Martin Woods' Reel


A fine fiddle player from County Clare was Martin Woods. I had the honour of playing with him often in the early 1960s. Both of us were members of a céilí band known as The Lough Derg. That was so long ago! Martin Woods had fine old tunes which he loved playing for me.

Johnny McCarthy, the accordion player and great hurler from County Clare, recorded this tune on his CD Solo Run. Thanks, Johnny, for all those solo runs on the playing pitch and for your mighty accordion music. Thanks also to Laura Byrne, flutist; Donna Long, pianist; and Billy McComiskey on accordion for their excellent rendition of this reel.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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McComiskey, Billy (accordion), Byrne, Laura (flute), and Long, Donna (piano), “Martin Woods' Reel,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 14, 2024,