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balisodare Posted on: 12-Jan-2005, 03:07 PM

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I'm not sure about Celtic Disco...but I have heard some celtic funk. The artist is Neil Anderson, formerly of Seven Nations fame). His solo projects since 7N have been very interesting and very eclectic. Check out the album 'Full Circle' for any interested.

There was a little while when uilleann piper Paddy Keenan and Japanese guitarist Junji Shirota teamed up and toured a while. I'm not sure if any albums were cut in that time...but...I hear great things were made during their tour.

As for really out there celtic fusion....
There is a Breton man by the name of Patrick Molard who plays Highland and Uilleann pipes. Some of his more recent projects have included a violinsit, an indian tabla player, a bulgarian folk singer, and a jazz guitarist...ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
Needless to say...it's VERY interesting stuff.
Check out the album 'Deliou'
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balisodare Posted on: 20-Dec-2004, 01:34 PM

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Wow...I haven't posted in forever....must be the end of the semester.

Depends on what the group is altering.

Ut really catches my fancy when a group adds/messes with the harmonies of the song. New chords and added vocal lines can really do a lot and draw a lot of attention.

I remember when the fiddle player in my last Irish band added a little counter melody thing during the chorus of 'I tell me ma' at one gig, and afterwards everyone came up complimenting us on the "new version."
We did everything else the exact same, but the audience really responded to the vocal harmony.

Instrumentation really gets me too. I love it when groups really take a lot of time and come up with creative orchestration. New and Unique stuff works too. Two bands...Black 47, and MacUmba....jump to mind. I remember hearing my first Black 47 Cd and being utterly amazed at how well horns could do Irish music. MacUmba also had that sam "wow" factor because of their Latin Percussion use. Who knew steel drum and bagpipe would work?

(Personal Note: I think this is why the Bothy Band was so revolutionary. If you notice, these are the two parameters they were constantly messing with and cooking up great arrangements)

I think bands enter into a touchy area when they start affecting tempi. I've heard the most OFF THE WALL versions of some songs, but because they were at the same tempo as the original, I didn't bat an eyelash. However, I've also heard groups with VERY traditional instrumentation taking songs at different tempi with really weird/unpleasant results.

i.e. I'm not the hugest fan of Gaelic Storm's version of 'South Australia' For some reason...the slower tempo really doesn't do it for me....too mellow?

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balisodare Posted on: 23-Aug-2004, 09:05 AM

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My Favorites....
Redwood - Lunasa
Circular Breath - Gordan Duncan
The Chieftains - Bonaparte's Retreat
any thing I can get my hands on by Danu

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balisodare Posted on: 23-Aug-2004, 09:00 AM

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Just saw Danu at the E. Lansing Folk Festival.
Oh my they are terrific.
I'm looking forward to when they come back this way in January!

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balisodare Posted on: 20-Aug-2004, 11:30 AM

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Look on the tabs along the top. There should be one called 'Sheet Music' to the right of 'ABC'. Click it and you should have a downloadable picture image of the sheet music.

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balisodare Posted on: 17-Aug-2004, 02:30 PM

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It's kind of geeky, but I make up "learning lists." ie...I pick out a bunch of CD's that have tracks I've been meaning to learn, throw them on winamp, and then have my own little virtual session.

Other lists I've made:
Sometimes I'll que up a row of the same tune(s), but by different instrumentalists/styles. I'll especially do this after learning the basics of a tune and when I want ideas for variations, etc.

Also...there's the typical "pump yourself up before a big day" list that we all make before a date/job interview/presentation/etc. Mine almost always has some tracks from the World Pipe Band Competitions, The Bothy Band, and Gordon Duncan.

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balisodare Posted on: 15-Aug-2004, 09:44 PM

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Exactly right with the timing comment!

Jigs are in 6/8. 6/8 is known as a "compound meter" which means that both macro beats can be sub-divided into 3 eighth notes rather than 2.

On a more tangible note: If you can say "Pineapple Apricot" along with the music...it is a jig. This is because the words "pineapple" and "apricot" both contain three syllables.

Therefore, you have two main pulses (the words themselves) which contain smaller divisions of three (the syllables). Two beats which each divide into three smaller parts ...ie....the basic structure of 6/8 time.

Hope that helps....let me know if I'm being obtuse at all.


PS...Try saying "Pineapple Apricot" a couple of times in a row while putting a small stress on the first syllable of each word (ie pine-ap-ple ap-ri-cot.

There...not only are you experiencing 6/8...but living up to rule #1 from the chiff and fipple wink.gif
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balisodare Posted on: 05-Aug-2004, 09:09 AM

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Interesting side note regarding the tri-color.
The actual concept of the Irish Flag was based on the French tri-color.

Not only were Ireland and France known to aid each other (French housing Irish expatriots during the Flight of the Wild Geese, and Irish involvement in the Napoleonic wars, etc.) throughout history....but the Irish were particularly taken with the French revolution.
The Irish saw the French overthrow of the bourgious very akin to their own struggle and borrowed many French ideas and symbols (ie...a tri color) for their own fight.


(PS...they also gave the Irish set dancing!)
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balisodare Posted on: 05-Aug-2004, 08:53 AM

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The Mickey Dam
Great trad song that isn't done nearly enough and has great potential for arrangement. I know a musician by the name of Duncan Cameron has it on his CD "The Whistling Thief"

I have an .mp3 if anyone wants a sample....

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balisodare Posted on: 03-Jul-2004, 12:15 PM

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Yeah....Harvey is a fantastic movie.
What was really powerful was watching it and then Donnie Darko...

I highly recommend this as a double feature combo for an evening if you're in the mood for an exessivly psychological movie experience.

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balisodare Posted on: 01-Jul-2004, 06:32 AM

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So I just saw the movie Harvey (again) and they mention that Harvey is a Pooka. In the movie they give the loose definition of a mischevious, yet benign, fairy-like creature.

I recall members of my family invoking the name at different times...but never providing any details.

Anyone have anything to add? Any discrepancies?

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balisodare Posted on: 01-Jul-2004, 06:27 AM

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note.gif Anyone planning on going to the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville Ontario?
I just found out that my schedule will let me get to see the two mecca of piping event this year.

Seriously...if you have any way of checking out this games...I highly suggest doing so!

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balisodare Posted on: 25-Jun-2004, 03:57 PM

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Here's another:


Bob Dylan and Seven Nations both did arrangements of this song.

Same kinda story....the boy goes off to war and the girl follows after him. This time they find out that she's not a real sailor and are about to throw her off the boat. However, the captain steps in just in time and the last verse wraps it up nicely.

Well, it's all of fair and handsome girl,
She's all in her tender years.
She fell in love with a sailor boy,
It's true she loved him well.
For to go off to sea with him
Like she did not know how,
She longed to see that seaport town
Of Canadee-i-o.

So she bargained with the sailor boy,
All for a piece of gold.
Straightaway then he led her
Down into the hold,
Sayin', "I'll dress you up in sailor's clothes,
Your jacket shall be blue.
You'll see that seaport town
Of Canadee-i-o.

Now, when the other sailors heard the news,
Well, they fell into a rage,
And with all the ship's company
They were willing to engage.
Saying, "We'll tie her hands and feet, my boys,
Overboard we'll throw her.
She'll never see that seaport town
Called Canadee-i-o.

Now, when the captain he heard the news,
Well, he too fell in a rage,
And with the whole ship's company
He was willing to engage,
Sayin', "She'll stay in sailor's clothes,
Her color shall be blue,
She'll see that seaport town
Call Canadee-i-o.

Now, when they come down to Canada
Scarcely 'bout half a year,
She's married this bold captain
Who called her his dear.
She's dressed in silks and satins now,
She cuts a gallant show,
Finest of the ladies
Down Canadee-i-o.

Come, all you fair and tender girls,
Wheresoever you may be,
I'd have you to follow your own true love
Whene'er he goes to sea.
For if the sailors prove false to you,
Well, the captain, he might prove true.
You'll see the honor I have gained
By the wearing of the blue.

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balisodare Posted on: 25-Jun-2004, 03:49 PM

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Not sure what you mean by "songs like this one" but I'll give it a shot....

There's a great song by the Grateful Dead called Jack-a-Roe. It's a rather old song that David Grisham, Jerry Garcia, and many other folk artists have covered.
Main story is about a boy who goes off to war, his lover dressing up as a man and going off to war as well, and eventually saving his life on the battlefield.

There was a silk merchant in London he did dwell
He had only one daughter and the truth to you I?ll tell

This young lady she was courted by men of high degree
There was none but Jack the sailor would ever do for she

As soon as her waiting maid heard what she did say
She went to her father and there she did betray

Dear daughter if this be true what I have heard of you
Jackie shall be vanished and you confined too

Poor Jackie has gone to sea with trouble on his mind
A-leaving of his country and darling girl behind

She went into a tailor shop got dressed in men?s array
She went onto a vessel to convey herself away

Before you step onboard sir, your name I?d like to know
She smiled all over her countenance they call me Jackaroe

Your waist is light and slender your fingers neat and small
Your cheeks too red and rosy to face the cannonball

I know my waist is light and slender, my fingers are neat and small
But I never change my countenance to face the cannonball

The wars being over she hunted all around
Among the dead and wounded and her darling boy she found

She picked him all up in her arms and carried him back to the town
And sent for a physician who quickly healed his wounds

This couple they got married so well they did agree
This couple they got married and why not you and me
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balisodare Posted on: 24-Jun-2004, 02:32 PM

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Well it's not a trad. Scottish Folk Song...but you must have heard Barrett's Privateers at least once. It's practically a anthem in some of those areas you listed being in.

I found a good site with lyrics here.

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balisodare Posted on: 21-Jun-2004, 01:38 PM

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Just a few from my radio wishlist....

We could always use more Battlefield Band:

Jerry O'Sullivan has done some amazing things with uilleann piping:

Paddy Keenan...."the Jimi Hendrix of pipes"....need I say more?

Slainte Mhath is a real fun Cape Breton group:

More Liz Carroll would be exceptional:

Progressive Irish rock from the piper in 'Titanic':

!! You have no Bothy Band? Everything's going to be ok...!!
(they broke up a while ago...but Greenlinnet can probably point you in the direction of airing rights for the music)

Scantily Plaid

Some of Shane MacGowan's songs are political...but stuff like 'Haunted' and 'Pair of Brown Eyes' would be perfect for this radio...

John Kribs....former bassist with the McKrells...has done some amazing side projects...some of which might be more celtic than others (Ask about the Raquette River Rounders)

Brúadar is a really hot young group of Newmarket on Fergus
(can't find any websites though....)

That's all from me for now...

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balisodare Posted on: 17-Jun-2004, 04:38 PM

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I found a "Killybegs" (which would be pronounced more or less like "Kill-bay") In Donegal Bay just south of Carrick. This is pretty far north however and really isn't that close to Galway....

However, Kildare isn't that close either. It's on the other side of the island; closer to Dublin than anything else.

<----working on those chords as well.
It's funny to see the McKrells mentioned on this discussion board. When I was living in New York, I'd make regular sojourns to Saratoga (where an Irish identity is VERY strong) to see those guys and many other names in the Irish music circles.

Their old bassist, John Kribs, is a very good friend of my family and after every gig he and I would sit down over a drink and he'd give me advice about whatever problems I was having with my band(s) at the time.

It's kinda fun trying to learn his bass lines now, many years later.

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balisodare Posted on: 17-Jun-2004, 04:16 PM

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Just because it is different doesn't mean that it is better or worse.
However....speaking from a musical perspective...the French system kicks ours in the @$$.

I'm really not sure if Ireland has a systemized musical curricula. I'm sure you'd be able to find out quite easily by either an internet search or by contacting one of the people at U of L.

If I remember correctly....a few years ago there was talk of creating a set of national music standards (much like the set we have in the United States!) except with an actual inclusion of folk and traditional genres (which ours doesn't have).

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balisodare Posted on: 17-Jun-2004, 08:15 AM

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Ooooh...I just found this...but here's a link to the IWMC itself.

(<-----wasn't lazy and actually made the hyperlink)

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balisodare Posted on: 17-Jun-2004, 08:11 AM

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Here's a link regarding the Undergraduate Traditional music and dance program:

And here's one that focuses more on Graduate programs, but tells a lot about the IWMC Irish World Music Center:

I'm lazy and didn't make the addresses hyperlinks so you'll have to copy and paste.


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balisodare Posted on: 16-Jun-2004, 05:12 PM

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It's on my list of things to read...but MacPherson's Ossian would be a great start. Although he adapts things to make it take place in Scotland, they are the stories of Finn McCuil and Cuchulainn; Irish heroes who show up all the time in the ancient Irish Poetry.

Tain Bo Cuailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) is probably one of the most famous poems of ancient Ireland.

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balisodare Posted on: 16-Jun-2004, 04:55 PM

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Just wanted to remind everyone that one of the great writers of our culture, James Joyce, set his masterwork Ulysses on this day (June 16th) in 1904.

Therefore, not only does today commemorate the annual celebration of this novel, but the centennial!


Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and razor lay crossed. A yellow dressing-gown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:
-Introibo ad altare Dei.
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balisodare Posted on: 16-Jun-2004, 04:53 PM

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Right now I'm checking out University of Limerick for myself. They have a really great Traditional Irish Music program and offer degrees in both Ethnomusicology and Traditional Irish Music performance.

I'm not sure if that makes it one of the best...but...it certainly makes it pretty damn cool in my opinion.

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balisodare Posted on: 07-Jun-2004, 10:41 AM

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Oh, one more thought....

Don't feel that you have to jump right in and play blazing fast jigs and reels like the pros. Start out with easier things like songs and airs; they are slower and offer a lot of nuance and artistry that one can begin copying right away which will make the dance music that much sweeter when the time comes for it.

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balisodare Posted on: 07-Jun-2004, 10:36 AM

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I've been playing tinwhistle for almost ten years now and have tried lots of different approaches....

The one I recommend the most is starting by ear and playing with recordings. However, this can be difficult and it is tricky to catch everything the artist is doing without listening to the CD a million times. Therefore, if you can slow the recordings down at all....it is a huge help.

Places like Elderly Instruments (www.elderly.com) sell portable CD players that slow down recordings at pitch. Another tool you can use (which is free btw) is winamp. Winamp is an mp3 player for windows machines and one of the newer versions has a plug-in that allows you to slow down music at pitch.

Also, don't be afraid to use music to help you get your bearings for what is going on with the recording(s) you are listening to. There have been plenty of times that a lick as stumped me and I've cracked open my O'Neill's collection (a great Irish music reference btw) to figure out the 'B' section of a tune.

Finally, try to find any slow jams or sessions in your area. These are great resources because you not only will be able to get experience playing with other people in a relaxed atmosphere....but usually the members of a slow session are other beginners who can share their insights and tricks.

Hope this helps.

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