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The Torn Jacket

By Cló Iar-Chonnacht

Reference: CICD204  

“Tommy Guihen is a remarkable musician. Steeped in the brilliant flute playing of the Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim masters of the past, he has evolved his own distinctive way of playing with an infectious pulse, swing and vitality allied to an acute musical sensibility.”

                                                                                                                                  – Mick Moloney

Tommy Guihen was born and reared on a small farm in the townland of Bodorragha, between Keadue and Arigna in north Co. Roscommon. He began playing the flute at the age of fourteen and quickly became an accomplished player of the Roscommon/Leitrim/Sligo style of traditional flute playing. He won the under 18 All-Ireland title in Ennis in 1977 and the senior All-Ireland title in Listowel in 1978. He toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceolteóirí Éireann in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s performing in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

He turned down many offers to play professionally in the USA, preferring to stay in Ireland and live in his native area. Tommy never yearned for fame or promotion, but preferred to play his music for the enjoyment of local people at concerts and music sessions during the past decades. He played throughout the 1980s in counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo with a local band called Shebeen. Tommy has always learned tunes exclusively by ear. As a young man he learned all his music from local musicians. He admires the old individual and regional styles of older musicians which he feels are sadly in decline due to the wide availability of recordings and advances in technology.


  1. Reels: The View Across the Valley / Father Newman’s
  2. Jigs: Kilglass Lakes / Mouse in the Cupboard / The Fisherman’s Jig
  3. Reels: The Navy on the Shore / Peig McGrath’s / McFadden’s
  4. Slow Air: Lament for Jim Flynn
  5. Jigs: Connie the Soldier / Fasten the Leg In
  6. Reels: The High Hills of Largy / The Moss Banks
  7. Reels: Darby’s Farewell / Father O’Grady’s Trip to Bocca / Baltimore Salute
  8. O’Carolan: Eleanor Plunkett
  9. Reels: The Master’s Return / Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel
  10. Hornpipes: The Killeigh / A Builder of Bridges
  11. Jigs: Killavil / Andy McGann’s / The Lark in the Morning
  12. Reels: The Bell Harbour / The Piper’s Despair / Boys of Dublin
  13. Slow Air: Úna Bhán
  14. Reels: The Parcel of Land / The Streetplayer / The Drunken Landlady
  15. Reels: Tonn Téine / The Torn Jacket / Longford Spinster


Price: €15.00