The rural Sliabh Luachra region on the border of counties Cork and Kerry has a long history related to fiddle music. Music students at University College Cork can even earn a diploma in Irish Traditional Music with a specialty in fiddle.
“Irish Fiddle Music”, written by Drew Beisswenger with Connie O’Connell, features a few dozen tunes most played by each of the three leading fiddlers of the Sliabh Luachra region: Connie O’Connell, Denis Murphy, and Padraig O’Keeffe. Polkas, slides, hornpipes, jigs and reels are well represented among the three fiddlers. A CD included with this collection of fiddle tunes has 30 of these tunes played solo by Connie O’Connell. Many of the tunes are played for Irish set dancing, which is very different from Irish step dancing. If you play for Irish set dancing, or enjoy playing the music for yourself, this collection is a treasure house of tunes!