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.
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.
Episode 3: Jamie Molloy (Concertina, guitar, singing) - - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
June 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
australia, blarney, bush, celtic, concertina, folk, guitar, ireland, irish, jamie, molloy, music, new zealand, pilgrims, songs, the good girl song project, trad, tunes, victoria
The Australian bush, Maori pianos, famine roads and sponsored women in the 1830s. Jamie Molloy can really tell a story, not to mention his singing, guitar and concertina playing. Enjoy!
June 5th, 2019 | 53 mins 6 secs
antrim, australia, belfast, blarney, celtic, corinn, flute, folk, honeyfields, ireland, irish, music, pilgrims, songs, strating, trad, tunes, victoria, whistle
Billy Far Out - How sitting on a train with Andy Irvine at 13 years old can change your life forever.
June 5th, 2019 | 56 mins 44 secs
antrim, australia, belfast, blarney, celtic, folk, geelong, gerry, guitar, ireland, irish, irish traditional music, mckeague, music, pilgrims, songs, the boston burglar, trad, tunes, victoria, whistle
From Belfast rock bands to The Boston Burglar, Gerry McKeague takes us on a journey from his childhood home in Ireland to Geelong in Victoria, Australia.