouki and Arty McGlynn on guitar, both bred and born in Omagh, as well as Derry man Seamus O'Kane on the bodhran. The triple All-Ireland flute champion has recorded a splendid tribute to the wooden wind instrument. Paul puts the throttle to the metal when attacking the jigs and reels, including the late flutist Vincent Broderick's "The Milky Way". However, Paul is also capable of delivering a set of rollicking hornpipes and two straight marches composed by Arty's uncle Arthur Kearney. Furthermore, he has included a redowa, which is a waltz-like dance from the European continent, as well as two popular Irish slow airs, "Cape Clear" and "Taimse im' chodhladh".
Altogether, Paul McGlinchey's "Boys of the Town" offers an enjoyable hour of music - for flute fans in particular, but for any Irish music aficionado as well.
© Tom Keller
Album Review - Paul McGlinchey / The Boys of the Town
There is no doubt that when talking about Paul McGlinchey are dealing with a musician to the very core. He speaks from the heart about his music and says that it has "defined" who he is and it has provided the social interaction that is at the heart of the music.
All-Ireland senior flute champion for three consecutive years in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and prior to that runner-up in 1990 and 1992. Born and bred in Omagh Co. Tyrone, both his parents had a deep interest in Irish music. This defined the man and provided the bedrock on which his love for the music flourished.
On The Boys of the Town we are treated to a crystal clear master class in fluting that shows just how all those All Ireland's were won. Within the recording he leaves that oh so important quality, space. Space to savor just what he is doing with his music. How the ornamentation flows with effortless ease without overburdening the tune, which can so often be the case. Maybe it's just the way that I like to hear it. It's important that the music doesn't wash over you and leave you indifferent to what you have just heard. It should draw you in and keep you there to the point that you stop, listen and enjoy it. Paul McGlinchey can draw you in and keep you enraptured with a traditional style that leaves you wanting more. That doesn't mean that he can't ratchet up the pace when required and still keep a solid structure, which he does on a couple of the closing sets, The Second Victory/Only For Barney/The Cock and the Hen. Fantastic music.
Throughout he plays some well know sets including The Pigeon on the Gate/The Green Mountain/The Galway Rambler as well as some lesser known tunes such as Oot Be Est Da Vong, made popular by Solas some years ago.
His album structure is just right as well. I like my albums traditional with a few airs thrown in for good measure. Some of his tunes I am familiar with and others are fresh and new to me. Nearly every one of these sets is a delight in one way or another. The Milky Way/Larry's Favourite/The Caucus set of reels is just plain old good music. Music of this quality is difficult to fault and in many ways is difficult to review. What can you say? It would be naive to compare Paul's playing to others, to earlier albums or artists. This album stands as a testament to a life's work, captured and distilled into a 45 minute digital recording that sits in a little grey box designed by the man from Apple. Listening and looking out of the window on the Cork to Dublin train at the flatland's of mid Ireland, the music is haunting. It takes me back to earlier days in London in the late '80's and stirs up old memories. Music needs to be listened to in context and that context gives it new meaning and feeling. Maybe an open fire, a country pub or in this instance a countryside flashing before me. If it fails to do this then you do not engage with it. Paul's music captures and stirs emotions and gives context to its rhythm.
The Barnacle/The New Found Out is another perfect set, a redowa followed by a reel. It's also nice to see an old set being given a run out, in this instance The Liverpool Hornpipe and McMahon's. The sleeve notes detail the makes of flutes used, and on the The Leprechaun he uses the Michael Grinter B Flat flute to great effect for a stark and beautiful solo recording.
This is music with real feeling, at times haunting and at times uplifting, but always satisfying. Supporting it all we must not forget the accompaniment of the great Arty McGlynn playing once again in his own fantastic style with Seamus O'Kane on Bodhran and Ryan O'Donnell on bouzouki.
- Tony Lawless
19th January, 2012
PAUL McGLINCHEY - The Boys of the Town
Own Label PMG002
14 tracks, 45 minutes
Tyrone fluter Paul McGlinchey's second CD is doubly welcome. Firstly, it's even better than his debut release Unearthed from a few years back. Paul has obviously been playing a great deal since then, and his tone and technique show the benefit, making him now one of Ulster's finest on the flute. Secondly, he's chosen a splendid set of tunes to record: kicking off with the great Shetland reel Oot Be Est da Vong and the ever popular Maids of Mount Cisco, Paul continues with The Maid in the Meadow and Scatter the Mud before the spine-tingling slow air Cape Clear. His playing is rhythmic, clean and powerful, and simply a joy to listen to. Mike McGoldrick's Full Set and Vincent Broderick's Flagstone of Memories Tommy Peoples' composition Black Pat's and the classic Thrush in the Storm - there's no shortage of big reels as Paul pumps out fourteen tracks of fine fluting. He's backed by fellow Tyrone man Arty McGlynn on guitar, with Seamus O'Kane on the old frame drum and Ryan O'Donnell on traditional Irish bouzouki.
You don't often hear a redowa these days. I can't tell you the difference between a redowa, a mazurka and a waltz, but The Barnacle is a nice one in any case. Paul also manages to squeeze in a second slow air, the gentle Taimse im' Chodhladh. A pair of Northern marches by Arty's uncle, a couple of well-known and well-played hornpipes, and a whole rake of jigs bring us to the final big set of reels: The Pigeon on the Gate, The Green Mountain and The Galway Rambler, none of them unusual but all strongly delivered here, with a touch of that Ulster rushing style. Plenty of energy, plenty of soul, and some very fine accompaniment make Paul McGlinchey's music well worth hearing. You can get a taste at www.flutemcglinchey.com of course.
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