November 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 58 mins
concertina, interview, irish, music, podcast, riverdance, tara howley, uilleann pipes, whistle
Kilfenora; the nervous you get playing in front of ten people, worse than playing in front of a thousand. Leaving your ego at the door. Being happy with what you're doing, being happy within yourself. First hearing the pipes and the trials of competition. Restless creativity, and finding your way to Riverdance. Managing social media and the inner self. (And a Burmese Mountain Dog called Saoirse)
November 2nd, 2020 | 2 hrs 4 mins
battering, caitlín nic gabhann, concertina, interview, riverdance, set dancing
Jig songs, syncopation and keeping away from the funky chicken tunes. Playing out til 4 in the morning with your dad on a Fleadh Saturday night. The magic of Donegal, chancing your arm for a Riverdance audition and not talking to Maria Carey at the pyramids. Finding your own musical voice. Battering, sets and the beauty of West Clare dancing. Youth trad Tinder, the elusive high G# and teaching the concertina to learners across the world.
October 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 38 mins
concertina, eoghan ó ceannabháin, flute, irish music podcast, meiriceá, sean-nós, singing, the deepest breath, the green bunch of rushes, the merry sisters of fate, the monaghan jig, tá na páipéir dhá saighneáil, voice
Mitching classes to work on your music. Sean-nós: 'My granny would have just called them songs.' Tradition and change, art and technique and the soul of the thing. Writing in English, writing in Irish. Activism, collectivity and music as barriers against despair.
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.
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.
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 4: Mary MacNamara & Eileen O'Brien Interview (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.
Joining Mary and Eileen on guitar is previous guest of the show, Gerry Mc Keague. Gerry, actually just came along to listen but when asked by Mary and Eileen to join in, he jumped at the chance. What a legend. 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.
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!