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Jackie Small’s (Edor)      

The jig “Jackie Small’s”  is  named after Jackie Small, a Galway musician who was initiated into traditional music during his student years at University College Galway in the 1960s and 70s.  He later received tuition on the uilleann pipes at Na Píobairí Uilleann in Dublin, and then collaborated with his teacher, Pat Mitchell, in editing for publication the music of the piper Patsy Touhey (1865-1923).  Jackie worked closely with the great traditional music scholar Breandán Breathnach (1912-1985), and after Breathnach’s death he edited two volumes of Breathnach’s definitive series Ceol Rince na hÉireann, often just called CRE.  He worked for the Department of Irish Folklore (now the National Folklore Collection) at University College Dublin, did traditional music programming RTÉ Radio 1. He received a postgraduate degree in ethnomusicology is from the University of Limerick, and is currently on the staff of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (www.itma.ie), where most recently he has been involved with the publication The Westmeath Hunt, a reissue of the historic recordings of concertina player William Mullaly.  A mentor to Gerry Carthy, he is also adept on the accordion.  This tune, called Port An Tailliuira Small in Irish, is one Jackie picked up from his father, who was a tailor by trade.

 

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