The Taur Polka–also The “Irish Music Stories” Podcast

Following up on a couple things from the last session–Ted taught us a really cool, very “modal” polka called “The Taur Polka.” There’s a link to a fast and slow version on the TUNES page of this website. HUP!

Thanks to Brooks for this video link:

Ted also mentioned a podcast called “Irish Music Stories,” put out by the very accomplished Shannon Heaton–a very talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist currently based in Boston, unless I’m mistaken. Her podcast highlights the stories behind Irish trad, and the musicians that play it. Here’s a link to that–

http://shannonheatonmusic.com/ims/

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The Young Irelanders at Hawks and Reed, March 20

The Young Irelanders

If you’re interested in top-notch Irish music, performed by some of the best young musicians that the tradition has to offer, I just found out about a concert that I think would be well worth attending.  On March 20th, at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA, The Young Irelanders will perform to the delight of all who attend. I caught this show last year, and it was brilliant.
From the Hawks and Reed event page:

To experience Ireland’s traditions in music, song, and dance presented by some of the most talented young performers in the world, this sensational act is an absolute must-see. The future of Ireland’s culture is undoubtedly in safe hands with The Young Irelanders.

Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed across six continents and for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, U.S. Presidents, and royalty including Prince Albert of Monaco. Members have also performed in many noted international venues such as Beijing Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center.

The Young Irelanders are:

Aimee Fitzpatrick – Vocals
Finnian O Connor- Pipes and Whistles
Cillian Mac Cabe- Guitar
Rosie Ferguson- Fiddle
Kevin Murphy- Accordion
Enda Rafferty – Guitar & Vocals
Joe Duffey – Dancer
Ayla Reid – Dancer

Please go to https://hawksandreed.ticketfly.com/event/1640485 for more info and tickets!
A couple of teaser videos to whet your appetite–just what I could find quickly, mind you:
Finnian O’Connor:
Rosie Ferguson:
Joe Duffy:
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/

The West Clare Railway, Revisited

I have blogged about this reel in the past, but I thought it’d be nice to revisit the railway, as I have recently found it departing my fiddle quite a bit lately. I’ve also heard a new version or two of it since then. Also I should note the tune was written by Junior Crehan.

This first is from one of the albums currently in heavy rotation in my collection–great playing here by Joey Abarta (pipes,) Nathan Gourley (fiddle,) and accompanied by Owen Marshall:

A new one to me:

 

Enjoy!

The Crib of Perches

Man, some tunes have the most enigmatic names, but you find out it’s nothing like you thought. The Crib of Perches (or The Creel of Perches) immediately makes me think of a baby’s crib full of dripping, desperate fish gasping for breath. But no. One person commenting on thesession.org page for this tune says,

A fish “crib” is a place in a lake, river, or stream where fish may hang out feeding or resting. It may be a patch of aquatic grasses, a tangle of fallen, submerged tree trunks or roots, or submerged rock formations. A crib is where an angler might have a good chance of catching a meal.

Darn. I like my version better. But then, I’m no good at fishing.

Anyway it’s a lovely tune in the key of D mixolydian, and I highly recommend you take a listen to these few versions I found on the YouTube:

The version that started it all (for me!) From a great album by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen called Life is all Checkered (which is another good tune!)–

I have no idea who this fella is, but he’s a good fiddle and box player, so have a listen:

And finally, a lovely, lively version by fiddler John McEvoy and flute player John Wynne.

 

Love at the Endings

yesterday Corey taught us a lovely reel called Love at the Endings. What a great title, eh? This tune was written by Ed Reavy, and is played far and wide. I have heard two different versions, generally, of the B part. Listen and compare these videos to the recording Corey gave us at the session.

Love Feargal:

Black Flag T-shirt!

and one of my favorites–Anthony Quigney, EdMcMann, Noel ryan. Their album “A Clare Conscience” is unbelievable.