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 part of the world' and the Dublin folk revival scene of the '50s and '60s. Thirteen gigs in the one night and remembering the McPeakes of Belfast.
James is the recipient of the 2020 Irish Artist in America Achievement Award at the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.
To attend this year's virtual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat go here:
James's Irish Music Therapy YouTube page is a collection of tunes and memories, and as you'll hear in our second part of this two part interview, played a major part in helping James recover from throat cancer. Check it out:
Thanks to Kate O'Connell for recording this chat and the tunes:
The Two-and-Sixpenny Girl, The New House and The Tar Road to Sligo
Tom Ward's Downfall, Farewell to Erin (from the playing of Paddy O'Brien) and Dillon's Fancy
Lament for the Battle of Aughrim (after the McPeake family) and Return from Fingal
Lastly - in the intro we mention a documentary Dom produced for BBC Radio 4 on The Gay Byrne Radio Show.
Written and presented by the great Fintan O'Toole, it's a great listen:
James and Theresa, thank you.
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