LA TRADIZIONE DEL DONEGAL
Paddy Tunney (1921 – 2002) was an Irish traditional singer, poet, writer, raconteur, lilter and songwriter. He was affectionately known as the Man of Songs. He collected many songs that have now become standards. Tunney was born on 28 January 1921 in the City of Glasgow to Irish parents, Patrick Tunney from Mollybreen in County Fermanagh and Brigid Gallagher from Rusheen in County Donegal. Within a few weeks of his birth he was brought home to Ireland.
[Paddy Tunney (1921 – 2002) cantante della tradizione irlandese, poeta, scrittore, narratore e cantautore. Era chiamato colloquialmente “l’Uomo delle Canzoni”. Ha raccolto molte canzoni che sono poi diventate degli standard. Tunney è nato il 28 gennaio 1921 a Glasgow da genitori irlandesi, Patrick Tunney da Mollybreen nella contea di Fermanagh e Brigid Gallagher da Rusheen nella contea di Donegal. Poco dopo la nascita la famiglia si è trasferita in Irlanda.]
Brigid Tunney (nata Gallagher, 1886-1975) nata e cresciuta nel Donegal si trasferisce a Glasgow poco prima della Prima guerra mondiale. Nel 1921 ritorna in Irlanda da sposata prima nel Donegal e poi a Mulleek (nord-ovest di Fermanagh). “Brigid learned many of her songs from the members of her extended family especially her aunt, Mary Meehan. She also picked up songs at house dances and parties. ‘She had no time for simple songs but loved those with the long, melodious line and the difficult air.’ Hence, her repertoire was replete with beautiful and often unusual songs.” (da WiKipedia qui)
Così racconta Paddy: “My mother was a fine traditional singer. She taught me to lilt and to sing. Her father, Michael Gallagher, used to take me on his knee and sing to me. He knew both languages, Irish and English, and had a fine repertoire of folk-tales and ballads. He could make a good drop of the good old mountain dew, and was well-known to all the travelling journeymen, tinsmiths, tailors, cobblers, weavers and the like, who used to visit the locality in his young days. My father, Patrick Tunney, was a fine reel dancer, so that lilting, fiddling and melodeon-playing filled my most impressionable years“.