The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music is a historic compilation of melodies from the repertoire of Paddy O’Brien of County Offaly, an All-Ireland button accordion champion and one of the world’s outstanding performers of Irish traditional music. There is no other collection of Irish traditional music like this in the world, compiled as it is from the repertoire of an individual player.
Paddy launched Volume One of the Tune Collection way back in 1995, comprising 500 jigs and reels from his amazing repertoire. In 2011 he released Volume Two, including another 500 tunes—double jigs, slip jigs, reels, hornpipes, and polkas culled from his voluminous store of Irish traditional music.
You might be able to get some of the flavor of Paddy's unique notes, the vital reasons for this collection, in his playing of "Arthur Darley's / The Glen of Aherlow" from MIXING THE PUNCH...
And here's the note about 'Arthur Darley's,' from Volume One:
- 172. Arthur Darley was well known as a fiddler, adjudicator, and composer among an old generation of Donegal musicians. This reel is accepted as one of his best pieces and sounds equally as good in both the keys of D minor and E minor.
Now the Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection, Volume Three is on the horizon, this time containing even more unusual jigs and reels, plus walking marches, slides, set dances, and harp tunes, among others. Each album (as well as each individual tune) in the Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, Volume Three will be available in MP3 format, or on audio CDs in a handy wallet. Volume Three will also have a fully indexed booklet with stories and background information on every tune, available in PDF format, or as a printed, spiral-bound book.
Here are a few nice reviews of The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection:
"Paddy’s settings are always faithful to his sources, while containing his own ‘stamp’. There is considerable complexity in his settings and variations, lots to think about. I am finding myself humming tunes from the collection I haven’t thought about for a long time. I could not be happier with the collection." – Frank Claudy, Davenport, IA, April 2001
"For anyone interested in playing and learning to play traditional Irish music I heartily and unreservedly recommend Paddy O’Brien’s Tune Collection which has recorded 500 reels and jigs... He is very spare with ornamentation and yet he provides some beautiful examples of melodic variation on each tune. It’s like having a master class in your living room." – Chris Moran, California, April 2001
"Thank you for the Tune Collection. I’m on my second round of listening. I refer to your notes constantly. Your tempo really puts the tunes in the spotlight and I feel like I’m hearing some of the old standards for the first time. If listening wasn’t so enjoyable, I’d almost say that your collection and the notes are a graduate level course in Irish music!" – Kevin Dailey, Washington DC, May 2000
"Aspiring musicians not lucky enough to study with Paddy personally can still take advantage of his massive repertoire by getting The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, which includes a book and 10 CDs of Paddy playing 500 reels and jigs. The collection has proved a hit with musicians from as far away as the Australian outback and is an invaluable source of new repertoire for players of all levels. It’s not cheap, but it beats the price of airfare to Minnesota for personal instruction." – Don Meade, The Irish Voice, New York NY, May 26 - June 1, 1999
"I have a few treasured possessions that bring a smile to my heart just to look at them. My old tattered copy of Vol. 1 of Breathnach’s Ceol Rince in its plain red cover is one, and my Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection has joined their ranks. And at the rate I’m going I’ll be playing them daily for the next year or two. Thank you, Paddy, and everyone involved in putting this collection together! " – Mark Bickford, Ithaca NY, August 1995
For more about the Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music, including a complete list of tunes included, ordering information, and links to MP3 downloads, please visit Paddy's website:
Risks and challenges
Once the project is funded, Paddy has to get the recording portion finished, and then turn over the tune files to a collaborator for mastering, and then it’s on to production and digital conversion. During the mastering, he’ll be able to complete the written notes that will accompany the recorded music.
Possible risks include any technical glitches in the remaining recording or mastering (including the possibility of having to re-record anything) and perhaps having to wait longer than we’d like for this work to be completed. CD production could be held up over any potential technical issues. Digitizing is also a detail-rich, time-consuming process, and may take longer than we anticipate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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