Henry Savage's Favourite


I first heard this tune on a long-playing record titled Music from the Glens, featuring the musical Quinn family from New York. Mr. Louis Quinn, father of this talented family, was a fiddle player who came to America from South Armagh. Mr. Quinn probably heard this tune growing up in that beautiful part of the county, an area well-known for Irish music and céilí dancing. The tune gets its name from Henry Savage, who came from a long lineage of fiddle players in that area. Here, Shannon Heaton plays her interpretation of this barndance. I am very grateful to Shannon and her husband Matt, who so generously took time from their busy schedules to come all the way from Boston to spend time with Sandy and me, for playing such delightful music for this project.


Séamus Connolly
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Heaton, Shannon (flute), “Henry Savage's Favourite,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/413.