Old Times


I found an old brown manuscript page and remembered that my former sister-in-law Maureen Glynn had given it to me. Maureen grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She was a talented lady and widely respected in the Irish music and dance world. Maureen was a great musician: a piano, fiddle, and whistle player who taught hundreds of children in and around The Big Apple. She was also an Irish dance teacher, but most times could be heard playing music at the feiseanna instead of adjudicating the dancing. Maureen loved the old music and it was always a delight to play with her.

The track heard here is taken from a cassette recording that I made years ago of myself playing the tune from that manuscript. If memory serves me well, I believe it was a handwritten transcription of a page from The Roche Collection, where this tune occurs in the key of G under the title above. I moved the tune to the key of A, in order to give it a more open, pipes-like sound on the fiddle. At the time of recording, some variations had come to mind and I did not want to forget them, so onto the tape they went. I forgot about the tune after that, but I recently found the tape in a drawer in my music room. I thought it would make a worthy addition to this collection. So here is Maureen Glynn's old brown manuscript. A tune not to be forgotten. Enjoy!


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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Connolly, Séamus (fiddle) and Donohue, Gabriel (keyboards), “Old Times,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 25, 2024, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/693.