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Thurs Feb 22nd – Open session at Cruises Bar, Ennis

Lots of photos from last week – we were extra busy as we had a large contingent from the US of Old Time musicians warming up for their Old Time Festival in Lisdoonvarna last weekend!! How exciting our night was!! Come join us tonight at 8:30pm for our regular (??) Open Session of Irish trad music with Jimmy Clancy, Áine Heslin and friends.

This session means a lot to Jimmy and myself – we love and encourage the new friendships made every week – it is as important to us as the music.  Even though I have written over 100 tunes I don’t consider a session to be the place to demonstrate them (I usually play one or two popular sets though) and that was why I did my mini-summer concerts last year. People come to play, with others, tunes they have in common and we all appreciate the tunes that new instrumentalists bring that we might not have heard for years!

Having said that I love it when one or two of my tunes touch a chord with musicians and they take the time and effort to learn them – TUNES have a life of their own I’m convinced!!

#sessions #irishtraditionalmusic #oldtime #coclare #wildatlanticway #shannonairport #cruisesbar

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Emmy Truckenmiller, Dan Levenson, Howard Winrow, Jim on accordion, Paula and Patsy on concertinas!

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Jim, Paula, Patsy, Greg Smith and Bob Denton.

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Old Time Flatfoot dance meets old Irish Sean-nós dance!! Thanks Dan and Patricia.

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Greg Smith, Orla McGovern behind on keyboards and Bob Denton.

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Lorene Smith on double bass.

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Can’t decide which I love more – Bob’s bright banjo or his fab smile!!

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Andy Lambert (organiser of the Irish Old Time Festival last weekend in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare) and Lorena Smith.


Open session in Ennis tonight.

February 15th – (Thursday) from 8:30pm at Cruises Bar with Jimmy Clancy, Áine Heslin and friends. Had a great session of visiting musicians last Thurs – see photos below (missed some people, our apologies.) We also had some lovely sean-nós dancing from Patricia and a little from Mary – but no photos I’m afraid. Next time! Come join us tonight.

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Aoife from Kilmaley on concertina.

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Michael on fiddle and Jim on accordion.

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Aoife on concertina and Andy on bouzouki.

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Mary and Patricia discussing sean-nós steps and Patricia and Aoife playing concertinas.

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Sorcha on concertina, Mike on flute and Howard on whistle.


Thurs night open session, Co. Clare.

Jimmy Clancy and Áine Heslin invite you to join the session from 8:30pm Thurs nights at Cruises Bar, Ennis – a great group of musicians come in whenever they can make it so there are nearly always old friends to meet – new people come in for tunes/songs too – so friends to make!

(A good time to make arrangements to come to Ennis and experience a 3 day Irish Traditional Music festival called Fleadh Nua which is held in May! See link:  http://www.fleadhnua.com/)

See some photos from last week:

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Damien on banjo, Jim on accordion and Howard on whistle.

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Orla on keyboards and Ronán recording the music for his Facebook group ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’.

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Seamus on flute, James on whistle and low whistle and Damien on banjo.

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James on whistle, Damien on banjo and Jim on accordion.


February 1st 2018 – a session in Cruises.

Well, last week’s session must have been our last in Jan because this one coming…..is

Join us at 8:30pm in Cruises Bar Thurs night… 1st Feb!

Last week there was Jimmy Clancy on accordion and myself, Áine Heslin on flute. As always we had lovely guest instrumentalists and we had tunes all evening even though for the previous two weeks we had four singers at least each night! But then, a young singer who had made her way up from Tipperary just to give us a couple of songs…..arrived as we were finishing and gave us a couple of beautifully-sung songs, accompanying herself on guitar. Ronán from Ireland’s Inner Beauty recorded some videos.

#enniscoclare #sessions #irishtraditionalmusic #accordion #flute #tinwhistle #irelandsinnerbeauty

Some photos below of last week.

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25th Jan in Cruises, Ennis.

Join us for tunes tonight from 8:30pm in Cruises Bar, Ennis. Jimmy Clancy and friends! I’m playing a few NEW tunes if there is time and we can relish this wonderful winter weather…or we can dream of sunny days……!!

Last week we had our friend Gerry for the last time before he headed back to Spain again – but he wants to return – often! 🙂 Gerry gave us a fine rendition of the song ‘She moved through the fair’ while accompanying himself on accordion!! Beautiful!

See photos below of our session last week and pop in to us tonight!

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Gerry playing his most recent instrument!

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Joe Curtin playing harmonica and singing.

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Brian, Siobhán and Matt.

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Joe, Jim and Brian.

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Gerry on fiddle.

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Siobhán and Matt – sister and brother! Both lovely singers.

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Matt singing.

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Jimmy Clancy.


Thurs night-life! ;)

Cruises Bar open session from 8:30pm with Jimmy Clancy and myself – Jimmy says he has new visitors! Jimmy nearly always has visiting musicians – he is like a magnet and it’s brilliant as it’s lovely to meet people who have been lots of times and then new people who are curious about the session! Our regular musician friends are very welcoming too so there is great interaction and craic going on for all.

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Gerry and Peggy – both lovely singers!

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Paula on fiddle.

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Jim on accordion.

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Gerry singing but also plays fiddle.

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Gerry singing.

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Orla taking a quick break from piano acc to do a favourite tune on whistle.

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Matt singing.

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Fine music happening….!

 


Who would think it – in January?!:)

In Cruises Bar last Thurs at our open session there were at least ten musicians besides ourselves – isn’t that just a statement about Irish traditional music? We love to get together in a relaxed atmosphere and just play tunes here in Co Clare – and of course the bit of chat and fun helps but mostly, it’s the music. (Thurs 11th Jan 8:30pm Cruises Bar, Ennis)

Ronan did a bit of recording for his Facegroup Group, Ireland’s Inner Beauty and Andy Lambert took some great photos in between playing lots of bouzouki and singing too! Here are some, and a couple I took myself. (Colm Nestor was gone before the photos began but played lovely flute for the first half)

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Photo by Andy Lambert.

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Monochrome by Ronan Burrenn

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Fiona Kerwin. Photo by Andy Lambert.

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My friend Rosaleen came in to listen! 🙂

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Gerry Denis with Andy Lambert.


We’ve made it to 2018!! Yaay!

After all that has happened in the past few years – we’re lucky to be here and looking forward to meeting our friends tonight at Cruises Bar, Ennis for tunes and a bit of craic! Join myself and Jimmy Clancy from 8:30pm JANUARY 4th! 😉

Last week I captured a few hurried snaps – we had returning musician Jerry with us on fiddle and he played a couple of lovely ‘old timey’ tunes..we had lots of other friends playing/singing as well – it was lovely. Thanks guys for making our Thursdays so enjoyable. #friends #newyear2018 #cruisesbar #enniscoclare #irishtraditionalmusic #sessions

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Thurs 28th Dec in Cruises, Ennis.

In between Christmas and New Year….tunes with Jimmy Clancy in Cruises Bar from 8:30pm! It’ll be an open session as usual and we welcome in/welcome back whoever wants to join our last Cruises session of 2017! Here are a few photos from last week – see you tonight maybe – and hopefully lots of you in 2018!

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Jimmy, Matt, Jim (hidden), John and Paula.

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John, Paula, Howard and Martha.

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Paula, Brian, Howard, Michael (hidden) and Martha.

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Matt, John, Paula, Brian and Howard.

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Colm and Patsy.


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!