Northeast Tionól, 2013

ImageIf you’re a piper or fiddler, you will probably already know about the Northeast Tionól, held annually since 1986 in East Durham, NY. This year’s dates are 18 – 21 October. I have friends who go, and they say that even if you’re not a piper or fiddler, you can still go just for the craic. You would not be attending workshops and classes of course, but by all accounts there is a good deal of music making outside of that which is worth the trip.

There’s still time to register this year, I believe. If your interested, visit


The Road to Redican’s Mother (who happens to be in Lisdoovarna)

Thought I’d share a couple vids of the tunes that Ben was kind enough to teach us this past session–The Road to Lisdoovarna–or Lisdoonvarna–from the Irish “Lios Dúin Bheárna” meaning “The enclosure at the fort of the gap” and the name of a town in County Clare. It’s very difficult to find the reel version on youtube–everyone seems to know the slide, but this is a good version of the reel on accordion.

Here is a version of Redican’s Mother, which we also learned las session, and which I am guessing was a composition of Larry Redican’s. I think this version will inspire all of us who attend the slow session!

Whenever there’s a name associated with a tune, it’s always very interesting to learn a bit about the person who’s behind the name. For an interesting snapshot of Larry Redican’s life, see his son’s account of life in the Redican household in New York City: Also, there is a youtube channel ( ) that has been started by whom I believe to be Larry’s son, Larry junior. I could be wrong about that, though. In any case, whoever it is has transferred old house recording’s of Larry Sr. playing his own compositions, among other things. Here’s one of the videos:

Edel Fox and Neill Byrne at Willy Clancy Week, 2013

Edel Fox is one of those players who’s so good she looks bored when she plays. OK, that’s not entirely true, but she really makes it look effortless. Not sure the tunes here, (Ted says below the first tune is McGibbney’s Fancy) but apparently it’s an odd little roving recording studio set up by Clare FM and this was recorded during Willie Clancy Week in Milltown Malbay, Clare.

(more about Willie Clancy Week:

Good News, Bad News–a New Space, and a Cancellation

Hi folks, good news and bad news–first the good news: we have a new space to try on for size! It’s in Holyoke, in an old mill building called The Wauregan down in the canal area, near Open Square. Here’s a google map:

and a street view: the building in question is the one dead center with the big white sign. Park in that fenced -in parking lot and you’re good to go.
I spoke to Scott O’Reilly, the owner of the building, some months ago, and the space he had on offer then was not really workable, but I think this new space could work. He’s agreed to let us try it and see how we like it–no obligations at all. And best of all–he thinks what we’re doing is really interesting and he doesn’t want to charge us for the space!
It isn’t air conditioned (but neither is my house) and we’ll have to pay special attention to the acoustics, because it’s a lot bigger than my studio and has no sound treatment. We’ll need to bring our own chairs, as usual–I’ll bring my 4 folding chairs and you all can bring whatever you have. Also, the lighting is pretty dim, not sure how it looks at night, but we’ll see. No pun intended.
Now—the bad news: I have to cancel the session this week because we’re doing some work on the floors up there, and all of the crap from our bedroom and hallways is in the studio! definitely not room for a session in there! Unfortunately, we can’t use the Wauregan space this week, but we’ll pick up again in two weeks, at “Wauregan building No. 1” down by the canal. Once you pull into the parking lot of the Wauregan, you cant miss the HUGE sign on Bldg. #1, trust me. 
So there ya go. Good and “bad” or, not so bad really. We’ll see each other again. Just not this week. :(

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