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Opening Up Hidden Fermanagh
Fintan Vallely
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A new book by Cyril Maguire on the music of County Fermanagh.

In 2001 Cathal McConnell mentioned to fellow Fermanagh flute player Cyril Maguire that it would be a great thing to ‘put together a CD of Fermanagh music’. The idea lodged in Maguire’s head and to it he applied his considerable academic energy and knowledge of local fiddlers, flute players, accordionists and singers. The areas he knew best were in the vicinity of Derrylin and Derrygonnelly, and his contacts there together with locally accessible information became the germ which produced this wonderful CD and tune and story book, Hidden Fermanagh.

Core material in this text is anecdotal stories of the county’s numerous musicians, many of them inter-related. But the music centre to it all is of the nineteenth-century collection of music and...

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