Archive for the Category ‘The Instruments’
Aug 10, 2011
Dec 22, 2010
WRITING in New Spotlight magazine in early 1967, Joe Dolan recalled the setting up of Sweeney’s Men and the . . .
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In May 1966 Johnny Moynihan and Andy Irvine met Joe Dolan in Galway. They had played together before around the country, but never as a group. Moynihan suggested they form a [...]
Dec 17, 2010
Sarah Keane, the last surviving member of her generation of the famous musical family from Caherlistrane, Co Galway, died on December 21, 2010. She was aunt of singers Dolores and Sean Keane.
Sarah, who was 92, died at the family home at Carragh, Caherlistrane. Along with her sister Rita she had a store of rare folk [...]
Nov 10, 2010
Irish traditional music has gone into space with the US/Russia joint space station mission which tooks off from Kazakhstan.
Astronaut Catherne ‘Cady’ Coleman has packed a traditional Irish concert flute given to her by Chieftains musician Matt Molloy.
Cady is a committed Irish traditional musician and told a press conference on December 14 that she intended playing [...]
Jun 7, 2010
Following up on the success of An Jig Gig, TG4 is preparing another talent competition.This time the Irish language TV channel’s show will search for Ireland’s most entertaining family.
From The Clancy Brothers and the Fury Brothers to Clannad, or the sean-nós dancing of the Cunninghams, the Irish family has entertained us down the decades with [...]
Mar 11, 2010
Irish wedding songs and tunes
Here is the selection at Ramblinghouse. Corn is what we feed to the chickens!
1. Eileen Aroon
A song from the old Gaelic order. Most apt sentiment. It was written by the Clare poet Cearbhall O Dálaigh (c.1590–1630) to woo his beloved, Eibhlin Caomhánach, daughter of a chieftain. It worked – they [...]
Feb 22, 2010
Details of 2010 Willie Clancy Week in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare
Feb 6, 2010
Click on a flag for details and directions
Feb 5, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 7, 2010
Sean nos dancer Emma O’Sullivan hails from from Renvyle in Connemara. She took up sean nos dancing in 2005 while a business and marketing student at university in Galway and by 2009, at the age of 24, had won the All-Ireland Sean Nos Dancing title at Oireachtas na Samhna in Letterkenny.
She has danced in the United States, [...]
Aug 12, 2009
Slide will be at the Savannah Irish Festival in February
Aug 11, 2009
Gundagai festival shows how its done
Aug 11, 2009
Though now out of favour among musicians and listeners, the melodeon has had a huge influence on the playing of Irish music. The one row melodeon gained popularity in Britain from 1850 onwards and was a cheap and efficient adaptation of earlier French and English designs. By the early 1900s nearly all melodeons played in [...]
Aug 10, 2009
THE harmonica, more popularly known as the mouth organ, got left behind in the Irish music revival of the late 1950s. In the session it lacked volume and created something of a rattling effect. However, it gained a new profile in 1994 when the mastery of Brendan Power gave the instrument a new prominence with [...]
Aug 10, 2009
By Ronan Nolan
THE bodhran evolved in the mid-20th century from the tambourine, which can be heard on some Irish music recordings dating back to the 1920s and viewed in a pre-Famine painting. However, in remote parts of the south-west, the “poor man’s tambourine” – made from farm implements and minus the cymbols – was in [...]
Jul 30, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
THE credit of recording the first Irish music on banjo goes to James Wheeler. With Edward Herborn accompanying him on the box, they made their first recordings in 1916 and 1917.
Mike Flanagan of the famous Flanagan Brothers played banjo. Born in Waterford in 1898, he started out playing the mandolin. His lively technique can be [...]
Jul 25, 2009
Caroline Duggan teaches Irish dancing to Afro American and Hispanic children …
Jul 15, 2009
Nickey English writes that it is shaping into a fine campaign for Galway with a decent performance against Kilkenny followed up by beating Clare in Ennis and Cork