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Scattery Island Slide

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Scattery Island Slide

John’s grandmother grew up on Scattery Island and he often went over to the island in his younger years. Scattery Island is an island just off the coast of County Clare in the Shannon Estuary. The music here differed to music on the mainland because of the mix of styles of the fishermen and others who would frequent the island. John’s music would be influenced here by people from other counties such as Kerry and also from musicians as far away as Norway.

Name

Scattery Island (Slide)

About

Scattery island is a small island just off the coast of Kilrush in the Shannon Estuary in County Clare. John’s grandmother, Mary Brennan was born and raised on Scattery Island and he often went over to the island in his younger years.

The music here differed to music on the mainland because of the mix of styles of the fishermen and others who would frequent the island. John’s music would be influenced here by people from other counties such as Kerry and also from musicians as far away as Norway.

Please see the Scattery Island page here for more details about the island.

Photo Details: Photo of Scattery Island, Co. Clare. Date: 1970.

Credit: The Photographic Collection, B028.19.00001. Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD. Link.

Video

John Kelly Senior playing Scattery Island Slide on the concertina.

Credit: “John Kelly Fiddle and Concertina player album”. Topic Records, 1978. Link.

Notation

Notated from video recording above.