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EDDIE MOLONEY'S [1]. AKA - "Eddie Moloney's No. 1." AKA and see "Kinvara Reel." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'CC'. The tune was recorded by Frankie Gavin and under the "Kinvara" title by P.J. Hernon. Eddie Moloney was a flute player from Ballinakill, East Galway, of a musical family; he was son of flute player Stephen Moloney, brother of Ambrose, and father of flute player Seán Moloney. He was a member of a later iteration of the famous Ballinakill Céilí Band, and his heyday was in the 1950's. "Did you bring the potstick with you," was Eddie's salutation when a flute player would arrive at a session (the old wooden potsticks having some resemblance to a wooden flute). "Eddie Moloney's" appears in a 1980 issue of Treoir magazine where it is identified as having been composed by Tommy Whelan. Like Moloney, Whelan was an east Galway flute player, and the two were friends. East Galway flute player Jack Coen (living in the Bronx, NY) remembers that Moloney and Whelen used to forgot which one of them had composed certain tunes. Coen would ask one or the other the source for a new tune and invariably they would credit it to the other flute player. Tongue-in-cheek, Jack sometimes calls such East Galway tunes of indefinite origin "Whelan Moloney's" (Brad Hurley).

Source for notated version: New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 152, p. 46.

Recorded sources: Larraga LR090098, Mike & Mary Rafferty - "The Old Fireside Music" (1998).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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