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Pat Lyons’ Reel is a composition of the late Tipperary fiddler, Seán Ryan. It is included in The Hidden Ireland, his first book of compositions, which was followed by a second publication, Seán Ryan’s Dream. Amongst his many compositions which were quickly absorbed into the tradition, are The Road to Rio, The Glen of Aherlow, The Castle Jig, and Dooney Rock (Track 8).
Seán, a first cousin of button accordion legend, Paddy O’Brien (Nenagh), was immersed in Irish traditional music from a very early age. He won the coveted Senior All-Ireland Fiddle competition in 1955 and 1956, the Senior Duet title with Ellen Flanagan-Comerford, the Offaly button accordionist, and the Senior Trio competition, with Ellen and flute player, the late John Brady. Seán was a member of the original Bridge Ceilí Band, going on to establish his own band, The Seán Ryan Ceilí Band, in 1961.
The fiddle player, John McEvoy, composed the second reel in this selection. John was born in Birmingham but now resides in Ireland. Sorcha learnt this tune from a classic recording entitled The Kilmore Fancy, which features the stylistic music of John and his sister, the flute player Catherine McEvoy. John and Catherine Mc Evoy and their respective spouses Jacinta and Tom Mc Gorman rank among the most highly regarded musicians of their generation.
Sorcha wishes to thank Matt Purcell, recording engineer, and Geraldine Cotter on piano, both of whom are most highly regarded, in the traditional world, for their considerable input to this track.