A bit about my family history.
David Lennon with his Godmother Sile Lennon
These are two wonderful albums that my brother David Lennon put together to keep the history our paticular type of music. My father, Ben, was taught the fiddle by John Gordon. It was a pleasure to hear recordings of both Ben and Charlie playing with John as young men.
Within A Mile of Kilty
Kiltyclogher is a small village in the north of Co. Leitrim.
In and around this village,a unique cluster of fiddlers have emerged over the last 80 years.
This cd represents a collection of recordings by six musicians over the last forty years.
They are John Gordon who died in 2002, Ben Lennon, Charlie Lennon (brother to Ben), Brian Rooney, Séamus Quinn and Maurice Lennon (Stockton's Wing founder).
Within a Mile of Kilty -
Traditional Music from North Leitrim
featuring fiddlers:Ben, Charlie & Maurice Lennon,
Séamus Quinn, Brian Rooney, John Gordon
Ciarán Curran (cittern), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki),
Frank Kilkelly (guitar) and Gabriel McArdle (concertina).
The Humours of Glendart
Important recording of South Fermanagh fiddler,John Gordon
Ben Lennon & Friends
Ben and Charlie Lennon together should be enough to make you listen; add Brian and Maurice Lennon, Garry O' Brian, John Carty, Ciaran Curran, Gabriel McArdle, and Seamus Quinn, and you really sit up and take notice.
"The Natural Bridge" is North Leitrim style at it's best; flowing and unhurried, giving the music elbow-room, yet with a strong assured rhythm. Maybe maturity in traditional music comes when you don't play floridly and fast just because you can? As the title implies, there's feeling for the styles of near neighbours from South Leitrim, Sligo, and Fermanagh. The bridge is also with the past, because Ben pays tribute to the older musicians whose records influenced him; Coleman, John and Mickey Doherty, Killoran, James Morrison, etc. There are also tributes to musicians who are still with us, like Michael McNamara of Aughavas, South Leitrim. McNamara's influence shows through on the reel named for him.
Instrumental balance is varied throughout seventeen tracks of reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and a great barndance, as well as two songs from Gabriel McArdle. An inspired idea is Maurice Lennon five viola on three tracks. It fits the music really well; "Rattigan's" and "The Collier's rarely sounded so good. There are rarely-played tunes as well as old favourites; and the best version of "Cathleen Hehir's" yet.
BEN LENNON & FRIENDS: THE NATURAL BRIDGE
Ben Lennon: fiddle
Brian Lennon, flute
Charlie Lennon: fiddle, piano
Maurice Lennon: fiddle, viola
John Carty: tenor banjo, fiddle
Seamus Quinn: fiddle, piano
Gabriel McArdle: concertina, vocals
Ciaran Curran: bouzouki
Garry O'Briain: guitar, mandocello, piano
1. Polkas: Memories of
Ballymote / Gurkin Cross
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Dog Big, Dog Little
Four musicians from the Fermanagh/Leitrim Ben Lennon, Seamus Quinn, Gabriel McArdle & Ciaran Curran (Altan)area perform the songs and dance music of their native region. All of the musicians have spent their lives playing this music for their own amusement and for the pleasure of their neighbours.
Dog Big and Dog Little
1. Jimmy Duffy's
Take a visit to Charlie's Site: http://www.cuan.com
Contact Maurice directly at MauriceLennon@hotmail.com
Booking Information for Maurice Lennon, Calico, Kincora and Stockton's Wing
Contact Kincora Management at BoruProject@hotmail.com
Out on Tara Records http://www.taramusic.com
The Recently re-released Stocktons Wing Live - Take One.
This album will
without doubt bring back many memories of their youth, to many now forty something's. The
album, which has been digitally remastered for this release, also includes 3 bonus studio
recordings of the band from the same period.
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