All Blog Posts Tagged 'Traditional Music' (62)

Na San Patricios (The St. Patrick Battalion)

This winter I was travelling through Mexico -- almost into Guatemala and as far up as the deserts bordering the U.S. The last time I had been down Mexico way was in 2010 when I presented the Irish language documentary…

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on March 16, 2020 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Saint Patrick's Day

Chicago River Dyed Green for St. Patrick's Day

Chicago River Dyed Green for St. Patrick's Day

[Cross-Post from Chief O'Neill Blog]

What would Chief…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on March 7, 2020 at 12:55pm — No Comments

The Green Fields Of America

Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago

The story of Chief O'Neill owes a great debt to his great-granddaughter Mary Lesch. It was Mary who followed through on family stories and hunted down her famous ancestor's unpublished manuscript. Then, with the aid of Chicago historian…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on December 15, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The New Policeman

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: He and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time, and he struggled to keep a steady job in…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Grassy Green Pillow -- An Emigrant's Memorial to His Parents

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parents.

On a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on October 13, 2019 at 8:00am — No 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

The Tragedy of Tralibane Bridge

Tralibane Bridge, County Cork

Down the hill from Francis O'Neill's homeplace of Tralibane, County Cork, is an 18th century stone bridge. If you closely read O'Neill's work, Tralibane bridge turns out to be personally very important to him, as a place and a tune. He wrote about the spot a number of times, particularly the "Pattern Dances" the community held there. No doubt this experience at a…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on July 28, 2019 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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

Altan -- Projecting Irish Bonhomie To The World

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…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 1, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

'Calla's Waltz' -- and Other Irish Banjo Stories!

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…

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Added by Jed Marum on March 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

'Dancing to an Irish Reel': Novel Brings Connemara To Vivid Life

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…

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Added by Sherry Weaver Smith on March 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — 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

Flying Into Dublin

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…

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Added by Jill Fuller on November 18, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Fringe Finale: Mystery Breakfast Roll, Songs ... Magic

It’s now the third and final day for me at the festival.

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…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 15, 2015 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Is Romantic Ireland Dead and Gone?

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…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on June 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

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

New Member Hello -- Brendan O'Byrne, An Fear Ceol

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…

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Added by Brendan OByrne on April 22, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year, 2014

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…

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Added by Tony Lawless on April 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 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

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