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The Road to Glountane

The Road to Glountane

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Published by Patrick Cavanagh
Terence "Cuz" Teahan, with Josh Dunson. Tune transcriptions and copying by Ann and Chuck Heymann.
The Road to Glountane represents the life work of master musician Terence "Cuz" Teahan. It contains fifty-five of his original compositions: reels, slides, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and highland flings. An additional seven tunes written in honor of Cuz by fellow musicians and one special tune are also included.
Cuz introduces each of the tunes, and in a special autobiographical section he discusses the traditional Irish music of Chicago and his native Kerry. Thirteen poems--eleven of them by Cuz--help illustrate his humor and heart. thirty-two photographs--all of them reproduced here for the first time in book form--capture many outstanding Irish musicians from the 1940s to the present.
The Road to Glountane contains great music and the history of real Irish music and dance both in Chicago and Ireland.
Terence "Cuz" Teahan, with Josh Dunson. Tune transcriptions and copying by Ann and Chuck Heymann.
The Road to Glountane represents the life work of master musician Terence "Cuz" Teahan. It contains fifty-five of his original compositions: reels, slides, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and highland flings. An additional seven tunes written in honor of Cuz by fellow musicians and one special tune are also included.
Cuz introduces each of the tunes, and in a special autobiographical section he discusses the traditional Irish music of Chicago and his native Kerry. Thirteen poems--eleven of them by Cuz--help illustrate his humor and heart. thirty-two photographs--all of them reproduced here for the first time in book form--capture many outstanding Irish musicians from the 1940s to the present.
The Road to Glountane contains great music and the history of real Irish music and dance both in Chicago and Ireland.

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THE BOOK WE HAVE WAITED FOR

This music book is on its way
So listen to me please,
For I have something good to say
That will put your mind at ease:
The composer
-our "Cuz" Teahan -
Brings you hornpipes, jigs, and reels,
In his Kerry style -this Fenian
Expresses how he feels.

His set dance tunes and lovely airs
And his many more besides,
His polkas, waltzes, and tunes so rare
And his beautiful Kerry slides;
So, add them all and you will find
A collection great and grand,
This music book is just the kind
That portrays Ireland.

So here is to our master mind
And the music that he plays,
And the many years now left behind
That we call the good old days.
But were it not for those days gone by
And his sense of dedication,
Our youth today would not know why
Our music thrills a nation.

-Frank Thornton, 1979
Irish Musicians Association
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Josh Dunson

Josh Dunson was born in New York City in 1941. He is currently contributing editor
for folk music for Chicago Magazine. Since 1965 he has written about folk music for Come For
To Sing,
the Philadelphia Daily News, Sing Out!, and others. His books include Freedom in the
Air, Song Movements of the Sixties,
and with Ethel Raim, Songs from the Anthology of American
Folk Music.
In preparation is High on the Mountain, The Songs and Story of Ola Belle Reed.

The Road to Glountane

By Terence "Cuz" Teahan
with Josh Dunson

tune transcriptions and copying
by Ann and Chuck Heymann

production coordination
by Justin O'Brien

Published in Chicago, Illinois
First Edition 1980

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 80-50390

c 1980 by Terence P. Teahan. All material herein copyrighted.
All rights reserved.

Published in Chicago, Illinois 1980. First Edition
Printed in the United States of America.

The embroidery reproduced on the front cover is one of a number of works by Terence "Cuz"
Teahan which are on file at the Smithsonian Folklife Collection in Washington, D.C. Photo
by Jonas Dovydenas.

This book is dedicated
to the thirty-four musicians who I grew up with
from the town/and I came from.

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, for their
generous grant which helped support the publication of The Road to Glountane. We would like
to thank especially Maryo G. Ewell and Robert Salsbury for their part in proposing the grant.
We would like to thank Justin O'Brien for his painstaking care in the preparation and
production of this book, and Karen O'Brien for her hospitality.
Our most special thanks to our wives, Nora Teahan and Jean Pogge, who were patient
and comforting during the many hours of preparation.
We also deeply thank the Irish Musicians Association of America and the Irish American
Cultural Institute for their encouragement and friendship.
We'd like to thank Liz Carroll, Tom Dahill, Martin Fahey Jr., John Harling, Jimmy
Keane, and Larry McCullough for composing the tunes that appear in this book.
Thanks also to Ann and Chuck Heymann for their marvelous work in transcribing and

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copying the music, to Tom and BarbaraDahill for collecting the tapes from which the tune
transcriptions were made, to Mark Mamalakis and Jonas Dovydenas whose photographs appear
in this book, and to Jack Hoehn for his advice and assistance.

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Table of Contents

Page

The Book We Have Waited For

1

Dedication

5

Acknowledgements

6

Alphabetical List of the Tunes

9

List of Photographs

10

Preface

11

Introduction

13

Cast/eis/and Town

24

The Tunes

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Chicago Convention

91

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