Come West Along the Road 2
Irish traditional music treasures
from the RTÉ TV archives 1960-1980. Songs from singers in Irish and English; jigs; reels;
hornpipes and airs from solo musicians and groups; step
dances, set dances and céilí dances from exhibition and social dancers – each DVD contains almost two and a half hours of music from across the rich
spectrum of Irish traditional music.
This second installment of film clips
from the RTE Archives, totals 152 minutes (52 clips) and
dates from the 1960s to the 1980s. Like the first DVD, there's
a wide range of material, including clips of the heroes
of the 1970s revival, but in slightly different situations.
From the Bothy Band concert featured on Vol. 1, Kevin Burke
is shown singing the hilarious "Mrs. Gilhooley's Party,"
with impeccable comedic timing and great lilting to boot;
Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, and Donal Lunny give a powerful
performance of Irvine's Balkan-tinged arrangement of "Plains
of Kildare"; Frankie Gavin, Jackie Daly, and Alec Finn
deliver a lively set of reels; and Dolores Keane and Reel
Union give a wonderful rendition of "Craigie Hills."
Clips feature some of the well-known
figures of the tradition, like Fred Finn and Peter Horan,
Seamus Ennis, and Larry McDonagh. Some of the much lesser
known players are also a delight, like Mary Brogan on the
harmonica, Liz King on the whistle, and Ella Mae Dwyer on
the concertina. The Donegal fiddle tradition is well represented,
with a clip featuring seven fiddle players among whom are
Con Cassidy, Francie Byrne, Vincent Campbell, and James
Byrne. Another clip shows a very young Brid Harper already
demonstrating her considerable talent on the fiddle, and
another is of fiddle player Michael Gallagher, with a young
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh looking on. There also a few noteworthy
clips of dancing, some great sean-nos steps by Paidi Ban
O'Broin, and a lovely group dance choreographed to resemble
the famous Tara brooch.
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