Ciaran Kelly Interview (Accordion and Melodeon) The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

Episode 50 · May 21st, 2020 · 1 hr 23 mins

About this Episode

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 with an episode of Coronation Street.'

Ciaran's archive, which he shares on a daily basis, is astonishing. A seemingly endless treasure trove of clips featuring startling hair from the 1980s, large spectacles, fancy shirts and amazing players. Here's a typical example. Give it a whirl - but don't expect to get any work done. This is the original internet rabbit hole:

Ciaran, thanks again for a really thoughtful conversation, and a great set of tunes:

The Four Courts and Paddy Taylor
Sport Jig (Peadar O'Riada)
The Bucks of Oranmore
The Showman's Fancy and The Galway Hornpipe.

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Darren mentions 'Disintegration Loops' by William Basinski. Completely hypnotic:

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Until next week,

Darren & Dom


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