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.
Coppers and Brass is an ethnographic documentary about Irish traditional music played by members of the Irish Travelling community. It focuses on uilleann pipe playing in particular, demonstrating how Irish Travellers exhibit specific stylistic traits within Irish traditional music. It includes rare archival footage, reconstructions of significant musical events and interviews with key Traveller and non-Traveller musicians. It was directed by Tommy Fegan and was submitted as part of his MA thesis undertaken at Dundalk Institute of Technology.
This is the first episode of season one of DCTV’s traditional Irish music series called “Coppers and Brass”. The series focuses on alternative viewpoints within the traditional Irish music community, looks at the contributions certain families have made and analyses how Irish Travellers have made a very significant contribution to the development of Irish traditional music. Presented by Tommy Fegan, this series explores the reality of the world of trad in Ireland and abroad.
In this episode we look at Irish Traveller culture featuring insightful interviews with Martin Collins, Co-Director of Pavee Point, Michael McDonagh and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Seán Gilrane & Davy Sheridan.
In this episode we will look at the influence of the Doran Family, chat to Oliver O’Connell and enjoy a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Oliver O’Connell and friends.
In this episode we will look at the impact and contribution Irish traveller culture has had on traditional Irish music, focusing on Uileann piping and featuring an insightful interview with Mickey Dunne and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Martin Nolan and friends.
In this episode we will look at the impact of Irish traveller Uileann piping on traditional Irish music featuring an insightful interview with Leo Rickard and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Gay McKeon.
In this episode we will look at the work of Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) with Gay Mc Keon and enjoy a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Fintan Vallely.
In this episode we will look at the Mulligan Family with Néillidh Mulligan and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Mulligan family.
New demo track release from the new trio of John Flynn, Ultan O’Brien and Patrick Cummins – Once there was a King.
OTWAK is John Flynn (voice/guitar/flute), Ultan O’Brien (fiddle) and Patrick Cummins (banjo). The trio began playing together whilst touring as part of the larger seven-piece outfit, Skipper’s Alley..
Collectively, the members of the trio share a line of thinking that has led them to a creative process that is spontaneous and improvisatory by nature. They carve out their own experimental and imperfect path guided by the traditional tunes and songs they play. There is always an element of chance in the creative process. There is no over-arching, wordy theory binding the music; it is spontaneous, moment-music.
Irish & Sean Nós Dancing Classes with Mary Beth Taylor Apr-May 2016