Monday, 30 March 2009

Irish Music Downloads - Music From Donegal

Since 1993 the Irish Traditional Music Archive has been involved in a programme of audio and video field and studio recording of singers, musicians and dancers. The resulting recordings are being systematically transferred to CD or DVD and catalogued, and many (but not yet all) are available for consultation within the Archive. The rights to these recordings are held by the performers.

The Archive has regularly recorded at the Inishowen International Folk Song and Ballad Seminar, which has been held annually in Ballyliffen, Inishowen, Co Donegal, since 1990. Seven songs recorded at the Seminar in the Ballyliffin Hotel in 2008 are freely made available for listening here, with the generous permission of each of the singers

Maurice Leyden

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Michael Dwyer's Lament

Jim MacFarland


The Bleacher Boy

Maurice Leyden


The Greenstone Midge

Brian Doyle


Larry Morgan 

Miceal Ned Quinn


Caroline of Edinburgh Town

Mícheál Quinn


The Blooming Maid of Galway Town

Grace Toland

2034-ITMA-DATThe Factory MaidGerry Cullen

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Peter Staunton & the Comhaltas Ensemble

From the 2007 Comhaltas Tour of Ireland concert, a selection of reels started off by button accordionist Peter Staunton of Dublin playing "The Pride of Rathmore Reel". Pete is joined by the full group of musicians and five dancers, concluding with "The Ivy Leaf Reel". The dancers are Aidan Mc Koughlin (Leitrim), Teresa Donaghue (Westmeath), Laura Crossna (Leitrim), Cathal Mc Garrigle (Offaly) and Hannah Longmore (Wicklow).

Some Irish jigs played by the Rowsome family

The famous Rowsome family from Dublin with two jigs: "The Clare Jig" and "The Leitrim Jig". On uilleann pipes -- Kevin, grandson of the great piping master Leo Rowsome, Kevin's wife Lorraine Hickey on fiddle, their daughter Tiarna also on fiddle, Helena and Olivia Rowsome on whistle and piano respectively.

They were playing at the annual Tionól Leo Rowsome held at Comhaltas headquarters, Cultúrlann na hÉireann in September 2007 at the special tribute concert to Pádraig Ó Ceallaigh, former President of Comhaltas.

Shane from Dervish with Evergreen Band

The Evergreen Band live performance of original and traditional Celtic music with Guest Shane Mitchel from "Dervish".Irish music. Accordion Fiddle Bones Cajon Whistle Flute

Ennis Under Siege for Fleadh Nua

From the Comhaltas Blog

Ennis Under Siege for Fleadh Nua

Fleadh Nua Dancers Lay Siege to Ennis in May 2009!!

Fleadh Nua 2009 was launched by well known musician and Clare FM radio presenter Pat Costello in the Glór Irish Music Centre last night (Tuesday, 17th February).

An exciting programme of events was announced by Cathaoirleach, Micheál Ó Riabhaigh for the expected 50,000 visitors to Ennis during this 8 day traditional festival. First off will be a record breaking Siege of Ennis. In September, 2005, 8,371 dancers danced the Siege of Ennis in Cork setting a world record for this event but Fleadh Nua, in conjunction with the Special Olympics, expects to break this record on Sunday, 17th May, appropriately in Ennis. To motivate the dancers (if this were necessary in the Banner County) music will be provided by Clare’s own Kilfenora Céilí Band.

In the year 2009 we celebrate 40 years of this great Irish traditional festival. Headline acts will include Super Trad Group “The Chieftans” in concert in Ennis Cathedral on Wednesday, 20th May. This concert, which promises to be a highly memorable event, is being run to raise funds for the very worthy project, Cuan an Chláir.

Friday, 22nd May sees a unique concert in Glór Irish Music Centre with top young Irish traditional acts “Aos Óg” plus the Hounds of Ulster, a flute & drum music group based in Whiteabbey, County Antrim. This band, a major attaraction at the 2008 Fleadh Nua, are very involved with cross community activities in the North of Ireland. Their music is an exciting combination of Irish, Ulster Scots and Scottish traditional music.

Also in Glór, Clare’s renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band will present a spectacular concert on the Saturday night celebrating the band’s centenary. This céilí band are unquestionably Ireland’s best having totally dominated the Fleadh competition scene both in the 1950s and again in the 1990s. Today their music is better than ever and their new CD “Century” will shortly be in the shops.

Add to these events a week-long series of activities including free lunchtime concerts, traditional session workshops, nightly Club Fleadh Nua sessions plus céilí and set dancing, street sessions and gig-rig entertainment and there’s no doubt that Ennis is the only place for all followers of Irish culture to be during the third week in May 2009.

Visit the Fleadh Nua website for more information on this great traditional music festival.

Irish traditional tune index

Looking for that tune?

This non-profit site is especially useful for both experienced and novice players of traditional Irish music as well as for musicologists. It appears to be unique in the world for its coverage of recorded sources of Irish traditional music. At this point in time, the site offers you at least the following uses:

Locate commercial recordings of a tune, given any one of its titles.
Locate transcriptions of a tune in a book, given any one of its titles.
Discover whether the tune you are listening to or looking at is known under other titles.
Find out whether multiple tunes recorded or printed under a given title are actually the same tune or not.
Identify unnamed tunes on a recording. Every tune indexed here can be found even if you only know the track title, such as "Sliabh Luachra Polkas" or "Light Jigs." Just use the Tune Search and Finder page to search for the track title.
Identify printed tunes that have no title or are only identified as "Gan ainm" in a book: Untitled / Gan Ainm Tunes in Books.
View a more accurate table of contents of your recordings. I have discovered that a significant fraction of commercial albums have inexcusable errors in labeling their tracks and tunes, especially due to non-musicians being responsible for preparing the albums and their later reissues.
Select useful albums and books to purchase. You can use either the Album Search and Finder or the reports of Most-Cited Albums and Most-Cited Tune Books.
Learn the background history of a tune.
Prepare written documentation of a tune's history of appearances on commercial recordings, such as when writing liner notes for an album.
Find out if there is a known composer for a tune.
Study an example of the typical repertoire of an Irish musician in the US Midwest.
Build custom-fit tune sets for set dancing, by using the bar counts given for most of the dance tunes.
Build tune sets based on key changes, by using the mode identifications given for most tunes.


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