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The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast is a weekly journey to the heart of Irish music. We speak with players of Irish music about how they first came to the music and the place it occupies in their lives now. We use the word ‘heart’ intentionally, because heart is what this music, and the people who play it, are all about. It’s a funny, warm and often unexpected journey – and the tunes are crackin too.
Dominic Black has made radio shows for the BBC and NPR stations in the USA. He's also an oral history producer, essayist and editor. Dominic owns five different tin whistles, all in the key of 'D.'
Darren O'Mahony is an advertising creative director. He's currently learning the Irish fiddle, but really he wants to get a set of uilleann pipes.
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'The artist is like a blind caterpillar at the end of a leaf reaching out into the darkness.' Staring The Reaper Down. Life in music, Shoogelnifty and Sandy Bell's in Edinburgh. All night sessions in Borneo, Pretty Peggy-O and teaching Andy Irvine bouzouki parts to an audience including...er...Andy Irvine. In this episode Luke plays: The Log Cabin and Bean A' Ti Ar Lar Pretty Peggy-O The Battle of the Somme (Retreat March) The Cornerhouse, The Lady's Pantalettes and The Bird in the Bush To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm iTunes: https://apple.co/2A6tUPm Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3eIwBFy Or alternatively, simply search your favourite podcast app for the Blarney Pilgrims. To follow Luke go here: https://www.lukeplumb.com/ http://shoogle.com/ https://www.facebook.com/luke.plumb.18 To buy his incredible music go here: https://lukeplumbmusic1.bandcamp.com/ Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you next week. All the best, Darren and Dom -- We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
The real deal. Part one of two. Incredible playing and great chat: the painters of ancient Egypt and the joy of playing in an orchestra; De Danaan, Planxty and Schubert; Martin Carthy and Nic Jones and the thrum of existential rhythm. Truth be told, we don't have much to add to this show - it'll all in the tape. Next week: Shooglenifty and living in Scotland, the moments in a gig that a musician lives for, coming home to Australia and recording an album with Andy Irvine. In this episode Luke plays: Three jigs (un-named) Three reels: McGreevey's, The Sweetheart and Miss McGuiness and Wrackabello (from the playing of Martin Carthy) To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm iTunes: https://apple.co/2A6tUPm Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3eIwBFy Or alternatively, simply search your favourite podcast app for the Blarney Pilgrims. Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you next week. All the best, Darren and Dom -- We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast Special Guest: Luke Plumb.
The northern flute style; working the bar at Matt Molloy's pub; capturing songs for posterity; on sean-nós singing, music as a release; life in Boston, and the regional sound of Melbourne Again, this interview was a long time coming. We had actually planned to record it the week Covid hit so we pulled the plug. Now fast forward 12 weeks and we finally got to sit down, face-to-face, with Máirtín, and believe us, it was worth the wait. In this episode Máirtín plays: The Lobster (An Gliomach) Tripping Up The Stairs Anach cuain (Slow-air dedicated to  Ben Duffy) McKenna Polkas Long Slender Sally / The Gosson That Bate His Father To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/54 iTunes: https://apple.co/32gvHuH Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3aFuOPa Or alternatively, simply search your favourite podcast app for the Blarney Pilgrims. Right so, that's it for another week. Thanks again Máirtín for the chat and the tunes. And thanks to Maggie Carty for the accompanying banjo and biscuits. Bye bye, Darren and Dom -- We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast Special Guest: Máirtín Staunton.
Irish tunes on the harmonica - seriously awesome. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Eddie Clark, New York's Irish music scene in the '80s; Bill De Blasio's busted progressive cred and The Catskills Irish Arts Week. Don Meade on Irish tunes on the harmonica, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Eddie Clark, New York's Irish music scene in the '80s, and The Catskills Irish Arts Week. Seriously amazing music this week with Don. As always you can listen or download from the usual spots: Our site: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/53 iTunes: https://apple.co/2MI9ZJf Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3aFuOPa Don plays the following tunes: The Haunted House and The Lark on The Strand (Jigs) The Green Mountain and Rip The Calico (Reels) The Fiddler's Elbow (Meade) Brosna Slides The Waterford Hornpipe To follow Don go here: facebook.com/don.meade.73 To learn more about the Barney Star and read the articles mentioned in the episode go here: http://www.blarneystar.com/ Love, Darren and Dom -- We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
Accordion tunes in the 90 degree heat. On the '80s Cowboys and Irish music in Dallas, Texas. On De Danaan kicking up a dust storm; the Charlie Piggott route to falling in love with the banjo and struggles in learning to play. The O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat and the sweetness of playing music with your kids.  Ken Fleming's such an easy going guy, but when you hear his story you'll realize he's driven. I mean, you can't get an Irish music festival up and running in Texas without some amazing combination of vision, commitment and a willingness to take a punt. It's probably not an exaggeration to say that without Ken's work over the past forty years, the Irish music scene there would be a shadow of what it's now become (thriving). So - here's The North Texas Irish Festival, of which Ken was a key founder: https://ntif.org/ And you can find The O'Flaherty Irish Music retreat here: https://oflahertyretreat.org/ Check out their list of past guest musicians and you'll get an idea of the calibre of the weekend:  https://oflahertyretreat.org/instructor_role/core-classes/ Thank you, Ken, for hacking through the long distance digital thickets with us to get this episode up and out. And thanks for your tunes and your chat. As always the episode is free to stream or download from all the usual spots: Our Website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/52 iTunes: https://apple.co/2XsbLo0 Google Podcast: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3aFuOPa So - this is our 52nd episode. We launched last year at the National Celtic Festival and it was awesome. Thanks to Una McAlinden for that amazing kick start to the project. We got to hang out with... Mary MacNamara and Eileen O'Brien https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/4 Maggie Carty https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/5 Beth McCracken https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/8 Austral https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/7 and Bush Gothic https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/10 Not bad for a first weekend... Now, Covid-19 notwithstanding, The Celtic Festival will be hosting a series of events online this year to mark the moment and take a breath before we start the journey towards next year's festival. Look for them here: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcelticfestival And finally, thanks to you all for supporting us to get this far. Keep it up and hopefully we'll have another year's worth of great chat and tunes by this time next year. Love, Darren and Dom -- We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
On growing up with traditional Irish music, on taking ownership, on finding festivals, on 92.7 Fresh Fm, on Austral and creating a dance party, and losing yourself at Woodford Folk Festival . Way, way back in June last year we caught up with Austral during the National Celtic Festival. During that interview we said we'd love to sit down and chat with Caity Brennan. Well, 12 months and one global pandemic later, we've finally done it and it's everything we'd hoped it would be. In this episode Caity plays: Roll Out The Barrel / Christmas Eve / Castle Kelly The Orphan / Princess Nancy Dr. Gilbert's / Siobhan O'Donnell's The Sheiling Song Original composition followed by two reels. During our chat we drop a few names and many of those have also appeared on the Blarney Pilgrims. To make life a little easier we thought we'd list them here for your clicking pleasure. Caity's Dad, Jack Brennan (Uilleann pipes, whistle): https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/31 Caity's partner, Angus Barbary (Fiddle): https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/16 Caity's band Austral: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/7 Also, as mentioned in the episode, Austral just reached their pozible target which means there'll be an album coming sometime down the road - Watch this space! In the meantime here's a cracking video clip of the band recorded from last year's Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr3Ztlftarg If the playing during the episode doesn't convince you that Caity and Austral can bring the (MF) ruckus, then check out this instagram clip of them at the Melbourne Vic Night Markets earlier this year. https://instagram.com/p/B5reS3Egvet/ To keep up with Caity and Austral you can follow them here: Website: https://www.australband.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/australmusic/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/austral.music/ And most importantly, you can buy Austral's music here (including a craicin' live version of Hoedown Throwdown lifted from the episode we recorded last year: https://australtradmusic.bandcamp.com/ I think that's about it for this week, Right, go on. Goodluck! Darren & Dom ... We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
On accordions, melodeons, the push draw and The Pure Drop; Portrush sessions at the Harbour Bar, Ballycastle sessions at The House of McDonnell. The snug. Athlone. The borderlands of Fermanagh, Coleraine and Ceili House. And Coronation Street even gets a mention. As in - and I'm paraphrasing - 'Now and again something might have been taped over with an episode of Coronation Street.' Ciaran's archive, which he shares on a daily basis, is astonishing. A seemingly endless treasure trove of clips featuring startling hair from the 1980s, large spectacles, fancy shirts and amazing players. Here's a typical example. Give it a whirl - but don't expect to get any work done. This is the original internet rabbit hole: https://www.facebook.com/100010917466155/videos/1092797731094132 Ciaran, thanks again for a really thoughtful conversation, and a great set of tunes: The Four Courts and Paddy Taylor Polkas Sport Jig (Peadar O'Riada) The Bucks of Oranmore The Showman's Fancy and The Galway Hornpipe. To follow Ciaran on Facebook go here:https://www.facebook.com/ciarank1 To follow Ciaran on Instagram go here: https://www.instagram.com/ciaranckp/ Or look for @ciaranckp Darren mentions 'Disintegration Loops' by William Basinski. Completely hypnotic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjnAE5go9dI This episode is our 50th - and like the 49 before it, it's free to download or stream from everywhere you get podcasts: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/50 Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/36t2q2d Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2TrpEQL We'd also like to say a huge thank you to today's episode sponsor, Ceol.fm. This is a bloody brilliant service. So do yourself a favour and head over there and check it out. www.ceol.fm Until next week, Darren & Dom ... We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
'When you're playing with other people...and you get that feeling that is above and beyond life, in a sense. Where you just go, this is why I exist. This is as happy as this bunch of cells can be, right now, on this planet.' If there’s a better way to spend an hour and a bit of your day than listening to this week's episode with Ewen Baker, I’ve not heard of it. Ewen’s a fiddle player, arranger, multi instrumentalist and teacher, and he takes us on a journey to find the music-induced tingly feeling, via The Oils, J. S. Bach and Kerry Slides; St Anne’s Reel and The Bushwhackers; collaboration and individualism; coming to terms with our own imperfections but still getting stuff done. And we don’t even get around to talking about working with songwriters, at which Ewen’s an acknowledged master. Still, it gives us an excuse to do a second episode down the line. In this episode Ewen plays the following tunes: Merrily Kissed the Quaker’s Wife Brian Boru's March St Anne’s Reel Sheehan's Reel The Australian Waters Mama's Reel Ewen’s collaborated with a huge range of musicians over the course of his career, but it was only a couple of years ago that he released his first CD, ‘The Inch Before The Saw.’ As in, the only thing in life you really need to be worrying about is…’the inch before the saw.’ You can find the CD here, and as we say in the episode, it’s a cracker: https://ewenbaker.com.au/store 'It's a session in your speakers.' Ewen’s collaboration with Paddy Fitzgerald, Jack Brennan and Geoff McArthur is called Lisnacrieve, and you can find the gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/paddy-fitzgerald-cd As always, the episode is free to download or stream from everywhere you get podcasts: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/49 Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3fM61MG Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2T1il26 We'd also like to say a huge thank you to today's episode sponsor, Ceol.fm. This is a bloody brilliant service. So do yourself a favour and head over there and check it out. www.ceol.fm Ewen, thanks for a cracking chat. And with that, we’re away. Darren & Dom ... We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
On ABC song books, on the south-western coast of Victoria, on Scottish cèilidhs, on the highland pipes, on learning and teaching and on the understanding of air. This interview has been a long time coming and it was everything we hoped it would be. Thanks so much for your time, your patience and your beautiful tunes Merran. If you'd like to contact Merran about lessons or having a tune down Warrnambool way then please follow her here: https://www.facebook.com/merran.moir In this episode Merran plays: Sound of the Sun / Vivian's Jig The Family Set - Kyle's Waltz / Margaret McLachlan / New Year in Noosa Devil in the Kitchen / The Fairy Dance / Humours of Tulla Unnamed Air (Merran's original composition) The Longford Collector / Castle Kelly / name missing As always the episode is free to download or stream from everywhere you get podcasts: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/48 Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/35CprPF Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3caCZnT We'd also like to say a huge thank you to today's episode sponsor, Ceol.fm. This is a bloody brilliant service. So do yourself a favour and head over there and check it out. www.ceol.fm Right that's it, see you next week. Enjoy! Darren & Dom ... We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast
There's a single story or a thousand stories in this week's episode. The story of Mick Doherty, Donegal fiddle player of the famed Doherty family of tinsmiths, travelers and musicians. The story of his father's music, and of his grandfather's music. And woven in and around it all the figure of Johnny Doherty - Mick's uncle - one of the iconic Irish fiddle players, a tinsmith himself, and traveling man.  Johnny was the subject of a documentary in 1972, a film called Fiddler on the Road. Produced by Ulster Television, it's a fascinating document of a moment in his life and, like all the best documentaries, it shifts a little each time you watch it. In fact, if you watch really closely, you'll notice how with the passing of time the film itself has assumed a strange, elastic quality. So the background behind Johnny as he plays seems to sway in places and elongate and contract, as if it's about to come loose from its moorings. Listen to Mick speaking of his uncle Johnny, and that effect is amplified. Fiddler On The Road: https://bit.ly/3bMLQfx Mick Doherty recorded his one and only CD in partnership with his student and friend Rob Zielinski, of Perth, Western Australia. Mick lived in WA until his death in 2014, and we have Rob to thank for the tunes preserved on that CD, the echoes of Mick's father and grandfather in the playing, and for the recordings that make up today's episode.  In collaboration with Rob, in 2009 Kevin Bradley at the National Museum in Canberra recorded five separate sessions in conversation with Mick, sessions covering his life story, family history and musical lineage. It's thanks to them we have this treasure to share with you today. Truth be told, Mick's speaking voice is a long, unspooling melody itself, with a cadence and rhythm that carry within them the man as he was in 2009 and the lives he had lived up to that point. We've re-arranged some segments of the original archive recordings so they play sequentially in this episode. And we feel it's true to the spirit of Mick's story, his voice and his playing. If you'd like to dive into the entire series of recordings, go here: https://bit.ly/3bZ1dBi And please check out Mick Doherty's CD recorded with Rob Zielinski. It's essential listening really: https://www.robertzielinskimusic.com/shop And as we mention during the show,  our heartfelt thanks to Kevin Bradley and Rob Zielinski for all their help with this episode.  We hope you're all keeping well, and we'll see you next week.  Darren and Dom ... Well, we know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us, and we'll do the same for you. So if you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast https://www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast/
On the Swannanoa Gathering with Finn Magill, on ethnomusicology, on the difference between Irish and Celtic, on her time in Cork and finding lock-down inspiration in Quarantunes. Hailing from North Carolina and now residing in North Michigan, Hannah Harris is a wonderful fiddle player and ethnomusicologist. Hannah recently recorded her first album which hopefully will be released in the coming weeks. In this episode Hannah plays: Alice's Reel / Maudabawn Chapel Citi na gCumman The Blarney Castle Hotel Set (If someone knows the names please send them in thanks) John Brosnan's Reel / Martin Wynne's No 2 Sunday's Well To keep up to date and follow Hannah go here: https://www.facebook.com/hannahharrisceol To follow Hannah on Instragram go here: https://www.instagram.com/hannahharrisceol/ As always the episode is free to download or stream from our website or any podcast app: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/46 Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2KlfSuH Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2XVl68c Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2KoNQhL Right that's it, enjoy! Darren & Dom ... Well, it's a tough time, so we hope you can hang in there with us, and we'll do the same for you. So if you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast https://www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast/
On the creation of Ceol FM, on equal access; on finding the pipes, on creating community and space for upcoming players, and on seeing a need and acting on it. Darragh Ó Héiligh is a phenomenal uilleann pipe player from Drogheda. He has tirelessly worked to grow and share Irish music, not only within his town with Music At the Gate, but also nationally and internationally with his innovative digital radio station Ceol FM.   As you'll hear in the episode Darragh is a great man for playing the tunes but the names escape him. So with that said, a huge thank you to Paddy Cummins for sending us the names of these via our website. In this episode Darragh plays: Ormond Sound / The Merry Blacksmith - the first tune was composed by Tipperary's Paddy O'Brien and the second is traditional. The Rambling Pitchfork / O'Sullivan's March - two traditional tunes. Chief O'Neill's Favourite / Kenmare Bay - the first is traditional and the second was composed by John Dwyer of Co. Cork. An t-athair Jack Walsh / Speed the Plough / The Coalminer - all of these are traditional tunes. There is another reel also called Speed the Plough and is not related to this one. This one is often called Cronin's too. To follow Darragh go here: https://www.facebook.com/DarraghPipes/ Visit his website go here: https://www.darraghpipes.ie/ To keep up to date with Music At The Gate go here: https://www.facebook.com/MusicAtTheGateDrogheda/ And to get lost in the wonderful world of Ceol.fm go here: www.ceol.fm Right that's it, enjoy! Darren & Dom ... Well, it's a tough time, so we hope you can hang in there with us, and we'll do the same for you. So if you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
Cameron Mather's a Sydney based banjo player and singer. He joined us down the line to talk about the strange, difficult moment we're all facing. About isolation and its challenges; his love of Irish music; hardcore training to compete in the Fleadh; the Sydney session scene and the beauty of being a teacher. In this episode Cameron plays: Fredd Finn's / Brady's (Brady's from the playing of John Williams) Peach Blossoms (Barn Dance) The First Pint / The Flying Wheelchair (two jigs, from the playing of Kevin Crawford) Fergal O’Gara’s / The Bag of Spuds / The Boys of ‘45 To follow Cameron on Facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/tenorbanjocam To follow Cameron's Sydney Irish music group go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435901279930266/ And to follow the Gaelic Club go here: https://www.facebook.com/gaelicclubsydney/ As always, the episode is free to listen and download online or from all podcast apps: Our Website: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/44 Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2VdCZMu Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3aTHAKH Right that's it, enjoy! Darren & Dom ... Well, it's a tough time, so we hope you can hang in there with us, and we'll do the same for you. So if you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
Jeremy Keith is the founder and keeper of thesession.org, probably the greatest irish music resource in the world. And this episode hopefully has something of the generous essence of that archive. We flow, from The North as a different planet to Galway as the centre of the '90s slacker world. From the one-tune-a-week origin of thesession.org and managing an online community to the richness and value of constancy. AND we have the first ever Blarney Pilgrims mention of Scullion. (What took us so long?) Beautiful. Jeremy plays the following tunes: Junior Crehan's (Jig) The Pipe on the Hob The Boys of Malin Kitty Lie Over / Munster Buttermilk Jeremy's brilliant, build-your-own-podcast thingy is here: https://huffduffer.com/ Jeremy's website, where you'll find a load of interesting, diverse, thought-provoking treats: https://adactio.com/ And of course, everyone should also visit The Session at www.thesession.org if you haven't already. Download and listen from the usual spots: Website: https://bit.ly/3aMtKtD Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2X0MiCg Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/3cPTkis Spotify: https://spoti.fi/343WZFA Right that's it, enjoy! Darren & Dom ... Well, it's a tough time, so we hope you can hang in there with us, and we'll do the same for you. So if you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
An unexpected journey in the company of Darren, Dom, Dom's Uncle Leo, Sean Matthews and the bean an tí in Carberry's, Drogheda. With the world full of strangeness at the minute, it seems apt that we'd find ourselves chatting about all sorts of unexpected things in this week's episode: unaccompanied singing as Mount Kilimanjaro; the people who gave us our first taste of Irish music; searching for your own voice; Take The Floor, Bowie, Aztec Camera and The Raggle Taggle Gypsy. Sneaking the remote control away from your dozing dad. And probably the greatest heckle ever, from an Oban bar on New Years Night circa 1997. As we mention in the second intro after our first intro to this episode, we welcome any suggestions for cool ways to keep talking to musicians over the next few months. So please drop us a line via Facebook or Patreon and we'll get right back to you. And as always, thanks to everybody for continuing to listen. Keep in touch, and watch yourselves, Darren and Dom
Emma Lewis on how tunes connect us all. On being a woman in the traditional music scene, travels in Ireland and random festival invites. On friendships and learning tunes and on returning home to Australia. Emma plays the following tunes: East Clare Reel / Martin Wynne's Number 4 / The Liffey Banks Dwyer's Jig / O'Sullivan's March / untitled jig The Old Wooden Bridge / The Road to Ballymote / The Mayo Lasses The Drunken Tinker / Tie The Bonnet / O'Donnell's Sligo Maid (or The Glendowan Fancy) Thanks Emma, for a great afternoon's chat and playing. ... If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. Of course, you don't have to become a patron to listen, but we guarantee you'll enjoy each episode more because you'll be safe in the knowledge that you're a deadset legend. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
Today's episode is, in part, the story of Rob's friendship with the Donegal fiddle player, Mick Doherty. It's the story of Rob's quest to both learn the music and preserve something of Mick's playing for posterity. It's about playing with sweetness and 'thundering out the tunes.' About accidental discoveries and epiphanies. And it's about learning and teaching with generosity in your heart. It's a beautiful story from Perth to Donegal and back again. In this episode Rob plays: Black Mare of Fannett / The Yellow Heifer Mickey Mor's March / Corn Rigs Brays of Mass / Untitled Mick Doherty Tune Bush On The Hill / Jackson's Morning As mentioned in the interview, Kevin Bradley of The National Library of Australia recorded over 5 hours of interviews with Mick Doherty back in 2008. You can listen to the 5 interviews in full here: https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-211708617/listen You can buy Mick and Rob's album "Out West" here: https://www.robertzielinskimusic.com/shop Also thank you to Boxwood Australia 2020 for bringing Rob's to Victoria. You can find out more about Boxwood Australia here: www.boxwood.org. Boxwood Australia was made possible with support from Culture Ireland, promoting Irish arts worldwide. Enjoy! Darren & Dom ... If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. Of course, you don't have to become a patron to listen, but we guarantee you'll enjoy each episode more because you'll be safe in the knowledge that you're a deadset legend. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
On Growing up in Birmingham, on the Sligo-Roscommon style, on slowing down Seamus Tansey records, on the Birmingham Ceili Band and Táin Ceili Band, on Peig McGrath, on women in traditional Irish music, on piano accompaniment and on Michael Grinter and Rudall and Rose flutes. In this episode Catherine plays: East of Glendart / The Green Fields of Woodford The Boys Of The Lough / The Devils of Dublin Grace's Hornpipe (Original) The Lad from Mt Kisco /  Dominic's Farewell to Cashel  Bánchnoic Éireann Ó Thanks you so much Catherine for your time and your tunes. To follow Catherine go here: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.mcevoy.376 To buy Catherine's CDs go here: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/CatherineMcEvoy Also thank you to Boxwood Australia 2020 for bringing Catherine to Australia. You can find out more about Boxwood Australia here: www.boxwood.org. Boxwood Australia was made possible with support from Culture Ireland, promoting Irish arts worldwide. Enjoy! Darren & Dom ... If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. Of course, you don't have to become a patron to listen, but we guarantee you'll enjoy each episode more because you'll be safe in the knowledge that you're a deadset legend. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
The great Joe Fitzgerald, of east Clare and Melbourne. On first hearing his mother play the melodeon. On drovers, the bush, and working with his father. On lost players: Mick Minogue, Mrs Brady, Mrs Purcell and Frank MacNamara. Growing old and the curative power of music and song. 'Strange thing I have...I was born in Galway. I was raised in Clare. We lived just inside the parish of Ogonnellow, but I went to school in the parish of Bodyke and played my hurling there...and I have Ireland and Australia. So I have two of everything, and I love them all.'  Joe plays two reels to start: The Stone of Destiny and The Trip to Cullenstown. Then, Miss McLeod's Reel, the first tune he heard his mother play. Then, The Foxhunter's Reel. He sings 'Andy's Gone With Cattle' and finishes with a slow air which we don't have the name of. You can hear Paddy, Joe's brother, talk about their childhood and the role of music in their household here, in Episode 14: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/14 And Eileen O'Brien and Mary MacNamara's full episode here: https://blarneypilgrims.fireside.fm/4 Beautiful stuff. Thanks to Joe, and to Chris and Bryony Fitzgerald and the staff at The Last Jar in Melbourne. Enjoy! Darren & Dom ... If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. Of course, you don't have to become a patron to listen, but we guarantee you'll enjoy each episode more because you'll be safe in the knowledge that you're a deadset legend. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
The Mountains of Pomeroy with Eileen O'Brien at 4 in the morning, the session as a conversation, finding your own style, Junji Shirota, Japanese folk songs and Good Times in O'Hara's In this episode Hajime and Kaoru play: The Mountains of Pomeroy O'Carolins Dream Rolling In The Ryegrass / Dairy Maid / Heather breeze Slieve Russell / Munster Jig Bonny Blue Eyed Nancy / untitled    (Untitled set to end) To keep up to date with Hajime go here: https://www.facebook.com/hajime.takahashi.108 https://twitter.com/hajimeruhajime?lang=en To keep up to date with Kaoru go here: https://www.facebook.com/kaoru.sumitomo To find out what's happening at Seamus O'Hara go here: https://www.facebook.com/seamus.ohara.irishpub/ Thanks so much for your time and tunes Hajime and Kaoru. Enjoy! Darren & Dom ... If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge $2 over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims. Of course, you don't have to become a patron to listen, but we guarantee you'll enjoy each episode more because you'll be safe in the knowledge that you're a deadset legend. If you can't afford to pledge on Patreon, and we totally understand if you can't, all is not lost. You can still support the show by sharing it on your socials, posting about it in your favourite forums or simply by telling your mates about it down the pub. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.blarneypilgrims.com www.facebook.com/BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast @BlarneyPilgrimsPodcast
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