Released in 1977, Jackie Daly’s remarkable debut of music from the Sliabh Luachra, the mountainous border between Cork and Kerry, has long been recognised as an important landmark recording. It captured Daly at the peak of his powers and helped to re-establish the accordion as an important instrument in Irish music.
From this impressive beginning, Jackie went on to play with the cream of Ireland’s musicians in such seminal groups as De Danann and Patrick Street and build a reputation as “the” Irish button accordion player – in other words the best in the world.
“Essential” – Taplas
“It is a key recording – it’s a no-messing, consistently charming work” – Stirrings
Jackie Daly accordion, single reed accordion, Anglo concertina
1 Polkas: Tom Sullivan’s/ Johnny Leary’s/ Jim Keefe’s
2 Slides: Keefe’s/ The Clog
3 Air: Tir Na Nog
4 Hornpipe: Callaghan’s
5 Reels: The Rising Sun/ The Pope’s Toe
6 Polkas: The Glin Cottage Polkas
7 Slides: Paudy Scully’s/ The Gallant Tipperarary Boys
8 Hornpipe: Walsh’s
9 Polkas: Jim Keefe’s/ Ballyvournie Polka/ Johnnie Mickey’s
10 Slides: Trip To The Jacks/ Where Is The Cat?
11 Air: The Banks Of Sullane
12 Single Reels: Biddy Martin’s/ Ger The Rigger
13 Reels: The Glenside Cottage/ Taim Gan Airgead
14 Air: Willie Reilly
15 Slides: Murphy’s/ Going To The Well For Water