The Blarney Pilgrims 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.
Hey there - it's Darren and Dom here. So...we want to let you know that last week was the last episode (Ep 94) of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast for now. We've come to a point where we've both decided to take a long pause and focus on a few other things. Knowing how much the podcast means to you all, it's a decision we've been really reluctant to take. What we DO know is how massively grateful we are for every text, every thumbs up, every raised eyebrow of support we've had over the past two years. You are all legends, and we're forever in your debt. Thanks especially to everyone who's become a Patron Saint and supported us through the toughest of economic times, and thanks most especially to the musicians. To those who have been so generous to share their tunes and stories with us, and to those who've welcomed us into pub sessions and festival gatherings and house sessions and campsite sessions. Wherever in the world we've chatted with players of the music, we've been made to feel like lifelong pals. It's a testament to the open heartedness of the communities who keep the music going wherever they are, and we can't thank you all enough. We hope this archive will remain of use to people even as we're taking a pause. So - please do stay in touch, don't be a stranger, and if you see us out and about, do say hello. And we'll see you when we see you. Dom and Darren.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
November 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
mark, spoons, unaccompanied singing, wilson
Wallpaper factories; snowy German winters; yoga gurus and music as therapy
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.
Episode 18: Tony O'Rourke Interview (Banjo, guitar) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
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 Interview (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.