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The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast is a weekly journey to the heart of Irish music. We interview players of Irish music about how they first came to the music and the place it occupies in their lives now. We use the word ‘heart’ intentionally, because heart is what this music, and the people who play it, are all about. It’s a funny, warm and often unexpected journey – and the tunes are crackin' too. Dominic Black has made radio shows for the BBC and NPR stations in the USA. He's also an oral histo ...
 
An seo nua faoi CII. Eist le J agus K, na DJs ar fheabas le daoine as ár scoil. The new show from CII. Listen to J and K, the fantastic DJs, with people from our school. : BUAITEOIRÍ COMORTAS RAIDIÓ SnaG 2015 : Clár radió faoin daltaí as 5ú bhliain san Coláiste Íde agus Íosef. Le ceol as TG Lurgan, Podington, agus Broke for Free. : WINNERS SnaG RADIO COMPETITION 2015 : Radio show from students of 5th year in Coláiste Íde agus Íosef. with music from TG Lurgan, Podington, and Broke for Free.
 
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The last episode in our summer 2021 series was recorded at Mike and Gráinne O'Neill's Beach Cafe in the seaside village of Fenit in North Kerry. We're conducting some more musical introductions in this edition as both Cathal Caufield and Killian O'Flanagan, recording as Kú, are at the beginning of their journeys into sound. We listen to their respe…
 
Eoin talks about learning the Irish button accordion in this episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast. It was intrinsically fun at the beginning, but soon hit some frustration. It’s similar to trying to learn the Irish language: great fun at first, but soon can seem daunting. Part of the solution is to make it fun again! Go back to what you found inte…
 
Donal travels to Ennistymon in County Clare to meet up with Anna-Mieke, Branwen and Zoe Basha who have taken their Rufous Nightjar project on the road for the first time. We get to hear how they first got together and what's in store with their debut album which is nearing completion. We also get to listen to some stunning live takes form their sho…
 
To mark the release of his debut solo record I Would Not Live Always, John Francis Flynn joins Dónal Dineen to discuss the making of the album in the company of some key collaborators: Ultan O'Brien, Ross Chaney and producer Brendan Jenkinson. We then journey to heart of a Dublin Saturday night for a selection of tunes at The Cobblestone before tak…
 
The Summer installment of our sister series to the Islands, We Are The Makers, is out today. Commissioned by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., episode #2 charts the arc of choreographer Liz Roche's journey to the top of the contemporary dance world. Find the full episode here: https://pod.link/makers From starting at ballet school in Dublin at aged of …
 
In Dublin to perform the album Ceol Ársa Cláirsí at the Tradition Now weekender in the National Concert Hall, Steve Cooney's interpretations of ancient Irish harp tunes for solo guitar has added something new to the canon. There’s ancient magic at work here as these tunes were either composed or collected from the beginning of the 1600s to the end …
 
Deirdre is from Contae Chiarraí (Kerry), and lives for a number of years in Ontario, Canada. She focusses her time on learning Irish traditional music, along with diving into learning to speak the Irish language. We’re privileged to have her as a Grow member of Bitesize Irish. The intro of this podcast episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast was, as …
 
Eoin of Bitesize Irish speaks with poet Ciara Ní É on the Irish langauge, creativity and self-expression. You can also watch this interview, and on that page are notes of various topics covered in the interview. If you have a comment to leave on the interview, please also leave it on the video interview page. The post Podcast 131: Ciara Ní É – Gaei…
 
Reverend Utah Smith was an evangelist preacher based in New Orleans who from 1938 onwards added some electric guitar fire to his sermons as well a pair of two giant seraphim white wings to his back. In this epsiode Donal listens to the incendiary records he released between 1944 and 1953 which puts him very close to the scene of the big bang birth …
 
In this episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast, Eoin asks you what might be holding you back from learning the Irish language. What might be stopping you internally from practicing Gaeilge Gach Lá? It may be a fear of judgement, or a shame of identity, or something else about your story. Also covered is a question from Nigel about where you might fi…
 
April 8th marks the first anniversary of the launch of Make Me Me An Island. To mark the occasion, talking is mostly suspended in Episode 46 and instead Dónal reverts to the original source of inspiration, the box of 7” singles that formed the foundation for many of the original investigations. Peppering the melting pot is a bunch of incendiary new…
 
Trust the process. Trust yourself! An empowering aspect of learning to speak the Irish language is not limited to “languages people”. The process of learning the Irish language is a journey. It’s a process that’s available to each of us. Yes, it does include studying with intenstiy (see Episode 128 for more on that). Once you’ve accepted with yours…
 
An absolute stoater! A Great Session = 'The maximum fun possible, every night!' From Dundalk to Belfast, and finding freedom in Edinburgh. Hamish Henderson and the wild nights in Sandy Bell's. Mike One-Shirt and Luke Plumb; Deaf Shepherd and the great encouragers like Cathal McConnell. The consolations of music. House sessions in Venice Beach, meet…
 
For 20 years Jennifer Walshe has blazed a trail across the world of contemporary music, all the while making work that was far greater than the sum of its parts and much much more than simply music. Far from being high brow or inaccessible, the most human of touches shapes everything she does in all sorts of magical ways. Jennifer joins Dónal to di…
 
Gaeilge Gach Lá is about immersing yourself every day. How does that relate to the step of your Irish language journey to study with intensity? Are both parts needed, and which comes first? Eoin discusses how immersion is an accessible foundation upon which you can base later study. Keep up the Gaeilge Gach Lá. Stretch your understanding, and then …
 
'I could play reels all night if I knew enough of them.' Country Sligo in the '50s and '60s, to London then Sydney. Father, mother and uncle playing the fiddle, learning at country house dances and 'having a go myself.' Ceili House on Radio Athlone, and looking forward to Friday night house dances. Falling in love with the accordion. Listening to t…
 
From the very first demos, the arc of the Villagers story has pointed inexorably upwards, always reaching for the higher ground, a climb like no other. In this episode Conor O'Brien joins Dónal in The Sugar Club for a discussion on some of those lofty peaks and how he got there. In-between there's a bunch of live songs as well as a run through some…
 
From Cavan to Glasgow. Party houses and late night tapes. Finding your feet in sessions that suit. Creating your own space to play. The Navvy poet Patrick MacGill, The Road Across The Hill, Newcomer and The Children Of The Dead End. In this episode we play: The Road Across the Hills Newcomer By and By Atone To listen, stream or download simply clic…
 
Tin whistle with Marian Egan (Flannery) in Hulme. Touring New Zealand and Australia. First banjos and joining Curragh. Toss the Feathers and choosing work over the road. The social side of learning. Joe and Jack Cooley and the lost tapes from America. The Love of Lucia, Kitty’s Twelve Roses and The Gort Mile. In this episode Angela plays: Port Chui…
 
An introduction to We Are The Makers, a new series of long-form audio documentaries on Irish artists and their practice. Released today across all the usual platforms, and commissioned by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., first up is photographer Eamonn Doyle who before making a series of groundbreaking photo books of his Dublin street-work, had alread…
 
Irish Fenian rebellion prisoners and the songs of the last convict ship to Australia. Ned Of The Hill, John Boyle O'Reilly and Exile In The Kingdom. The Stardust Hotel and the birth of Drogheda Boxing Club. The London squat scene, Jamaican sound systems and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Secret Family Recipes and looking back at tr…
 
The Bitesize Irish Podcast featuring member interview and Irish language learner Jeri. Jeri shares her motivations for learning the Irish language, and what brought her to the language. She also shares some interesting tactics, including poetry, for diving deeper into Gaeilge as a learner. Watch Jeri’s interview as a video too. Mentioned in the epi…
 
Buying your first guitar with your confirmation money. Playing 182 tunes in two hours. Winning Réalta agus Gaolta. Cutting your teeth in Raglan Road Orlando. Finding a mentor in Kíla's Rónán Ó Snodaigh. Translating the craic. Avoiding the abyss of lockdown and a casual Disney Princess flex. In this episode Maċa play: Devil's Den Something Blue Feel…
 
The latest in a series of stunning posthumous Arthur Russell releases, Iowa Dream plays to all of his many strengths. Recorded in The Sugar Club in December, Episode 42 features an illustrated guide to the album by an artist who had an integral role to play in its compilation, editing and mixing, Peter Broderick. Peter explains how he came to be in…
 
Finding Michael Jackson in the Blue Mountains after ten years in a Buddhist Bush community. A year of four hour nights. Mozart with a Sligo lilt. Ten hour train trips for one hour lessons. Scottish baroque music, modal tunes, violin d'amore, and combining art music and folk music. Catch Shane Lestideau in Queenscliff during the Boxwood Festival fro…
 
Recorded live at The Sugar Club in December, the second in the Make Me an Island live series features Myles Manley on stage together with Solamh Kelly and Chris Barry. They play their brilliant 'Cometh The Softies' record in its entirety from start to finish before retiring for a chat with Dónal about its making. https://mylesmanley.bandcamp.com/al…
 
Stiff Little Fingers, punk rock, rebel songs and finding your tribe. Getting your head shard. Good listening makes good music. An Achill Island session and a musical awakening. Losing good friends and finding solace in music. GameStop, countercultures, DIY creativity, Inflammable Material, and of course, The Irish Mandolin... 1-2-3-4! In this episo…
 
Recorded at The Sugar Club in Dublin in December, the first in a series of Make Me An Island Live shows features the mighty John Francis Flynn. Along with producer Brendan Jenkinson and fiddler Ultan O' Brien, John performs a selection of tunes from his forthcoming debut album I Would Not Live Always before chatting to Dónal about the recording pro…
 
Recorded in The Kino in Cork in December 2020, singular film-maker Pat Collins joins Dónal to discuss three of his films: The definitive sea-nós movie Song of Granite, a forthcoming documentary about the American folklorist Henry Glassie and a work-in-progress documenting the ground-breaking Micheal Keegan-Dolan dance production, Mám. Musical dream…
 
Digging into tunes. Paddy Jones. The Draoicht. Sports and music, and finding your place in both. Coaching basketball in Ireland and the Tralee Tigers. Carl Hardebeck, The Blind Bard of Belfast. The fiddle as an old person's instrument. Sliabh Luachra. Padraig O'Keeffe. Paddy on the Hardwood. Slow airs in sessions and New Mexico polkas. In this epis…
 
Diving into the Irish language is a journey of a lifetime. You start at finding your calling, go on to intense self-study, followed by starting to practice with others, and moving toward intuitive self expression. Follow these five steps along the journey. Find your calling. If you’re starting as an absolute beginner with the Irish language, take o…
 
Fresh from her ground-breaking collaboration with Radie Peat on Nollaig na mBan, Katie Kim joins Dónal to tell the story behind their work together as well as to discuss the making of her new album with producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy. Along the way she makes the case for the genius of Mica Levi as well as discussing the merits of Tirzah, Ursula Bognor…
 
The Liam O'Flynn Award. Digging into the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Ulster hunting songs and mummers. Hare coursing. Life in Lurgan County Armagh. The Ceili House and legend of Seamus Tansey. Prehistoric cairns and building on the tradition. The magic of the session and finding inspiration in the music. In this episode Barry Plays: The Holy T…
 
For the first show of 2021 Dónal is joined by Branwen for an illustrated guide to some inspirational female artists the world over as well as to hear some songs from her masterful solo record Hunted and Haunted. "As this is being released on Nollaig na mBan, I wanted to say that I think it's fantastic to take a moment to give the airspace to celebr…
 
We ARE the source.' John Kelly of Capel Street and Scattery Island. Hiding the fiddle under your jacket in Dublin in the rare oul times. Strange hornpipes, slip jigs, slides. Patsy Geary, Jimmy O'Donahue and Kilfenora's three bakeries. The memory palace and preserving a life. Ireland, Australia, Tommy Potts posters and the evocative power of seagul…
 
A bit of beach time, and the third of our compilations from the year of 2020. Featuring Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Una Monaghan, Jason Rouse, Emma Lewis, Joanie Madden, Rita Farrell, Daithí Gormley, James Keane, Tara Howley, Sean Lally, Cathy Custy, Hajime Takahashi, Catherine McEvoy, Ciaran Kelly, Cameron Mather, Áine Tyrrell, Sean Mathews, Liam Thom…
 
Radie Peat is the special guest Islander on this Christmas episode. She talks about her forthcoming collaboration with Katie Kim and Ellie Myler of Percolator as well as guiding us through a selection box of musical wonders. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/katie-kim-and-radie-peat-tickets-131859488279By Donal Dineen
 
Ahh, the week between Xmas and NYD. Sure what else would you be doing but watching classic TV and making best of 2020 lists. Here's part 2 of our SMASH HITS 2020 to help you through. Don Meade -The Haunted House and The Lark on The Strand Shannon Heaton - P. Joe Hayes Number 2, The Cottage in the Grove and The Mother and Child Reel (with Matt Heato…
 
Sansbut is the first release on David Kitt's new Awayday label. At the heart of the record are a series of powerful collaborations with Saxophonist Catherine Sikora that happened spontaneously at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris during lockdown this summer. In this Episode #35 of Make Me An island, Dónal Dineen gets both sides of the story. h…
 
All the best of the tunes and songs from the last year of Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. And by way of thanks, the conferring of titles on the Patron Saints who've supported the podcast over the last year and a half. 'Out of the blue, maybe thirty, forty birds come and they all start singing beautiful, that was the feeling it had like, you know...' Than…
 
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