Antóin MacGabhann, Mick O’Connor and Tony O’Rourke at The Boîte

A concert at The Boite in Melbourne , October 2009.

The three musicians are Antóin MacGabhann from Co. Cavan, Ireland, on fiddle, Mick O’Connor from London on banjo, and Tony O’Rourke from Melbourne on guitar and bouzouki.

Antóin and Mick released their CD “Doorways and Windowsills” in 2009. The title recognises their get togethers at the many steet sessions held at the many Fleadhanna they’ve met up at over the past 4 decades, in particular Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Antóin won the Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Title in 1971 and again in 1972 and Mick won All-Ireland Title playing banjo in 1971 (in the "miscellaneous" category, as banjo was not a separate category until 1975).

Tony has acompanied many touring artists on their visits to Australia, including John Carty and Martin Hayes, and in 1986 was awarded The Tim Whelan Tune Writing Award for his composition “The Town Of Uranquinty”.

The Boite World Music Café is many musicians’ venue of choice when presenting their music. It is a totally acoustic venue and the venue co-ordinators are Therese Virtue and Roger King, who have organised a multitude of memorable evenings of music for the folk of Melbourne for many years.

The performance is divided into 9 parts.

Part 1: Three jigs

Port an Lurga Donn, (Gan Ainm - can someone identify it?), You're Welcome says Maureen and Hugh

 

Part 2: The Rose of Allendale

Tony plays and sings this tune.

 

Part 3

John Brennan's, The Redhaired Lass, The Christening

 

Part 4

 

Part 5

A beautiful slow air, Air Éireann Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí (For Ireland, I Cannot Reveal Her Name).

 

Part 6: Two hornpipes

Home Ruler, Kitty's Wedding

 

Part 7: Three reels

 

Part 8

Some jokes and general chat, followed by:

The Humours of Milltown, The Morning Lark, Seamus Cooley's

 

Part 9

Tony plays a Texas fiddle tune.

Gerry GaffneyAntóin MacGabhann, Mick O’Connor and Tony O’Rourke at The Boîte

Tony O’Rourke at Comhaltas

In 2005, Tony attended Comhaltas in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

You can watch a video of him playing his own composition, "Maura Walsh's Jig", followed by a reel, "The Green Mountain" at the Comhaltas site.

(The video is in Flash format; if you can't see it you can still download the audio there.)

Gerry GaffneyTony O’Rourke at Comhaltas