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  1. Altan Live at the Port Fairy Folk Festival - The Live Set

    Iconic Irish folk group Altan has been bringing Donegal’s rich collection of Irish Gaelic language songs and instrumental styles to audiences around the world for more than 25 years.

    Hear highlights of their recent performance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in this week’s show.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/liveset/altan-pfff/5467978

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  2. Lúnasa live at Port Fairy - The Live Set

    Traditional Irish ensemble Lúnasa has been touring and performing for nearly 20 years, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

    Their namesake is an old Gaelic festival called Lughnasadh, which marks the beginning of the August harvest season, and there’s a certain festive note in their ardent and lyrical tunes, along with a casual finesse.

    Hear Lúnasa’s fine set recorded at the Port Fairy Folk Festival by RN’s live music team, on this week’s Live Set.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/liveset/lunasa-live-at-port-fairy/5701496

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  3. This Music Has No Borders: Scots-Irish Music In Appalachia | Here & Now

    The Scots who left their homeland and came to the United States by way of Ulster, carried with them their belongings. They also brought something that didn’t need a suitcase: their traditional music.

    A beautiful new books charts the movement of this music from Europe to Appalachia. It’s a movement of songs and generations.

    The book is “Wayfaring Strangers,”  authored by Fiona Ritchie – host of NPR’s “The Thistle and Shamrock,” which features traditional and contemporary Celtic music — and Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College.

    The book comes with a CD of songs sung by artists including Pete Seeger, Doc Watson and Dolly Parton.

    Ritchie only half-jokingly says Scottish songs are characterized by their melancholy.

    “Scots do like to sing of broken hearts and sad songs of parting and of unrequited love, lost love, death, but also it has that sort of soul to it that comes from Scottish music and Irish music and Appalachian,” Ritchie told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

    The movement of peoples around the world goes on to this day, and we need to remind ourselves that they bring with them their stories, their homesickness for the old place.– Doug Orr

    Ritchie says Woody Guthrie, the American folk legend, was inspired by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who traveled around Scotland collecting songs.

    “Woody Guthrie really was of that same spirit,” Ritchie said. “He traveled around as a sort of troubador, tuning into traditions of the people he encountered. And most notably Bob Dylan, who reached back, having been inspired by Woody Guthrie — who in turn was inspired by Burns — Dylan reaches back to the Burnsian approach of picking up bits and pieces of ballads — even just ideas, little bits of tunes — and re-purposes them, recreates new songs for a new generation.”

    Orr says the story of the Scottish immigrants is still being played out, by different people in different parts of the world.

    “It’s a universal story in many ways,” Orr said. “The immigration, the movement of peoples around the world, goes on to this day, and we need to remind ourselves that they bring with them their stories, their homesickness for the old place. It’s a very human story.”

    Music from the Segment

    “Barbara Allen” performed by Dolly Parton and Altan

    “The Winding River Roe” performed by Cara Dillon

    “The Farmer’s Curst Wife” performed by Pete Seeger

    “Shady Grove performed”by Doc Watson and David Holt

    Also, “It Was a’ for Our Rightfu’ King” performed by Dougie MacLean and

    “Benton’s Jig/Benton’s Dream” performed by Patrick Street

    “Pretty Saro” performed by Bob Dylan

    Guests

    Fiona Ricthie and Doug Orr, co-authors of “Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage From Scotland And Ulster To Appalachia.” Fiona Ritchie hosts NPR’s “The Thistle And Shamrock.” Doug Orr is president emeritus of Warren Wilson College and the founder of the Sawannanoa Gathering music workshop. Fiona tweets @fiona_ritchie.

    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/10/01/wayfaring-strangers-book

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  4. Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin

    Donal Lunny Paddy Glackin live from the Solidarity with Japan Session.

    http://www.livetrad.com/podcast/?p=episode&name=2011-06-30_donal_lunny_paddy_glackin.mp3

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  5. RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Balloon in Brosna

    Sunday 24th May 2009, 7pm

    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.

    Producers: Peter Woods and Liam O’Brien.

    (First broadcast July 2005)

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/the_balloon_in_brosna2.html

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  6. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - After the Fleadh

    A documentary on the 1969 Fleadh Cheoil na hireann was held in Cashel, Co. Tipperary and this is the story of what happened that year.

    The Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Music) is an Irish music competition run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

    There are various stages to the competition. In Ireland there are county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh. In Britain there are regional then national stages of qualification for the All-Ireland. North America has two regional qualifying Fleadh Cheoil. The Mid Atlantic Fleadh covers the US eastern seaboard, eastern Canada and the Maritimes. The Midwest Fleadh covers the rest of North America from Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta and Detroit to San Francisco.

    Competitions are divided into the following age categories: under 12, 12-15, 15-18, and over 18 (senior).

    The first national festival of Irish traditional music was held in Mullingar in 1951. At its inaugural meeting in September 1951, CCÉ came up with the title of Fleadh Cheoil, aiming to make this a great national festival of traditional music. The fleadh has been held in many different venues.

    In the years that followed, the number of would-be competitors grew so large that qualifying stages had to be arranged at county and provincial level. Since then, Fleadh Nua (the new fleadh), Fleadh na Breataine (an All-Britain fleadh) and regional fleadhanna in Britain, and two major fleadhanna in the USA have also become annual CCÉ events.

    From its beginning, the goal of the Fleadh Cheoil was to establish standards in Irish traditional music through competition. The Fleadh developed as a mainly competitive event, but it also included many concerts, céilíthe, parades, and sessions.

    There are numerous categories of both instrument playing, singing, dancing - each being held for all age groups.

    First broadcast 1969.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-fleadh-cheoil-na-heireann.html

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  7. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - Our Father, Seamus Ennis

    Samus Ennis is revered as one of Ireland’s best known Uilleann Pipers and Music Collectors who amassed thousands of tunes before his death in 1982. In this documentary he is remembered by his son Christopher and his daughter Catherine. (Broadcast 1988)

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-our-father-seamus-ennis-uilleann-pipes-trad-irish-music.html

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  8. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - Good Enough Music For Them Who Love It - Pipers & Makers

    Documentary on pipers and pipemakersProducer: Proinsias O Conluain (March 8, 1978)

    Contributors:Breandan Breathnach, Andy Warnock, Dan O’Dowd, Dave Hegarty, Wilbert Garvin, Brian Vallely.

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/goodenoughmusicforthemwholoveit.html

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  9. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Fiddler’s Frenzy

    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

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/frenzy.html

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  10. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Glen Road to Carrick

    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

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/glenroad.html

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