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The Blarney Pilgrims Irish Music Podcast is a weekly journey to the heart of Irish music. We interview 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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Mitching classes to work on your music. Sean-nós: 'My granny would have just called them songs.' Tradition and change, art and technique and the soul of the thing. Writing in English, writing in Irish. Activism, collectivity and music as barriers against despair. The tunes: Two reels - The Green Bunch of Rushes and The Merry Sisters of Fate A song - (which we're still hunting down the name of) A song Eoghan learned from his father and grandmother - (which we're also hunting down the name of) The Monaghan Jig and Eoghan's song, The Deepest Breath You can find the video for The Deepest Breath here, and it's unmissable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPHKJaCb38&feature=emb_logo Directed by Myles O'Reilly. 'Solas An Lae,' Eoghan's album with Ultan O'Brien, has one of my favourite covers of all time - and the music is cracking. Pre-order it here: https://eoghanultan.bandcamp.com/releases?fbclid=IwAR0pR0UxdIctwvOacAzaW1sDF4enXl6FNQbLrEKKp-6qoXCD47_lmZPR-V8 And you can find a link to People Before Profit here: http://peoplebefore-profit.com/ Eoghan, thank you. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.com 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
The elusive nya! Making tunes your own, ornamentation and phrasing and the old East Clare style. Francie Donnellan, Seamus Bugler, Martin Woods and a tune by the stove. Learning, loving, leaving the music, and returning. 'Songs My Father Sang,' the journey, knowing yourself and the truth in music. The tunes Cli plays this week: The Corner House and The Glen Allen (two reels) The Binder Twine (Lifted from the 'Songs My Father Sang' album) Caisleán An Óir The Trip To London and The Legacy (written by Cli Donnellan) You can buy Cli's CD from her website: https://www.clicreativechange.com Or if you're so inclined it's also available from Cli's Bandcamp here: clidonnellan.bandcamp.com While you're there make sure you check out 'Songs My Father Sang'. A collection of 13 songs put together by Cli of her father Sean Donnellan. You can also join Cli every Sunday at 12 Noon (Irish time) on The Morning Dew Trad Music Radio Show over at Scariff Bay Radio: http://www.scariffbayradio.com/ Thank you Cli, for such an immersive, beautiful conversation. ... To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.com 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
A Supergroup at the National Celtic Festival. Remembering and forgetting the names of tunes. Ballintubber, County Mayo and musicians in the house. The freedom of the open road, to Boston and Australia. Maintaining a love of kids even when you've been teaching for twenty years or so, and fostering a growth mindset - in children, and yourself. Thanks to Una McAlinden of the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington for giving us the opportunity to hang out in 2019 when we first met Mary. And thanks to Mark Butler for his technical help with the recording. The tunes: Last Night's Fun and The Bank of Ireland (as single reels) Old Joe's Jig, The Maid on the Green and Sweet Biddy Daly (from the playing of Mary's dad) The Sailor on The Rock, Sporting Paddy and John Henry's (reels) The Blackberry Blossom and The Gatehouse Maid (reels) The Connaghtman's Rambles (a gorgeous version) and Out on the Ocean Beautiful. Cracking chat and tunes. Thank you Mary, for that hour and a half of your time, and for giving us so much to think about. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.com 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
The hornpipe is the rebel, the wink, the wee pocket of mischief. Electronics, samples, rhythms. The harp, and the influence of Janet Harbison. Performing for others and performing alone. Art and listener responses. The Star Factory, mapping Belfast, engineering in sound. Gender, power, Mise Fosta and equal representation in the music business in Ireland. Úna's website is the place to go for more info about her life and work (very cool stuff to discover): http://www.unamonaghan.com/ The first three tracks we listen to together are from Úna's album, 'For', which you can buy here: https://www.unamonaghan.com/?page_id=364 They're 'Nanny Nora's and The Clean Player,' 'Mammy's,' and 'An Dearcadh.' The last track is 'The Chinwag,' which you can see Úna perform here: https://vimeo.com/147473420 You can find more info about Mise Fosta here: https://www.instagram.com/misefosta/ 'We aim to change the culture of abuse and harassment within the Irish traditional music & dance scene. Contact us at misefostarunda@gmail.com' And you'll find FairPlé here: https://www.fairple.com/ 'FairPlé aims to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. We advocate for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all.' Úna - thank you for such a wonderful, unique listening experience. Darren and Dominic -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.com 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dominic www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
'Know when you've landed.' A first trip to New York and painting the town with Joe Burke and friends. Bill Fuller's ballroom empire, The Woodworm Hotel, and the John Barleycorn. Overcoming adversity and reaching some sort of contentment. Paul Brady, Michael D. Higgins and staying with the music. The tunes in this episode, recorded beautifully by Kate O'Connell: The Lament for the Battle of Aughrim The Stone in the Field, The Steeplechase and The Coolfada Jimmy Giblin's, Throw It Across and The Humours of Tuama James is the recipient of the 2020 Irish Artist in America Achievement Award at the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. https://oflahertyretreat.org/instructors_staff/james-keane/ To attend this year's virtual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat go here: https://oflahertyretreat.org/our-virtual-camp-plans/ James's Irish Music Therapy YouTube page is a collection of tunes and memories, and as you'll hear in our second part of this two part interview, played a major part in helping James recover from throat cancer. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/IrishMusicTherapy Thanks again to James and Theresa for an awesome chat. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://www.blarneypilgrims.com/ 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
The legend. A photo of a photo, pictures within pictures. Father's shift work at Clondalkin paper mill and growing up in Drimnagh. Memories of those that are gone, embedded in the tunes, and bringing them back each time you play. Ceoltóirí Chualann, not letting on that you play the diddley-eye stuff and midnight gigs at the age of 11. 'That quiet part of the world' and the Dublin folk revival scene of the '50s and '60s. Thirteen gigs in the one night and remembering the McPeakes of Belfast. James is the recipient of the 2020 Irish Artist in America Achievement Award at the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.   https://oflahertyretreat.org/instructors_staff/james-keane/ To attend this year's virtual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat go here: https://oflahertyretreat.org/our-virtual-camp-plans/ James's Irish Music Therapy YouTube page is a collection of tunes and memories, and as you'll hear in our second part of this two part interview, played a major part in helping James recover from throat cancer. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/IrishMusicTherapy Thanks to Kate O'Connell for recording this chat and the tunes:   The Two-and-Sixpenny Girl, The New House and The Tar Road to Sligo   Levallagh Tom Ward's Downfall, Farewell to Erin (from the playing of Paddy O'Brien) and Dillon's Fancy Lament for the Battle of Aughrim (after the McPeake family) and Return from Fingal Lastly - in the intro we mention a documentary Dom produced for BBC Radio 4 on The Gay Byrne Radio Show.   Written and presented by the great Fintan O'Toole, it's a great listen: https://soundcloud.com/dominic-black/a-cup-of-tea-a-sticky-bun-and James and Theresa, thank you. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://www.blarneypilgrims.com/ 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
'Philomena Begley on a tractor!' Tuesday night is music night, learning tunes before the oven timer goes off. To fleadh or not to fleadh; to lilt or not to lilt? The players of Mullaghoran, County Cavan and keeping open to as many influences as possible. The banjo, the mando and joys of teaching. An open hearted approach to music and the fun to be had from it. 'I could close my eyes in a gig and not have a care in the world.' We really hope you get as much enjoyment out of this as we did. It's bishbashbosh - great tunes and really great chat - thanks Karen (and Jeremy Saich on guitar). So - here's 'The Local - The Deise Sessions,' the CD Karen was chatting about. And it's awesome, you should totally check it out. Featuring Karen alongside Donnchadh Gough, Jeremy Saich and Brendan Clancy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI8zgIX4GA8 Karen's online tuition course is here: https://www.udemy.com/user/karen-dolan-2/ A few pics of Dylan and Santana at Slane Castle, 1984: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=bob+dylan+slane+castle&atb=v137-1&iax=images&ia=images And here's the Queen of Country herself, Philomena B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmeS-HcHB8 The tunes: Caliope House and Fi's Frolics The Maids of Castlebar and Bunker Hill (Reels) Padeen O'Rafferty The Gold Ring and Killavil Reel Karen - brilliant - thank you. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://www.blarneypilgrims.com/ 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
A Belgian neighbour in Nigeria and a first encounter with the recorder and whistle; traditional music in Thailand and a global musical imagination; Maria Carey, melismatic singing, Paddy Tunney and the Ulster song tradition; Irish music with Chris and Aidan and John, and meeting Matt Molloy. Holding on to a singer so they don't drift away. Composing, teaching and podcasting, constructing a living in music. And, you know, heart and soul stuff - like hope. So - as you'll know from the chat, Shannon's got a very generous amount of resources and content for players and non players alike. You can find it all through her website. https://shannonheatonmusic.com/ Shannon's podcast, Irish Music Stories, is here (it's great): https://shannonheatonmusic.com/ims/ And if you're a social type you can follow Matt & Shannon Heaton's here: https://www.facebook.com/MattandShannonHeaton https://www.instagram.com/mattandshannonheaton/ And you can watch their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/ShannonHeatonMusic The tunes: The Mountain Road and The Galway Rambler The Belle of the South Shore (written for Weird Old Aunt Jane) Where The Moorcocks Crow (from the singing of Paddy Tunney) P. Joe Hayes Number 2, The Cottage in the Grove and The Mother and Child Reel (with Matt Heaton) The Irish Washerwoman This was a lovely experience, recording this episode. Early in the Boston morning for Shannon, late in the Barwon Heads night for us. Thank you Shannon. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: www.blarneypilgrims.com 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
A pause in pandemic times and what you hear when you hear Seamus Ennis; Phelim O'Reilly, Anton McGowan and doorway street sessions; holding onto infectious rhythms from youthful summers. Theoretical physics and musical headspace. 'What is it? What was it?' The irresistible core at the heart of a great session. Schrödinger's Irish tunes, the real music in the solo players and the liberation to be found in lilting. Getting things out of the way as you look for the joy in the music, and falling for the hardanger fiddle. In this episode Caoimhín plays: 04:55 - Shéamuis Mhic a Bháird (which, drawing on TheSession.org, is also known as An Chéad Phunnann, Clare, The Clare, The First Sheaf, Jim Ward’s, Jimmy Ward J.G., Jimmy Ward’s Favourite, Jimmy Ward’s J.G., Port Shéamus Mhic A Bháird, Seamus’s, Tom Ward’s, Ward’s, Ward’s Favorite, Ward’s Favourite) 24.50 - Kitty Lie Over (from the playing of Seamus Ennis) 52.22 - The Lonesome Jig ('or an echo of it, anyway') 01:27:00 - Easter Snow (from the playing of Seamus Ennis) 01:43.25 - And two reels, Paddy Sean Nancy's (from the playing of Johnny Henry) and one other. You can find Caoimhín's recorded work via his website: https://caoimhinoraghallaigh.com/ And then there's these: The Gloaming http://www.thegloaming.net/home This Is How We Fly http://thisishowwefly.net/ Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett https://www.caoimhinandthomas.com/ Laghdú: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman https://irishmusic.bandcamp.com/album/laghd Thanks Caoimhín. -- To listen, stream or download simply click a link below: Our website: https://blarneypilgrims.com 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
Welcome To Country; Ireland, history, emigration; who we are and where we belong. Finding culture, finding your self and finding the courage to take to the road. Away from suburban life and Tupperware. Gender disparity in Irish radio, Robert Kee and Fred Dibnah. This is such a lovely chat - what better way is there to spend an hour? Thanks Áine. The best way to support Áine is through her Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ainetyrrellmusic Her latest single is 'We Call You Now' - watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rVhzaPwbH4 And Áine has a gig (remember them?) coming up with the Bunyarra Culture Collective, at Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads in NSW on Friday 21st at 7PM - details are here: https://www.ainetyrrell.com/touring The songs in this week's episode are: In This House As Clouds Collide The Rising of the Moon (Padraig Perase and Siobhan O'Higgins) Hope See Me Through The Gender Disparity Report relating to Irish radio airplay is here, and it's kind of amazing: https://www.canva.com/design/DADkmfQraE/LacXD6V8nUGaOkS3r1Giw/view And lastly, Áine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AineTyrrellMusic -- 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 Podcast. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
Sunday morning sessions at The Coach and Horses, Finsbury Park; summer road trips to Ireland and back, via relatives' houses, Fleadhs, sessions and the Holyhead ferry; learning to play in Anne Caulfield's house in Luton; competing and adjudicating; becoming a teacher of music and recording your first album. All that AND Barings Bank. Nick Leeson how are ye! You can probably tell from the tape, this was a LOT of fun. Thanks Theresa. Theresa's album, BANJO'ista, is a gem. Get it here, on her bandcamp page: https://theresaogrady.bandcamp.com/releases To follow Theresa or get in contact about lessons you can do so from here: https://www.facebook.com/theresa.ogrady.31 You can also like and follow Theresa O’Grady Music here: https://www.facebook.com/theresaogradymusic/ In this episode Theresa plays: The Milky Way (Vincent Broderick) - 06:53 The Starry Lane to Monaghan (Ed Reavy) / Johnny Watt Henry's - 24:30 Two jigs - Padeen O'Rafferty / The Fox's Tail (Donal McKeague) - 44:50 O'Dowd's and another one we don't have a name for - 01:01:12 Sailor on the Rock / The Cavan Reel - 01:45:08 The Kilavel Jig / By Golly (Jimmy Neary) - 02:02:50 Theresa plays a tenor guitar and a mandolin, both made by Jack Spira in Australia: https://jackspiraguitars.com/index.html -- 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. ... Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
Teenage musicians, crackin the floor in a Drogheda pub and the Wednesday of the Fleadh; passing on the music; community and tunes in Hull, Leeds and the Coventry; the Holyhead night ferry; an English accent in border country, Crossmaglen sessions and the accordion as passport. Elaine plays these tunes: Two jigs - Kitty's Rambles (from Vincent Tighe) / Willie Coleman's Two hornpipes: The Western / The Galway Toss the Feathers / Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band O'Carolan's Draught / Flagstone of Memories (Vincent Broderick) Apples in the Winter / Eddie Kelly's (from Hugie Gallagher) You can connect with the South Armagh Traditional Arts Partnership here: https://www.facebook.com/TraditionalArtsPartnership/ You can follow Elaine here: https://www.facebook.com/elaine.osullivan.37 And you can also find loads of great videos from the Traditional Arts Partnership here. Including this one they put together for #RTÉVirtualFleadh https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=330638955010076 ... To listen, stream or download this podcast 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, search your favourite podcast app for the Blarney Pilgrims. ... Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
It doesn't get better than this. 'A good reel would wipe the cobwebs off his heart.' Last Night's Fun and Joe Cooley, a -kick-you-in-the-chest-kind-of-accordion-player.' Looking for the ghosts of James Morrison and Michael Coleman on the streets of New York City. Translating the music of the fiddle into the language of the box. A grandmother's recordings a treasure trove for the aspiring Daithí Gormley and the chancey nature of recording in the studio. 'There's only one trick to becoming a great musician - you figure out what you're not able to do, and don't do it.' Finbarr Dwyer's advice to Daithí. Daithí's album with Catherine McHugh is ‘Fiddling without a Bow – Irish Traditional Music on Button Accordion’ https://daithigormley.bandcamp.com/ And his book 'Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook' compiled with Oisin Mac Diarmada, is available here: https://custysmusic.com/search?q=Daith%C3%AD+gormley&type=product The tunes Daithí plays: Last Night's Fun The Templehouse Reel and an unnamed reel, from the playing of Michael Joe and Larry MacDonagh The Spike Island Lasses and Farewell to Leitrim Tell Her I Am and Tatter Jack Walsh My Love is Fair and Handsome followed by The Maid of Mount Cisco (composed by Paddy Killoran) And finally - it's hard to do justice to Ciaran Carson's last collection of poems, which we mention during the chat, 'Still Life.' It's shot through with sorrow and love, and a savouring of the last of life. https://www.gallerypress.com/product/still-life/ Ciaran Carson also wrote what many regard as the best book on Irish music yet written, 'Last Night's Fun.' Which happens to be the name of the tune with which Daithí began todays episode, talking about the legendary Joe Cooley. Thank you, Daithí. -- If you'd like to check it out, this is Craig Ferguson's 2010 monologue on Brittney Spears and addiction that Darren mentions. It's powerful, and worth the watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?timecontinue=11&v=7ZVWIELHQQY&feature=emblogo To see some of the Irish Music Legends work go here: instagram.com/irishmusiclegends/ facebook.com/irishmusiclegends -- 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. -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
Discovering the uilleann pipes on a road trip to Donegal; oils on metal; generative art and music; not settling in Northern Ireland; MIDI pipes and the Cardiff scene; restoration and the mysterious conversations which only pipers understand. Thoughtful and engaging stuff. In this episode Jason plays: The Rocks of Bawn followed by Kitty Got a Clinking Coming from The Fair Two reels, one of which is Scotch Mary An unnamed tune and... When The Cock Crows It Is Day 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. Check out Jason's various work here: http://www.jasonrouse.co.uk/ And his Instagram feed here: https://www.instagram.com/sionrouse/ ... Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head. For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do. Cheers and gesundheit. Darren & Dom www.blarneypilgrims.com www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims www.facebook.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.instagram.com/blarneypilgrimspodcast www.twitter.com/BlarneyPodcast
Taking on the old tunes. Records on the wall. The art and laughter of Michael Grinter. The Teetotallers, that Gort Tape and the Irish music scene in 80s Birmingham. Living in America. The birth of Lúnasa. And the rise and rise of TV snooker and Irish music. Gold. The incredibly talented and generous Kevin Crawford joins us for a mammoth chat down the line from Brooklyn, New York. Honestly the man is as good a storyteller as he is a player. You're in for a treat with this one. 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. During the episode Kevin plays: Old John's / The Longford Tinker City of Savannah / James Hanley's Dear Irish Boy / The Hole In The Boat / Sally Sloane’s Dan Collins / The Caravan Hula Hoop / Mary Bergin's Gan Ainm To buy Kevin's music go here: https://www.lunasa.ie/music http://compassrecords.com/artist/kevin-crawford/ To follow Kevin Crawford on socials go here: https://www.facebook.com/kevin.crawford.106 https://www.instagram.com/lowwhistle17/ To follow Lúnasa go here: https://www.lunasa.ie/ https://www.facebook.com/lunasaband/ Right so, that's it for another week. Kevin thank you so much for all your time and effort. Till next time, good luck. Darren & Dom -- Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. 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
Competing in your first Fleadh, hearing the ocean in the music and searching out the rarest old tunes. Learning from older players, driving to sessions with your dad and a road trip to a Belfast terraced house in search of a fiddle. In this episode Aifric plays: The Golden Castle / Mickey Callaghan's Fancy Rolling in the Ryegrass and Woman of the House (Thanks Jond from the session.org for your help with the names) O'Donnell's Lament The Battle of Aughrim Fitzgerald's / An Paistin Fionn (The Fair Haired Child) 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. -- 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 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
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