Traditional Irish Music
Nights in Shanaglish is a new album and documentary based around the sessions in Whelan's pub in Galway.
"Whelan’s Pub is situated in the most southern part of Galway, in the village of Shanaglish, in the parish of Beagh. It was the last stop on the night before Vincey Keenan left home, bound for America. He traded in his hurley stick for a mandolin and got involved in the Irish music scene in San Francisco. It was there he met and struck up a friendship with concertina player Paddy Egan, from Park Bridge, County Wicklow.
On returning to Galway in the summer, and with friends Paddy Egan, Colie Moran, Mickey Whelan and Kathy and Keith Murray some memorable nights in Whelan's took place. This became the genesis for this recording and DVD.
Programmes and recording like this capture the heart of this tradition and we are seeing more of them these days. Beautifull People which recorded New York's longest running session in Dempsey's covered similar ground and later this year we will see a similar approach being taken, not with a session but with an American flute maker, Patrick Olwell. That is being recorded by Tradconnect members Jem Moore and Blayne Chastain Check out this blog
Nights in Shanaglish will be shown as part of the upcoming Cooley Collins Tradfest in Gort, County Galway at the end of October 2012. See the Nights in Shanaglish website for more details. http://www.nightsinshanaglish.com
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