Carraigín Ruadh


Another composer of fine tunes was fiddle and flute player Brendan Tonra from County Mayo, who immigrated to Boston around 1959. Brendan played this tune, one of his compositions, on a recording made in 1979 by the Boston branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. It may be found in Brendan's own collection, A Musical Voyage, with Brendan Tonra, produced by his friend Helen Kisiel. My setting of this reel can be found on a 1989 recording called Here and There, on the Green Linnet label. The tune is played for this collection by Séamus and Manus McGuire.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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McGuire, Séamus (fiddle) et al., “Carraigín Ruadh,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 17, 2024,