Gerry O'Connor 'Last Night's Joy'

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  1. Last Night’s Joy  Reels
  2. The Old Dash Churn Jig
  3. O’Reilly’s Greyhound Reels
  4. Bádaí na Scadáin Air
  5. The Hawk & The Hare Jig/Polska
  6. Mixing the Poridge Single Jigs
  7. Stereo Connor Polkas
  8. The Ear of Hyndford Reels
  9. Dads and Lads Slip Jigs
  10. Corratistune Rose Air/Hornpipe
  11. O’Connor4   Reels

 “Gerry O’Connor is a musician’s musician. He is virtuosic, but never showboats: brilliant on playing tunes of all kinds and equally outstanding on accompanying songs. A great colleague and a lovely man to boot. The full package.”          Mick Moloney  

 Long known as Gerry ‘Fiddle’ O'Connor, this is one fiddler whose pulse is quickened by the sheer delight in the tunes. As a fourth-generation fiddle player, he knows the value of the shared tune.

On this his 2nd solo recording, Gerry draws from a wide range of sources, amongst them, County Louth Fiddler Peter McArdle, Quequoise fiddle player Jean Carignan, Swedish nyckelharpa player Erik Sahlström, Belfast fiddler Sean Maguire and Boys of the Lough’s Cathal McConnell amongst others.

 The album is produced by Gerry’s son Dónal O’Connor and features a veritable who’s who of traditional music - Séamie O’Dowd, Niall Hanna, Neil Martin and Seán Óg Graham amongst others. Gerry’s namesake, Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor also features on one set of American Polkas, aptly entitled StereO Connor. In what is a musical delight, former Skylark bedfellow Máirtín O’Connor joins Gerry on a set entitled ‘The Hawk & the Hare’. “Máirtín and I played this polska when we first performed as a duo together in the late 80's. It is a pleasure to have him play this track, taking us back 20 years!” O’Connor is meticulous in linking tunes to sources and honouring the musicians who uphold the music. He is a repository of tunes, names, events and this is a collection of a musician at the height of creative finesse.

Gerry O’Connor is from Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he grew up in a family of musicians, dancers and singers, all taught at home by his mother, Rose. From an early age Gerry was involved Irish music, winning numerous All Ireland awards in a range of duets, trios and céilí band titles. He has played and recorded with Lá Lúgh (Eithne Ní Uallacháin) and Skylark (Len Graham, Gary O’Briain & Máirtín O’Connor). Lá Lugh’s album Brighid’s Kiss was voted Album of the Year in 1996 by readers of Irish Music magazine, and Gerry’s solo CD Journeyman was rated in the top five Albums of 2004 by The Irish Times

“If some enterprising soul could bottle the spirit of Gerry O’Connor and market it as a panacea, then universal good health would inevitably ensue” - Songlines

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