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    Default Sean Casey on mandolin

    Found this clip in the John Joe Heaney Collection. Not sure if it's been posted before.

    http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coc...casey_JH46.htm

    Seán Casey, son of renowned fiddler Bobby Casey, playing mandolin. The website says it might be Bobby, but it's def Seán. Very interesting, I believe the only commercially released track of Seán on mandolin was track 12 on Reg Hall's compilation of Bobby Casey recordings:

    http://www.copperplatemailorder.com/...of-west-clare/

    Here's a photo I found a while ago of Bobby, Seán and banjo player 'the late' Mick O'Connor (he's not dead, he's just never on time for anything!)

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    Default Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    Couple of clips of Seán on tenor banjo (think I posted these before):





    There's also this commercial recording of Seán on fiddle, although it's not the best representation of him:

    http://www.copperplatemailorder.com/...e-of-the-kelp/

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    Great stuff Sean, thanks for sharing that!
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    Great stuff, Sean! That is some tall company.

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    This is gold! Although I played with (or along to) Sean Casey in sessions many times, I only heard him play mandolin - my mandolin, in fact - once. (The only other instance of his playing I had heard was the aforementioned track on Casey in the Cowhouse, where he accompanies his father.) Although he complained that he had lost his technique through lack of practice, it was some of the finest Irish music on mandolin I had heard - and this is borne out in these recordings. Certainly, there are many technically fancier players out there, but the relative plainness of his playing is perhaps partly what enables him to so authentically capture the style and spirit of the music of his father's generation and before - in this respect, I think he is second to none.

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    Default Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by whistler View Post
    ... it was some of the finest Irish music on mandolin I had heard ...
    I should add, Sean Keegan, that your playing followed close behind .

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