From the beginning of the Pandemic Covid-19 in Ireland early 2020 – our music sessions/gigs in pubs and elsewhere were suddenly stopped and after the initial shock of it all we (my husband Matt and I) decided to start a live stream on my Facebook Page – it was well received and because of that, we haven’t stopped it just yet! Our next live stream is tonight, Thurs 6th August 8:30pm – we’d love you all to join us.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with viewers whilst sorely missing the actual meeting of other musicians and audience. We are glad to have made a little difference to some with our music and chat.
You can use the Facebook Like Page button in order to get notification of other videos etc. Or just follow this link to view past videos in full.
Belated message to you followers of my website aineheslinmusic.com – on 13th Feb 2020, I lost my session-partner Jimmy Clancy to cancer and it was a very difficult time for me and for all who played regularly with him. My apologies for abandoning the website for some time now..
You can look through the photos in Gallery or the posts further back in the blog on my Homepage and you will see many lovely photos of Jimmy and all the sessions we hosted together in Cruises Bar in Ennis, Ireland. Jimmy – may you rest in peace and happiness with all the wonderful musicians who have gone before you and we wish your wife Nuala, sons James, John and Mark and all the family strength in times ahead.
Hi to all who used to check out this website. I’m afraid that I have abandoned it for the last couple of years – my sincere apologies – now, I have decided to rev up the website engines again as my recent ‘quarantine’ hobby has given me renewed motivation and energy!
I’m going to share a page full of pencil sketches I did back in the period 2005-2011 – at the time of making this website I had ‘hidden’ them in a back page because I learned that it wasn’t good to redirect my musical audience to other aspects of my life, such as art.
This year however, with the COVID-19 a crisis all over the world – it’s become the norm for creative people to diversify a little. There have been no gigs, no sessions and no meeting up for the past few months but musicians all over the world have been doing Live streams on Facebook (we have done this too!) and exploring other ways to use their creativity.
Below is an excerpt from the project I’ve been doing (#the100dayproject). I have always loved how soft toys are so valuable to children and we still had a lot of ours in storage – I have been attempting to capture something of the character of each toy in short, daily sketches! (Click on the page Áine’s Sketches for more)
I have not at all forgotten my music and indeed have composed a few tunes during this quarantine period of COVID – 19. But please read on..
Áine with Orla Coughlan and Mairéad Considine, Lisseycasey.
Matt on guitar and song..
Great to be spending St. Patrick’s Day-evening at Keanes Bar Carrigaholt where we’ll (Áine and Matt Heslin, Orla Coughlan and Mairéad Considine)
meet with our friend Mags Keane (hostess) – the recent recipient of Clare Communities Volunteer of the Year award!!! Mags loves the music and is superb at encouraging and promoting local musicians as well as everything happening in the community.
See you all there and we’ll celebrate with music and song.
Hi all, I’m delighted to announce that my latest recording The Tunes Foundry 2 is produced and ready for sale – see more details in my website here. Also I’ve produced the Tunebook of Newly Composed Irish Tunes and am thrilled with it! Details also here in the website (for sale separately from the cds). Here are a couple of photos…
Finally LAUNCHING these this weekend at The Sanctuary in Cruises Pub in Ennis on Sunday 25th Nov 2018 from 6:30pm – 7:30/8pm!
All welcome to come – please bring instruments and we’ll have a bit of a seisiún (old tunes!) to finish. I’ll have some guests too. I’m looking for a crowd this Sun eve as a thank you to Pat and Teresa who have been super supporters of myself and Jimmy Clancy at our Thursday sessions! 🙂
Yes, it’s that time – you can book your pre-order CD ‘The Tunes Foundry 2’ and/or Tune-book (to include the new tunes from both CDs)
Tues 21st Aug 2018 up until 16:00 (4pm local time) and I will only be delighted to sign it and post it out to you as soon as it’s completed (within a month all going well) – before the first Launch! You can get started learning/teaching etc.
Composed in honour of Jimmy Clancy, co-host of a weekly session in Cruises Bar, Ennis.
This new album in production is called The Tunes Foundry 2. When I’m composing I always use my tinwhistle to try out the new phrases.. so I’ve used the whistle entirely on this cd – no flute this time. Hopefully the whistle will give a nice clear version of each tune that I’ve recorded. It’s the only time really that I use my whistle as I continue to use my flute in sessions for all other tunes! Matt is accompanying me with guitar on a lot of the tracks. I once again asked Dave Keary of Red Door Studios in Limerick to record for me and thankfully he had time to do it this March/April – a great studio engineer and a lovely guy!
Each track on this album will have just one tune on it which should make it easy for you to decide which new tune(s) you like and therefore will make it easier to learn too. There will be between 25 and 30 tracks.
The other half of my new project this year is the production of a Tune-book containing most of the new tunes from The Tunes Foundry (click on Music page/Reviews/Shop for more info) and The Tunes Foundry 2 – so up to 50 new tunes. It’s been really exciting working with Laura Ugur in Corofin, Co Clare getting all the tunes in PDF format and she has been invaluable in working out the notes in abc format too so that the tunes can be played by midi player. (I’m not even sure I said all that correctly! lol ) Anyway, the book will be a useful tool for some, I’m certain.
If you would like to buy either the new album or the new Tune-book why not have a look at the Fund it page where you can pre-order them and that will help in the actual funding of the project! I intend to get it finished soon so as it will be useful for music teachers who might like new tunes for competitions/concerts etc. for the new school year. (Check out the rewards section for those who pre-order!)
Composed in honour of Jimmy Clancy, co-host of a weekly session in Cruises Bar, Ennis.
This Thurs 13th at Cruises Bar, Sorcha Curtin (concertina-player from Miltown Malbay) is standing in for me – she’s a fine player. She will join Jimmy Clancy from 8:30pm and of course they welcome friends and visitors alike! I hope to be back by next Thurs. Will miss it!! See you soon and take it handy Jimmy! 😉 Here are a couple of pics. (Ps I’ve been doing more writing/more recording and the new tunes cd and tune-book are making good progress – I’ll let you know more details soon)
Our usual weekly session is on this Thurs 19th in Cruises Bar, Ennis (https://www.facebook.com/cruises.bar/) and we’ll just have to wait and see who visits this week! Last week we had a great variety of musicians and singers too and I’ll upload some fine photos taken by our friend and musician, Patrick Keating who divided his time between the accordion and his zoom lens! Sarah Croker, a singer-songwriter with a wonderfully sweet voice travelled up from Tipperary and had encouraged a touring band called Swampcandy to come to the session too. We invited them to play naturally and wow, they were amazing! (http://swampcandy.com/) I can see by their videos that we only saw the tip of the iceberg!! We had plenty of musicians who visit us quite regularly too – we love seeing them return.
Joey, member of Swampcandy on double bass. Photo by Patrick Keating
Ruben, member of Swampcandy and Sarah Croker. Photo by Patrick Keating
Gina, member of Swampcandy. Photo by Patrick Keating
Ruben, from Swampcandy, Sarah Croker and Andy Lambert. Photo by Patrick Keating
Ruben and Sarah. Photo by Patrick Keating
Jim Maher on accordion, Ruben on guitar. Photo by Patrick Keating
We had a really great night last Thurs (see pictures below taken by Andrew Lambert)! Join us this Thurs 22nd March from 8:30pm and we’ll see what tunes we’ll play and who will play them with us! We love company!!
Open session with Jimmy Clancy (accordion) and Áine Heslin (flute) from 8:30pm. Join us for a cosy pre-St Patrick’s Day session indoors and get geared up for the actual St. Patrick’s Day festivities!!
Feeling very sad though at Ireland having lost a master-piper today – Rest in Peace Liam Óg O’ Flynn, and to celebrate his contribution to Irish music we will play something in his honour – ‘Newfoundland’ from Shaun Davey’s suite The Brendan Voyage.
Here are photos from last week’s session and most of them lovely shots from Patrick Keating who also played accordion with us! Note Ronan Burrenn from ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’.
Geraldine on whistle and Lisa on fiddle. Photo by Patrick Keating.
Patrick, Jim, Geraldine and Lisa.
I think this was Lisa? on fiddle. Photo by Patrick Keating.
Matt on guitar and song.. Photo by Patrick Keating.
Howard on tinwhistle. Photo by Patrick Keating.
James on low whistle. Photo by Patrick Keating.
Colm on flute and Ronan. Photo by Patrick Keating.