Eddie Kelly has enthralled many musicians with his flair and mastery of both the fiddle and button accordion. The Irish jig that is widely known as Eddie Kelly’s jig is actually called The Meelick Team. It was composed by Eddie to commemorate a victorious hurling team from the village of Meelick in East Galway. And the reel known as Eddie Kelly’s reel is called The Lonesome Fiddler.
This book shares for the first time, the sheet-music for all twenty-one of Eddie’s music compositions. His friends and family have shared stories, memories and photographs, all of which are presented in this book to honor Eddie’s contribution to traditional Irish music. We gain insight into a delightful man, with a mischievous grin and a deep passion for the music his native East Galway.
And as we take this trip down memory lane, the illustrations remind us of Ireland’s rich history and traditions. And the narratives allow us the time to pause for a few moments to marvel at this heritage of mysticism and beauty.