Jimmy Neary was a fiddle player from County Mayo who lived in Chicago. Johnny McGreevy, another fiddle player from Chicago and a hero of mine, gave me this tune in 1972 when I was on my first visit to that city, on the first ever Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann concert tour of North America. The tune is played here by my friends Jimmy Noonan from Cleveland, Ohio, who now lives in Boston, and Dan Gurney from New York State, two musicians who do much for traditional Irish music through their teaching and performing. Jimmy is on the faculty of the Boston College Irish Studies Program where he teaches flute and whistle. Dan, who plays the accordion, graduated from Harvard University with a degree in music.
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Noonan, Jimmy (flute) and Gurney, Dan (accordion), “Jimmy Neary's,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed May 27, 2023, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/457.