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Following an unfortunate accident in his youth, Michael Murphy, the owner of ‘Cluain Cheoil, in Watergrasshill, Co.Cork, converted his farm buildings to a dance-hall, where he holds set-dancing classes and ceilis.

I was fortunate to play with Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Ceili Band for one of his céilís and so I met Michael Murphy, whose triumph over adversity inspired me to write these 2 polkas, 'Cluain Cheoil' and 'A Hooley in the Barn'. I hope this arrangement evokes the strength of his spirit as well as the fun, gaiety and joy which are a feature of Cluain Cheoil hooleys.

from Binneas. Blaiseadh beag., track released August 18, 2019
Composition and Arrangement: Anita Bennis.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jack Talty at Raelach Studios, Lissycasey, Co.Clare.
Piano accompaniment: Jack Talty.