The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

Traditional Irish Music Podcast

About the show

Welcome to the Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast. A sensitive and soulful traditional Irish music podcast where players and singers tell of their transit into Irish music. Conversation rambles through social and immigration history, culture, life and the shear joy of music, interspersed with gorgeous, beautiful heartfelt music. This is a companion pod for seasoned and new travellers journeying to that sacred place. -

'Crackin' music…charming…and to be honest, it makes the world a little bit of a better place.' -

Dominic Black has made radio shows for the BBC and NPR and produces oral histories for a range of sectors in the UK and US. Dominic also owns five different tin whistles, all in the key of 'D.'

Darren O'Mahony is an advertising creative director. He's currently learning the Irish fiddle, but really he wants to get a set of uilleann pipes.

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  • Episode 35: Cathy Custy (Concertina)

    February 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins
    cathy custy, concertina, irish music australia

    Concertina player Cathy Custy on quietly slipping into a session after not playing in public for many years. On gently making a space for music in her life again. On growing up, leaving Ireland and making a home elsewhere. On the challenges of teaching adults to play simple tunes well, and how a teacloth covering the sandwiches in a cafe in Palmerston North nearly changed her life.

  • Episode 34: Jody Moran (Whistle, Banjo, Lilting and Piano Accordion)

    January 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    irish banjo australia, irish music wodonga, jody moran, piano accordion, wodonga musicians

    Finding a set of Uileann Pipes in Yackandandah, VIC; getting your eyes gouged and goolies grabbed in the south of France; winning at the Fleadh when you're eleven; lilting, teaching your children to play at a young age. And getting to know and love Australia.

  • Episode 33: Tola Custy (Fiddle)

    January 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 59 mins
    comhaltas, comhaltas ceoltóirí éireann, frank custy, irish fiddle, micho russell, the last jar, tola custy

    Clare born fiddle player Tola Custy on how Irish music nearly died and how his father and others of his generation saved it. About out of tune whistling, the woman who bossed the Tulla Céilí Band, Radical Comhaltas, the waltzes in his head and much else besides. Epic.

  • Episode 32: Geoff McArthur (Mandolin, Guitar, Singing)

    January 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 14 mins
    ballarat, eureka stockade, geoff mcarthur, koroit, lake school, songwriting

    Lunasa disturb the sleeping Geoff McArthur, Martin Hayes bewitches him, and hey presto - Geoff falls in love with Irish music. We also talk songwriting, teaching and mentoring young musicians at the Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance in Koroit. And he sings a song and makes us cry. Can't ask for more than that.

  • Episode 31: Jack Brennan (Uilleann Pipes)

    January 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    coppers and brass, handmade, jack brennan, lake school, leo rowsome, pipes, uilleann pipes

    Jack Brennan talks to us about finding the pipes, The French Resistance, catching serial killers, Leo Rowsome, Coppers and Brass and loving your instrument.

  • Episode 30: Smash Hits 2019 - Volume 2

    December 31st, 2019  |  54 mins 13 secs
    (too big for ya) boots - michelle doyle and mickey o'donnell, as the crow flies - liz carroll, clan o'grady march - ciaran o'grady, donal og - kate burke, john doherty tune - tracey mckeague, mullingar races - david game, she moved through the fair / danish song / borders tunes - sarah wade, that's right too/the leading role -liz carroll, the donegal lass / the black frog / the sanctuary - tony mctigue, the golden keyboard - ado barker, the home ruler / kitty's wedding - tony o'rourke, the january man - mark willson, the musical priest - angus barbary, the town of uranquinn - tony o'rourke, untitled jigs - ciaran o'grady and kate burke, untitled jigs - davydd mcdonald and kit joyce, untitled reels - ciaran o'grady and kate burke, untitled reels - davydd mcdonald and kit joyce, untitled reels - jim dalton

    Part two of our "best of" episode featuring nothing but the best tunes and songs of 2019.

  • Episode 29: Smash Hits 2019 - Volume 1

    December 24th, 2019  |  56 mins 29 secs
    con cassidy tune - jamie molloy, fisherman's day - gerry mckeague, gerry crossing to france - paddy fitzgerald, hoedown throwdown - austral, london town - kevin burke, lucy's fling - kevin burke, maudabawn chapel - kevin burke, newry town - jamie molloy, pat rainey - daoirí farrell, stór mo chroí - maggie carty, ten thousand miles away - bush gothic, the boys from dooley gate - sean mathews, the green gowned lass - mary macnamara & eileen o'brien, the jolly beggarman - john carty, the rambling pitchfork - chris fitzgerald, the sligo maid - paddy fitzgerald, tunes - beth - beth mccracken, whistler at the wake - corinn strating

    Part one of our two "best of" episodes. This episode features nothing but tunes and songs from our previous guests, and it's an absolute belter!

  • Episode 28: Tracey McKeague (Fiddle)

    December 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 36 mins
    donegal, dublin, fiddle, homesickness, riverdance; trinity college, strabane, tracey mckeague

    Music in Strabane; Donegal fiddle playing; life before Riverdance; Trinity College and Dublin; homesickness and music

  • Episode 27: Ciaran O'Grady (Concertina)

    December 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 20 mins
    ciaran o'grady, concertina, dublin, english folk, francis droney, identity, irish, luton

    Growing up in Luton, meeting Francis Droney, the anatomy of the concertina, English Folk music, and many many thoughts on identity, home and what "being Irish" means.

  • Episode 26: Sarah Wade (Scottish Small Pipes, Recorder)

    December 4th, 2019  |  54 mins 47 secs

    Learning to enjoy music, and learning who you are as a musician via reeds, recorders, baroque music and Danish pipe bands.

  • Episode 25: Tony McTigue (Banjo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

    November 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins
    banjo, irish banjo music, irish music australia, irish traditional music, last jar, melbourne, tony mctigue, trad

    Music is the opposite of work. Learning and re-learning how to play. And practicing as far away from the rest of your family as possible. A cracking chat with banjo player Tony McTigue. 

  • Episode 24: Mark Wilson (Unaccompanied singing, spoons) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

    November 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins
    mark, spoons, unaccompanied singing, wilson

    Wallpaper factories; snowy German winters; yoga gurus and music as therapy

  • Episode 23: Davydd McDonald (Fiddle - with Kit Joyce on accordion) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

    November 12th, 2019  |  58 mins 47 secs
    brisbane, camp, competitive dance, davydd mcdonald, fiddle, kit joyce, line dance, liz carroll, quasitrad, riverdance

    Line dance; Riverdance; competitive dance and finding the fiddle. How Davydd McDonald found the music via his feet.

  • Episode 22: Liz Carroll (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

    November 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins
    american, carroll, creative, expectations., fiddle, fiddling, irish, liz, process; competitive, rhythm

    The creative process; competitive fiddling; trying people on for size; listening for the rhythm of a session; and playing without expectations.

  • Episode 21: Ado Barker (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

    October 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
    ado, barker, canberra, ennis, fiddle, gerry mckeague, irish music; yehudi menuhin, learning by ear, sessions, stephane grappelli

    The mystery of Irish music; Yehudi Menuhin playing the shit out of Stephane Grappelli arrangements; late night sessions in Canberra and Ennis; the fear of learning to learn a tune by ear; and Six Degrees of Gerry McKeague.

  • Episode 20: Jim Dalton (Mandolin, Banjo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

    October 22nd, 2019  |  44 mins 36 secs

    Leaving Ireland, foundry work, Cardiff sessions and leaving your banjo at home. Oh, and Bush Bands, mandolins and marches.