Maurice Lennon | The Little Ones

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The Little Ones

by Maurice Lennon

Maurice Lennon plays the fiddle in such a way as to break your heart and set it dancing at the same time. Ethereal slow airs and high octane jigs and reels.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Reels: The Road to Garrison / The Blackberry Blossom
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2. Jigs: The Road to Ballinakill / Bill Collin's
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3. Reel: Gweebarra Bridge
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4. Jigs: Morrison's / Willie Coleman's
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5. Waltz & Reel: The Belltable / The Humours of Tulla
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6. Jigs: Carraroe / The Frost Is All Over
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7. Air: The Little Ones (feat. Paul Roche)
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8. Reels: Miss McLeod's / The Cup of Tea
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9. Air: A Letter Home (feat. Jim Dewan)
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10. Reels: Sheila Coyle's / Hughie Travers's
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11. Air: When Hope Dawns
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12. Jigs: The Gold Ring (feat. Garry Ó Briain)
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13. Reel: Colonel Frazier's
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14. Air: If Ever You Were Mine (feat. Charlie Lennon & Ben Lennon)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The spirit with which Maurice Lennon plays the fiddle is indescribable,

whether he is soloing on one of his ethereally lovely slow airs, or

setting all the feet in the room pounding with a high-octane reel, there

is an energy in the room that is tangible and unique.

In 2011 Maurice was recognised for his outstanding contribution to music

by Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center at their annual iBAM!

celebration. In 2012 he received word that the Senior Banjo Title for the

All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil would be named in his honour.

Maurice served as the musical director for Ceoltóirí Coilte, a musical

group from America who won the All-Ireland senior title in 2012. He was

also the musical director for the very successful music production from

the Aran Islands called Ragús.

He has a particular passion for encouraging young players and dancers,

and delights in opportunities for teaching and sharing music with the

younger generations. Most recently he has been mentoring the children of

the Willis Clan, a successful musical family from Nashville, Tennessee.

The Lennon family is well-known amongst lovers of Irish music. Maurice’s

father, Ben Lennon, is well-known as a master of the Leitrim style of

traditional fiddle, and his uncle, Charlie Lennon is renowned as a

composer, piano accompanist and fiddler. Maurice showed that this musical

legacy had been passed on to him when, at age nineteen, he became the

youngest person to win the Senior Fiddle Championship at the All-Ireland

Fleadh Cheoil, held in Ennis in 1977. Shortly after this he joined with

three other All-Ireland Champions to form the band Stockton’s Wing, with

whom he composed, recorded and performed for the next twenty-seven years.

This CD is Maurice’s first solo fiddle release, although he did feature

on the Gael-Linn LP, An Fhidil 2, in 1977 with other young up-and-coming

fiddlers such as Martin Hayes and Seamus Glackin, the LP, Aengus, with

brothers Jackie and Tony Small and Garry Ó Briain in 1978, and the CD,

Within a Mile of Kilty, with fellow Leitrim fiddlers Brian Rooney, Seamus

Quinn, John Gordon, Ben and Charlie Lennon in 2005.

Since leaving Stockton's Wing Maurice has spent a lot of time backing

some of Ireland's leading vocalists, including Sean Keane, Finbar Furey,

Ronnie Drew, Liam Clancy, Johnny McEvoy; he also played with the American

songwriting legend John Prine during Prine's time in Ireland. Among the

acts who have recorded Maurice's music are Lúnasa, Four Men and a Dog,

Cherish the Ladies, Brian Rooney, Kevin Crawford, Breda and Cora Smyth,

Noel Hill, Ashley McIsaac, Natalie McMaster and the Nova Scotia Symphony

Orchestra and Daniel O'Donnell.

Maurice has spent much time in the last number of years in America

playing music and coaching young musicians. "Passing on the tradition is

incumbent on all of us who are lucky enough to have it," he said.
He coached a group of twenty young musicians from the United States of

America to glory recently when they won the Senior Grúpa Ceoil

competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan in 2012. Studio

production is Maurice's latest past-time, recently working with the

Westport vocal group CODA on an album which is soon to be released, and

he worked with the Chicago-based singer, Kevin O'Donnell, on his new

album, Deep is the Well.


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Owen Hackett

Correct title of tune
Great playing from Maurice, Just to mention the correct title of (The Road To Ballinakill) is Tom Hackett's Dream.
First recorded by the 'Boys Of The Lough- regrouped. in 1979/80 as Owen Hackett's Jig.