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  1. Podcast: ‘Folk music… can’t be underestimated as a source of huge inspiration’: Cathy Jordan

    The traditional Irish group Dervish recently celebrated thirty years together and received a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Their most recent album is the Great Irish Songbook which features artists such as David Gray, the actor Brendan Gleeson, Andrea Corr and Rhiannon Giddens.

    For this Journal of Music podcast, editor Toner Quinn spoke to singer Cathy Jordan about the early days of the group, the band’s recordings over the years including At the End of the Day and Travelling Show, the experience of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest and the impact that had on the band, the new album, writing her own songs and the importance of folk music.

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  2. Documentary On One - The Balloon in Brosna

    A radio documentary about the fiddle player and self proclaimed legend from Brosna, Co Kerry - Con Curtin

    Con was born in Brosna, Co Kerry in 1925. Every year the village of Brosna holds a festival in his honour.

    Con’s life story has a Rabelaisian quality to it. Apprenticed as a blacksmith - a trade with no future he points out - he left for the promise of London at an early age. There he worked as a ganger for Murphy for ten years, tunnelling beneath the streets of the city, before becoming a publican.

    His 14-year tenancy of The Balloon in Chelsea passed into London folklore. The Balloon was renowned as a place that rarely closed for business - pushed by a policeman on one occasion Curtin defined his opening hours as from January until December.

    He played music on the Topic album, Paddy in the Smoke, recorded in London in the 1960s and regarded by many as the finest live recording of traditional music ever made.

    Musically Curtin is defined by Sliabh Luchra and by his time in London. Brosna is — for him — the place that music comes from and his life has been defined by that music and the people he met through it. Con Curtin was one of the last of his kind: a natural storyteller.

    Con passed away in April 2009.

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  3. Documentary On One - The Fiddler’s Frenzy

    A radio documentary about the magic of playing the fiddle.

    In The Fiddler’s Frenzy, Aoife Nic Cormaic presents a bi-lingual feature about fiddle players and the magic of fiddling - clár dhátheangach a bhreathnaíonn ar an ndraíocht 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, Mairéad Ní 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 RTÉ Radio 1.

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  4. Documentary On One - Pórt Na bPúcaí - The Music of Ghosts

    A look at the career of the world renowned, and occasionally controversional, accordian player Tony McMahon. (Broadcast 2005)

    Mac Mahon’s contribution to Irish folk music is remarkable. His music has been variously described as both transporting and transforming; the raw emotion and profound character of his performance leaves his audience deeply moved.

    His extraordinary interpretation of the old Song Airs of Ireland, in particular, stand alone – inhabiting spaces where mystery and magic find full expression, opening pathways of feeling for the old Gaelic past in all its nobility, tenderness and sadness.

    As radio & televion producer with RTÉ, Mac Mahon has championed the cause of native Irish Arts for 25 years.

    Uncompromising in his damning of superficiality and commercialism in traditional music, he defends the cultural milieu which claimed him as a child in the south-west of Ireland 66 years ago. Possibly the best-known figure in traditional Irish music, this man is its least visible icon.

    Most interviewed & quoted, he is often dismissed & criticised – yet he remains its most articulate, most respected and even most feared ideologue.

    He has played and worked with most of the great Irish traditional musicians of the past half-century, his tv productions have won international awards & his recordings have travelled in the wider world of Irish music. In 2004 he was given awarded the ‘Hall of Fame’ award for his broadcasing service by TG4 – the Irish language public service television station.

    Produced by Peter Woods

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  5. Episode 9: Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh

    Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh is important. An innovator and a musician who always improves the sound whenever he plays. There is no rush during his chat with Eoin. As he opens up about his native Galway and the musicians he has played with, we realise we are in a way listening to a social history of more than half a century. Eoin and Adam, who records and mixes the conversations, are grateful for the support and the donations to the paypal account which allow this series keep going. Enjoy Ringo!!

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  6. The Folk Waffle: Strange

    We talk about all things STRANGE in this episode brought to by the members of Kern - Brendan McCreanor, Barry Kieran and Dylan Pearse along with support from An Táin Arts Centre. Our willing guests who get a grilling this time are Director of An Táin Arts Centre, Paul Hayes and world renowned Louth fiddler & singer Zoe Conway!

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  7. Episode 01 - Hugh Healy (Concertina)

    Our guest on this episode of the Tunes From Doolin Podcast is Hugh Healy, concertina player from Corofin, Co. Clare. Hugh just released his first solo album called “ceolaire” and we talk about his concertina journey, different aspects of his playing, the making of his new CD and the importance of listening.

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  8. How the Irish shaped Britain

    With migration, integration and assimilation dominating much public debate, Fergal Keane explores the profound influence, over many centuries, of the Irish in Britain. Whether it is 19th Century theatre or verse, or today’s pop culture, Irish migrants and their descendants have deeply influenced and steered the UK’s literature and arts. Fergal Keane examines the impact of the longest and biggest immigrant story in the history of the United Kingdom.

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