Monday, December 3, 2012

Hark The Herald Angels Sing - Christmas Carol for Tin Whistle

Christmas carol on tin whistle from Tradschool. Other songs available :

Angels We Have Heard On High
Deck The Halls
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
The Holly And The Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
O Come, All Ye Faithful
The First Noel
We Wish You A Merry Chrismas

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Irish Music Classes in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet

Music classes continue every Wednesday at 7pm in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet. Lessons are available in tin whistle, accordion, keyboard, guitar, fiddle, and flute. Beginners from 7pm to 8pm, advanced from 8pm to 9pm. For information contact 097 81079
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Áras Inis Gluaire

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cherish The Ladies Interview on Radio Kerry, INEC Acoustic Club Killarney

Maura O'Connell joins the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Cherish The Ladies, led by the irrepressible and award winning flute and whistle player, Joanie Madden for a spectacular night of entertainment of Irish traditional music, song and dance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Moate whistler wins Fleadh

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí ÉireannComhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Moate musician Audrey Ní Mhurcú has won the slow airs competition on the tin whistle for over 18s at this year’s All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan on Saturday, August 18.
She also managed a very creditable second place in the whistle competition for the same age group in the Breffni capital.
Over the three days of the weekend 3,000 musicians competed in the 61st Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
It was estimated that around 300,000 people visited Cavan for the Fleadh, including a special visit by President Michael D Higgins.
The week leading up to the Fleadh included Scoil Éigse, which comprised a week of workshops and classes of Irish traditional music, song, and dance.
The Fleadh itself, one of the premier cultural events in Europe, is regarded as the biggest traditional music festival in the world.
This was the third year in a row the Fleadh had been held in Cavan, however next year it will be a little further north, as it is to be held in Derry from August 12-18 in 2013.
“Each year, the Fleadh provides a meeting place for those who carry on the great traditions of playing and cherishing our music, songs, and dance,” said president of Comhaltas Ceoltiri Éireann, Vince Jordan.
“It was delightful to see so many young people at the festival this year proving that the passion for traditional culture, song, dance, and Irish language is as strong as ever,” he said.

Moate whistler wins at world’s biggest trad festival

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gary Gould plays the Harmonic Minor Whistle

Performing his 1-man klezmer concert for Temple Beth Shalom of Indio, CA, Gary Gould follows up a number played on a traditional Irish penny whistle with this selection performed on his untraditional "Jewish penny whistle." Special thanks to Danial Bingamon and Jubilee Music Instruments of Kings Mills, Ohio for his work on this very special whistle.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hundreds at writer Binchy's funeral

I took this image myself at a book signing in ... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The life, love, talent and generosity of acclaimed best-selling novelist Maeve Binchy have been remembered at her funeral.

The worlds of the arts, journalism and politics joined forces to pay tribute to Ireland's national treasure, who died on Monday.

Her husband, writer Gordon Snell, brother William and sister Joan led hundreds of mourners including Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker, who starred in the screen versions of some of Binchy's books.

Father William Stuart told the congregation in her native Dalkey in south Dublin each had their own memory of the 72-year-old storyteller, saying in his homily: "There isn't a person here or beyond here who cannot recall her infectious personality."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Traditional Irish Music Workshop Announced for October, 2012 in the West of Ireland with John Carty, Arty McGlynn and Others - Yahoo! News

Arty McGlynnCover of Arty McGlynnConnemara Ireland Workshops offers 5-day traditional Irish music workshop with some of Ireland's most distinctive musicians, including John Carty, Arty McGlynn, Jimmy Higgins. The workshop is scheduled for October 19-23, 2012 in Connemara, Ireland.

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
Connemara Ireland Workshops is pleased to announce a 5-day /4-night traditional Irish music workshop for October 19-23, 2012. Hosted by and held at the award-winning country house, The Anglers Return, the workshop will feature some of Ireland’s most distinctive traditional musicians – including John Carty on fiddle and Irish tenor banjo, Arty McGlynn on guitar, Jimmy Higgins on bodhrán and Fiachra O’Regan on whistle and pipes. Guests will attend classes during the day, impromtu evening sessions as well as two house concerts – including a concert with John Carty, Arty McGlynn, Jimmy Higgins and friends – all in the comfortable surroundings of a wonderful historic country house just outside of Roundstone in Connemara. It’s an incredible opportunity for intermediate (or better) players on fiddle, tenor banjo, and/or guitar interested in advancing in traditional Irish music. Spaces are very limited, by design, to maximize one-on-one instruction and are offered on a first-come, first serve basis.

Show celebrates Celtic music

[Edinburgh from the castle, Scotland] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)Two kinds of Celtic music — domestic and imported —  were on display last night during a concert at the Meadowvale Theatre.
Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence, two veteran performers from Scotland who are in the midst of a North American tour promoting their new album, A Cruel Kindness, provided the imported Celtic, traditional folk music that is popular around the world.
Cuthill and Lawrence's new CD is nominated as Best Traditional Album for Scotland's national music awards.
David Leask, a native of Scotland who lives in Port Credit, provided the domestic portion of the show.
You can take the boy out of Scotland, but you can never take Scotland out of the boy.
“I think it influences my melodies,” he said before the show. “People have said that. It’s something I can’t get away from, whether it’s from your ma and dad sitting you on their knee as a child singing Coulter’s Candy.”
Leask's was accompanied by Sean O’Connor (flute, tin whistle, saxophone) and Steve Didunyk (piano and accordion).

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Tin Whistle Tutor Book

Tin Whistle

A Complete Guide to Playing Irish Traditional Music on the Whistle

286-page pdf ebook and 420 accompanying mp3 files
Free sample download here
Price : 29€ / 35 USD

(1 420MB zip file containing pdf book & mp3 files, delivered through the site

For any questions or further information, contact me at

This tutor book and its accompanying multimedia files will give a complete practical introduction to playing Irish traditional music on the tin whistle. Each part of the tutor contains graded lessons, exercises and tunes, and
they are meant to be used back-to-back, giving a complete introduction to the whistle in Irish traditional music.

As a novice, you can expect by the end of this course to be familiar with the Irish traditional repertoire and style, and to master some typical music from the repertoire.

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The course is in 2 parts : the basics of the whistle in part 1 (Units 1-5), Irish traditional music on the whistle in Part 2 (Units 7-16). It is designed to be accessible to complete beginners. No prior musical knowledge is necessary to begin the Basic tutor. Both musical notation and tablature are used in the tutor books; so no knowledge of musical staff notation or sight reading is necessary, although those who prefer using staff notation may do so.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waterford Today - Jack O’Neill’s Pages from The Past

Waterford News
February 1947
Waterford Characters what about Francie Cahill? This query appeared on the margin of a copy of the "Waterford News" which my friend, Mike Fitzgerald, of Santa Maria, California, received from a Mrs. Englehart, whose address is 1845 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, California and who stated that she had recently returned from a ten months’ holiday in Waterford. She is quite unknown to Mike, as she is to me, although she must be a native of the city. At any rate, Mike proceeds to answer the question as follows:
Francie Cahill was a well-known character of the Urbs Intacta whose chief claim to fame lay in the fact that he spent more time in jail than out of it. The police had long tired of tabulating his transgressions and when a Magistrate enquired as to the number of previous convictions against him, Francie usually replied "one more, your honour." Then Francie was on his way once again to Ballybricken Jail, escorted by a burly "peeler" and it was a sight to see him coming up Patrick Street smoking a clay pipe, while at the same time playing "God Save Ireland" on a penny tin whistle through his nose. Poor fellow, he was entirely harmless, though somewhat of a nuisance.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bealtaine Festival 2012 Set for Roscommon Arts Centre This Summer

Location of County Roscommon on island of IrelandLocation of County Roscommon on island of Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Roscommon Arts Centre is shortly announcing its Summer 2012 line-up with details of many events already available online at

The new Summer Programme of Events will be published in the coming weeks with copies delivered to homes across the region and also available in shops and businesses. A highlight of the early summer programme is the nationwide Bealtaine Festival celebrating creativity in older age. The theme for the 2012 Bealtaine Festival is ‘What kind of old do you want to be?’ It recognises that older people are not one homogeneous group; they are individuals with widely differing talents, interests and needs and we hope that our programme reflects this. Throughout May Roscommon Arts Centre has arranged a series of free workshops in music and singing as well as book-making. All our workshops are free of charge and available to everyone aged 50 and over. Alongside the workshops & classes, the arts centre has programmed some wonderful evenings of theatre, comedy and music, many of these events with special over 50s ticket prices to celebrate Bealtaine. More details are available through Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office on 090 6625824 and early registration for classes is highly recommended as places are limited.

Making Hand-Made Books
with Andrew Kelly for over 50s
Learn the art of how to create handmade books of all shapes and sizes to take home and keep. Artist Andrew Kelly has a masters in book-making and will be on hand to teach absolute beginners this wonderful technique. All materials will be supplied - although you should bring along an apron! Spaces limited, so early booking advisable via Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office. Classes take place on Wednesday afternoons (9th – 30th May inclusive) from 2pm – 5pm.

Traditional Singing and Tin Whistle Classes
with Pauline Hanly and John Wynne for over 50s
Pauline Hanly, All Ireland champion winner and tutor will welcome all budding singers to the arts centre for free Thursday morning traditional singing classes. Featuring songs like Sliabh Bán and The West's Awake along with Percy French compositions such as Phil the Fluter's Ball these classes are specifically designed to be informal and welcoming to those aged over 50.

Local well known musician John Wynne will lend his advice and expertise to all budding tin whistle players for a series of free afternoon classes at the Arts Centre during May. A perfect opportunity to enjoy some fun on a mid-week afternoon at the Arts Centre. These once-weekly classes are perfect for those trying the tin whistle for the first time or indeed those with a little more experience.

Both tin whistle and singing classes begin at the arts centre on Thursday 3rd May. Details on all class dates and times are available through Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office on 090 6625824 and as places are limited early booking is highly recommended.

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Bealtaine Festival 2012 Set for Roscommon Arts Centre This Summer

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Young tin whistle player’s got talent - Napanee Guide - Ontario, CA

Thirteen-year-old Devon might not have been playing for long, but his four years of tin whistle experience have gone a long way when it comes to his abilities on the traditional Irish instrument.

He can wrap his fingers around Irish tunes quite effectively and make the $12 tin whistle sing in a way that many can’t. And his parents aren’t the only ones who think so.

“Dev’s a big where ever he plays,” says Kathie Jackson, Devon’s stepmom. “Whether it’s at the Legion, or he played last St. Patty’s at the Music Cafe, and at the RCH Club in Kingston. He gets standing ovations and I hate going on after him, he’s so good.”

Devon comes from a musical family – his dad is a skilled guitar and mandolin player, and both dad and step mom Kathie play in bands around the Kingston and Napanee area, including their own band the Worst Case Scenario. Finding his own musical path involved hearing his dad casually playing the tin whistle now and then.

“It was kind of a random question: can I learn the tin whistle?” says Devon. “Then a few days later dad taught me my first song.”

That was when Devon was nine years old, and Tom made him work for the privilege of playing music. “I had to earn it from dad,” he says.

“Getting homework done, going to bed on time,” says Tom of some of the daily chores Devon had to fulfill to earn the whistle. But once he got his own whistle he took off, learning whatever he could get his ears on. “He’d hear me playing the tunes on guitar and mandolin, and get them. And for Christmas one year I think I got him a CD.”

Not only does Devon have the notes down, he’s got a good handle on Irish ornamentation too – all those little musical twists, swirls, cuts, and rolls that bring the skeletal structure of a tune’s notes to life.

“We did go to an Almonte CeltFest, and some minor ornamentations were learned there, but most of the time after that was just adaptation to the instrument itself,” says Devon.

He’s taking music in Grade 7 at school, and starting to learn how to read sheet music while playing the flute. But most of his learning until now has been by ear – listening, and translating those notes to his fingers. A couple of times Tom took his son to an Irish session at a pub in downtown Kingston.

“The funny thing is one of the sessions I took him to at Ben’s pub, we’re driving home and Devon says, ‘I learned five songs today.’ And I was like, five songs? It takes me a month to learn five songs.”

Both Tom and Kathie are impressed by the speed at which Devon can pick up new music.

“Tom will play a song, Devon will go into the other room and ten minutes later come out and he’ll know it,” says Kathie. “It’s interesting to see the dynamic between them.”

Devon’s future goals include becoming an author and potentially an architect, but he says music will also hopefully remain a part of his life on an informal and enjoyable level.

“I will definitely keep playing, probably as a hobby,” he said.

Music, especially in the Irish tradition, has historically been a bonding and social experience for families, before entertainment was to be found in television, movies, or radio. And Tom and Kathie both see the benefits of having music in the home.

“It’s a bonding experience,” says Kathie. “Even in our home, it’s neat, I’ll be puttering about making supper and I get to hear them play. It’s better than watching TV.”

“It actually gives you one more reason to get together,” says Tom, whose extended family has an annual musical festival in Collingwood called GulleyFest, which features bluegrass and country music and hundreds of people.

For Devon, music is both an enjoyable pastime as well as a challenging endeavour to push himself out of his comfort zone.

“I think there’s an immense satisfaction in the completion of various songs and techniques, that’s helpful in my development as a musician,” he said.

That dedication and self-starter curiosity and desire to learn will only help Devon in his future pursuits.

Keep an eye open for any upcoming performances by Devon Gulley.

Young tin whistle player’s got talent - Napanee Guide - Ontario, CA

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2 reels from Mick O'Brien

Uilleann piper Mick O'Brien at the South Wales Uilleann Pipers 2011 Celtic Night Concert. Two reels played on the C whistle, The Mason Apron and Ralthin Island, composed by Peter Browne.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Singer Bridie Gallagher buried

Irish singer Bridie GallagherImage via WikipediaALMOST 500 mourners gathered yesterday for the burial of renowned singer Bridie Gallagher.
Ms Gallagher was buried at Doe Cemetery outside her beloved birthplace of Creeslough in Co Donegal.
A lone tin whistle player sounded the tune of The Town I Loved So Well as mourners braved wind and rain for the burial.
A funeral Mass had taken place earlier at St Bridget’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, in Belfast, where Ms Gallagher had moved to from her native Donegal in the 1960s.
The chief mourners included Ms Gallagher’s son, Jim Livingstone, and her sister, Maggie Curran.
Mr Livingstone and his family thanked people for turning out.
“It means so much to us and to Bridie,” Mr Livingstone said.
Also among the many mourners was close family friend and singer Daniel O’Donnell. O’Donnell, who flew in from Texas for the funeral, said Ms Gallagher was one of the first singers to inspire him.
“She was a fantastic woman and I wanted to be here today for her return to Donegal.
“She was one of the first singers who inspired me and I just wanted to say thank you and goodbye to her,” he said.
The graveside prayers were said by local priest Fr Joseph Broidy.
Ms Gallagher, who was 87, died at her home early on Monday morning last.
Better known as “The Girl From Donegal”, she was a world-renowned singer and had played the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
She had inspired a generation of singers with hit songs such as A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing.
Her life was tinged with sadness after another son Peter (21) was killed in a motorbike crash in 1976.

Singer Bridie Gallagher buried - The Irish Times - Thu, Jan 12, 2012