Kevin Burke & Micheal O'Domhnaill ~ 1980

Legendary Irish traditional musicians Kevin Burke (fiddle) & Micheal O'Domhnaill (guitar) play tunes from the Portland album (1982). Reels played are 'The Daisy Field' and 'The Abbey Reel'.

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Comment by Connie Rae Crone on October 21, 2011 at 16:52

Hi again Steven,

I enjoyed your banjo playing on the video you linked - I hope you've already posted it here on TradConnect! I didn't go anywhere or fiddle either for many years when my kids were at home (because they were always studying and needing me to do stuff all of the time when I wasn't working). but, if you come to Cleveland to see your parents, you should bring your family and instrument by The Riley School of Irish Music in Cincinnati on a Saturday morning.  It's hard to believe that the two cites are over five hours apart and still in the same state!  Are you a Buckeye too?  My parents are from WV and KY!  I will be making a big pot of homemade sirloin beef soup for the school this Saturday!  We have homemade soup and bread every week! You and all musicians and Irish traditional music learners are always welcome to come by and share and play some tunes with us :)!

Comment by Steven Hawson on October 21, 2011 at 16:36

Thanks, Connie.  It sounds like you had a great time.  Well, some day, I'll be able to get out to these sorts of things more.  I'm the father of 6 kids, all of whom are still quite young, and I'm not as "footloose and fancy free" as I once was.  As they get older, I should be able to attend these sorts of events.  But not anytime soon.  Oh well.  My parents live outside of Cleveland OH, so maybe I'll get back soon.  We'll see.  Best, Steven H

Comment by Connie Rae Crone on October 21, 2011 at 16:24

Oh hi Steven! I took that little potluck workshop with Claudine Langille and Kevin Burke this past summer, 2011!  There's no sense in making time go by faster than it already does :)!

I'm not good enough of a fiddler yet, but Kevin let me take his fiddlin' class all week anyway (just so that I could hear what he had to say... and boy does he ever have a lot to say)!!!!  I loved the class and I would take it again just to hear his eloquent rambles and musings and fiddling analogies, even if I couldn't fiddle one note :o!!!

I enjoyed spending a little bit of time with Claudine too; we enjoyed a lunch together.  She has a lovely heart, and she was holding and playing her mandolin beautifully, and it looked just like she was holding a little mandolin baby in her arms!!!

If you've never been to Celtic Week at The Swannanoa Gathering, I want to recommend it for you.  It's a beautifull setting high up in the old Cherokee Great Smokies country of North Carolina.  You would have a lovely time playing tunes with the likes of Paddy Keenan and Kevin Burke!  There is magical music being played ALL NIGHT LONG :)!!!

Comment by Steven Hawson on October 21, 2011 at 15:22

Great comments, Connie.  Thanks so much for posting.  Claudine is still an active performer on the East Coast.  The second of the three jigs that I recorded on this video (Bolen's Fancy) I picked up from a Touchstone recording (Claudine said that they got this setting from Grey Larsen).

Kevin lives on the West Coast  (USA) and is active performing solo and with Cal Scot.  He has been doing a lot of very interesting musical experimentation.  Triona has had an active career post Bothy Band and is, among other things, the T in "T with the Maggies."  Folks who like "celtic fusion" should listen to some of her White Noise recordings with Windham Hill.  Paddy Keenan (Bothy Band's master piper) lives in NH and is also still an active performer internationally.  So Bothy Band fans, take heart.  The music lives on.  Steven Hawson


Comment by Connie Rae Crone on October 20, 2011 at 21:38

Micheal O'Domhnaill was not only a beautiful accompanist, but, of course his traditional Irish singing was top notch too.  His performances with The Bothy Band were always first class. From what I've learned, he was likely a master at many disciplines.

I had taken a short workshop about Micheal O'Domhnaill's life and musical contributions at The Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina last summer, 2010.  The workshop was led by American mandolin player, banjoist and singer Claudine Langille. Claudine is best known for her tenor banjo and mandolin playing with Touchstone, which was Triona NiDhomhnaill's (Michael's sister) highly acclaimed Irish-Appalachian fusion based in the U.S. (1980's).  I learned that Michael was also apparently quite the master of musical arrangements as well!  The Bothy Band's fiddler Kevin Burke attended the same workshop and shared some fond memories. It was a very heartfelt memorial that I enjoyed very much, and it gave me further appreciation of all of Michael's talent.

Comment by Christi Caughey on October 20, 2011 at 17:25
Watching the two of them, and listening the music was great! They each contribute so much to the piece and their focus is really something! I truly love to watch great musicians like this.
Comment by Steven Hawson on October 20, 2011 at 15:00
Great to see this! Michael (RIP) really brought a lot to guitar accompaniment in this music. Thanks for posting, Connie. SH


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