Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly

In honor of the show I missed out buying tickets for this evening, here are a couple videos of Irish music greats Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly:

Two great slides:

Ag labhairt na Gaeilge!

Ceoltóirí Iontach!

Sticking with the theme of Willie Kelly and David Power, for no particular reason other than that I REALLY enjoyed their performance, here’s a video of the two of them playing. You’ll see why I liked them so much! This starts out with a tune called “An Phis Fhliuch,” one of my favorite slip jigs.


Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly in Fairfield, CT

unnamedTwo living legends–Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, will be performing live on Tuesday, October 14th at 7:30 pm at the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. To reserve tickets, go to and fill in the contact form. Tickets are 20 dollars at the door.

This concert has a new venue! Please click the link above for more details!

I first heard of Matt Cranitch through his fiddle tutor book and recording. He is a great proponent of the Sliabh Luachra style, and has recorded two albums with Jackie–“The Living Stream” and most recently,”Rolling On”. Jackie Daly himself came to my attention through my interest in recordings of Séamus Creagh; the late, great Sliabh Luachra fiddler. Their album, recorded in 1995, is simply called “Jackie Daly and Séamus Creagh”. It is one of my all-time favorites.

don’t miss this great concert! I’ll see you there! Here’s a vid so you can see what you’re in for:

Liz Carroll in Whately at Watermelon Wednesdays

Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll is a top-notch Irish fiddle player, and she’s playing at the West Whately Chapel on Wednesday the 27th of August at 7:30 pm. She’ll be accompanied by the masterful guitarist and keyboard player Jake Charron.

Tickets are $20.00.

Click here for tickets.

Click here for more info about Watermelon Wednesdays.

Click here for Liz Carroll’s website.

Click here for a Google map of the West Whately Chapel.

2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival–July 25-27

This weekend–the 2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival takes place on the grounds of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury, CT.

From the website:

Cead mile failte…one hundred thousand welcomes to the 2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival! We welcome you to the 31st edition of our festival held on the grounds of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury! Thirty-one years of fine music, dancing and celebration of our Irish heritage! The Festival Committee has been hard at work all year, listening to the feedback of festival goers and volunteers as we planned this year’s event. As a result we’ve brought back the carnival by Northeast Midways. And what’s a festival without great food options? We’ve expanded your culinary choices by adding several new food vendors. Back by popular demand on our Main Stage is the ever popular Savage Brothers Band appearing both Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday, catch the Men in Kilts contest on the Main Stage or enjoy a whiskey tasting in our Jameson Pavilion paired with a cigar from The SmokeEasy Cigar Parlor. Don’t forget to stop by the Celtic Café for a lovely cup of tea or an iced coffee! Visit the GAA booth and demonstrate your skills in the national sports of Ireland, Gaelic football and hurling. Learn a few Irish set dances at the Cultural Tent. There is truly something for everyone!

Go to for more info.

July 23 House Concert–Conal O’Grada & Ciaran O’Mhaonaigh

 4549526The shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society presents a house concert in Monroe CT–Conal O’Grada (flute) and Ciaran O’Mhaonaigh (fiddle). Please see for tickets and directions.

From the website:

TG4 young musician of the Year 2003, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. He was heavily influenced by his extended family when growing up including his teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others. Ciarán’s first album Ceol a’Ghleanna The Music of the Glen (SPINCD1008) was released in 2004 and he has also Produced music documentary’s for TG4 including Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and the acclaimed John Doherty ‘Ar Leirg na Gaoithe’, and in 2009 he presented, produced and directed an hour long documentary entitled ‘Francie Mooney Áit i Mo Chroí’. Ciarán is a member of the band Fidil along with Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan and they released 3 CD’s – ‘Fidil’ (FID001CD), released in June 2008, was described by Irish Music Magazine as “One of the most challanging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years”, ‘3’ was released in 2009 an received a 5 star review and CD of the week in The Irish Times, and in late 2011 ‘The Old Wheel of Fortune’ came out with Songlines magazine declaring it one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.”

Born in Cork in 1961, Conal Ó Gráda has long been at the forefront of traditional Irish flute-playing and truly has one of its most distinctive sounds. A multiple All Ireland winner in his youth, Conal’s debut recording ‘The Top of Coom’ in 1990 is still regarded as a seminal recording of flute-playing. Conal takes the basic elements of traditional music and forges them into a personal style which, once heard is unforgettable. His fast, rhythmically precise flute-playing has an earthy raucous tone reminiscent of the saxophone and is driven by a spirit from the true heart of traditional music. His second solo recording ‘Cnoc Buí’ was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim.

Conal teaches flute privately in his native Cork and is also a regular teacher at summer schools worldwide, including The Willie Clancy Summer School, Catskills Irish Arts Week and Blas. He is a co-founder of the flute band ‘Banna Fliúit Loch a’Bhogaigh’ and is chairman of the traditional flute festival ‘Cruinniú na bhFliúit…the Flute Meeting’ which runs annually in Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork. He is a member of the band The band Raw Bar Collective, with whom he released a new CD in February 2011 called ‘millhouse measure’s’. More recently, in 2012, Conal published a book on flute technique and styles called An Fheadóg Mhór.