Tony O'Connell & Ben Lennon @ TG4 Geantraí

Concertina player Tony O'Connell with Fiddle player Ben Lennon @ TG4 Geantraí

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Comment by Jim McAuley on September 1, 2011 at 11:09

Here's another of Ben and his Son Flute - I love this Swing style they play - jim,,,

Comment by Jim McAuley on September 1, 2011 at 11:05

Bruce - 

I'm Saying nothing bad there, that silly old song has made them a small Fortune...Just another Boring job - lol..

I had a few tunes along with Wilcil McDowell' time to time. I assure he's a mighty player of reel's and jig's too... And a hell of a nice guy, No worries there Bruce.

Your's - jim,,,

jim,,,

 

Comment by Bruce Evans on August 31, 2011 at 16:32
Hmm... perhaps I should elaborate. I have no more prejudice against The Unicorn than I do against something like Puff, The Magic Dragon. They are both fanciful folk songs, composed within a few years of each other. Sung as fanciful folk songs they are fine. The only reason Americans consider it Irish music is because they became aware of it from the recording by The Irish Rovers, who were working out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the time. I wonder if Canadians consider The Unicorn to be Canadian music. If the Irish Rovers had recorded Hava Nagila Americans would probably consider that Irish music also.
Comment by Jim McAuley on August 31, 2011 at 15:54

Dick -

Sound's like you guy's had a good Night ! -- Well except for the poor Harp player !

jim,,,

:  )

Comment by Jim McAuley on August 31, 2011 at 15:51

Bruce - "the unicorn song."

Here's the guy's who made it -- I know there accordian Player ' Wilcil McDowell' He comes from my Area -

http://irishroversmusic.com/page/index

jim,,,

Comment by Bruce Evans on August 31, 2011 at 14:45
Around here. if you tell people you are playing Irish music they will most likely reflect for a moment and then ask you to sing "the unicorn song." I tell them the truth. I don't know it, and if they press I will add, "And I refuse to learn it."
Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 31, 2011 at 13:44

Ha Ha! Jim, we were asked by a rather tipsy Scandinavian, at a session in Portrush one night, to play REAL Irish Music, so we played a set of Reels & he said No! No! No! REAL Irish Music, so we played a set of Jigs & he said No! No! No! REAL Irish Music, so we played a set of Hornpipes & he said No! No! No! REAL Irish Music. So, running out of ideas by now we said, well you tell us what to play then & he replied, almost shouting .... RIVERDANCE! :-)

Moments later, he tripped over his own feet & spilled a whole pint of Guinness over our Harp player! :-(

So you see, it's true what they say ...... no good deed ever goes unpunished! ;-)

Cheers,

Dick

Comment by Jim McAuley on August 31, 2011 at 13:17

Ah ! Yeah Dick,, There Irish Music per-say.... And then there's REAL Irish Music :  )

jim,,, 

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 31, 2011 at 13:05
Ha Ha great minds think alike Jim. I actually posted this rather tasty video on the Concertina Group here, last Monday. http://tradconnect.com/group/theirishconcertina

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