Parkersburg Landing


The music of Ed Haley, a fiddle player born in West Virginia in 1883, has for over twenty years given me much enjoyment and pleasure. My good friend Mr. Joe Wilson, former director of The National Council for the Traditional Arts, gave me a tape of Haley's music. He played this particular tune in a very distinctive West Virginia style, but with a definite Irish influence, incorporating ornamentation similar to that employed by the Sligo fiddle players Coleman, Killoran, and Morrison, who came to America in the early 1900s. I asked Séamus McGuire to learn and play the tune for my collection. Masterfully played, thank you, Séamus.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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McGuire, Séamus (fiddle) and O'Briain, Garry (guitar), “Parkersburg Landing,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024,