Glen of Aherlow (2) (The)
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GLEN OF AHERLOW , THE. AKA and see “Canny's,” “Crane's Leg (The),” “Lafferty's,” “Rediggan's,” “Woman I never Forgot (The).” The tune was composed by Nenagh, County Tipperary, fiddler Seán Ryan (1919-1985) as “The Glen of Aherlow”, after the valley located between Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains in the western part of County Tipperary. The alternate title “Canny's” come from association with County Clare fiddlers Paddy Canny and P.J. Hayes who were the first to record the melody in the 1960s. They called it “Lafferty's” or “Lafferty's Favorite” as it was a favorite tune of their pianist, Bridie Lafferty (Drumcondra, Dublin). The “Reddigan’s” title for the tune in Bulmer & Sharpley’s third volume probably stems from associations with the playing of Irish-born Long Island, N.Y., fiddler Larry Redican (1908-1975).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 3), 1976; No. 3 (appears as “Reddigan’s”). Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1994; p. 40. Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 163, p. 104. Bryan Ryan (The Hidden Ireland), No. 28, p. 25.
Recorded sources: Cló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 148, Mick Conneely - “Selkie” (2001). John Carty - “Last Night's Fun.” Shanachie 76001, “An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway” (1959. Re-released in 2001).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info