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Banjophony - Damien O'Kane & Ron Block

O'Kane has long been known as a great tenor banjo player, but he hasn't made much of a splash as an instrumentalist since his Mystery Inch album with Dave Kosky about a decade ago. Since then, Damien has been more focused on vocals - and vocalists - but now he's teamed up with bluegrass banjoman Ron Block for a fabulous fusion of folk from both sides of the Atlantic.…See More
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"Wookalily, I'm honoured ;-)"
Feb 13, 2016
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"We'll have ya Alex, even!  lol :-)"
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A blog post by Alex Monaghan was featured

Who Wants All-Female Bands?

It seems the women have had it all their own way long enough - promoters and festival organisers are clamping down on all-female bands, and finally setting quotas to ensure that there aren't too many girl groups on stage.That's the kindest interpretation I can find of the situation highlighted in this…See More
Feb 13, 2016
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Who Wants All-Female Bands?

It seems the women have had it all their own way long enough - promoters and festival organisers are clamping down on all-female bands, and finally setting quotas to ensure that there aren't too many girl groups on stage.That's the kindest interpretation I can find of the situation highlighted in this…See More
Feb 12, 2016
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Poppy Seeds - Irish Music Breton Style

POPPY SEEDS - Close Shaved Own Label ROM 002 www.poppyseeds.fr 12 tracks, 56 minutesSome great instrumental music here from a Breton band playing Irish tunes. Flute, fiddle, mandolin and guitars deliver a surprisingly full sound. Traditional favourites such as The Antrim Rose, The Poppy Leaf and one of the many Paddy Fahy's reels are combined with the band's own tunes: the excellent modern jigs Picking Chestnuts / Welcome to Mahé or the slow reels…See More
Sep 22, 2014
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Beyond Celtic Fiddling

Before I head back to more familiar territory, I'm building on my  Scandinavian fiddle blog and extending its remit to cover Quebec and Klezmer fiddle styles. The reason for this is two highly entertaining CDs which came my way recently.First up is a joint project between Danish fiddler Maja Kjaer Jacobsen…See More
Feb 27, 2014
Niamh Ní Charra commented on Alex Monaghan's blog post Living Tradition Magazine is 100 this week!
"Massive congrats to Pete, Heather, and Fiona. Wonderful people and a lovely publication. Here's to the next 100 :-)"
Feb 9, 2014
A blog post by Alex Monaghan was featured

Living Tradition Magazine is 100 this week!

Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 100 now out! The Scottish based magazine, which started in 1993 and has been published every two months since then, has reached Issue 100. I've been involved since Issue 1, and while the magazine has had some rocky times the commitment behind it has never faltered.Issue 100 is now in print, with some content and more details available online at…See More
Feb 9, 2014
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Living Tradition Magazine is 100 this week!

Living Tradition Magazine - Issue 100 now out! The Scottish based magazine, which started in 1993 and has been published every two months since then, has reached Issue 100. I've been involved since Issue 1, and while the magazine has had some rocky times the commitment behind it has never faltered.Issue 100 is now in print, with some content and more details available online at…See More
Feb 8, 2014
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Jan 9, 2014
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Three Fiddle Albums from the North

I've been listening to a lot of fiddle music recently: new and old, Irish and Scottish, and several other kinds. I was listening to Altan and Fidil yesterday, from the concert which ended the Frankie Kennedy Winter School: but that's not the sort of Northern fiddle music I want to tell you about here. The music I was listening to today comes from much further north than Donegal, much further…See More
Jan 9, 2014
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Cho Chuk - A fiddle CD from 2002 which I've recently discovered

A real blast from the past to end 2013. Cho Chuk is a 2002 release by fiddler Jenny Gardner which I hadn't heard before this year, and since I finally got a copy a few months ago I've been playing it over and over. So I thought I'd share this wee hidden gem with you. Nine of the ten tracks are Jenny's own compositions, with a few collaborators, and they clearly come…See More
Dec 30, 2013
Alex Monaghan posted a blog post

Cho Chuk - A fiddle CD from 2002 which I've recently discovered

A real blast from the past to end 2013. Cho Chuk is a 2002 release by fiddler Jenny Gardner which I hadn't heard before this year, and since I finally got a copy a few months ago I've been playing it over and over. So I thought I'd share this wee hidden gem with you. Nine of the ten tracks are Jenny's own compositions, with a few collaborators, and they clearly come…See More
Dec 29, 2013

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Bedford
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Bedfordshire
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Whistle, pipes, button box, other stuff
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Professional
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Banjophony - Damien O'Kane & Ron Block

Posted on October 24, 2018 at 22:30 0 Comments

O'Kane has long been known as a great tenor banjo player, but he hasn't made much of a splash as an instrumentalist since his Mystery Inch album with Dave Kosky about a decade ago. Since then, Damien has been more focused on vocals - and vocalists - but now he's teamed up with bluegrass banjoman Ron Block for a fabulous fusion of folk from both sides…

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Who Wants All-Female Bands?

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 17:30 2 Comments

It seems the women have had it all their own way long enough - promoters and festival organisers are clamping down on all-female bands, and finally setting quotas to ensure that there aren't too many girl groups on stage.

That's the kindest interpretation I can find of the situation highlighted in this…

Continue

Poppy Seeds - Irish Music Breton Style

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 22:31 0 Comments

POPPY SEEDS - Close Shaved

Own Label ROM 002 www.poppyseeds.fr

12 tracks, 56 minutes

Some great instrumental music here from a Breton band playing Irish tunes. Flute, fiddle, mandolin and guitars deliver a surprisingly full sound. Traditional favourites such as The Antrim Rose, The Poppy Leaf and one of the many Paddy Fahy's reels are combined with the band's own tunes: the excellent modern…

Continue

Beyond Celtic Fiddling

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 0:00 0 Comments

Before I head back to more familiar territory, I'm building on my  Scandinavian fiddle blog and extending its remit to cover Quebec and Klezmer fiddle styles. The reason for this is two highly entertaining CDs which came my way recently.

First up is a…

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