“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being…Continue
Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Here is an article I wrote on my blog about traditional Irish musical instruments. I hope you like it.
There are many instruments used today in Traditional Irish Music. Many have evolved over centuries; some are ancient, while some are much…Continue
Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on April 16, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I am a member of a ‘singing’ family and I was always very shy when asked to sing, so much so that for most of my life I didn’t really sing. About five years ago my son Davog, who lives in Lyon in the south of France, said to me, “Ma would you ever learn a couple of new songs and come over and join…Continue
The oldest harp on which the ‘official’ national emblem of Ireland is based is housed in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Two other medieval harps that have also been preserved from that era, are housed in The Museum of Scotland: The Queen Mary Harp 15th century - and the Lamont Harp [date being…Continue
Growing up on Long Island with two Irish-American parents was not a particularly Irish experience. Carmel Quinn records played on our stereo and were appreciated by all. My father regularly annoyed my mother by listening to bagpipe music. The truth was that my parents were American Irish who had lost contact with most of…Continue
My friends kid me about one of the websites I frequent, a place called Banjo Hangout (dot Org). It’s a place where banjo geeks like me go and talk about strings and rings, and pots and picks, and necks and woods and, well, banjo makers! And occasionally I receive messages from those fellow Banjo geeks – so I wasn’t too…Continue
Added by Gerry Regan on February 6, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments
”They could take our land, starve our poor, destroy our homes and plunder our institutions; they could deny us education, but they could not destroy our music and song” No truer words were ever spoken. These are by Derek Warfield himself.
Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of the…Continue
Jed Marum, a Boston lad who now calls Texas home, is a storyteller in true fashion of the Seanchaí of old. He traces his heritage and roots back to Kilkenny and Galway. I can easily see him amongst the Bards of old entertaining Kings and commoners alike.
Jed has been performing on the Folk and Celtic music…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on June 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments