Caitlín Nic Gabhann Interview (Concertina)

Episode 74 · November 2nd, 2020 · 2 hrs 4 mins

About this Episode

Jig songs, syncopation and keeping away from the funky chicken tunes. Playing out til 4 in the morning with your dad on a Fleadh Saturday night. The magic of Donegal, chancing your arm for a Riverdance audition and not talking to Maria Carey at the pyramids. Finding your own musical voice. Battering, sets and the beauty of West Clare dancing. Youth trad Tinder, the elusive high G# and teaching the concertina to learners across the world.

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In this episode Caitlín plays:

Slip Jigs: Na Ceannabhain Bhana, Bean Phaidin, Nead na Lachan
Jigs: One for dad and 'Tune for Bernie'
Waltz: Sunday's Well
Reels: Leeside Sessions, Reel with the Beryl, Come west along the road
Set dance: Planxty Davis

Make sure you check out Caitlín's YouTube channel here:

And while you're there check out this tune Caitlín wrote during lockdown, with Ciaran on octave fiddle:

The Mullagh Half set which we spoke about can be watched here:

This is the RTE short doco on battering from 1971:

Here's a rough video of Caitlín's uncle John Murphy dancing:

And another with Caitlín's mam (Bernie) joining him:

This is a video of the step-about that would happen at some point during the night of the annual housedance:

The musicians:


You can buy Caitlín's music here:

For those looking for concertina lessons you'll fine the website here:

And finally the concertina week Caitlín mentioned can be found here:

Caitlín this was 100% great craic. Thanks for the chat, stories, phenomenal tunes and for opening our eyes to the world of battering.


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