Great evening last night at the centenary launch of the CD 'Tommie Potts Traditional Fiddle Music From Dublin'. Tommie Potts (1912-1988) was a fiddle player born in Dublin’s Liberties who became one of the true greats of the Irish tradition. He combined a deep reverence for tradition with an exhilarating inventiveness in his playing, but only released one album in his lifetime, 1972’s The Liffey Banks. Renowned fiddle player Paddy Glackin compiled this new release from recordings mainly held in the RTÉ Sound Archive.
The event was held at the House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green. Main speaker Cathal Goan (former RTÉ Director General) put the work of the great fiddle player in perspective while Tommie's daughter Helen and nephew Seán Potts recounted personal memories of the man and his music.
The CD contains 47 tracks of Tommie's music and thoughts and is now on sale and available for download.
Listen here to a track from the CD ‘Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms / The Rocky Road to Dublin'.
The image accompanying this clip shows musicians Seán McKeown and Liam O'Connor playing at the launch.
The photographer was John Ohle.