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Seán Ó Riada John Kelly Tune


Seán Ó Riada John Kelly Tune (March)


John Kelly Senior & Seán Ó Riada (1931 – 1971) first met in 1959 and were close friends throughout their lives. John and Seán collaborated musically from early on in their relationship. Seán composed the first half of the march and John composed the second half.

The tune is loosely based on a song called ‘We are the golden folk’ and James Kelly believes that it may have been part of a project that Seán Ó Riada was working on.

Michael Gavin, who was part of Ceoltóirí Laighean let me know that he believes the name of this is actually ‘Na Sioga’ and they played it often as part of that group.

Credit: Copyright Peadar Ó Riada. Photo of Ceoltóirí Chualann. Link.


John Kelly Junior and Peadar Ó Riada playing the march.

Details: Filmed in Peadar Ó Riada’s house in Cúl Aodha in West Cork in January 2018.

Credit: Filmed by Feilimí O’Connor.


Notated from above recording.


Seán Ó Riada John Kelly Tune