Composer/Irish Traditional

Kilrush, Co Clare

A New Year’s gift?

‘The Tunes Foundry’ CD. https://aineheslinmusic.com/shop/ for more info. Also for sale in digital download format at cdbaby https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/aineheslin where you can hear short clips from each track!


Jimmy’s set!

As promised, here are the manuscript notes and video of ‘Jimmy Clancy’s Fancy’ and ‘Jimmy will find a relation’ – two reels I wrote last month. There are many of you out there who can do a better job of playing these than I can so please give them a try. (Am not a great trad player – a good musician, I hope!) There are musicians who are used to translating manuscript into abc notation – I’m not very used to it, but will do that for you soon. Thanks Olaf Sickman for asking to be the first to record a composition of mine – Olaf plays a lovely solo guitar version of ‘Bláthú’ on his album ‘Cafe Rialto’!

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

 

 


Easter in Doonbeg photos

Was very happy during the night to play my two reels ‘Mairéad’s Paradise’ (written a few years ago especially for Mairéad) and Orla’s Intent!’ (written for our mutual friend Orla Coughlan) and it’s always great to hear the tunes on instruments other than my own! Having awesome times in the seisiún in Cruises, Ennis – where sometimes as many as six musicians are playing a couple of my tunes!! Don’t know how to react but I try to thank everybody. 🙂 Happy days! Happy out! (Ps these tunes and more on my album ‘The Tunes Foundry’ which can be purchased on this site if you are curious – grateful for all purchases)

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Matt Heslin singing at Easter seisiún at Madigan’s, Doonbeg.

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Mairéad Considine playing mighty tunes!

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Delighted to have Tara O’ Malley join us in Madigan’s, Doonbeg

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Áine with Mairéad Considine on concertina at Madigan’s Doonbeg.

Photos of Easter Saturday seisiún in Madigan’s, Doonbeg with Mairéad Considine, Matt and Áine Heslin and joined by Tara O’ Malley.


‘Casper the dog’ (new jig)

The story behind this  jig!

Thurs 16th Feb my good friend Paula (O Regan – Clare fiddle player) came into our session and was looking pensive. She was after doing her leading of the adult slow session in Ciarán’s pub and as usual came over to ours for the last few tunes. (We love to see her come in the door) Well, it turns out she had heard just 10mins before her session in Ciarán’s was due to start, that her little dog Casper (who was 10yrs old – a gorgeous, happy little dog) had eaten poison somewhere and had just died at the vet’s! Paula had bravely decided to go ahead with leading the session even though she was of course, gutted. 😦

Her generosity to her fellow musicians (and her good spirits every other night!!) lead me to offer to write a tune for Casper, and Paula was gracious enough to accept that night. I asked her to send me her beautiful photo of Casper and to tell me what type of a tune she would like. I wasn’t surprised when she said a jig – jigs are her favourite! Happy or sad? – ‘Happy’.

This jig is the one I composed for Casper but, the edited version, as I was unhappy with it for a week until I tweaked it. I hope everyone enjoys it! Play it for Casper!

(I appreciate Paula’s allowing me to write this account!)

Paula has begun composing tunes herself so watch out for these in the future.

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Paula and her dog Casper!


#Summer2017

I’m dreaming ahead now because, even though this is the second month of our spring it feels like the first month of winter!! :/ But at least..the days are getting brighter! 🙂

I have wanted to visit Scattery Island for some time now and this year I’ve noticed more promotion of the day trips out to the island so, it’s now on our summer game-plan. I know already that it will be an inspiration for new music so it’s a must for me.

People might say – isn’t there enough new music – but, when new music comes out that everybody loves…nobody cares how old/new it is – it just ‘is’!  You’ll all know examples of this. Well, I’m not saying that any of mine will be that ‘one’ but, just as a good musician  keeps playing anyway knowing that they may not be the best out there – so must I write.

https://www.facebook.com/scatteryislandtours/?fref=ts

PS Pencil sketching is a form of therapy and inspiration for me – if I do some that day that are presentable 😉  I’ll upload them.