Traditional Irish Music
Its album giveaway time again and this time we have a classic album to giveaway. Its part of the new Gael Linn re-issue of classic albums and it is Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and his 1987 album Seana Choirce. Its a great album and features the polkas and slides which are popular in his family home of Baile na bPoc on the Dingle Peninsula.
While we are on the subject of funny and great introductions to a set of tunes you will not find much better than this. Its the wonderful Arty McGlynn. A must watch.
At a house concert in my house here in NZ a couple of years back Seamus Begley, brother of Brendan, and Jon Sanders were playing, with about 30 people present.
As they started playing, I went up to Seamus and offered him a whiskey. Great, he said. By the end of the first tune I noticed the glass was empty. I offered him another one. Great, he said. After a few more tunes I noticed the glass was empty again. When I went up again to offer him another one. He stopped playing and said, Bernie, for gods sake leave the bottle there, as I can see you are going to wear yourself out getting up and down.
So as you can imagine a great night was had by all, some of the greatest Polkas being played that night.
And the winner is .......Bernie Breslin