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  1. Tara Howley Interview (Whistle, concertina and uilleann pipes)

    Kilfenora; the nervous you get playing in front of ten people, worse than playing in front of a thousand. Leaving your ego at the door. Being happy with what you’re doing, being happy within yourself. First hearing the pipes and the trials of competition. Restless creativity, and finding your way to Riverdance. Managing social media and the inner self. (And a Burmese Mountain Dog called Saoirse).

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  2. Michael Walsh Interview (Flute, whistle, singing)

    " ‘England gave me everything I ever wanted.’ " The Quarehawk. Big Tom, Margo, the Manchester scene; Irish, English, and in-between. A love of England and making a whole out of two halves. Grieving, and crafting an album. Fathers, sons, boys, men. Asturias, the flute and identifying as one thing or another. Getting Kepa Junkera to play on your album. And so much more. Brilliant stuff.

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  3. Caitlín Nic Gabhann Interview (Concertina)

    Jig songs, syncopation and keeping away from the funky chicken tunes. Playing out til 4 in the morning with your dad on a Fleadh Saturday night. The magic of Donegal, chancing your arm for a Riverdance audition and not talking to Maria Carey at the pyramids. Finding your own musical voice. Battering, sets and the beauty of West Clare dancing. Youth trad Tinder, the elusive high G# and teaching the concertina to learners across the world.

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  4. Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Interview (Sean-nós, concertina, flute)

    Mitching classes to work on your music. Sean-nós: ‘My granny would have just called them songs.’ Tradition and change, art and technique and the soul of the thing. Writing in English, writing in Irish. Activism, collectivity and music as barriers against despair.

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  5. Cli Donnellan Interview (Fiddle)

    The elusive nya! Making tunes your own, ornamentation and phrasing and the old East Clare style. Francie Donnellan, Seamus Bugler, Martin Woods and a tune by the stove. Learning, loving, leaving the music, and returning. ‘Songs My Father Sang,’ the journey, knowing yourself and the truth in music.

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  6. Mary McEvilly-Butler Interview (Fiddle) — The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast

    A Supergroup at the National Celtic Festival. Remembering and forgetting the names of tunes. Ballintubber, County Mayo and musicians in the house. The freedom of the open road, to Boston and Australia. Maintaining a love of kids even when you’ve been teaching for twenty years or so, and fostering a growth mindset - in children, and yourself.

    Thanks to Una McAlinden of the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington for giving us the opportunity to hang out in 2019 when we first met Mary. And thanks to Mark Butler for his technical help with the recording.

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  7. James Keane Interview Accordion Part 2 — The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast

    ‘Know when you’ve landed.’ A first trip to New York and painting the town with Joe Burke and friends. Bill Fuller’s ballroom empire, The Woodworm Hotel, and the John Barleycorn. Overcoming adversity and reaching some sort of contentment. Paul Brady, Michael D. Higgins and staying with the music.

    The tunes in this episode, recorded beautifully by Kate O’Connell:

    The Lament for the Battle of Aughrim

    The Stone in the Field, The Steeplechase and The Coolfada

    Jimmy Giblin’s, Throw It Across and The Humours of Tuama

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  8. James Keane Interview (Accordion) — The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast

    The legend. A photo of a photo, pictures within pictures. Father’s shift work at Clondalkin paper mill and growing up in Drimnagh. Memories of those that are gone, embedded in the tunes, and bringing them back each time you play. Ceoltóirí Chualann, not letting on that you play the diddley-eye stuff and midnight gigs at the age of 11. ‘That quiet part of the world’ and the Dublin folk revival scene of the ’50s and ’60s. Thirteen gigs in the one night and remembering the McPeakes of Belfast.

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  9. The Blarney Pilgrims Irish Music Podcast

    ‘Philomena Begley on a tractor!’ Tuesday night is music night, learning tunes before the oven timer goes off. To fleadh or not to fleadh; to lilt or not to lilt? The players of Mullaghoran, County Cavan and keeping open to as many influences as possible. The banjo, the mando and joys of teaching. An open hearted approach to music and the fun to be had from it. ‘I could close my eyes in a gig and not have a care in the world.’

    We really hope you get as much enjoyment out of this as we did. It’s bishbashbosh - great tunes and really great chat - thanks Karen (and Jeremy Saich on guitar).

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  10. Shannon Heaton Interview (Flute) — The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast

    A Belgian neighbour in Nigeria and a first encounter with the recorder and whistle; traditional music in Thailand and a global musical imagination; Maria Carey, melismatic singing, Paddy Tunney and the Ulster song tradition; Irish music with Chris and Aidan and John, and meeting Matt Molloy. Holding on to a singer so they don’t drift away. Composing, teaching and podcasting, constructing a living in music. And, you know, heart and soul stuff - like hope.

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