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. Paddy on the Hardwood. Slow airs in sessions and New Mexico polkas.
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A great teacher and performer of Irish fiddle in the Boston area, Laurel Martin talks about her journey from taking up the instrument for the first time in her 20’s and studying with the great Seamus Connolly under a master/apprentice grant to becoming a teacher herself, and taking on the "master" role in passing on and sustaining the tradition.
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.
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.
This week we ‘re delighted to be chatting with Zoe Conway, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle payers to talk about her music career in the trad & classical worlds, what she’s been up to during the lockdown, her performance at TradFest, touring with Riverdance & much more.
Great Podcast this week with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, one of Ireland’s most creative fiddler players, who’s played several times at TradFest.
He chats to Kieran about his music beginnings & career, playing the unique Hardanger fiddle, as well as playing with groups The Gloaming & This is How we Fly.
Brian Conway is one of the finest County Sligo-style Irish fiddlers in the United States and abroad. The winner of several All-Irish Fiddle contests in Ireland, the native New Yorker has been playing fiddle since was ten, continuing a musical tradition that Irish musicians brought to this country and which has continued to evolve here. He brought his fiddle to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the music he plays and the musicians who taught and inspired him, including his father. And while here, he demonstrated a little bit of the unique Sligo "accent" that defines Sligo-style fiddle-playing.
Seamus Connolly is a teacher, scholar, and, as you heard, a remarkable irish fiddler. By his mid-twenties, Connolly had won the Irish National Fiddle Championship ten times, a feat that is still unequalled. Since emigrating to the United States in the 1970s, Seamus has performed at numerous festivals throughout the country, including the National Folk Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and with three of phenomenonally successful Masters of the Folk Violin tours organized by the National Council for the Traditional Arts.
Connolly’s recordings including his two solo CDs, Notes from my Mind and Here and There, as well as The Boston Edge with 2004 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Derrane and John McGann. Since 2004, Connolly has been the Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College’s Center for Irish Programs where he had previously directed the highly acclaimed Gaelic Roots Summer School and Festival. Not surprisingly he is the recipient of many awards—and , he’s added a national heritage fellowship—which is a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the national endowment for the arts.
I traveled to Maine to visit with Seamus when he was awarded the heritage fellowship. I began by asking Seamus to explain what makes Irish fiddling, Irish Fiddling?
The Shetland Islands, a cluster of rocks in the North Sea, is an unusual place. Wealthy from offshore oil, Shetlanders are yet wedded to ancient traditions. And they play the fiddle like no one else.
In The Fiddler’s Frenzy, Aoife Nic Cormaic presents a bi-lingual feature about fiddle players and the magic of fiddling - clr dhtheangach a bhreathnaonn ar an ndraocht a bhaineann le ceol na fidile.
The fiddle is one of the most popular instruments in Ireland and evidence suggests that this has been the case throughout history - indeed there is evidence of bowed instruments in Dublin dating back even as far as the 11th century.
Over the centuries the form of the fiddle (or violin) has developed and the one now seen played, only emerged in Italy in 1550. But its popularity has never waned and tin fiddles were even used in some areas when wooden ones were harder to come by.
For some people the attraction of the fiddle is its closeness to the human voice, its range and adaptability. It is also a very beautiful instrument, which is equally at home playing jazz, bluegrass, classical music, folk or traditional music.
In the documentary, Aoife Nic Cormaic talks to fiddle players - including Martin Hayes, Mairad N Mhaonaigh and Charlie Lennon about the attraction of the fiddle.
Listeners will also hear voices from the archives speaking about their love of fiddles and fiddle music.
Aoife also talks to fiddle maker Kieran Crehan, and to writers and folklorists about the fact and the fiction associated with the instrument.
Produced by Aoife Nic Cormaic. Production supervision by Lorelei Harris.
"The Fiddler’s Frenzy" was first broadcdast on the 5th March 2003.
It was part of a short season of bi-lingual documentaries called ‘Fusion’ in the Documentary on One slot on RT Radio 1.
An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries
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