Josie McDermott & Tommy Flynn: McFadden's & The Blackberry Blossom [Reels]

Roscommon flute player Josie McDermott is joined by Tommy Flynn on the fiddle for a few tunes in the McDermott kitchen back in May 1981.

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Comment by Albert Wrigglesworth on February 18, 2012 at 5:34

Second that Connie.

The one thing I work on with my students is the enjoyment of playing.  When I visit recitals I have often more than not seen many a "sad" face playing a tune.  

Looking at this video I can see these 2 men were labourers and play for the pure enjoyment of the music itself.  I don't think any polished mixed recording can grasp that thought.  Nor will it ever. 

I think if we spent more time in the kitchen with some coffee or grog and our instruments recording we will touch more people with the 'love' of music, and respond by saying: "I can relate to that"

I played a few others after the original posting and had 20 minutes of toe tapping and heart throbbing excitement.

Thanks for the post!

Comment by Connie Rae Crone on January 16, 2012 at 15:16

The older traditional style of music (Irish and Appalachian) have a certain texture and style that cannot be easily replicated.  These styles are legacies from our shared distant pasts, when populations were more isolated, and there was no mass media pollution.  The older recordings from both Ireland and the U.S. appeal to me much more than any of the more progressive styles of playing.

I do appreciate the artistry and technique in the progressive styles also, although I do think the newer styles of playing are doing a great service to promote the popularity of Irish music around the world (as it attracts a certain set of listeners).  Seldom does the more current presentations of tradtional playing touch my heart and take me back to the very roots of the music, which is the most lovely and heartfelt aspect of any mucical tradition, and it's getting harder and harder to find proficient musicians that can play the old styles with soul and heart!

  I would rather hear an old recording played with utmost heart and feeling, including the shakiness and scratchiness, than I would to hear music of sterile polished perfection.  The older music also calls me to my roots, which is the most endearing purpose of traditional music styles.

I have collected quite a few more of the older videos for TradConnect whenever I could find one, if you would like to look in the vault.  I have some gems from legends of the bygone era such as the sweet and fabulous fiddlers Johnny Doherty and Bobby Casey and piper Seamus Ennis. There are a lot more that I would like to add!

Glad you liked the video Mick!  Someone, maybe piper Mickey Dunne, had posted it on FaceBook, where I had found it a few days ago. I thought it was a gem, played and recorded in the kitchen! Isn't it just very sweet?

Comment by professor moriarty on January 16, 2012 at 13:53

this video is pure trad music from the old days of traditional irish music rte made some greatprogrammes in that period all irish players

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