Jimmy Noctor

Irish Traditional Musician

 

Jim Noctors Compositions. 

1991--2014

 

The player has some live session recordings and also some of the compositions. I am Joined on some tracks by Wendy and Ray Warrick who add their own touch to the tunes.  

ANYTHING MARKED ** Is in the player on the right Panel..

 

Since 1991 I have composed a few tunes. Each one inspired by a particular event. I notice now when I play some of them , they may have changed slightly. A couple of them have been recorded by fellow Musicians. I am in the process of recording samples for the flam player and i also have the abc files ready for down load. Feel free to use them, just drop me an email first if you wish to record them.

 

GENTLE ONE  **May09    This one is diffrent as its for the Piano I play it in A minor or B flat. It also has words here. It's for all the gentle people i have met on this magical journey.

THE PIKES ARE WAITING May 09    Some of the breton visitors decided to go fishing for pike, so in the auld meantime i composed this little jig.

JEAN CLAUDES TIE..** April 08     Came about after a great weeks music and craic with a group of French musicians Jean Claude himself a mighty player arrived to the session with his latest purchase a nice wee Donegal tweed tie. This got quiet a lot of attention in the session So the next morning this little tune arrived in my head its title says it all

NOEL MC GARRYS JIGS ** 20/10/94        Noel was a banjo player and singer from Leitrim. He was great fun to have at the sessions in and around the Naul and when he died suddenly othe 4th of June 1994 he left a huge gap in the traditional music scene in the local area . The second tune The Lambay boatman is also composed for Noel, by Johnny my brother and both tunes were played in the Naul at the usual Wednesday sessions during the ninety's

THE BIN FELL OFF THE DOOR 15/8/91       This was my first effort at composing a reel. It was composed in Wicklow during a weekend trip to Redcross

WILLIE KANES REEL ** 20/4/95          It was at a set dancing weekend in Ballyvaughan Co. Clare that I first met Willie Kane . I got the opportunity to play a few tunes for him. He liked them played nice and steady so I put this tune together on the melodeon.

MICKS MAGIC FEET ** reel 1/12/94     Mick Mulkerrins, a great Sean nos and set dancer . He is another one who adds a touch of magic to any session I composed this one for him after a trip to the Willie Clancy week

JAMESI BYRNES WALTZ ** 1995       James was an eighty six year old man when we composed this tune . He loved Irish music and since the session started in the Naul10 years earlier had supported it. He was a great man to encourage musicians,and was always the one to applaud at the end of the set.

BRIDGET WATERS ** jig 15/6/91       Bridget Waters was my grandmother and lived in south east Wexford. She taught me my first tunes on the box melodeon style Traditional music kept her alive. She would travel anywhere to hear a tune. After she died I composed this tune in her memory. It was the first of my compositions. Every time i play it i see her sitting there saying "in on the fourth out on the fifth....."

FIVE POUND NOTE.** jig 1/11/95..  This little jig was put together after one of the Seamus Ennis weekends. Its for the Seamus Ennis organisers fair play to ye...

HORNPIPE 1996              My brother John also a box player arrived to the session one night and proceeded to play this tune

BILLY MC COMISKEYS 26/3/96          I made this up a few years ago and had no title for it . So having met Billy at the Seamus Ennis weekend I had the title.

HASTE TO KILFENORA ** reel 6/5/95            This one I composed for our wedding in Kilfenora in 1995 Mick Mulkerrins likes to dance to this one I normally play it as a slow reel for him. .....It is always for Mary Maxwell who was the inspiration for it.....

THE BRASS TAPS** reel 9/11/96         This melodeon tune was composed after a session with Johnny Connolly the master melodeon player. We were looking for a set of taps and Johnny knew where to find them.

THE NEPHEW.jig **3/12/96           Pierce Brosnan was filming the Nephew in Roundwood Co. Wicklow and the Ballyboughal Mummers were taking part as extras , so after a few long days of hanging about this is the result.

WILLIES Fortune H/P**14/8/90         My uncle had a bit of luck, and came into some money. The first thing he bought was a brand new accordion followed by a new peaked cap. Initially I named this tune as above but in hindsight I think I might call it Willies Misfortune. I play it as a hornpipe.

TANZANIAN REEL ** 24/2/97              A trip to Africa last March inspired this one.

LIMESTONE HOUSE jig **5/7/97          While building our house in the west of Ireland this summer I "constructed " this jig.

FINGAL BUCKS 7/8/96**               Fingal is the name of the area in which I was living and there you can find all the bucks!!!! Thursday nights in O Connors pub you can't beat it...but all things change

ANY GATE WILL DO **               jig 27/3/96 Mary got short taken on a return journey from Clare some time ago and Mick gave us the title for this one.

FUAIM ON AILL ** Air 1999              ( sound from the cliff). Aill is the Irish word for Naul village. It was the first slow air that I composed.

UP NAUL HILL ** slide 5/11/95          Do you know this hill out of the Naul? Home to our music session for about 10 years. Great memories of Noel, Paul Swan Liam Timmons Kieran Reilly

DOWN NAUL HILL ** Double jig 1995         This is the same hill from the other direction! memories of a speeding morris minor and Gardai.

WALTZ FOR MAY **3/02/9        We had a surprise birthday party for May Maxwell a few years ago She is the most amazing person i have ever met. A fantastic outlook on life.

FAUN REEL 28/12/92                  I started composing this tune in Dingle Co Kerry a few years ago and I still have not finished it. I think it may be this year!!

ROOFER HENCHY ** 28/6/94         John Henchy was helping us with the roof of the Limestone house so this is the result Magicfoot john

CLOONMEEN REEL ** 3/11/00     Its the name of a local townland Its is truly a wonderful place .The colours of the bogs the landscape ....its magical

FINAL TOUCH 16/8/99 **             Composed on the completion of the house. it took a while but we got there ..a great amount of experience to be had by undertaking such a project. What next?...demolition

AFTER EIGHT ** 17/10/99             Composed in West Virginia USA where I was lucky enough to spend some time. Thanks to my good friends Mick and Kathryn Barret

THE OLD GREEN GOOSE 2002             Jig Its a small real media zip file (video) I won`t even start on how this was named Oct. 02

SARAH'S REEL 24/4/01 **          Once in a while i have come across special people with a beautiful nature Sarah is one, and this tune is for her

ONEHEEL TOE AND DOWN **   Back to old and new slow reel may 2003

MAGIKEEN REEL **                  It's a mystery how this happened 21st June 2003 Think it was the Sun

THE GREAT YEW TREE **         We went to Eardisland this year and met the most fantastic group of Morris dancers musicians and friends It was one of the best weeks I had away such friendly people.

 THE SILENT MOONLIGHT 21/12/03**   Slow airThis is my second slow air Some say moonlight has no sound ...but i think its just we dont always listen .. .Simply to stand and wonder at the beauty of the moon.... Gazing at her

THE HOWL IN THE HOLLOW 2004 A few days in Wexford with some MAD people produced this Tks Ray and Wendy,Martin, Ronan ,Collett, Mairead, Dave Dorothy and Judy.

JACKS ARRIVAL **                     The birth of Johnnys son is the reason for this composed by the man himself.

THE FROGS HOP **                    Just come across this one stashed away in my paperwork i had no name for it ..but this place keeps the frogs hoppin

ROLLING IN THE MUCK** 2004        Now let me see how do i explain this one ...something to do with Molly the most gentle one ....yes

UP ALL NIGHT . .......                Say no more another one of Johnnys

MARSHALLSTOWN RAMBLE Johnny again

THE RAFT OF DREAMS             Composed in 2004

THE SUNDEW POLKA **             This one was composed in 2004 The sundew is a small plant i noticed while walking along a lakeshore in Mayo

SEMESTER STANGT 2005              (closed for the season) Reel composed in Northern Sweden where everything comes to a standstill at holiday time

ROBIN IN THE PARLOUR 2006           A little visitor came to welcome me to Gurteen.

CORNCRAKE IN THE GRASS.May 2006     A Visit to Inishbofin to hear the corncrake on a very wet day. I did get to hear him but no sight of the elusive bird but had a mighty few days there

FLING ..                                This one came to me as we were driving to dublin to play a ceili. I was playing a few tunes as we drove but quickly got the pen out to transcribe this one

MOLLYS TWOSTEP Jan2007            Following a visit to the straw bear festival in Whittlesea uk

BRID'S FIRE.2007                            Composed at Imbolg 2007

Descent from Mt blanc Sept 07 **         After a beautiful walk down from the glacier

Deireadh na Bruach jig                           Named for the location of the Tigin Liath

Highland frolics August 06                        The highlands in Scotland after some time climbing Munros

BUNDLE OF STICKS. Jan09                   Collecting fodder after the storm

WINDS OF CHANGE.2009                       A big wind blew down our wind turbine It turned out it was for the better as we have made it much stronger since

JIMMYS BONNET. May2008                Mon ami Jean Claude from normandy composed this for me after i gave him Jean Claudes tie.

DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.Dec 2008.     St Stephens day walk in the Shaskeen bog inspired this tune ,

THE STONE WALL                        Building a new home for rosie, we found a stone with writing on it when we modified the old house here It was beside the fireplace on an inside wall at ground level its dated either 1883 or 1683, its hard to make it out.

HAPPY MONDAY'S. 2013.              We had a visit from an Artist from Berlin She left on a  Monday on a high so this one was born.

 

 
TED'S TUESDAY'S. 2014.                The regular session in Teds in Gurteen every Tuesday for over 40 years is the inspiration for this one.
 
WISHFUL WEDNESDAY'S June 2014..  A walk from Boyle to home inspired this one as part of the week set
 
THURSDAYS  HERMITS. June 2014   Jessamine o Connor a local poet and musician has organised informal readings of poems ,displays of artwork and music Its a popup evnt so far we have played in Boyle  and Charlestown, The bundoran fringe festival is next
 

FRIDAY'S EXPECTATIONS  June 2014.       Well Midsummer is a time i always feel a special time . Everything is at its peak  So this year we have decided to walk to Dublin along the Royal canal. Its about 200k, So we are setting  off on Friday 20th with great expectations.

 

 
 
Undernath the stars
you met me 
Underneath the stars
you left me
I wonder if
the stars regret me
At least
you go
of your own
free  will
Go Gently
 
Eyes bright
silver
she watches me
with silent love
Powerful beyond belief
my love for her
as i wait for the magic
that is She....

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