The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast

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Traditional Irish Music Podcast


52: Ken Fleming (Banjo, accordion, guitar and singing)
Jun 2 • 94 min
Accordion tunes in the 90 degree heat. On the '80s Cowboys and Irish music in Dallas, Texas. On De Danaan kicking up a dust storm; the Charlie Piggott route to falling in love with the banjo and struggles in learning to play. The O'Flaherty Irish Music…
51: Caity Brennan (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
May 26 • 89 min
On growing up with traditional Irish music, on taking ownership, on finding festivals, on 92.7 Fresh Fm, on Austral and creating a dance party, and losing yourself at Woodford Folk Festival . Way, way back in June last year we caught up with Austral…
50: Ciaran Kelly (Accordion and Melodeon) The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
May 20 • 83 min
On accordions, melodeons, the push draw and The Pure Drop; Portrush sessions at the Harbour Bar, Ballycastle sessions at The House of McDonnell. The snug. Athlone. The borderlands of Fermanagh, Coleraine and Ceili House. And Coronation Street even gets a…
49: Ewen Baker (Fiddle)
May 12 • 104 min
'When you're playing with other people…and you get that feeling that is above and beyond life, in a sense. Where you just go, this is why I exist. This is as happy as this bunch of cells can be, right now, on this planet.' If there’s a better way to spend…
48: Merran Moir (Smallpipes, Whistle)
May 5 • 81 min
On ABC song books, on the south-western coast of Victoria, on Scottish cèilidhs, on the highland pipes, on learning and teaching and on the understanding of air. This interview has been a long time coming and it was everything we hoped it would be. Thanks…
47: Mick Doherty (Fiddle)
Apr 29 • 65 min
There's a single story or a thousand stories in this week's episode. The story of Mick Doherty, Donegal fiddle player of the famed Doherty family of tinsmiths, travelers and musicians. The story of his father's music, and of his grandfather's music. And…
46: Hannah Harris (Fiddle)
Apr 20 • 84 min
On the Swannanoa Gathering with Finn Magill, on ethnomusicology, on the difference between Irish and Celtic, on her time in Cork and finding lock-down inspiration in Quarantunes. Hailing from North Carolina and now residing in North Michigan, Hannah…
45: Darragh Ó Héiligh (Uilleann Pipes)
Apr 15 • 80 min
On the creation of Ceol FM, on equal access; on finding the pipes, on creating community and space for upcoming players, and on seeing a need and acting on it. Darragh Ó Héiligh is a phenomenal uilleann pipe player from Drogheda. He has tirelessly worked…
44: Cameron Mather (Banjo)
Apr 7 • 87 min
Cameron Mather's a Sydney based banjo player and singer. He joined us down the line to talk about the strange, difficult moment we're all facing. About isolation and its challenges; his love of Irish music; hardcore training to compete in the Fleadh; the…
43: Jeremy Keith (Mandolin)
Apr 1 • 80 min
Jeremy Keith is the founder and keeper of thesession.org, probably the greatest irish music resource in the world. And this episode hopefully has something of the generous essence of that archive. We flow, from The North as a different planet to Galway as…
42: Darren, Dominic, Uncle Leo and Sean Mathews
Mar 24 • 91 min
An unexpected journey in the company of Darren, Dom, Dom's Uncle Leo, Sean Matthews and the bean an tí in Carberry's, Drogheda. With the world full of strangeness at the minute, it seems apt that we'd find ourselves chatting about all sorts of unexpected…
41: Emma Lewis (Fiddle)
Mar 17 • 88 min
Emma Lewis on how tunes connect us all. On being a woman in the traditional music scene, travels in Ireland and random festival invites. On friendships and learning tunes and on returning home to Australia. Emma plays the following tunes: East Clare Reel…
40: Rob Zielinski (Fiddle)
Mar 9 • 76 min
Today's episode is, in part, the story of Rob's friendship with the Donegal fiddle player, Mick Doherty. It's the story of Rob's quest to both learn the music and preserve something of Mick's playing for posterity. It's about playing with sweetness and…
39: Catherine McEvoy (Flute)
Mar 2 • 75 min
On Growing up in Birmingham, on the Sligo-Roscommon style, on slowing down Seamus Tansey records, on the Birmingham Ceili Band and Táin Ceili Band, on Peig McGrath, on women in traditional Irish music, on piano accompaniment and on Michael Grinter and…
38: Joe Fitzgerald (Accordion, singing)
Feb 25 • 79 min
The great Joe Fitzgerald, of east Clare and Melbourne. On first hearing his mother play the melodeon. On drovers, the bush, and working with his father. On lost players: Mick Minogue, Mrs Brady, Mrs Purcell and Frank MacNamara. Growing old and the…
37: Hajime Takahashi and Kaoru Sumitomo (Guitar and Fiddle)
Feb 18 • 67 min
The Mountains of Pomeroy with Eileen O'Brien at 4 in the morning, the session as a conversation, finding your own style, Junji Shirota, Japanese folk songs and Good Times in O'Hara's In this episode Hajime and Kaoru play: The Mountains of Pomeroy…
36: Sean Lally (Uilleann Pipes)
Feb 11 • 73 min
Floating Tionóls, learning traditional Irish music, temperamental reeds, South American Shaman, growing up in Manchester, the importance of learning on a good instrument and carrying on a cultural tradition. In this episode Sean plays: The May Morning Dew…
35: Cathy Custy (Concertina)
Feb 4 • 81 min
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…
34: Jody Moran (Whistle, Banjo, Lilting and Piano Accordion)
Jan 28 • 73 min
Finding a set of Uileann Pipes in Yackandandah, VIC; getting your eyes gouged and goolies grabbed in the south of France; winning at the Fleadh when you're eleven; lilting, teaching your children to play at a young age. And getting to know and love…
33: Tola Custy (Fiddle)
Jan 22 • 119 min
So - when it comes to this episode, we're nearly lost for words. It's engrossing. A deep dive into a sea teeming with life. Clare born fiddle player Tola Custy talks about how Irish music nearly died and how his father and others of his generation saved…
32: Geoff McArthur (Mandolin, Guitar, Singing)
Jan 14 • 74 min
Lunasa disturb the sleeping Geoff McArthur, Martin Hayes bewitches him, and hey presto - Geoff falls in love with Irish music. We also talk songwriting, teaching and mentoring young musicians at the Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance in Koroit.…
31: Jack Brennan (Uilleann Pipes)
Jan 7 • 67 min
Recorded at the Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance in Koroit, Victoria, Jack Brennan of Adelaide talks to us about finding the pipes, The French Resistance, catching serial killers, Leo Rowsome, Coppers and Brass and loving your instrument. In…
30: Smash Hits 2019 - Volume 2
Dec 30, 2019 • 54 min
Part two of our "best of" episode featuring nothing but tunes and songs of 2019. As the year closes out, we'd like to thank all our guests for their time and tunes. Without you, none of this would be possible. The tunes and songs in this episode are:…
29: Smash Hits 2019 - Volume 1
Dec 23, 2019 • 56 min
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! As the year closes out, we'd like to thank all our guests for giving us their time and tunes. Without you,…
28: Tracey McKeague (Fiddle)
Dec 18, 2019 • 96 min
Music in Strabane; Donegal fiddle playing; life before Riverdance; Trinity College and Dublin; homesickness and music. Thanks for this great chat Tracey. Also thanks to Gerry McKeague for the lovely accompaniment. In this episode Tracy plays: The Boys of…
27: Ciaran O’Grady (Concertina) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Dec 11, 2019 • 80 min
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. Ciaran is currently working on a solo album with Aifric Boylan, Kate Burke and Graeme…
26: Sarah Wade (Scottish Small Pipes, Recorder) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Dec 3, 2019 • 54 min
We never even got to the concertina. But we did cover a lot of other ground with Sarah, from learning to enjoy music and figuring out your identity as a musician to the temperament of reeds, the vicissitudes of recorders, baroque and early music and the…
25: Tony McTigue (Banjo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Nov 27, 2019 • 75 min
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. Tony plays the following tunes: The Donegal Lass / The Black Frog /…
24: Mark Wilson (Unaccompanied singing, spoons) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Nov 19, 2019 • 70 min
Wallpaper factories; snowy German winters; yoga gurus and music as therapy. From his childhood home in Kildare, to finding comfort in song, Mark tells us how he found the music and about the role it plays in his life today. In this episode Mark sings:…
23: Davydd McDonald (Fiddle - with Kit Joyce on accordion) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Nov 11, 2019 • 58 min
Line dance; Riverdance; competitive dance and finding the fiddle. How Davydd McDonald found the music via his feet. Approaching midnight, in a tiny cabin, nestled in the rolling hills of the Otway Ranges, Davydd McDonald and Kit Joyce take time away from…
22: Liz Carroll (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Nov 6, 2019 • 72 min
Liz Carroll takes some time out from the QuasiTrad Tunes Camp. Along the way she plays us some tunes, demonstrate some basics, and chats to us about her incredible journey through the music. Enjoy! Darren & Dom To buy Liz's records or follow her, go here:…
21: Ado Barker (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Oct 28, 2019 • 69 min
Truth be told this is the second ever episode we recorded. Back when Darren had a strictly non-speaking role. For a long time we thought it wasn't right, then upon revisiting, we realised what a cracker it is. Ado plays the following tunes during the…
20: Jim Dalton (Mandolin, Banjo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Oct 21, 2019 • 44 min
Mandolin and banjo player Jimmy Dalton of Waterford joins us this week to talk about leaving Ireland, foundry work, Cardiff sessions and leaving your banjo at home. Oh, and Bush Bands, mandolins and marches. Jimmy runs a monthly session in Geelong at the…
19: Kate Burke (Guitar, singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Oct 15, 2019 • 59 min
This conversation is a real slow burn, and we LOVED recording it. You're in for a treat. Here is the translation Kate mentions, a version of Donal Og that's startling and strange in the ways that only really great translations can be. (He said, knowing…
18: Tony O’Rourke (Banjo, guitar) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Oct 7, 2019 • 65 min
Recorded live at the 2019 Guildford Banjo Jamboree. Banjo player and guitarist Tony O'Rourke chats with us about the consolations of melody, Johnny Connolly's melodeon, the invention of white-out and The Monkees. To find out more about Tony's Irish Guitar…
17: David Game (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Oct 1, 2019 • 50 min
Thank you so much to David Game for your time and lovely tunes. Also a huge thanks to the Guildford Corner Store for the use of your back room to record in. The tunes played in this episode are: The Mountain Road (Trad) The Rose in the Heather (Trad)…
16: Angus Barbary (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Sep 24, 2019 • 53 min
The National Museum of Australia video where Angus plays his great-great grandfather's violin can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nGGPf_ZXdA Angus plays fiddle with Caity Brennan, Connor Hoy and Rhys Crimmin in the band Austral which we…
15: Michelle Doyle and Mickey O’Donnell (Harp & fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Sep 17, 2019 • 65 min
First off, thanks to Mickey O'Donnell and Michelle Doyle for doing their interview with approximately two hours advance notice. They don't hang about, those two. Please go here to support their osteoporosis awareness campaign:…
14: Paddy Fitzgerald (Accordion, Lilting) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Sep 10, 2019 • 85 min
When we started talking about creating a podcast, Paddy Fitzgerald's name was pretty much at the top of the list of people we knew we had to talk to. After months of planning we finally got the chance to sit down together and Paddy was every bit as…
13: Sean Mathews (Unaccompanied singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Sep 3, 2019 • 68 min
Sean Mathews talks to Darren, a fellow Drogheda man, about the music, life, shyness and belonging (or rather, the feeling that you don't). In many respects this episode sums up why we started this podcast. Sean, thank you so much for this. This is really…
12: John Carty (Banjo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Aug 26, 2019 • 67 min
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. The tunes played in…
11: Chris Fitzgerald (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Aug 19, 2019 • 59 min
‘The Session is about what’s created during The Session.’ So I’m (me, Dom) sitting in The Last Jar on a Wednesday night, and the session is slowly coming to life. I’ve hidden myself away in a corner so I can listen, tentatively join in here and there, and…
10: Bush Gothic (Fiddle, double bass, percussion, vocal) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Aug 12, 2019 • 60 min
First off, thanks to everybody who’s nipped over to https://www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims and subscribed to the podcast. If you’ve not yet done it, and have been meaning to, there’s never been a better time. Your reward will be great in heaven. And…
9: Kevin Burke (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Aug 6, 2019 • 124 min
In Portland, Oregon, Kevin Burke made me (Dom) a cup of tea and we sat in his living room for two hours on a sunny, Friday afternoon, and talked. It was delightful. What did we talk about? Being a boy in post war London; learning the fiddle from a lady…
8: Beth McCracken (Flute) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jul 30, 2019 • 53 min
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. Thanks again to Beth for…
7: Connor Hoy and Austral (Uilleann pipes, fiddles, guitar, didgeridoo) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jul 23, 2019 • 45 min
Uilleann pipes and sub-drops. Connor Hoy and Austral share their infectious energy live at the National Celtic Festival. Let's start off with who Austral are: On uilleann pipes and whistle we have Connor Hoy, on fiddle, bouzouki and vocals we have Angus…
6: Daoirí Farrell (Bouzouki, singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jul 16, 2019 • 65 min
From a teen growing up in Crumlin in the 90s, to touring the world as a multi-award winning solo artist, Daoirí Farrell shares his incredible journey with us and treats us to a few tunes along the way. To follow Daoirí, and more importantly, to buy his…
5: Maggie Carty (Banjo, singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jul 9, 2019 • 41 min
Recorded live at the National Celtic Festival in Victoria, Australia. Maggie Carty joins us for a few tunes and a chat about being immersed in the music all her life, custodianship, and the musicians that made the biggest impact on her playing. The songs…
4: Mary MacNamara & Eileen O’Brien (Fiddle, concertina, lilting) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jul 2, 2019 • 55 min
"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…
3: Jamie Molloy (Concertina, guitar, singing) - - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jun 6, 2019 • 78 min
Maori pianos, famine roads, the Aussie bush to sponsored women in the 1830s. Jamie can really tell a story, not to mention his singing, guitar and concertina playing. As mentioned in the interview, Jamie is one of the performers in The Good Girl Song…
1: Gerry McKeague (Guitar, singing) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jun 5, 2019 • 56 min
From Belfast rock bands to The Boston Burglar, Gerry McKeague takes us on a musical journey from his childhood home in Ireland to Geelong in Victoria, Australia. If you'd like to get in touch with Gerry you can reach him at…
2: Corinn Strating (Flute) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
Jun 5, 2019 • 53 min
Billy Far Out - How sitting on a train with Andy Irvine at 13 years old can change your life forever. The Andy Irvine song Corinn talks about is this one, I think: 'Billy Far Out' https://andyirvinelyrics.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/billy-far-out/ We also…