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…Continue
Carmel, California -- Before I get to the acclaimed Irish traditional musicians from Donegal who comprise the band, Altan, I’m going to editorialize to put the show I saw the other night into context. When I lived on the western coast of Ireland, it fascinated me to realize that in the…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
While reading Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton, I felt as if I had joined a dance myself, part of a song beyond the ordinary world I’d left behind. The setting, Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland, lives on every page—the coastal pathways, a midnight pier, a hillside graveyard.
Readers meet one of…Continue
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.…Continue
From the air, in the dark 5:00 morning, Dublin is nothing more than a sheet of lights floating on water, glowing like a Christmas tree. I press my face to the glass, feeling the cold seep onto my forehead. The first time I saw Dublin, the sun was rising over the Irish Sea. The water was glossy and sugary pink, a confection for…Continue
The Sunday morning after the night before with all its festivities was tricky. I was so tired I managed to sleep through a giant party in the pub downstairs. Anytime I did stir, I listened to the band downstairs and marvelled at their harmonies and the tightness of…Continue
Well, you just have to listen to Davy Spillane's music before you answer my question. Here's a short video that I created of my recent solo exhibition in Áras Éanna on…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Bit Devine on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Hello to all ...
My name is Brendan O'Byrne and I am delighted to be accepted into The Wild Geese community. I am a professional musician, songwriter and composer, and resident musician to Ashford Castle Hotel in Cong, Ireland. I am an artist and love to oil paint.
In my professional life I perform nightly at Ashford; so if you find yourself in…Continue
I should have posted this a bit earlier in the year as we announced it in late February. For those of you that have an interest in traditional Irish music I run a traditional Irish music website called…Continue
Added by Tony Lawless on April 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments
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…Continue
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A.D. 2014 has been a magnificent year for The Wild Geese Irish Social Network. As this year draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular articles and videos from the community. Depending on how new you are to The Wild Geese…Continue
Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Oh the town, it climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea
At sleeping time or waking, 'tis there I'd long to be
To walk again that kindly street, the place where life began
And the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren
With cudgels stout they roamed about to hunt the dreólín
Alert to Wild Geese Members: There is a special discount available for this seasonal favorite show produced by the Irish Arts Center and Dr. Mick Moloney. contact phone 201-965-6598 or the Wild Geese administrator for further details.
SPECIAL GUESTS FROM WORLDS OF POLITICS, CULTURE & ACADEMICS ANNOUNCED FOR IRISH ARTS CENTER’S ACCLAIMED…Continue
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[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish Sibin series of discussions and…Continue
I read a nice article this Sunday in The New York Times Travel Section about a young man’s growing interest in military history and how it influenced his…Continue
My wife and I are becoming regulars at our local, The Four Provinces in Falls Church, Virginia, where they host a Monday night session, or seisiún, of Irish traditional music. We love hearing live music of all kinds and have tried…Continue
Here's a beautiful old song - in a clip from a festival I played in May of 2014 with my son Jaime.