Traditional Irish Music
A mid-month round-up of new material and information:
Interactive Scores. Our latest Scorch files here are the next 100 melodies (401–500) from P.W. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (Dublin 1909). This publication includes song airs and dance tunes that Joyce remembered from his childhood in Co Limerick.
New CD. ITMA welcomes the launch last Saturday night of a new CD by Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes, flute, whistle), Emer Mayock (flute, whistle) & Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle): TUNES FROM THE GOODMAN MANUSCRIPTS. The tunes are drawn from ITMA’s 1998 book publication Tunes of the Munster Pipers, edited by Hugh Shields from the 1860s music manuscripts of Canon James Goodman (a second volume of selections is nearing completion). One of the aims of the original publication was to provide contemporary musicians with ‘new’ traditional music which they might re-create for the present time, and many musicians, especially uilleann pipers, now include Goodman tunes in their repertories. This CD is the largest recorded selection to date from the Goodman manuscripts, and is as splendidly arranged and played as would be expected from the musicians here involved in the project. The CD is available from the ITMA shop here.
PDF Downloads: A slightly expanded version of our latest PDF download 'Shamrock Records: The First Irish-Made Commercial Discs 1928–1930' is available here. Additions are mainly to pages 3, 10 and 11.
Come West along the Road. The 15th series of the long-running RTÉ archival television series has just completed transmission, but the last three programmes of the series are currently available on the RTÉ Player here or at www.rte.ie/playerxl.
NLI-ITMA Recital-Lecture: If you were among those who failed to gain admission to last Wednesday’s sell-out recital-lecture in the National Library of Ireland 'The First Collection of Irish Music, Dublin 1724: A Recital-Lecture by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Nicholas Carolan', you can get a taste of what you missed by listening to Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin on RTÉ Radio’s John Murray Show here (start at 21 mins 40 secs).
With best wishes,
The Staff of the Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann
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