All Blog Posts Tagged 'music' (20)

Returning to the West of Ireland 30 Years Later

I was first brought to a thatched cottage situated near Tuam in County Galway in 1965 at the age of 11. Enchanted with Ireland, over the next 10 years I became increasingly embedded in Irish culture, finding a way to return every summer, working as a waitress at a Galway…


Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on September 20, 2022 at 7:30am — No Comments

Wild Garlic, Wine Dark Sea

Wild garlic season is just finishing up in Ireland, and as a farewell to Erin's green shore it blossoms profusely in white flowerings throughout the land. Thanks to this wonderful plant I've eaten a lot of beautiful wild garlic pesto and wild garlic soup the last couple of months, as well as going on some lovely walks in the woods! On one…


Added by Charles G O' Brien on May 16, 2020 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Hy Brasil, Songs of the Irish in Latin America

I'm a musician by trade but have also worked a good bit in documentary film over the last few years. Hy Brasil, as well as being the title of my new album, is an island from Irish mythology. "That shadowy isle" appeared on maps until the 1860's until they realised that it wasn't there at all, as…


Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 1, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Eugene Daly: Westmeath Piper Barely Survives Titanic's Sinking

It had been about a half hour since 29-year-old Eugene Daly had been startled awake from his bunk on the Titanic by the strange screeching noise. As he came up the stairway and emerged on the 3rd class well-deck near the bow, what he saw filled his heart with…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2019 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

John Winston Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear John, 

You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.

After you were born, during the Second World War in Liverpool England, you lived with your Mother, Julia.…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Hawkins' 'Own Native Land' a Merry Journey of Stories, Songs

Invite a seanchaí into your home . . . you will be glad that you did. With Jim Hawkins new CD, My Own Native Land: Stories and Songs of Ireland, that has never been easier. Hawkins’ debut album will carry you across the miles, over the waters and back in time.

When a colleague suggested that I review “My Own…


Added by Bit Devine on March 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Reconnecting with Kieran

After more years than I care to count, Kieran has resurfaced. The last time I saw him, it was raining; it was one of those gray Galway days on New Castle Road, and I’d sleuthed Kieran out, after swearing to Adrian I’d never tell who had told me where I…


Added by Claire Fullerton on December 3, 2015 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

'The Fenian'. The Movie

'The Fenian' is an epic production currently in the making, and we're excited to be able to share our story with you all, on The Wild Geese.

Development work on the upcoming feature film began in April 2014 and we look forward to sharing future updates…


Added by Pelican Pictures on November 20, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Travel and Music Can Broaden the Mind

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…


Added by Robert A Mosher on October 13, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Heritage Partner
'The Alt' at Irish Arts Center

The Alt

A unique blend of traditional Irish, Scottish, English & Americana music

Exciting new musical…


Added by Irish Arts Center on August 20, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment



My music career began the year I joined Mickey Moran's Country and Oldtime Stars. I was seventeen, had long hair and played electric guitar, one of the solid red axes like Keith Richards had. Good for the image, Mickey said. There were four of us in the 'outfit', as he called it: himself played  a piano accordion, Tats was on the drums, me  on guitar and Tony Flynn covered clarinet, flute, maracas and tambourine. Mickey  did the…


Added by Eddie Stack on June 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Time with 'The Chieftains' in 1983

Back in the 1980s I was a music reviewer (under the name Adelle Cooper)  for three local papers in Calgary, Alberta, while also an entertainment booker (first agency to book Motley Crue…


Added by Alannah Ryane on March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

How I Learn Irish Gaelic Online

A Life-Long Fascination with Gaeilge

by Crystailín Narayana, for The Irish Gift

Ever since I was a…


Added by The Irish Gift on February 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

‘Irish Music Forever’: Irish and British, and Keeping in Touch

(First published on 3/22/12) Irish Music Forever is run by devotees of Irish heritage based in Nottingham, England, including Pat Kehoe. He and his colleagues plainly love Irish songs, music and all aspects of the Irish cultural experience. Like millions of the…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 15, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Best Platform for 'Copper' Soundtrack Is Small Screen

'Copper' Original Soundtrack

Music by Brian…


Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on July 2, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Singer Promotes WW1 Music of Irish 'Tommies'

(First published 2/2/12) Dubliner Brendan MacQuaile’s book and one-man show, both titled …


Added by The Wild Geese on June 11, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

'Father of the American Band' Hailed By Manhattan Parish

New York (first published 9/26/10 Friday, September 24, 2010 was a particularly auspicious day to bear the name Patrick in the grand environs of Chelsea's Church of St. Francis Xavier, despite the fact that it is nearly six months to St. Patrick’s Day.

More than 30 faithful gathered in the…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 13, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Like Father, Like Daughter: Q&A With Fiddler Marie Reilly

(All photos by James Higgins)

Fiddler Marie Reilly, 58, clearly has much to be grateful for, not the least of which is a much praised new album, “The Anvil,” her first, created after a 23-year self-imposed pause from playing.  Irish Echo reviewer Dan Neely, for example, called the…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

'Danny Boy' Explores an Enduring Irish Mystery

In "Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Melody," Malachy McCourt plays sleuth in tracing the origin of "Danny Boy," the most beloved of all Irish melodies. WGT Consulting Editor Rick Grant says McCourt's book creates a context for the song, albeit leaving its meaning as murky as ever.

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling

From glen…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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