Bit Devine's Blog Posts Tagged 'Music' (10)

His-Story of Irish Music - A Review of Larry Kirwan’s Latest Book

I was asked to write a review on the latest offering by Larry Kirwan, "A History of Irish Music."  As a scholar of Celtic music, I looked forward to reading his take on Irish music.  I will say that what I expected to read and what I read, whilst they meshed on some…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Here's to Shanachie, Weavers of Rhythm and Rhyme

Growing up I was told, "Listen to the Story tellers, the weavers of dreams and history, legends and traditions. The Seanchaí will take you places you may only touch or see through the magic of their words."  I listened and absorbed. I became a loom on which they built each…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Exploring the Music of Ireland's Islands - Achill

This is from a series of programmes released in 2009.

This programme is about Achill Island where music was an integral part of island life. "You get serious goosebumps as you march into into the Church if your band is going well," Piper Conal Mc Namara states, as he describes playing with an Achill pipe band on St Patrick's day.

Added by Bit Devine on October 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Exploring the Music of Ireland's Islands - Tory

In keeping with the Tory Island theme ...

This is a video on the Musical culture of Tory.  It's part of a series of programmes released in 2009 exploring the rich musical culture of Ireland's islands.

Added by Bit Devine on October 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

'Live From The 33rd County': The Craic Is Mighty!

One of the benefits of being a Wild Geese member is that I am surrounded by uniquely talented and amazingly gifted individuals. I was recently asked to review a newly released CD, "Live from the 33rd County," from one of our very own Wild Geese, Mary Courtney. I have had it three weeks and it has rarely left my CD players. It…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

'South Wind': Awakening the Silent Voices of America's Civil War

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…

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Added by Bit Devine on June 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

'Larry Kirwan’s Celtic Invasion’: The Big Boys Come Out to Rock

I have long been a fan of Larry Kirwan and his radio show, Celtic Crush. For those who might not have had a chance to listen, Celtic Crush features artists of the eight Celtic nations. Their musical background spans many genres and generations. Having all of that to work off, I was honored to be asked to review the…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 25, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Dusting Off The Travel Memories - Part III

Happy Trails, Doolin to Victorville

By Catherine Lilbit Devine © August 18, 2006

On the West Coast of Ireland, in the picture perfect village of Doolin, there is a Bodhran player with a passion for something other than his music. Though the passion for his traditional Bodhran playing is plainly evident, it is his passion for one of America's iconic Cowboys that brought Lester, Chris, Casey & I together at McGann's Pub on a rainy Saturday July evening.

"Are ya real…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 8, 2013 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

Dusting Off the Travel Memories - Part 2

Ireland to Texas, the Circle is Complete

In the most unlikely places, connections can be found linking two cultures, two worlds and two vastly different centuries. Such was the case in a small, village in County Laois, Ireland.

At the edge of Ballybritas, on the back road to Vicarstown, sits the dairy farm of Michael and Brigid Dempsey. It is a quiet, unassuming…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 26, 2013 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Dusting Off The Travel Memories

In a way of introducing myself, I thought I might share some of my "Trail Tales" from previous journeys home...

I think we shall start with this one:



Sing Us a Song, Cowboy!

By Catherine Lilbit Devine © August 18, 2006

Whispers of the West has made our second journey to the Emerald Isle to perform our Music and…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 22, 2013 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

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