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.
October 15th, 2019 | 59 mins 43 secs
burke, canberra, ciaran o'grady, concertina, dadgad, donal og, druth, guitar, kate, luke plumb, singing, songwriter, trouble in the kitchen
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Kate Burke on late nights when the music takes over; on Bela Bartok's graphic notation; on bush fires, sneaky pints and DADGAD.
October 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
banjo, guitar, johnny connolly, melodeon, melody, the monkees, tony o rourke
The consolations of melody, Johnny Connolly's melodeon, the invention of white-out and The Monkees.
October 1st, 2019 | 50 mins 13 secs
canberra, david, donegal, fiddle, game, guildford, mandolin, sydney
'It's kind of like falling in love or something... you just gotta do something about it. So I bought a mandolin.' David Game on being smitten, rare Irish albums of the 1970s, Donegal fiddling and musicians of sessions past in Sydney and Canberra.
September 24th, 2019 | 53 mins 30 secs
angus, banger, barbary, classical, dance, fiddle, groove, hoedown, melbourne, socio-spatial, swing, sydney, throwdown, trad
Finding the grove, making people dance and socio-spatial crossovers. Hmmm... we cover a lot in this episode. Thanks Angus.
Episode 15: Michelle Doyle and Mickey O'Donnell (Harp & fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
September 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
awareness, celtic, fiddle, harp, hike, michelle doyle, mickey o'donnell, new zealand, osteoporosis, pozible
Harps, fiddles and brittle bones. Michelle and Mickey talk to us before they head off on their great adventure - hiking and gigging their way from the tip of New Zealand to the bottom in a bid to raise awareness for Osteoporosis.
Episode 14: Paddy Fitzgerald (Accordion, Lilting) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
September 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 25 mins
accordion, australia, fitzgerald, galway, gob music, ireland, melbourne, paddy
One of the most respected and influential players in the traditional Irish scene here in Melbourne and internationally, Paddy Fitzgerald sits down with us for a few tunes and a chat about where it all began.
Episode 13: Sean Mathews (Unaccompanied singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
September 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 8 mins
The nyah, fireside values, singing unaccompanied, and so much more. Sean and Darren dig deep about what it was like growing up in Drogheda and feeling disconnected from the music.
August 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
banjo, carty, drogheda, fiddle, flanagan brothers' award, fleadh, ireland, irish, john, london, music, sessions, sligo, trad
Banjo in Irish music, where "the session" was born, musical accents and so much more. While in Drogheda to receive The Flanagan Brothers' Award, John Carty stopped past Darren's Mam and Dad's to sit down, chat and play us some tunes.
August 20th, 2019 | 59 mins 34 secs
ambulance, bush, busking, chris, fiddle, fitzgerald, jar, last, melbourne, session
Community, people and what happens in a session. Chris Fitzgerald takes us from the Bush to Europe and back again.
Episode 10: Bush Gothic (Fiddle, double bass, percussion, vocal) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
August 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 secs
Bush Gothic reimagine traditional songs - from Australia, Ireland, England, wherever they find them - in the deepest sense of that word ‘reimagine.’ What happens when that happens? Songs are suddenly visible in new light, with new contours and meanings evident. It’s pretty amazing. You think about words you’ve heard maybe hundreds of times before in a whole new way.
And as I mention in the intro to the episode, they leave space in their arrangements, so you can really hear the songs, the music, unfurl. So listen, with headphones if possible, cos this is seriously beautiful music.
August 6th, 2019 | 2 hrs 4 mins
bothy band, fiddle, kevin burke, kevin burke interview
A boy in post war London, learning the fiddle from Ms. Christopherson, bumping into Joe Burke at JFK after failing to get Arlo Guthrie’s phone number from Directory Enquiries, and so much more. This was delightful. Have a listen.
July 30th, 2019 | 53 mins 42 secs
beth, blarney, celtic, classical, declan, fiddle, flute, ireland, irish, mccracken, melbourne, national celtic festival, pilgrims, simpson
Playing from the page, versus playing by ear, Beth McCracken talks about her transition from classical flute to traditional Irish music. Through her personal story, Beth highlights just how different these two worlds can be.
Episode 7: Connor Hoy and Austral (Uilleann pipes, fiddles, guitar, didgeridoo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
July 23rd, 2019 | 45 mins 18 secs
angus barbary, austral, bouzouki, caity brennan, cajon, connor hoy, didgeridoo, fiddle, guitar, rhys crimmin., tambourine, uilleann pipes, whistle
Uilleann pipes and sub-drops. Connor Hoy and Austral share their infectious energy live at the National Celtic Festival.
Episode 6: Daoirí Farrell (Bouzouki, singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
July 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
an góilín, australia, blarney, bouzouki, celtic, creggan, crumlin, daoiri, dublin, dónal lunny, farrell, geelong, hare, irish, lifetime of happiness, pilgrim, podcast, prodigy, singer, white
From the Prodigy to Pat Rainey, Daoirí Farrell chats about how music changed his life forever.
July 9th, 2019 | 41 mins 40 secs
banjo, blarney, carty, celtic, festival, irish, jim, john carty, maggie, melbourne, national, patton, pilgrims, settle out of court, trad
Maggie Carty plays a few tunes and chats about being immersed in the music all her life, custodianship, and the musicians that made the biggest impact on her playing.
Episode 4: Mary MacNamara & Eileen O'Brien (Fiddle, concertina, lilting) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
July 3rd, 2019 | 55 mins 52 secs
celtic, clare, concertina, eileen, festival, fiddle, gerry, listening, macnamara, mary, mckeage, music room, o'brien, portarlington, tulla
"Nobody listens! Nobody. They think they're listening, but they're not actually listening."
Recorded live at the National Celtic Festival in Portarlington, two of Irelands greatest traditional players share their love of the music, teaching and the art of listening.