4th October 2006
The Dublin fiddle player Paul O’Shaughnessy’s visit to The Glen area of Co Donegal as a child was, for him, a formative experience.
O’Shaughnessy’s mother, Pearl, was a musician and a teacher from Donegal so, in a sense it was a homecoming. It also became an introduction to a style of music that his own name was to become associated with in time.
Paul has played with Altan and Beginish and is renowned also as a solo performer. Although born and brought up in Dublin his musical roots have always been from Donegal.
The Glen Road runs from the town of Carrick to Glencolmcille but ‘The Glen Road to Carrick’ is one of ‘the big’, defining, Donegal tunes; a reel.
This documentary is also an exploration of a musical style told through this tune and the memories of those who’ve played it.
Produced by Peter Woods
An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries