New Album The Northern Concertina

Jason O'Rourke, The Northern Concertina

“Jason O’Rourke’s music has matured down the years into a fully cohesive and finely-tuned style; each note executed with pin-pricked precision. He stands on his own merits among concertina players in Ireland and elsewhere, and his music finds full maturity on this outstanding set.” John O’Regan, The Living Tradition.

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I’m reminded of Munster musicians such as North Cregg or The Four Star Trio, and even The Monks of the Screw, not just by the slides and polkas but by the general bounce and bravado in O’Rourke’s playing …  there’s a spark and vibrancy to The Northern Concertina which distinguishes it from smoother or more technical performances. I like it – I think you will too. Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine.

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You can stream and buy the album in CD and various digital formats on my bandcamp page.


Jason O’Rourke: C/G and Bb/F concertinas by Jeffries.

Teresa Clarke: fiddle and piano.

Tim Edey: nylon-string and steel-string guitars, high-strung guitar.

Seonaid Murray: tenor saxophone.

Stevie Dunne: steel-string guitar, high-strung guitar.

Track listing:

  1. Jigs: Munster Bacon / Tongs by the Fire / The Bow-Legged Tailor. 3.13.
  2. Polkas: John Brosnan’s / The Frozen Mouse / Timmy McCarthy’s. 3.34.
  3. Slip Jigs: The Peacock Following the Hen / O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick / My Mind will Never be Easy. 4.00.
  4. Reels: The Gooseberry Bush / Sean Reid’s / Mary McMahon’s. 4.21.
  5. Jigs: The Mongrel/The Coming of Spring/The Woods of Old Leitrim. 4.39.
  6. Hornpipes: A Short Walk from Home/The Blackbird. 3.03.
  7. Mazurkas: L’Aguilette/Arthur. 5.46.
  8. March: Welcome to Balmoral. 5.01.
  9. Jigs: Fahy’s Fiddle/Tell Her I Am. 4.05.
  10. Hornpipes: Murphy’s/The Cuckoo. 4.24.
  11. Jigs: I Will if I Can/Winnie Hayes’. 3.09.
  12. Reels: The Fox on the Town/The Roscommon Reel/The Spike Island Lasses. 3.25.
  13. Slides: Denis Murphy’s/Sporting Paddy/To Hell with Austerity. 2.39.
  14. Reels: Aggie Whyte’s/Aggie’s Wedding. 3.20.