Thursday, August 30, 2012

The humours of Ennistymon, The cliffs of Moher, Out on the ocean

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thirty antique accordions stolen

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland are appealing to the public for information following the theft of up to 30 rare and valuable antique accordions from a house in Co Down on Monday.

The owner of the instruments was visited at his home in Comber by two men last Saturday who said they were interested in buying an accordion for a relative. The man agreed to meet them in West Belfast on Monday afternoon to discuss the deal further but they did not show up.

The man returned to his house around 6.30pm to find that his motor home had been stolen and his house burgled, with jewellery of sentimental value and up to thirty antique accordions taken.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Irish Whistle Tutorial

Learn to play Irish traditional music on the whistle with this new tutor book from Tradschool

286 pages; with 429 accompanying audio tracks
104 tunes (28 children's & folk tunes + 76 traditional tunes)
Table of contents (pdf file, click to download)
Available to download (430mb)


This tutor book, with its accompanying audio files, is intended to give a complete introduction to playing Irish music in the traditional style on the tin whistle; it covers all from the very first notes on the instruments to the most advances ornamentation.
The book is broadly divided into two parts, with the shorter first part covering the basics of the whistle (pages  1-48) while the longer second part (pages 49-286) covers the playing of Irish traditional music on the instrument
It is currently available as a download containing 1 print-friendly indexed pdf file (286 pages) and 429 audio files (256kb mp3)


It is intended for anybody who wants to play traditional music in the Irish style, from complete beginners to confirmed or advanced players who wish to work on their style or ornamentation. Tablature as well as sheet music is used throughout the book, so it is accessible to the complete beginner; while more advanced players will appreciate the attention to detail in style and ornamentation in the later parts of the book.

More information

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ceol na Locha Festival

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Ceol na Locha Festival: "The annual Ceol na Locha festival takes place in Tuar Mhic Éadaigh in the Mayo Gaeltacht from August 13 to 17. Classes will take place in the following instruments: button and piano accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bodhrán, concertina, guitar, art, sean-nós dancing. This year, for the first time cooking classes will also take place. Tuition will be through the medium of Irish.

Various workshop, walks, etc, will also take place, finishing with a barbecue on the Friday. A music session takes place in various pubs each night of the festival. Further details are available from 094 9544295 up to 5pm or 084 6484078/087 2080871. Application forms and list of festival events can be downloaded from"

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Charlie Coen - Tailor's Hornpipe / The Cuckoo

London accordionist plays with Colombian hero at Proms

English: BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Pr...(Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is the dream of many young musicians to play alongside their hero. For 19-year-old Jose Hernando Arias Noguera from London, that dream has become reality.

Jose is an accordion player whose parents came from Colombia. And now, under the BBC's World Routes Academy, he has been mentored by top Colombian Vallenato accordionist Egidio Cuadrado.

On Tuesday, 31 July they took the stage together at the BBC Proms festival in London.

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