TUNES FROM THE GOODMAN MANUSCRIPTS
Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes/flute/whistle), Emer Mayock (flute/whistle) and Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) come together to mark the release of their CD Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts with repertoire drawn from original sources collected by Canon James Goodman in the mid 19th century in his native province of Munster.
The manuscripts, which since his death have been held in the Library of Trinity College are of great significance because they preserve much of the traditional music of the south of Ireland as it was sung and played in the years before traditional culture there was devastated by the Great Famine of the 1840s.
The Goodman manuscripts have preserved music that could easily have disappeared from the Irish repertory and provide unique insights into the evolution of Irish traditional music.
Mick, Emer and Aoife have chosen music ranging from unusual versions of tunes in the modern repertoire to those apparently unique to the collection.