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Blackberry Blossoms


Blackberry Blossom (Reel)


Sleeve notes from “John Kelly Fiddle & Concertina” album, Topic Records 1974 state: “The first comes from Tim Griffin again. The tune called Blackberry Blossom (s) in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (No. 1295) and Petrie’s Complete Collection (No. 475) is different from these sets.”

In the Comhaltas recording John says “There’s a well known tune called the Blackberry blossom, but this concertina player didn’t agree with it, he played in upside down.”

Details: Location: Glenhull, Co. Tyrone. Photographer: Michael J. Murphy. Date: Unknown.

Credit: The Photographic Collection, C001.32.00003 Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.  Link


John Kelly Senior playing Blackberry Blossoms on the concertina

Details: Date: Nov 1985. Location: Cultúrlann na hÉireann, Monkstown, Dublin.

Credit: Recorded by Mick O’Connor as part of the Coiste Ceoil of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann.


John Kelly Senior playing Blackberry Blossoms and Spike Island Lassies on the concertina

Credit: “John Kelly Fiddle & Concertina” Album. Topic Records, 1974. Link


Notated from above recording.


Blackberry Blossoms