Episode 74: Caitlín Nic Gabhann Interview (Concertina)
Jig songs, syncopation and keeping away from the funky chicken tunes. Playing out til 4 in the morning with your dad on a Fleadh Saturday night. The magic of Donegal, chancing your arm for a Riverdance audition and not talking to Maria Carey at the pyramids. Finding your own musical voice. Battering, sets and the beauty of West Clare dancing. Youth trad Tinder, the elusive high G# and teaching the concertina to learners across the world.
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In this episode Caitlín plays:
Slip Jigs: Na Ceannabhain Bhana, Bean Phaidin, Nead na Lachan
Jigs: One for dad and 'Tune for Bernie'
Waltz: Sunday's Well
Reels: Leeside Sessions, Reel with the Beryl, Come west along the road
Set dance: Planxty Davis
Make sure you check out Caitlín's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Caitl%C3%ADnNicGabhann/videos
And while you're there check out this tune Caitlín wrote during lockdown, with Ciaran on octave fiddle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Suy6RheAk
The Mullagh Half set which we spoke about can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPwfGJEJb0c&t=43s
This is the RTE short doco on battering from 1971: https://www.rte.ie/archives/2016/0210/766882-beat-of-the-feet/
Here's a rough video of Caitlín's uncle John Murphy dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5D39XOIBDM
And another with Caitlín's mam (Bernie) joining him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n1imz9ZWnI
This is a video of the step-about that would happen at some point during the night of the annual housedance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zETbZAJJeLg&t=10s
The musicians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbFIz2ykTbY
You can buy Caitlín's music here: https://caitlinciaran.bandcamp.com
For those looking for concertina lessons you'll fine the website here: https://www.irishconcertinalessons.com
And finally the concertina week Caitlín mentioned can be found here: www.ConcertinaWeek.com
Caitlín this was 100% great craic. Thanks for the chat, stories, phenomenal tunes and for opening our eyes to the world of battering.
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