Scully Casey's Jig (1)

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SCULLY CASEY'S (JIG) [1]. Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John “Scully” Casey was a fiddler, brother to dancer, dancing master and fiddler Thady Casey, and father of fiddler Bobby Casey. He lived near Miltown Malbay, across the street from a music pub called the Crosses of Annagh. Although he never recorded he was an influential musician, especially through his son Bobby, and Junior Crehan, a student who said of him: "He was a great fiddle player ... the best practitioner of the ornamental style that I ever heard ... This unique style of his came down to his son Bobby whose music is full of grace and beauty." Miltown Malbay piper Willie Clancy said that Scully’s playing had "a flow and melancholy about it ... full of meaning". (preceding quotes from Barry Taylor’s article on Junior Crehan in Musical Traditions, No. 10, Spring 1992). Taylor records:

Whenever the conversation in the Annagh area turns to Scully Casey, someone is sure to remark on his 'relaxed' attitude to life. Junior tells of a time playing by the fireside in the Casey cottage while a fierce storm raged outside. Thunder shook the tiny building, and the lightning darted around. Junior became more and more nervous until at last, '' casting an eye on a somewhat insecure ceiling, he enquired whether Scully was not a bit nervous: "Not at all", replied Scully, impervious to the storm, “Sure, we’re playing God’s music anyway.”


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Printed sources : - Alewine (Maid that Cut Off the Chicken’s Lips), 1987; p. 31.

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