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The Blarney Pilgrims 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.

The Blarney Pilgrims Irish Music Podcast Darren O'Mahony, Dominic Black

    • Music Interviews
    • 5.0, 41 Ratings

The Blarney Pilgrims 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.

    Elaine O'Sullivan Interview (Accordion)

    Elaine O'Sullivan Interview (Accordion)

    Teenage musicians, crackin the floor in a Drogheda pub and the Wednesday of the Fleadh; passing on the music; community and tunes in Hull, Leeds and the Coventry; the Holyhead night ferry; an English accent in border country, Crossmaglen sessions and the accordion as passport.


    Elaine plays these tunes:


    Two jigs - Kitty's Rambles (from Vincent Tighe) / Willie Coleman's
    Two hornpipes: The Western / The Galway
    Toss the Feathers / Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band
    O'Carolan's Draught / Flagstone of Memories (Vincent Broderick)
    Apples in the Winter / Eddie Kelly's (from Hugie Gallagher)


    You can connect with the South Armagh Traditional Arts Partnership here:
    https://www.facebook.com/TraditionalArtsPartnership/


    You can follow Elaine here:
    https://www.facebook.com/elaine.osullivan.37


    And you can also find loads of great videos from the Traditional Arts Partnership here. Including this one they put together for #RTÉVirtualFleadh
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=330638955010076
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    To listen, stream or download this podcast simply click a link below:


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    Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast.


    We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims


    So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head.


    For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in.


    And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do.


    Darren & Dom


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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Daithí Gormley Interview (Accordion)

    Daithí Gormley Interview (Accordion)

    It doesn't get better than this.


    'A good reel would wipe the cobwebs off his heart.' Last Night's Fun and Joe Cooley, a -kick-you-in-the-chest-kind-of-accordion-player.' Looking for the ghosts of James Morrison and Michael Coleman on the streets of New York City. Translating the music of the fiddle into the language of the box. A grandmother's recordings a treasure trove for the aspiring Daithí Gormley and the chancey nature of recording in the studio.


    'There's only one trick to becoming a great musician - you figure out what you're not able to do, and don't do it.' Finbarr Dwyer's advice to Daithí.


    Daithí's album with Catherine McHugh is
    ‘Fiddling without a Bow – Irish Traditional Music on Button Accordion’
    https://daithigormley.bandcamp.com/


    And his book 'Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook' compiled with Oisin Mac Diarmada, is available here:
    https://custysmusic.com/search?q=Daith%C3%AD+gormley&type=product


    The tunes Daithí plays:


    Last Night's Fun
    The Templehouse Reel and an unnamed reel, from the playing of Michael Joe and Larry MacDonagh
    The Spike Island Lasses and Farewell to Leitrim
    Tell Her I Am and Tatter Jack Walsh
    My Love is Fair and Handsome followed by The Maid of Mount Cisco (composed by Paddy Killoran)


    And finally - it's hard to do justice to Ciaran Carson's last collection of poems, which we mention during the chat,
    'Still Life.' It's shot through with sorrow and love, and a savouring of the last of life.
    https://www.gallerypress.com/product/still-life/


    Ciaran Carson also wrote what many regard as the best book on Irish music yet written, 'Last Night's Fun.' Which happens to be the name of the tune with which Daithí began todays episode, talking about the legendary Joe Cooley. Thank you, Daithí.


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    If you'd like to check it out, this is Craig Ferguson's 2010 monologue on Brittney Spears and addiction that Darren mentions. It's powerful, and worth the watch:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=7ZVWIELHQQY&feature=emb_logo


    To see some of the Irish Music Legends work go here:
    instagram.com/irishmusiclegends/
    facebook.com/irishmusiclegends


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    Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast.


    We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims


    So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head.


    For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in.


    And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do.


    Darren & Dom


    www.blarneypilgrims.com
    www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Jason Rouse Interview (Uilleann Pipes)

    Jason Rouse Interview (Uilleann Pipes)

    Discovering the uilleann pipes on a road trip to Donegal; oils on metal; generative art and music; not settling in Northern Ireland; MIDI pipes and the Cardiff scene; restoration and the mysterious conversations which only pipers understand.


    Thoughtful and engaging stuff.


    In this episode Jason plays:


    The Rocks of Bawn followed by Kitty Got a Clinking Coming from The Fair
    Two reels, one of which is Scotch Mary
    An unnamed tune and...
    When The Cock Crows It Is Day


    To listen, stream or download simply click a link below:


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    Check out Jason's various work here:
    http://www.jasonrouse.co.uk/


    And his Instagram feed here:
    https://www.instagram.com/sionrouse/


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    Become a Patron Saint of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast.


    We want the podcast to be free to listen to for as many people as possible. But without the support from at least some of you we couldn’t keep putting out an episode a week. That’s why we’re asking you to become a Patron (Saint) of the podcast. www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims


    So, for the price of a pint, or a half pint for that matter, you can help keep this show on the road and be safe in the knowledge you have a halo above your head.


    For your good deed you will secure your place in traditional Irish music podcast heaven. But most importantly, you’ll have helped pay for the other 99% of listeners that don’t or can’t chip in. And that, my friend, is a hell-of-a-nice thing to do.


    Cheers and gesundheit.


    Darren & Dom


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Kevin Crawford Interview (Flute, whistle)

    Kevin Crawford Interview (Flute, whistle)

    Taking on the old tunes. Records on the wall. The art and laughter of Michael Grinter. The Teetotallers, that Gort Tape and the Irish music scene in 80s Birmingham. Living in America. The birth of Lúnasa. And the rise and rise of TV snooker and Irish music. Gold.


    The incredibly talented and generous Kevin Crawford joins us for a mammoth chat down the line from Brooklyn, New York. Honestly the man is as good a storyteller as he is a player. You're in for a treat with this one.


    To listen, stream or download simply click a link below:


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    During the episode Kevin plays:


    Old John's / The Longford Tinker
    City of Savannah / James Hanley's
    Dear Irish Boy / The Hole In The Boat / Sally Sloane’s
    Dan Collins / The Caravan
    Hula Hoop / (Untitled - If anyone recognises it please let us know)


    To buy Kevin's music go here:
    https://www.lunasa.ie/music
    http://compassrecords.com/artist/kevin-crawford/


    To follow Kevin Crawford on socials go here:
    https://www.facebook.com/kevin.crawford.106
    https://www.instagram.com/lowwhistle17/


    To follow Lúnasa go here:
    https://www.lunasa.ie/
    https://www.facebook.com/lunasaband/


    Right so, that's it for another week. Kevin thank you so much for all your time and effort.


    Till next time, good luck.


    Darren & Dom


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    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Aifric Boylan Interview (Fiddle)

    Aifric Boylan Interview (Fiddle)

    Competing in your first Fleadh, hearing the ocean in the music and searching out the rarest old tunes. Learning from older players, driving to sessions with your dad and a road trip to a Belfast terraced house in search of a fiddle.


    In this episode Aifric plays:
    The Golden Castle / Mickey Callaghan's Fancy
    Rolling in the Ryegrass and Woman of the House (Thanks Jond from the session.org for your help with the names)
    O'Donnell's Lament
    The Battle of Aughrim
    Fitzgerald's / An Paistin Fionn (The Fair Haired Child)


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    We know it's a tough time so we hope you can hang in there with us. If you liked this episode and think you got some worth from it, then please pledge at any level over at www.patreon.com/blarneypilgrims.


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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Luke Plumb Interview - Part 2 (Mandolin and singing)

    Luke Plumb Interview - Part 2 (Mandolin and singing)

    'The artist is like a blind caterpillar at the end of a leaf reaching out into the darkness.' Staring The Reaper Down. Life in music, Shoogelnifty and Sandy Bell's in Edinburgh. All night sessions in Borneo, Pretty Peggy-O and teaching Andy Irvine bouzouki parts to an audience including...er...Andy Irvine.


    In this episode Luke plays:


    The Log Cabin and Bean A' Ti Ar Lar
    Pretty Peggy-O
    The Battle of the Somme (Retreat March)
    The Cornerhouse, The Lady's Pantalettes and The Bird in the Bush


    To listen, stream or download simply click a link below:


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    To follow Luke go here:
    https://www.lukeplumb.com/
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    https://www.facebook.com/luke.plumb.18


    To buy his incredible music go here: https://lukeplumbmusic1.bandcamp.com/


    Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you next week.


    All the best,


    Darren and Dom


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    • 1 hr 52 min

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41 Ratings

41 Ratings

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