All Blog Posts Tagged 'Music' (99)

The Minstrel

In the ages past, the musician was and still is, a prominent figure in Irish society; whether he be a harpist, a fiddler or a multi-instrumentalist musician like Paddy Moloney, they all took their places in society, including the royal households of the Irish nobility. Centuries ago they called…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 14, 2022 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Press Release for 'Turn Out The Light'

Pleased to see my book "Turn Out the Light' was chosen as a finalist in the Eric Hoffer 2018 Book Awards.

"If music be the food of love, play on,

give me excess of it that surfeiting, the

appetite may sicken, and so die.”

                       …

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 26, 2022 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Miami Showband Massacre: Horror in the Dead of Night

Miami Showband Massacre victims and relatives to receive nearly £1.5m in damages. While the four Miami Showband plaintiffs will receive the paltry amount of approx. £300k in damages each, there was no admission of liability.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 14, 2021 at 4:30pm — 16 Comments

The Belfast Cowboy

Happy Birthday, Van. Thanks for the joy and inspiration. Aug. 31, 1945

52 years ago a determined, multi-talented individual arrived in NYC and fought the greatest battle he had ever faced. His vision, thwarted by powerful men in suits and long black limousines, vindictive record companies,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 31, 2021 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Pirates of Music

On 20 April 2020, we said farewell to a highly innovative Irishman who changed the world with his singular vision and desire to make the world a better place through the medium of music. His grandfather (The O'Rahilly) was an important figure in the quest for the independence of Ireland, a leader in the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 20, 2021 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Patrick Gilmore, The 'Father of the American Band'

Ever wonder who started the tradition of welcoming in the new year in Times Square? Well, it was a Famine Irish immigrant, Galway man Patrick Gilmore who was the most well-known Irish immigrant of his day and a famous person, but today sadly, Gilmore and his contributions to American music are…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 3, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Cellist, the Nightingale and Danny Boy.

I think it is fair to say that a great many of us are wringing our hands in despair at the state the world is in now. It seems that we are in total disagreement with each other and cannot or will not find common ground on which to unite. It is a case of widespread ‘he said-she said’ and every other…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 7, 2021 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

An Uneasy Halfway -- Where Am I Really From?

This year marks an uneasy halfway for me—I have been in Australia for as long as I lived in Ireland. So where does that leave me? The truth, I have come to realise, is somewhere in between. In Australia, I am regarded as Irish. My accent, parlance, even my ‘writing voice’ are often differentiated as such.…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 8, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Ireland's First Superstar Stars in RTE Documentary

Hello America,

Two days ago this radio documentary was launched by RTE in Ireland to great applause about P. S. Gilmore, 1829-1892, with the help of great historians like TheWildGeese.irish's own Gerry Regan; New York Irish History Roundtable's…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on November 6, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Worlds of Irish Musical Instruments

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…

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Added by ADRIAN McGRATH on April 16, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My Singing Life

My name is Anne Rynne, and I am a singer of songs.

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…

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Added by Anne Rynne on July 25, 2017 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Singing Us Out: Father John's Farewell Concert Is January 17

LAST TIME ON THIS CONTINENT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE!

(Leaving for a new assignment in Amman, Jordan, on February 9)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 - 7:30 P.M.

Scandinavia House - 58 Park Avenue

Songs from Broadway, Opera, Folk Songs, Religious Stuff and Things He Makes…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on January 8, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Bing & Burl: Irish Americans' Pace Our Christmas Music Repertoire

For music historians, the names Bing Crosby and Burl Ives conjure up many different thoughts, yet they had some things in common. They were born six years apart in the 1900s, and both came from very modest backgrounds. Both of them were mostly known as chart- topping music stars, but both also received…

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Added by Barry Stapleton on December 19, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

The Passion of Bill Ochs

Bill Ochs died on October 5th after a long battle with a cancer he had largely kept to himself, hoping to tell everyone after he had defeated it.

He was a man whose life was music and the music he most loved -- and he loved many kinds of music -- was traditional Irish music.

He was an excellent player, first tin whistle player and ultimately an uilleann…

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Added by James F. Olwell on October 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

The Sessiun

It was nine o’clock on a Sunday night when Johnny Og came to collect me, and it was raining—not one of those misty, soft rains, as is often the case on the west coast of Ireland, but one of those howling, unforgiving, relentless downpours that comes from no discernable direction, save for the threatening sky overhead.…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 2, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Capturing the Artistry of Ancient Wexford

Wheels hit runway, and the Airbus lands on Irish soil, once again.The familiarity of the place is all around me. I make sure to go around the roundabouts on the left side and continue southeast towards Wexford and the artistic event that recently took place in that ancient city. The Wexford Festival is an annual event where opera singers and others get together in formal settings and fringe events to bring visual and musical…

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Added by Denis Hearn on November 9, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Prologue - 2015 Celtic Fringe Festival - Ireland

This is the prologue to the following posts about my trip to Ireland to present my musical "The Last Torch" at the Celtic Fringe Festival, Sligo. I have been writing them backwards as things are best understood this way. It means the reader can read…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 6, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Seeking Info on Irish Activist John Boyle O'Reilly in Boston

I'm seeking some background on John Boyle O'Reilly and his life in Boston, particularly his involvement with the Irish community then (including the Catalpa Affair). I have uncovered some wonderful inks between…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on October 24, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Swans, Armada, and Taphophilia Grab Me in Sligo

It was Monday morning and I was having trouble packing. I woke with a brass band in my head, as Jim says.  After sitting in the shower for a while, I took a panadol, drank some water and went back to sleep. I woke an hour later and slowly started to get ready to go.

It was very, very difficult. I called mum, I felt…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 14, 2015 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

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