Photo on CD cover taken by Rory MacNamara.
We released our new CD, "Sets in the City," in May of 2003. This recording is a tribute to our Thursday night set dances at at the Plough & Stars pub here in San Francisco. We have arranged tunes for the Corofin, West Kerry, and Clare Plain sets... plus a couple of waltzes.


Live samples of Tipsy House

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Click on selected tracks below for an mp3.

Track List

1.  The Rainy Day / Limestone Rock reels
2.  Diplodocus jig
3.  Mother's Delight / Glencolumkill / The Moving Bog reels
4.  Ed Kelly's / The Luck Penny jigs
5.  Martin Wynne's / The Drunken Landlady / The Boys of Ballisadare reels
6.  The Glen Cottage Polkas / The Maid of Ardagh polkas
7.  Kevin Keegan's / The Trip We Took Over The Mountain waltz
8.  The Knocknaboul Polka polka
9.  Sliabh Luachra / The Taur / Dennis Doody's polkas
10.  Patsy Geary's / Danny Abe's / Going to the Well for Water slides
11.  The Banks of Inverness / The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue polkas
12.  Johnny Leary.s / This Is My Love, Do You Like Her? / Nora Criona slides
13.  O'Callaghan's / The Flowing Tide hornpipes
14.  The Ookpik / The Parting waltz
15.  Martin Rochford's / McFadden's Favorite reels
16.  Torn Jacket / Tim Maloney's reels
17.  Cap & Bell / The Maid in the Meadow / McGovern's reels
18.  Cameronian / Annie Walsh's / Lads of Laois reels
19.  Cunla jig
20.  The Godfather / John Kelly's / John Brady's reels

CD Review - Sets in the City

Sets in the City: Irish Set Dancing at the Plough and Stars with Tipsy House, San Francisco, CA Although flute, concertina player, and producer Jack Gilder says of this music,"...Tipsy House isn't really a set dance band in the purest sense...", what he's created here is a pure joy! Guitarist Richard Mandel provides the solid rhythmic groove for fiddler Kevin Bernhagen's lyrical playing that is often so intertwined with Jack's flute or concertina that it's hard to tell their voices apart. Their instrumental arrangements are spare, clean and concise with marvelous intonation throughout. The concept of "Sets in the City" was to record an actual danceable rendition of tunes that correspond to sets of figures that are being danced today; "The Corofin Set" (reels and jigs, ending with polkas), The West Kerry Set (polkas and slides ending with hornpipes), and "The Clare Plain Set" (reels and jigs). Most of the tunes are traditional with only 3 of the 45 named tunes being credited to recent composers. My own current favorite is the waltz set that includes "The Parting" by Cyril O'Donoghue, a lovely haunting

tune that travels from major to minor and back again and is a great showcase for Jack's flying fingers that facilitate the grace notes on the concertina.

Jim Belcher, in the liner notes, says, "The basic ingredients required for set dancing are eight dancers, traditional musicians and a regular place to dance... the quintessential experience is to find great musicians who love to play for dancers." Tipsy House is comprised of those great musicians and is the "house" band out at the "Plough and Stars" on Clement in San Francisco. They've dedicated this recording to the memory of two great friends of traditional music and dance, Mary O'Connell and Tom Savage, and their memories are well honored by this effort. A very highly recommended CD for both listeners and dancers.

Kerry Parker - SF Folk Music Club newsletter

In May 2000 Tipsy House performed at the first annual San Francisco World Music Festival and a CD was produced from the show. Below is the track that featured Tipsy House.

Above & Beyond / The Mouse in the Mug / The Roaring Barmaid

Jack Gilder - flute
Kevin Bernhagen - fiddle
Junji Shirota - guitar

Tipsy House played live on KALW 91.7 fm  Folk Music & Beyond, San Francisco's biggest and best folk music show... and here's an exerpt.

Hanley's Tweed / The Miller of Droghan / The Clogger's Quilt

Jack Gilder - flute
Kevin Bernhagen - fiddle
Richard Mandel - guitar

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