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This is a preview page for the upcoming flute album by Turlach Boylan. The title, finally, will be 'The Tidy Cottage'. We'll try to keep adding to this page until the release date. For now we have a list of musicians involved, some photos (say cheese!) and a sound sample(Click the highlighted track title below).

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What happened with the 'Name the CD' contest?

Turlach Boylan: flute
Colleen Donahue: cittern
Sheila Boylan: fiddle
Eden Macadam-Somer: fiddle
Dave Peters: mandolin
Julia Olivarez: piano
Ruairi Boylan: flute
EJ Jones: Highland bagpipes
Terrence Karn: dumbek
Gerry O'Beirne: guitars
Photos: Aren't they all just lovely?
Sheila and Gerry
Karl - Heights Sound Studio

Track Listing

  • Seamus Quinn's/The Blackthorn Stick/Rosewood
    These are common jigs around home and The Blackthorn Stick is one of the first tunes everyone learns.
    Colleen - cittern | Sheila - fiddle | Turlach - flute
  • Con Cassidy's Jigs
    Con Cassidy was a great fiddle player from Teelin in Donegal. The second jig is also known as Daniel Collins Father's Jig.
    Ruairi - flute | Turlach - flute
  • The Little Tail Waltz
    My sister Maeve learnt this waltz to play at her friends' wedding in Italy. I learnt it to play at her wedding. I'm not in a hurry to teach it to anyone.
    Sheila - fiddle | Gerry - guitar | Turlach - flute
  • Andrea's Waltz
    This lovely tune was composed by Bob Pasquarello and I first heard Eden playing it a couple of years ago.
    Colleen - cittern | Eden - fiddle | Turlach - flute
  • The Pikemen's March
    An unusual tune and a favourite of the great flute player Desi Wilkinson.
    Turlach - flute
  • The Controversial Reel/The Concert Reel
    Good tunes that I originally got from a book. I've since found out that the first tune was composed by Billy McComiskey.
    Turlach - flute
  • Johnny's Wedding/Colonel Rodney's
    Learnt Johnny's Wedding in Doolin from the box playing of Josephine Marsh and John Williams. My family calls the other tune The Stubborn Mule in honour of no-one we know.
    Turlach - flute
  • Ithaca Reel/The Tidy Cottage
    EJ composed these reels, the first while on tour in Ithaca, NY and the other during a flurry of domestication. I'm flattered that he used the names I suggested.
    EJ - Highland bagpipes | Terrence - dumbek | Turlach - flute
  • Catharsis/Reel a Louis Beaulieu
    The first tune was composed by Amy Cann and the second is French Canadian. Got them from Eden.
    Eden - fiddle | Julia - piano | Dave - mandolin | Turlach - flute
  • The Road to Ballymac/Mulhaire's Reel
    The first reel is a composition of accordion player Vincent Leslie.
    Colleen - cittern | Sheila - fiddle | Turlach - flute
  • The Kilfodda Reel/Mary Bergin's
    I don't really have a name for the second tune but I think Mary Bergin plays it and who better to name it after anyway.
    Colleen - cittern | Sheila - fiddle | Turlach - flute
  • President Garfield's/The Japanese Hornpipe
    The first tune came from Ryan's, a nineteenth century collection of American Music, the second from the playing of Seamus Begley.
    Julia - piano | Turlach - flute
  • Boys of the Town/Mist Covered Mountain/Brid Harper's Jig
    The third tune might have a different name but it came from Brid so that's what we call it at home.
    Sheila - fiddle | Gerry - guitar | Turlach - flute
  • Rose Marie/Mary Finn's Reel
    Rose Marie is a favourite of John Kennedy, the man that taught me to play the flute. I heard another name for it last year but I've forgotten. My sister Maeve learnt the other tune a long time ago from Mary Finn.
    Sheila - fiddle | Gerry - guitar | Turlach - flute
Recording: Karl Caillouet at Heights Sound Studio - Jan-Feb 1999
Mixing: Karl Caillouet at Heights Sound Studio - Late Feb 1999
Mastering: Lloyd Gibson at Abacus Studios - March 1999
Graphic Design: Jennifer Hamel
Portrait photography: Valentene
Cover art: Valentene