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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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Tunes: Cooke: Jackson’s Bottle of Claret, Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself, The Lug of the Spade (Jackson), Miss Duval’s Reel O’Farrell: Jackson’s Silver Mines Bremner: Lady MacIntosh’s Reel Logan (John McColl): Lady Mackintosh’s Reel Goodman: Box The Monkey Cooke’s Country Dances for the 1796 Season: Jackson’s Bottle of Claret, Go to the Devil a…
 
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 …
 
Tunes: John Playford: Johnny Cock thy Beaver O’Carolan: Cock up thy Beaver Variations Dixon: Watty’s Away Oswald: Johnny Cock-up thy Beaver Robert Bremner: Scots Bonnet O’Farrell: The Blue Bonnett A.L. Lloyd: The Bonny Black Hare Cover Art from David Allan’s Lead Processing at Leadhills: Weighing the Lead Bars from the 1780s showing a Blue Bonnet a…
 
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…
 
Tunes: By Nicolas Brown from new album "Good Enough Music for them who Love it" https://nicolasbrown.bandcamp.com/releases O’Farrell (et.al) Oscar & Malvina Set for the Pipes Aird (et. al) Battle from Oscar And Malvina You can see when you look at the sheet music how much work and craft Nicolas put into creating these renditions of tunes. His perfo…
 
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…
 
Tunes: O’Farrell: Jackson’s Welcome Home Aria Di Camera: Let’s Shak her well Bremner: Keep the Country Bonny Lassie Donald MacDonald: Keep the Country Bonny Lassie Jackson’s Welcome Home From O’Farrell: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/87780410 1727 English Dance Setting for Let’s Shak her well (Keep the country B…
 
Tunes: William Dixon: Dorrington Lads by Donald WG Lindsay & Richard Youngs This episode is a track from Donald Lindsay and Richard Youngs' new album The History of Sleep and a conversation about Dorrington Lads, Dixon tunes, Bagpiping on Ascension Island in the Time of Covid and several other things with Donald and Hannah all the way from Ascensio…
 
'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…
 
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…
 
Tunes: O’Farrell: Oscar and Malvina, Irish Fox Hunt Piobaireachd: The Desperate Battle Dixon: The Stool of Repentance Bremner: Wright’s Rant Gunn: The Piper’s Son O’Farrell’s Irish Fox Hunt: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/87781370 If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend watching this clip of Liam O’Flynn talki…
 
'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 …
 
Tunes: Dixon: The Lasses Bushes Brawly William Vickers: Lassess Pisses Brandy Gunn: William Roy’s Loomhouse James Scott Skinner: Maggie Cameron O’Farrell: Waterford Waltz, Bremner: The Lady’s Breast Knot The Lasses Bushes Brawly: From William Dixon’s Manuscript: https://www.mattseattle.scot/product-page/the-master-piper-new-edition Lasses Pisses Br…
 
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…
 
Tunes: Dixon: Hit Her Between the Legs Geoghegean: Jigg call’d Whip her & Gird Her Gow: Hoop Her and Gird Her O’Farrell: Bridget my Treasure Dixon’s Hit Her Between the Legs: https://www.mattseattle.scot/product-page/the-master-piper-new-edition John Geoghegan’s Setting for “Jigg call’d Whip her & Gird Her”: (it is on Page 10) https://books.google.…
 
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…
 
Tunes: Donald MacDonald: Pease Straw O’Farrell: Short and Sweet Robert Bremner: Clean Pease Straw, Pudding Maggie John Sutherland: Jack Latone, Clean Pease Straw Pudding Maggie From Robert Bremner: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/105002845 Clean Pease Straw From Robert Bremner: https://digital.nls.uk/105003010 Jo…
 
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…
 
Once again Big thanks to Simon Chadwick to agreeing to be on the Podcast this week! Check Simon’s current projects out here: http://simonchadwick.net/ Bunting’s The Chanter’s Tune: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/104979293 Clarke’s Setting for “The Song of the Chanter” I forgot to mention it has a different title…
 
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…
 
Tunes: O’Farrell: Love and a Pipe Duet, Humours of Ardmore Donald MacDonald, Highland Harry Back Again Angus MacKay: Highland Harry Back Again Robert Burns: My Harry was a Gallant Gay Guest Track from Unwelcome Visitors: Young Tom Ennis, Jimmy Neary’s, The White Petticoat. Big thanks to Ryan Behnke for Bagpipe Friendship and collaboration! Listen t…
 
Checkout the Facebook page here: https://facebook.com//Wetootwaags-Bagpipe-and-History-Podcast-105980514479825/ LIVE STREAM 1 PM Saturday August 8th, 2020 (US Central Time GMT -5:00) Generally this would be the weekend of the Rendezvous Days Pow Wow at Grand Portage Since we are not meeting in person I’ll be doing a live stream Music program Tune i…
 
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…
 
John Walsh The Puff: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/90248231 John Walsh: The Laundry (Hot Pot): https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/90246647 John Walsh: Pot Stick or Shamboy (Over the water to Charlie): https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/90248183 J…
 
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…
 
Big thanks to Simon Chadwick to agreeing to be on the Podcast this week! Check Simon’s current projects out here: http://simonchadwick.net/ Donald MacDonald Setting of Dogs Bite Chapmen: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/105683232 Donald MacDonald Setting of The Rock and the wee Pickle Tow: https://digital.nls.uk/s…
 
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 Clinki…
 
Be Sure to Hunt down the Podcast on your Favorite Podcast listening service! If I’m not available on your podcast player of choice send me an email: wetootwaag@gmail.com Here’s a link to the podcast on Apple Podcasts/Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wetootwaags-bagpipe-and-history-podcast/id129776677 The image for the episode is me dre…
 
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 t…
 
Unfortunately I’m having a hard time finding sheet music for the Bard’s Legacy, I still haven’t found the additional volumes of O’Farrell that I have in printed form. Donald MacDonald’s The Perewig: https://digital.nls.uk/105682803 Donald MacDonald’s Cuir’s Chiste Moir Me & c. https://digital.nls.uk/105683166 Definitely losing Historian Points for …
 
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 H…
 
Holy cow did I include a lot of tunes on this episode! Don’t get used to that! Big thank you to Tim and Jeremy for letting me play a track off their album “The Wilds” you can buy it here: https://timandjeremy.com/wilds/ You can also check out there stellar Youtube series “The Neil Gow Sessions” here: https://youtu.be/1qne-ly24Oo In Chronological or…
 
'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 …
 
O’Farrell’s Setting for Robin Power’s Fancy: https://digital.nls.uk/87780650 Donald MacDonald’s My Woer Be Merry: https://digital.nls.uk/105682792 Both Angus MacKay tune settings are on the same page: Sir J.M. MacKenzie’s Reel. https://digital.nls.uk/105007069 Donald MacDonald’s Earl Marischal: https://digital.nls.uk/105682561 Well I recorded A cou…
 
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 i…
 
Since I’m in a new House…seems like the time to play the tune I “Composed” for my friend’s Ric and Berit when they finalized some messy business with their Cabin: Squatter’s Hame Since we did the first tune in MacKay’s book here’s the first in O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion, Humours of the Glen. Read it here: https://digital.nls.uk/87779642 And Anoth…
 
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 fina…
 
Big thanks to Chris McMullan’s for sharing his music with us, you can and should check out his youtube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0sMSmOTrAxO8Yox_rUYi1Q and buy his album: https://chrismcmullan.bandcamp.com/releases Thanks as well to the Bob Dunsire discussion board. If you want to read John Newton’s Account “Thoughts upon the African S…
 
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 '80…
 
Black Lives Matter Notes: Here are some good resources and places to donate funds to support the Black Lives Matter Protests: I found this website really helpful for figuring out how to help, and how to understand what defunding the police means, and why it is a good idea. https://www.mpd150.com/how-can-you-help-mpls-june-2020/ “The Southern Povert…
 
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, …
 
Theme is pretty lose this episode, did some recordings in an awesome setting on the Isle of Harris a year ago, and they all sorta spill off from there. The Three Girls from Portree written by Angus McKay, Skye Boat Song first transcribed by Anne Campbelle MacLeod, To Daunton Me from O'Farrell's Setting and Robert Burns song and Corrienessan’s Salut…
 
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 wi…
 
I have a lot of thank yous again for this album! Thanks to my buddy Dave for printing the chanter and thanks to Donald Lindsay and Zexuan Qiao for their work on the print and play chanter! I also appreciate the Musicians that agreed to share their tunes for the episode: Check out Cam’s Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/ravencake/sets/cam-st-louis-…
 
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 wit…
 
Huge thanks to Hamish Napier! Check out his Bandcamp Page! We listened to tracks from The River, and The Woods Album. https://hamishnapier.bandcamp.com/ Open up with a clip of me playing a Pibroch I wrote for Grand Portage on the side of the road in the Cairngorms National Park. Then I play a tune from James Aird’s collection “The Braes of Angus”. …
 
'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 no…
 
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…
 
Highland Pipes: Bog an Lochan (Angus MacKay 19th Century Tune) Glasgow City Police (modern tune Uilleann Pipes: O'Carolan's Concerto (Eighteenth Century) Noran Keeshna and Coosey Jig (From O'Farrell's Pocket Companion Early 19th Century) I made an over dubbed recording for the last set. Really hoping to find a good private place to record inside ag…
 
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