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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 a ...
 
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A chat to mark passing the 100K download mark, with Gerry McKeague of Belfast and Geelong. About what we've learned so far and where we're going. Seriously great fun, and a lovely chance for us to think out loud about what this all means to us. And to say thank to all of you who've travelled with us this far. Tunes: Darren plays Sandy River Belle a…
 
Kilfenora; the nervous you get playing in front of ten people, worse than playing in front of a thousand. Leaving your ego at the door. Being happy with what you're doing, being happy within yourself. First hearing the pipes and the trials of competition. Restless creativity, and finding your way to Riverdance. Managing social media and the inner s…
 
" 'England gave me everything I ever wanted.' " The Quarehawk. Big Tom, Margo, the Manchester scene; Irish, English, and in-between. A love of England and making a whole out of two halves. Grieving, and crafting an album. Fathers, sons, boys, men. Asturias, the flute and identifying as one thing or another. Getting Kepa Junkera to play on your albu…
 
Direct Download From the workshop series “Christmas In The Fall”, Bing teaches “Jingle Bells.” All five workshops in the series are now available on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a patron!…
 
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…
 
Direct Download From the workshop series “Christmas In The Fall”, Bing teaches “Silent Night.” All five workshops in the series are now available on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a patron!…
 
From Ballsgrove to Dooley Gate. Drogheda singing group to Marcelo Bielsa. Innovating and finding your voice. Halloween, bonfires, fireworks, hash and Scrumpy Jack. Parochial Kavanagh, Jinx Lennon, Blindboy Boatclub and the rise and fall of the commuter belt. This is Sean Mathew's second appearance on the podcast and it's bloody good for the soul I …
 
Direct Download From the workshop series “Christmas In The Fall”, Bing teaches “O Tannenbaum.” All five workshops in the series will be available on Patreon at the end of the month. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by bec…
 
Direct Download From the workshop series “Christmas In The Fall”, Bing teaches “Deck The Halls.” All five workshops in the series will be available on Patreon at the end of the month. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by b…
 
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 Tá na P…
 
Direct Download From the workshop series “Christmas In The Fall”, Bing teaches “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” All five workshops in the series will be available on Patreon at the end of the month. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting t…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 Ir…
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Disney Dulcimer Dreams'” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instru…
 
'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 Ka…
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Crooked Fiddle Tunes: Crookednado!'” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folk…
 
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 p…
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “My Heart Will Go On: A Study In Song'” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Fo…
 
'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 …
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Repertoire Building: 'O Holy Night'” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folk…
 
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. Composin…
 
Direct Download From Bing's July Masterclass Sessions, an hour-long advanced workshop that focuses on music theory, specifically as it applies to chords. All 18 hours of sessions are available through Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the progra…
 
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 mu…
 
Direct Download From Bing's July Masterclass Sessions, an hour-long intermediate workshop that looks at the tune “Annie Went Down To The Cabbage Patch.” Along the way, Bing covers “scouting” an arrangement, strategic hand positioning, fill-in rhythms and more! All 18 hours of sessions are available through Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endors…
 
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. Th…
 
Direct Download From Bing's July Masterclass Sessions, an hour-long beginners workshop that covers strings, tuning, picks, strumming, learning the fretboard and reading tablature. Each skill level features three 2-hour workshops. All 18 hours of sessions are available through Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-…
 
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 ho…
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Beginning Mountain Dulcimer” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instru…
 
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…
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Jammin Without A Net” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, …
 
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 reco…
 
Direct Download Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Mountain Dulcimer Delta Blues” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Inst…
 
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