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Through the Half Door Book - The Shaskeen

It all started in 1970 when Tom Cussen and Benny O'Connor got together with friends in London and played in the Oxford Tavern in Kentish Town every Friday for almost a year. Moving back to Ireland around the end of 1971 both Tom and Benny wasted no time in getting the band flying. Over twenty years on and Shaskeen have produced no fewer than ten albums of fire-brand Irish traditional music. They have also produced singles and EPs along the way. The current revival of set dancing is very welcome and the band is as strong as ever.
All the tunes (along with the chords as played) from five of their cassettes (which are now available in CD format) have been transcribed into two wonderful books. Copious cross-references have been appended, which go a long way to filling in the background to the tunes, encouraging the musician to look further. The tunes in the two books are those being currently played in Irish sessions which was the inspiration for producing them.
The recordings are excellent examples of the sound of a working, authentic and respected céilí band and therefore the books aren't dusted-off reprints, but instead contain up-to-date, popular versions of tunes being played today.





Bank of Ireland
Boy in the Boat 
Boys of Ballisodare 
Dowd's No. 9 
Earl's Chair 
Eel in the Sink 
Farewell to Connaught 
Flower of the Flock 
Galway Rambler 
Humours of Loughrea 
Humours of Tulla 
Jennie's Wedding John Brennan's 
Lady Ann Montgomery 
London Lassies 
Longford Collector 
Lord McDonald's 
Love at the Endings 
Mama's Pet

Maud Millar 
Morning Dew 
Mullingar Races 
New Copperplate 
New Policeman 
Old Copperplate 
Pigeon on the Gate 
Redhaired Lass 
Rolling in the Ryegrass 
Sailor on the Rock 
Sailor's Bonnet Shaskeen 
Ships are Sailing 
Sligo Reel 
Sweeney's Buttermilk 
Tear the Calico 
Ten Pound Float 
Trip to Durrow 
Turnpike Gate 
West Clare Reel


Double jigs

Apples in Winter 
Banks of Lough Gowna 
Hardiman's Fancy 
Joe Cooley's Delight Joys of Life 
Malowney's Wife
Scotsman Over the Border 
Strike the Gay Harp 
Tailor's Wedding 

Miscellaneous tunes

Ballroom Favourite 1 
Ballroom Favourite 2 
Johnny Mickey's 
Kieran Kelly's 

Through the Half Door Book - The Shaskeen

SKU: AP101
  • Here is a book containing all the tunes transcribed from 2 CDs (originally 3 cassettes) by premier Irish ceili band, Shaskeen. It contains a wonderful source of Irish session tunes along with chords, photographs, copious notes and cross-references.

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