16th November 2018
Last Night's Joy
1. Last Night's Joy (Reels) / 2. The Old Dash Churn (Jig) / 3. O'Reilly's Greyhound (Reels) / 4. Badai na Scadain (Air) / 5. The Hawk & The Hare (Jig/Polka) / 6. Mixing The Porridge (Single Jigs) / 7. Stereo Connor (Polkas) / 8. The Ear Of Hyndford (Reels) / 9. Dads And Lads (Slip Jigs) / 10. Corratistune Rose (Air/Hornpipe) / 11. O'Connor4 (Reels)
Long known as Gerry 'Fiddle' O'Connor, this is one fiddler whose pulse is quickened by the sheer delight in the tunes. As a fourth-generation fiddle player, he knows the value of the shared tune. On this, his 2nd solo recording, Gerry draws from a wide range of sources, amongst them County Louth fiddler Peter McArdle, Quebecois fiddle player Jean Carignan, Swedish nyckelharpa player Erik Sahlström, Belfast fiddler Sean Maguire and Boys of the Lough's Cathal McConnell amongst others. The album is produced by Gerry's son Dónal O'Connor and features a veritable who's who of traditional music - Séamie O'Dowd, Niall Hanna, Neil Martin and Seán Óg Graham amongst others. O'Connor is meticulous in linking tunes to sources and honouring the musicians who uphold the music. In what is a musical delight, former Skylark bedfellow Máirtín O'Connor joins Gerry on a set entitled 'The Hawk & The Hare'. Gerry O'Connor is from Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he grew up in a family of musicians, dancers and singers, all taught at home by his mother, Rose. From an early age Gerry was involved in Irish music, winning numerous All Ireland awards in a range of duets, trios and céilí band titles. He has played and recorded with Lá Lúgh (Eithne Ní Uallacháin) and Skylark (Len Graham, Gary O'Briain & Máirtín O’Connor). Lá Lugh's album 'Brighid's Kiss' was voted Album of the Year in 1996 by readers of Irish Music magazine, and Gerry's solo CD 'Journeyman' was rated in the top five Albums of 2004 by The Irish Times.