Kathleen Lawrie, Bobbie's sister, recorded this reel for me when she visited me in Limerick in the early '70s. When Kathleen and her husband Tommy Boyle visited Sandy and me in Maine just a few years ago, I played the tune for her on the fiddle and asked her if she had any idea where it came from. To my surprise, she told me that she had never heard it before, so to remind her I played that old tape back to her.
We all had a big laugh when Kathleen discovered herself playing the reel on her accordion! That was my way of reminding her that she did indeed know the tune. I was thrilled to have Kathleen perform it with me for this collection, even though she had not played the piano for thirty-five years. She practiced for two days on a piano we borrowed from Kevin McElroy and his wife Kate Butler in order to give us this performance. I was delighted to have a chance to play with her, and I am happy to say that she has returned to the music and once again plays her beloved piano.
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Lawrie, Kathleen (piano) and Connolly, Séamus (fiddle), “Kathleen Lawrie's,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed March 23, 2023, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/582.