Fiddle-player and piper Tom Mulligan(1915 to 1984), from Bornacoola Co. Leitrim.
Tom arrived into the Dublin music in 1935 and he was a founding member of St Mary’s Music Club in Church Street, Dublin.
Tom Mulligan’s legacy has now spread through his family and children to an upcoming generation of many grandchildren and beyond now playing and carrying on this great musical heritage. He was one of the unsung heroes of Irish musical life over many decades in the Dublin music scene. A man who carried his musical legacy with passion, pride and humility and who embraced, cherished and influenced Irish music and culture in a most loving way.
Leda for King – is the solo project of singer-songwriter Alison Byrne, former vocalist with Bray Vista and Blood Red Mountain Band. ‘Last Days EP‘ is her first independently produced recording, have a listen on Bandcamp and check out the videos below.
The Dubliners Live in Holland 1980 in a small intimate venue. Listen to a rousing ‘Fiddler’s Green’ from Barney McKenna and a powerful tune sang by Ronnie Drew about the life of Traveller ‘Danny Farrell’, the only person we hear singing it today is Eddie MacNamara.
CR Video Vaults is a treasure trove of Old Irish TV nostalgia with music, sports & a topic that’s regularly barred from Public Houses – politics.
On this historic day of recognition by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Irish State of Irish Traveller Ethnicity let’s celebrate their contribution to our music and culture.
Pipers, fiddlers and singers – Johnny & Felix Doran, John Doherty, Pecker Dunne, Finbar & the Furey’s, John O’Reilly, Paddy Keenan, Mickey Dunne, Thomas McCarthy, Blackie O’Connell, Trish Nolan, Bridget Doyle and many others have an continue to enhance the rich tapestry of Traditional Irish Music.
Selection of Traveller musicians on this Spotify contraption.
There are many songs written about the Irish experience of emigration and it’s heartening to know today how successful we are throughout the world since the days of Colonialism, Famine, War of Independence, Civil War and more recently Austerity.
It is in our nature to stand in solidarity with people of all Nations and Creeds seeking refuge and a new beginning with the hope of finding the same opportunities in life that us Irish were given and created, after overcoming prejudice and fear of “The Paddy”.
In Ireland our Government has been found wanting when it comes to the process of accepting refugees, while our Defense Forces and NGOs do trojan work in the most difficult of circumstances. The Direct Provision system is demeaning to people when help is needed most, spending years living in prefabs and run down hotels with private business profiting from this inhumanity.
You might be wondering why you’re reading this on the website of a pub, well here at The Cobblestone we are lucky to have visitors from all over the world on a daily basis and if there’s one thing that unites us all it’s music, so I’ll get back to the tunes. Below is a selection of songs related to Ireland’s longstanding relationship with being an emigration/immigration nation.