Roger Casey's Reel


One of the most gratifying experiences for any musician is to have the opportunity to play for good dancers. Roger Casey from New York, now an Irish stepdancing adjudicator, was an excellent competitive dancer. When he practiced for competitions back in the 1950s and '60s, Roger had the pleasure of dancing in his kitchen to the music of fiddle master Larry Redican.

The reel heard on this track is played by Tina Lech on fiddle. She learned it from the fiddle playing of Larry Redican and, not having a name for the tune, I gave it the above title to honour my good friend Roger. I was so touched and honoured when Roger presented me with a number of tapes of Larry Redican's fiddle music from those practice sessions. Incidentally, the tunes performed by Larry Redican in this collection are used by kind permission of Mr. Larry Redican Jr.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries

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Lech, Tina (fiddle), “Roger Casey's Reel,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024,