O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 98

O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 98
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O'Neill, Capt. Francis
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O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody
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168 REELSThe Glenciowan ReelREELS169The Sha kan ReelPatrick Stack - ChicagoWhen John Keegan Casey who died in 1870, author of Donal Kenny wrote the opening lines:Conie pip-er play The Shaskan Reel Or else The Lasses on the Heatherthose tunes were obviously old, aitho thea hadescaped the vigilance of the great collectors Bunting, Petrie, and Joyce. The Shaskan Reel orShaskeen Reelas it has been introduced to us by John McFadden a clever traditional fiddler of the Irish Music Club of Chi-cago, was printed for the first time in the O Neill Collections. Alter being given publicity it WOn immediatepopularity, and soon W8.S a best seller among phonograph records. Like other traditional tunes it has since beensubjected to varioUS changes and embellishments at the hands of clever musicians as displayed in the florid vari-ant develoPed by the versatile Paddy Stack To illustrate the wealth of graces, turns, and trills,which adorn theperfOrma1 e of capable Irish pipers and fiddlers, skilful both in execution and improvisation is beyond the scopeof exact musical notation. And by the way Stack is an engineer, and not a professional musician.H -Ljti1 .325Jos. Tamony, Sa Francisco1J LrT1I,L327(E eriIr1a-vv Reel326a- III IIPatrick Stack ChicagoI - aaaf li _i -a4a I. Iaa..aIaa --- Ii.An itinerant Kerry fiddler named McKenna, familiarly called Kennaw who flourished in the latter half ofthe 19th century was human freak With a huge body balanced on a niinu ive pair of legs, he traveledhis circuit mounted on a donkey trained to carry him safely up- and down stairways.I.Paa.a *d -I- r .a1a.4
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