North Clare Jig


Paddy Kierse, as Ciarán Mac Mathúna said on his Radio Éireann program A Job of Journeywork, was a lovely old musician. Ciarán recorded his playing of this tune on a visit to north County Clare. Mr. Kierse, from Kilnaboy, near Kilfenora, had wonderful old tunes, stories, and history from that part of the county.

Monsignor Charlie Coen from New York State, formerly of Woodford, County Galway, did an excellent job playing the tune in the style of Mr. Kierse. We recorded the tune at my home in Maine. Kevin McElroy pulled out Sandy's old guitar and strummed along.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries

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Coen, Charles (concertina) and McElroy, Kevin (guitar), “North Clare Jig,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 14, 2024,