Fitas de António

Fitas de António

This tune has been floating about my head for a month or two. I wasn’t sure if it was a Portuguese tune that I had heard somewhere or a figment…

The Woodside Reel

The Woodside Reel

The session scene in Oban has used a number of different venues throughout my time as a participant. For a while in the mid 1990s the main weekly session was…

Lisa Cronin’s Jig

Lisa Cronin’s Jig

Another tune from 1995. This jig was written for my girlfriend at the time, Lisa Cronin of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Like many young traditional musicians I had discovered syncopation…

Mike Campbell’s Reel

Mike Campbell’s Reel

I wrote this tune back in 1995 and named it for one of Oban’s characters, the late Mike Campbell. I first met Mike when I was still in school as…

Willie Hoffleman’s Unbelievable Reel

Willie Hoffleman’s Unbelievable Reel

In 1995 I spent a month or so in Munich with some Irish friends. At that time the Deutsche Mark exchange rate was very favourable to those using the pound…