The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast is a weekly journey to the heart of Irish music. We interview players of Irish music about how they first came to the music and the place it occupies in their lives now. We use the word ‘heart’ intentionally, because heart is what this music, and the people who play it, are all about. It’s a funny, warm and often unexpected journey – and the tunes are crackin' too.
Dominic Black has made radio shows for the BBC and NPR stations in the USA. He's also an oral history producer, essayist and editor. Dominic 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.