Humours of Toonagh


This reel first came to my attention when it was played by a group of wonderful young musicians from Dublin. Their band, known as The Castle Céilí Band, made a big name for themselves in the 1960s and were much admired throughout Ireland for their rhythm, phrasing, and selection of tunes. James Keane and his brother Seán – the fiddle player with The Chieftains – were central to the success and popularity of the band, so who better than accordionist James Keane from Dublin and New York to play this tune for us?


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries

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Keane, James (accordion), “Humours of Toonagh,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 24, 2024,