Hup! – TG4

The Dubliners Live in Holland 1980

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.

Irish Traveller Culture

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.





An Immigrant Song

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.

For further listening and reading from a universal perspective visit Songs of Immigration and Migration at The U.S Library of Congress(..before it disappears).

Beginning with two of our finest voices Dolores & Seán Keane – Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears.

“And courage is the passport when your old world disappears..”

Two versions of ‘No Irish Need Apply’, one from Tommy Makem and the other by The Wolfe Tones.

Luke Kelly – My Little Son.

Mary Dillon – The Green Fields of Canada.

The Pogues – Thousands are Sailing.

“Where e’er we go, we celebrate,
The land that makes us refugees.”

De Danann – I’m Leaving Tipperary.

Johnny McEvoy – The Old Bog Road.

Christy Moore – City of Chicago.

Paul Brady with Andy Irvine – Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore.

The Dubliners – Paddy on the Railway.

Song from our own Mick O’Grady about Irish men going to Canada seeking work.

“Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs” – Frank Harte

The Cobblestone Backroom Playlist

Many fine musicians have graced The Cobblestone Backroom stage down the years, here’s a playlist compiled by our man Shane | On-Sound of those on YouTube going back about 4 years, more to be added…

Coppers and Brass (S1) – Irish Travellers and Traditional Irish Music

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.

Leda for King – Call Me Anytime


Listen to the first release from Leda for King ‘Last Days EP’, Alison Byrne’s new project accompanied by some great musicians.

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