Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kitty Hayes

Kitty Hayes (Concertina), Eoin O'Neill (Bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (Mandolin), Yvonne Casey (Fiddle), Ger Hoyne (Bodhrán). At Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare - for TG4 'Geantraí, May 2002.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The McCarthy Family play Sporting Nell

The McCarthy Family playing a reel "Sporting Nell" associated with their father at the 2012 Willie Clancy Memorial Concert, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Ireland. Marion (pipes), Tommy (fiddle), Jacqueline (concertina), Bernadette (fiddle), Lucy (concertina).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Colin Botts

Colin Botts performing Matthew's Waltz and set of jigs Barrell Rafferty's, Kilfenora, & Donnybrook Fair on a Lachenal concertina at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Louisa Bennion & Loic Blejean, a transatlantic duet...

Originally from rural Utah, Louisa Bennion fell in with the wrong crowd and began playing Irish traditional music during her university years in Ithaca, New York. She studied concertina with Noel Hill, Micheál O Raghallaigh, Tim Collins and Michael Rooney, and during 6 years spent living in New York City she learned as much as possible from the wealth of Irish musicians who live in and pass through that great crossroads. She was particularly influenced by Patrick Ourceau and the other regular musicians at the Mona's session, who were in turn drawing on the strong presence in New York of an older generation of musician immigrants from Clare and East Galway. Louisa currently lives in the Alps of Haute Provence, where she is a member of the traditional Irish trio Bonaparte's Retreat.

Loic Blejean is a French piper from Brittany. He started with the uilleann pipes in 1989, and often traveled to Ireland for sessions and festivals, where he met and was influenced by many great musicians, in particular the piper Brendan Ring. In 1996, he joined fiddler Paul Flynn and singer/guitar player David Muldrew for the first of several residencies at McGurk's, the famous Irish venue in St. Louis, Missouri. Then he toured Europe with the trad/pop band Glaz, and the Quebec trad group Gwazigan. Since 2002 he has been part of Herve Lesvenan's Ars'Ys project, and is a current member of Breton super-group Carre Manchot. He also plays with his brother, box player Ronan; whether as a duet, or in trio with guitar player Hervé Cureau, or with the band Mercedes O’Keeffe. Together the brothers Bléjean created the Irish Rendez Vous festival in Tréméven in 2009.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dán at NCH, Dublin Aug;12 - The last right and Katies Compass

Dán are a 14 piece band comrpising of Irish, Scottish, English and Breton musicians/singer. Both well known bands Guidewires and Kan are involved as is well known Scottish singer Alyth McCormack and a Breton quartet.
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This piece is The Last Right and Katies Compass written and arranged by Paul McSherry.

Dán are:

Padraig Rynne: Concertina
Tola Custy: Fiddle
Sylvain Barou: Flutes / Uilleann pipes
Paul McSherry: Guitars
Karol Lynch: Bouzouki
Brian Finnegan: Flutes / Whistles
Ian Stephenson: Guitar
Jim Goodwin: Drums
Aidan O' Rourke: Fiddle
Geoffroy Tamisier: Trumpet / Bugle
Janick Martin: Accordion
Jacques Pellen: Guitar
Etienne Callac: Bass
Alyth McCormack: Vocals

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Edel Fox at The Royal Oak Folk , Lewes, East Sussex 23.06.2011.

Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the age of 7. Edel learnt much of her music from concertina players Noel Hill, Dymphna O'Sullivan, Tim Collins and Tony O'Connell as well as local musicians such as Pete Haugh, Michael Mahoney and Peadar Crotty. Over the years, Edel's playing has been hugely influenced by the music and recordings of Willie Clancy, Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan and Mrs. Crotty, etc. Edel spent much of her teenage years playing with, and learning from Jackie Daly, who she cites as one of her influences. In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year). Since then she has travelled extensively as both a teacher and performer of the tradition. She released an album to critical acclaim with the Galway fiddler Ronan O'Flaherty in 2006.
Edel spent some time studying in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick where she received a BA in Irish Music and Dance in 2007. Edel is a recent graduate of the MA in Music Therapy. In addition to her work as a music therapist, Edel continues to teach concertina and performs extensively. Edel's debut solo CD is entitled "Chords and Beryls"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Eoghan O'Sullivan's reels

Three reels composed by Eoghan O'Sullivan and recorded on the 1996 album "The Smoky Chimney". The title of the first tune, "Seachain na Neantóga!" means "mind the nettles", a familiar cry in rural Ireland in the days before indoor plumbing. The title of the second tune is "Páistí Sceichín a' Rince", literally "children of the little dancing bush", and is in honour of a particular place in south Tipperary. The final tune celebrates the healing properties of the aloe vera cactus. Played by Eoghan O'Sullivan on C#/D Salterelle Irish Bouebe accordion, and Paul de Grae on Martin M-38 guitar and Gibson L-0 guitar (slide).