John Doherty (1895 - 1980):
John Doherty was a member of a family of travelling tinsmiths who circulated in the Southwest Donegal area. They made fid-dles from tin and because they were cheap they became extremely popular. He was a fiddler and his style was distinguished by the use of strict tempo - one bow stroke per note - and by the staccato sound, mimicked from the highland pipes chanter. The music was performed for dancing in the kitchen. As John Doherty said, "The old musicians . . . would take music from the sound of the sea, or they would go alongside the river at the time of the flood and they would take music from that. They would take music from the chase of the hound and the hare."
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