Declan Masterson



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DECLAN MASTERSON: Born in Cabra, Dublin. A former member of "Moving Hearts" and "Patrick Street" bands. He has recorded and performed with Bono, Christy Moore, Elmer Bernstein, London Symphony Orchestra, John Denver among many others.
He combines his talent as a multi-instrumentalist with his skill as an arranger and composer.
His piping has been featured in the soundtracks for the films including: "In The Name of the Father", "Some Mother's Son" and the "Riverdance" show.


1.Stay and have another one / Liscannor Reel / My Love is in America : Reels (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
Three reels well suited to pipes..

2. O'Carolan's Concerto (Trad.Arr. Masterson)
was composed by Turlough O'Carolan in the late 17th century at the house of an Irish nobleman where the composer Geminiani was present.

3. Bryan O'Lynn / Woods of Old Limerick : Jigs (Trad. Ar. Masterson)
I learned these two tunes from Conor Tully, friend and fiddle player from Woodford, Co. Galway.

4. Island Home (Masterson)

5. Éirigh a Shúir (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
A Donegal song learned from the singing of Micheal O'Domhnaill. In the song a shepherd invites his true love to elope.

6. Concert Reel / The Spike Island Lasses : Reels (Trad. Arr. Masterson)

7. Woodcock Hill / The Queen of May : Hornpipes (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
The first of these was learned from Kevin Burke during my Patrick Street days, and the second has been recorded by Leo Rowsome.

8. The Rocky Road to Dublin : Slip Jig (Trad. Arr. Masterson/Woods/Donnelly)

9. Griffin From The Bridge : Slow Reel (Trad. Arr. Masterson)

10. Lacken Hill / My Sweetheart Jane : Reels (Trad. Arr. Masterson)

11. Cailín na Gruaige Doinne : Air (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
Also known as Cailín na Gruaige Báine. The fair-haired girl has left the poet desolate. He would readily spend the rest of his life with her.

12. An Buachaill Dreoite / Old Hag At The Kiln / Alastruims March : Jigs (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
The first tune was a favourite of Willy Clancy. I first heard Alastruim's March played by Pat Mitchell.

13. Galecian Waltzes (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
I learned these two waltzes from Eric Liorzou, a fine musician from Brittany, while touring together in Germany some years ago.

14. Jackson's / Cliffs Of Moher / The Miller's Maggot : Jigs (Trad. Arr. Masterson)
The second of these jigs is a version I learned from the playing of the late John Kelly of Kilbaha and Capel Street. The third jig I learned from the playing of Arty McGlynn and Nollaigh Ní Chathasaigh.

15. Mike Rafferty's / Down The Broom / The Crooked Road : Reels (Trad. Arr. Masterson)

16. The Caterpillar : Slip Jig (Masterson)

17. Fairwater / Island Home : Suite (Masterson)
Having lived many years next to Phoenix Park, Dublin, I wrote the Fairwater or Fionnuisce to depict early morning as nature awakens.


DECLAN MASTERSON Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistles, Low Whistles, Bouzouki,
Keyboards, Concertina, Bodhrán, Guitar, Mandolin, Drums
ANTHONY DRENNAN Electric Guitar on "Fairwater" and "Island Home".
DENIS WOODS Keyboards and programming on tracks 8 and 16.
JOHN DONNELLY Drums on tracks 8 and 16.

Recorded at Pine Valley Studios, Rathfarnham, 1996.
Tracks 8 and 16 recorded at Windmill Lane 3, 1990.
Produced by Declan Masterson.
Engineered by Joe O'Dubhghaill.
Cover photo by Bill Boyle.
Design by Grafotone, Dublin.

Thanks to Kevin Thompson for his friendship and encouragement also to Anto, Dennis and John and Bill Doyle.
Once again "Well done Joe".

Tracks 4, 16 and 17 composed by Masterson
All other tracks Trad. Arr. Masterson.
All rights reserved. Copyright Control Masterson 1996.
For information on Declan Masterson phone (353-1) 8384276 or email Na Píobairí Uilleann


This page was last updated on 28th March 2000 by Paula Roche