Matt Cunningham is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s finest exponents of Irish traditional music today. Born in Headford, County Galway, multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Matt’s reputation extends from Ireland across Europe to America and even to as far away as isolated parts of the Carribean Islands.
Matt, whose traditional music is animated by a deep understanding of the dance, has championed the art of dance music. His recordings The Dance Music of Ireland series are an extensive and invaluable resource for dancers at home and abroad and in their own way have helped lead to the dissemination of Irish set and céilí dancing. This book offers you, the reader, the chance to become more intimate with the dance tunes. Each one has been transcribed exactly from The Dance Music of Ireland recordings, numbers 1 to 10 and has had chords added so that an accompanist can easily join in with the melody player.
From an early age Matt had a quest to play the accordeon like many a child of that age might have to ride a bike. Matt always showed a capacity to take a tune from the radio (the greatest resource in those days) with a seemingly great ease and then regurgitate it by way of performing it on the accordeon. At the humble age of 9 or 10, the fiddle became a vehicle for musical expression for Matt. At the age of 14, Matt sustained a broken wrist. The confinements and limitations of this steered him away temporarily from playing fiddle and accordeon and he began playing the tin whistle, this being as much a means of keeping his performance of the music alive as it was a form of exercise for his broken hand.
The biggest influences on Matt’s unusual life were his father and grandfather; in those days, music was not always a favoured pastime and especially not a considered option as a profession. For some time, Matt’s music was very much a closet thing, his grandfather often arriving with an accordeon covered in a brown paper bag so as to avoid the risk of people noticing what unpopular pastimes the Cunningham family delved into. The legacy that Matt has gained is testimony to the great love his father and grandfather had for Irish music. This too is exemplified in the fact that the accordeon most commonly being played at any night’s entertainment or on any album of matter is a Hohner ‘Club’ model II, (approximately 140 years old at the time of going to print) inherited by way of his father from Matt’s grandfather.
After a period in Matt’s life where music had been a much-loved pastime and a kind of pseudo profession as a backdrop to other interests, in 1965 Matt joined the Western Céilí Band, travelling Ireland extensively for 7 years. It was in 1972 though that Matt took music on board as a full-time profession, forming his own band and growing a reputation both at home and abroad. 1984 was in itself a very significant year for Matt, being the year he was to make his first recording and also the year that he begun teaching music.
With 14 albums and 3 videos to his credit, 16 years of teaching experience with many fine young musicians bearing the fruits of his talent, Matt has celebrated and surpassed his 25th year in the music business and having played in myriad parts of the world for thousands of enthusiasts — including Pope John Paul II and the illustrious Kennedy family — Matt Cunningham has passed all tests as a household name. He is a true ambassador of Irish traditional music.

Dance Music of Ireland : Matt Cunningham

Reels
Ah! surely
All around the world
Anderson’s
Banshee, The
Billy Brocker
Bird in the bush, The
Blackberry blossom, The
Boil the breakfast early
Boyne hunt, The
Boys of Ballisodare, The
Brendan Mulhaire’s
Bucks of Oranmore, The
Christmas eve
Come west along the road
Controversial, The
Cooley’s
Craig’s pipes
Creamer’s
Crosses of Annagh
Dawn, The
Doon, The
Down the broom
Drunken landlady, The
Dublin, The
Easy Club reel, The
Fisherman’s lilt, The
Five mile chase
Flower of the flock
Foxhunter’s, The
Cottage in the grove, The
Galway rambler, The
George White’s favourite
Gladstone’s
Glen Allen, The
Green mountain, The
Heather breeze
Humours of Tulla, The
Humours of Westport, The
Jackson’s
John Stenson’s no. 2
King of the clans
Lad O’Beirne’s
Liffey banks, The
Longford collector, The
Lord McDonald’s
Love at the endings
Lucky in love
Macroom lass
Maid of Tullyknockbrine, The
Mason’s apron, The
Master McDermott’s
Merry blacksmith, The
Miss Burke’s
Miss McLeod’s
Miss Monaghan
Molly’s nightcap
Monaghan twig, The
Morning star, The
Mountain road, The
Mountain top, The
Moving clouds
Mullingar races
Music in the glen
My love and I in the garden
New mown meadows
O’Keeffe’s
Over the moor to Maggie
Paddy’s trip to Scotland
Phil Cunningham’s
Phoenix, The
Plough and the stars, The
Primrose lass, The
Reel of Rio, The
Rolling in the rye grass
Sailor on the rock, The
Sally gardens
Scholar, The Shamrock Hill
Silver spear, The
Skylark, The
Sligo maid, The
Soldiers’ joy
St. Anne’s
Star of Munster, The
Tear the calico
Tim Mulloney
Tinker’s daughter, The
Tom Billy’s
Tom Ward’s downfall
Touch me if you dare
Trip to Durrow
Un-named reel
Wind that shakes the barley
Jigs and Slides
Andy McGann’s
Athole highlanders
Behind the haystack
Bill Collins’
Blarney pilgrim, The
Boys of Tandragee, The
Boys of the town, The
Brian O’Lynn
Broken gold ring, The
Bundle and go
Butchers’ march, The
Castle, The
Cat in the corner, The
Ceol an mala
Cherish the ladies
Clancy’s dream
Connaughtman’s rambles
Conway’s
Daniel of the sun
Danny Ab’s no. 1
Dan the cobbler
Delaney’s drummers
Denis Murphy’s
Denny Mescall’s
East at Glendart
Eavesdropper, The
Eric Cunningham’s
Father Kelly’s
Flowers of spring, The
Frost is all over, The
Handsome young maids
Happy to meet and sorry to part
Haste to the wedding
Have a drink with me
Haunted house, The
Hearty boys of Ballymote, The
Hughie Travers’
Humours of Drinagh, The
Humours of Kesh, The
Jackson’s morning brush
Jimmy Ward’s
Katie’s fancy
Kilcummin, The
Kings of Kerry
Kinnegad slashers, The
Knights of St. Patrick, The
Lark in the morning, The
Leg of the duck, The
Lilting fisherman, The
Lisheen, The
Maid in the meadow, The
Maid on the green, The
McCormack’s
Merrily kiss the quaker’s wife
Mist-covered mountain, The
Moate hunt, The
Monk’s, The
Nightcap, The
Off she goes! Old favourite, The
Old Joe’s
Old man Dillon
Old woman’s purse of money
Oró a bhuachaillín
Out on the ocean
Paddy’s resource
Pay the reckoning
Peacock’s feather
Rambler, The
Rathawaun
Returned Yank, The
Rose among the heather, The
Sergeant Cahill’s favourite
Ship in full sail
Sixpenny money
Smash the windows
Sports of Multyfarnham, The
Sweet Biddy Daly
Sweets of May, The
Tomaisín a rí
Tongs by the fire, The
Top of the Cork road
Tripping upstairs
Trip to Kilavel
Trip to the cottage
Un-named Jig
Un-named jig
Un-named jig
Wandering minstrel
Weavers, The
Wedding feast, The
Wee Johnny
Westering, The
When sick, is it tea you want?
Wi’ a hundred pipers
Flings and Hornpipes
Boys of Bluehill, The
Boys of Youghalarra, The
Cooley’s
Cuckoo, The
Denis Murphy’s
Frank McCollum’s
Golden eagle, The
Green grow the rushes-o
Harvest home, The
Honeysuckle, The
Humours of Tuamgraney, The
Keel row, The
Kitty’s wedding
Leslie’s
Love, won’t you marry me?
Macroom fling, The
McMahon’s
Moniemusk
Off to California
Plains of Boyle, The
Showman’s fancy, The
Stack of barley, The
Stack of wheat, The
Thames, The
Un-named fling
Un-named hornpipe
Waltzes and Mazurkas
Belltable waltz
Jacqueline’s waltz
Margaret’s waltz
Marino waltz, The
Mockingbird Hill
Mrs Kenny’s waltz
Shoe the Donkey
Sonny’s mazurka
St. Bernard’s waltz
Veleta, The
Vincent Campbell’s mazurka
Marches
Centenary, The
Irish rover, The
Lass of Bon-Accord, The
Mountain high, The
Séan South
Polkas
Aileen Bonner’s
All the ways to Galway
Astley’s ride
Ballydesmond no. 3, The
Ballyhoura mountains, The
Barren rocks of Aden, The
Bill Sullivan’s
Blue ocean, The
Camptown races
Cobbler, The
Dan Mac’s
Dark girl
Denis Doody’s
Denis Murphy’s no. 4
Dingle wren, The
Finnegan’s wake
Freedom for Ireland
From Billy to Jack
Gallope, An
Gin I were where Gadie rins
Girl I left behind me, The
Green cottage no. 3, The
Guillane, The
Harvest fair polka no. 3
Hills of Connemara, The
I have two little yellow snipe
Jack Ó Riain
Jim Doyle’s
John Egan’s no. 2
Johnnie, I do miss you!
Johnny Leary’s
John Ryan’s
John Walsh’s no. 1
Kenmare, The
Kerry no. 1, The
Knocknaboul no. 1, The
Knocknaboul no. 2, The
Lakes of Sligo, The
Little diamond
Little Lisdoonvarna, The
Mack’s rambles
Maggie in the wood
Maids of Ardagh
Mary Ann
Maurice Manly’s
Munster bank
Newmarket, The
Not for Joe
Oh! the britches full of stitches
Peg Ryan’s
Rambling sailor, The
Rose tree, The
Siobhán Hurl’s
Sliabh Luachra, The
Sonny Sweeney’s
Spanish lady
St. Mary’s
Sweeney’s
Terry Teahan’s
Timmy O’Connor’s
Tralee gaol
Tripping to the well
Un-named polka
Un-named polka
Un-named polka
Un-named polka
Wallace’s Cross
Wren, The



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