Monday, April 21, 2014

The Mulcahy Family

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Frankie Gavin on flute with De Danann

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Music Network Presents Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Brendan Gleeson, and Francis Gaffney

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January 7th – 17th, 2014

Dirk Powell (5–string banjo, fiddle, accordion, voice), Michael McGoldrick (uilleann pipes, flute, whistles), Brendan Gleeson (fiddle), Francis Gaffney (guitar).
“Dirk Powell is the greatest old–time banjo player alive… an artist of unique vision and unbending integrity.”– Steve Earle

“Unconfined and adventurous… legendary.”– BBC Music on Michael McGoldrick
Every once in a while providence throws us into the path of someone who has a gift to bestow. The serendipitous meeting of Dirk Powell and Brendan Gleeson on the set of the Oscar– winning movie Cold Mountain was one of these occasions, and what began as a shared experience of having music passed down from their grandfathers has grown into an exploration of American Old Time, Cajun and Irish traditional music.
While Dirk Powell’s playing is deeply rooted in his Appalachian heritage, he’s played alongside artists as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Joan Baez and Steve Earle in addition to working on soundtracks with many of today’s greatest film directors. Brendan Gleeson needs no introduction to Irish audiences, although it’s less well known that he’s a highly– accomplished fiddle player.
Powell’s genius for blending old and new is well matched by the innovative flautist and piper Mike McGoldrick, co–founder of Lúnasa and Flook, who has performed with everyone from Sharon Shannon and the Afro–Celt Sound System to Youssou N’Dour and Mark Knopfler. Neither are strangers to cross cultural collaborations, having regularly participated in the legendary BBC Transatlantic Sessions. Completing the quartet is Francis Gaffney, a renowned guitarist from Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who has regularly toured and recorded with artists such as John Carty, Alec Finn, Joe Kennedy and Arty McGlynn.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gael Linn Release 5th Album from Téada

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Oisín Mac Diarmada (Photo credit: Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays)

Gael Linn Release 5th Album from Téada Featuring Séamus Begley (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2013)
There’s a rich sense of continuity in the sets and of boundless energy bereft of egotism in the playing – The Irish Times (4-star Review)
Invigorating – The Washington Post
This is the best album of Irish instrumental music I’ve heard so far this year – Irish Echo (Earle Hitchner)
Ainneoin na stoirme (In spite of the storm), the fifth album from one of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents Téada, was released by Gael Linn during September 2013.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Féile Frank McGann 2013

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October 11th – 13th, 2013

Strokestown Kitchen Session to be recorded for 1st Time

With the 11th Annual Féile Frank McGann getting ever closer, the Féile committee have announced details of the ‘Kitchen Session’ that traditionally takes place in the Victorian galleried kitchen in Strokestown Park House. Taking place on Friday 11th, the “Kitchen Session”, an idea conceived by the Féile Frank McGann team, will deliver yet another memorable night at this very special venue. With the kitchen fire lit, the lights down low and complementary glasses of wine, the atmosphere is one of warmth and intimacy – definitely an experience not to be missed!

This year’s ‘Kitchen Session’ will feature two Roscommon legends of traditional music, Banjo and Flute player, John Carlos and Button Accordion maestro, Jimmy McGreevy. Both musicians knew Frank McGann very well and played at many sessions with Frank in Roscommon, Dublin and around the Country.

A unique feature of this year’s ‘Kitchen Session’ is that, for the first time, it will be recorded before a live audience. One of the Féile Committee members, Brian McGann, commented that the recording of this session will allow the unique experience that is the Kitchen Session, to be captured and enjoyed by many who may not be able to attend in person.

It is especially fitting, said Brian, that the first session to be recorded will be with John Carlos and Jimmy McGreevy as they knew my late father so well and it will be a terrific opportunity to create a record of both these musicians playing together in their home County of Roscommon. It will be a truly memorable event and we’re all excited about it.

Féile Frank McGann was established to honour the memory of Frank McGann, a bodhran player and singer born in Lissalway, Co. Roscommon in 1923 and who sadly passed away in 2002. He was renowned throughout the length and breadth of Ireland within the traditional scene. The weekend, which takes place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October, 2013, will be filled with sessions, planned and impromptu, all over Strokestown as the townspeople extend yet another warm welcome for true lovers of Trad.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Seamus Tierney - Irish Flute

All Ireland winner Seamus Tierney plays two reels, 'Kiss the maid behind the barrel' and 'The morning thrush'.