Launched at the Willie Clancy Summer School, 2012, Aon le h’Aon is a CD featuring a collection of compositions from the ‘Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien 1922-199’ played on fiddle by Eileen O’Brien.
“Aon le hAon” is a collection of compositions by my father Paddy O’Brien. The tune selections in this recording are contained in my publication “The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien 1922-1991”, J.D.C. Publications 2009. Since the launch of this publication, I have received many requests to produce a recording of Dad’s compositions. I decided to record this solo fiddle album to further the promotion my father’s music and bring his wonderful gift for composition to a wider audience. The album will also serve as an archival record of my style of fiddle playing. This musical style reflects the major musical influences of my father Paddy and my grandfather Dinny who passed on the tradition to me. I have included a number of traditional slow airs on the album for air enthusiasts. I would like to thank North Tipperary Co. Council and particularly Arts Officer Melanie Scott, for the wonderful support and encouragement afforded to me. This assistance has enabled me to bring this recording project to completion. Eileen O’Brien
“Eileen is a master fiddle player and this recording is a fantastic document of her father’s music”, Joe Burke
Produced by: Eileen O’Brien
All tracks performed and arranged by Eileen O’Brien
Sleeve Notes by Eileen O’Brien
Sleeve design and layout by Kevin Minogue
Portraits by Mike Lancaster www.mikelancasterportraits.co.uk
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Peter Maher, Middlewalk Studios, Middlewalk, Cloughjordan, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Special thanks to my husband Donncha Minogue, my daughter Jennifer , my sons Denis and Kevin for their support. Thanks also to my lifelong friend Joe Burke. Special thanks to Máiréad Treanor for providing the inspiration for the title “Aon le hAon” which means “One to One”. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my musical friends for their encouragement and solidarity.
Dedicated to the memory of my parents Paddy and Eileen O’Brien
Solas na bhFlaitheas ar a nAinmeacha
01 Double Jigs: The Fly In The Porter / The Burning Brakes
02 Reels: The Four-Leafed Shamrock / Patrick’s Night
03 Polkas: The Amir’s Delight / The Humours of Bahrain / The Sheik’s Fancy
04 Hornpipes: The Dapper’s Delight / The Pub In the Square
05 De Bharr na gCnoc
06 Reels: The Hills of Tipperary / Larry’s Favourite
07 Slip Jigs: The Arra Mountains / Fr. Burke’s
08 Hornpipes: The Hallowe’en Nut / The Hangover
09 Reels: Larkin’s Beehives / Hanly’s Tweed
10 Bruach Na Carraige Baine
11 Double Jigs: The Grouse On The Hill / The Stormy Night
12 Hornpipes: The High Road / The Surprise
13 Reels: The Christmas Tree / The Holly Bush
14 Double Jigs: Out In The Cold / Gavin’s Piano
15 Hornpipes: The Man In The Tower / The Empty Bar
16 Reels: The Happy Man / Cutting the Hay
17 Double Jigs: Larkin’s 25th / The One That Was Lost
18 Easter Snow
19 Hornpipes: The Swan On The Lake / Dan’s Request
20 Dinny O’Brien’s Reel
All tunes composed by Paddy O’Brien R.I.P. except track 5 – De Bharr na gCnoc, track 10 – Bruach Na Carraige Baine and track 18 – Easter Snow.
Aon le h’Aon
Moanfin Recordings CD002, 20 Tracks, 65 Minutes
When Eileen O’Brien first published a volume of her late father, Paddy O’Brien’s compositions, she began to receive requests to record an album of her father’s work.
Following from the release of The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien 1922–1991, the Tipperary fiddle player decided to record a collection of Paddy’s tunes and the result is the gem Aon le h’Aon.
These compositions are timeless and Eileen herself perpetuates the style and the phrasing of her father who, as well as his tunes becoming an integral part of Irish Traditional music, was credited with the emergence of the B/C style of button accordion playing that we know so well today.
There are seventeen tracks of Eileen performing compositional pieces by Paddy and three tracks that showcase Eileen’s proficiency playing traditional slow airs which includes a beautifully emotive Easter Snow.
Eileen takes us through well administered double jigs The Fly in the Porter and The Burning Brakes before treating the listener to a wander through polkas, reels, slip jigs and a fantastic hornpipe display with The High Road into The Surprise Hornpipe which truly showcases that distinctive North Tipperary style of structured enunciation in which every note plays its part.
The album ends on a high note with Dinny O’Brien’s named for her grandfather; another great influence of musicality in the Irish tradition.
In fact this tune is derived from the first in three chapters of Paddy’s compositional history that took place in the latter part of the 1940’s and the start of the 1950’s; the second being the mid to late Sixties and the final chapter, his most productive, from the latter part of 1970 until his passing in 1991.
Aon le h’Aon is an archival reference library within itself and a valuable resource for any collector of tunes and in Eileen’s touch of the bow to the strings, the inimitable O’Brien legacy most definitely remains firmly ensconced deep within the tradition.
Irish Music Magazine Review
Aon le h’Aon, by Eileen O’Brien
Launched at the Willie Clancy Summer School, 2012, Aon le h’Aon is a CD featuring a collection of compositions from the ‘Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien 1922-1991 played on fiddle by Eileen O’Brien.