Composer/Irish Traditional

West Clare

New compositions coming..

A Fund it campaign ( https://fundit.ie/project/the-tunes-foundry–2-new-compositions) started – if you support music projects/new compositions/new Irish music (traditional style) or if you have been following my story so far – please read on.

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!)

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Composed in honour of Jimmy Clancy, co-host of a weekly session in Cruises Bar, Ennis.


Thurs 22nd March at Cruises, Ennis!

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!!

#loveirishmusic #lovethecraic #alwaysdifferent #coclare #wildatlanticway

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Orla McGovern, Patricia Kerwin, Jim Maher, Lenka Hoffmanova, Bernie Kerwin, John Malone and Aoife. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Áine Heslin, Jimmy Clancy, Orla McGovern and Patricia Kerwin. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Orla McGovern, Jim Maher, Patricia Kerwin (dancing), Bernie Kerwin, John Malone and Aoife. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Orla McGovern, Patricia Kerwin, Jim Maher, Lenka Hoffmanova, Bernie Kerwin, John Malone and Aoife. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Lenka Hoffmanova, Brian Burke, Bernie Kerwin, John Malone, Aoife ? Yoshinori Fukuda, Misaki Fukuda and Mary Caldwell. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Áine Heslin, Misaki Fukuda, Yoshinori Fukuda,and Orla McGovern. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Lenka Hoffmanova, Brian Burke and Bernie Kerwin. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

 


Open session on International Women’s Day! Cruises Bar, Ennis – 8:30pm.

Join us for some music, song and whatever else comes up on Thurs 8th March at 8:30pm! Jimmy Clancy on accordion and Áine Heslin on flute/whistle and all of you taking part in the fun.

No photos from last week other than snow photos and you’ve probably enjoyed enough of them so I’ll post a video soon with sunshine (maybe) in the background..

We’ll play some lovely tunes with reference to ladies/girls and if you want to offer some ideas please do comment below! (See some archive photos!)

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Áine, Jimmy Clancy and Tony Illanes, fiddle. (Brian Burke on flute behind and Gerry Eustace on mandolin) Fleadh Nua May 2017 Cruises. Photo by Andrew Lambert.

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Áine Heslin on flute with Paula O’ Regan on fiddle. Photo by Betty Connor.

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.


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.


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.


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!


Friday 25th Aug/Sat 26th Aug

Tonight, Friday 25th it’s back West to Kilkee in Co Clare. O’Mara’s Pub from 10pm – I’m joining Paddy Mulcahy, guitar and vocals and Lenka Hoffmannova, dance, vocals, whistle and rhythm instruments! It’s usually lively so join us if you are near. #kilkee # coclare #tradsession #music #songs #irishdancing #flute #wildatlanticway

Saturday night 26th I’m looking forward to joining Mairead Considine (concertina) and Conor Keane (accordion) in Faffa Considines Pub in Parnell St., Ennis!! 9:30pm – Open seisiún. See you! #ennis #fleadh2017 #tradsession #accordion #concertina #flute #coclare

 


#fleadhdowninennis #fleadh17

In Cruises Pub Ennis tonight from 8pm with Jimmy Clancy and hopefully many visiting musicians – pop your head around the door or come in a look for a seat! You could be lucky…;)

Tomorrow night Friday 18th I’m playing in Kilkee with Paddy Mulcahy (of Los Paddys de la Pampas!) and Lenka Hoffmannova (from same band) from 10pm.


Busy few nights ahead…(tunes! :))

Tonight(Thurs 27th) from 8:30pm in Cruises with Jimmy Clancy and our wonderful, forever-growing set of friends! Join us there!

Tomorrow night(Fri 28th) from 9:30pm in the Stella Maris, Kilkee, with Niamh Casey on fiddle and Matt on guitar and song – open session too!

Saturday morning (29th) meeting my Facebook friend Olaf Simpson for the first time 🙂 and bringing him to the Dan Furey Set Dancing Weekend, Labasheeda, where I’m hosting a kid’s session at 2pm (all welcome) and partaking in the commemoration concert at 3pm.

Saturday night (29th)from 9:30pm looking forward to having a lovely session in Fafa Considine’s, Parnell St, Ennis with Sorcha Curtin and Caroline Tubridy.

Sunday 30th July you will probably find us at the early evening open session in Labasheeda 6pm (with Singer’s Club after) to end the Dan Furey Set-Dancing Weekend! Join us somewhere this weekend!

https://www.facebook.com/Dan-Furey-Set-Dancing-Weekend-Labasheeda-164517380280892/


Last Saturday night’s tunes!

Had a lovely night of tunes, and more tunes – at Friels Lynches in Miltown Malbay last Saturday night July 22nd. Sorcha Curtin on concertina, Caroline Tubridy on fiddle and concertina and joined by Pat Curtin on flute! We played many old tunes that night – selections from Michael Sexton’s Céilí Band, as both Pat and Caroline had been members in years past (I had even covered a couple of ceili nights for Caroline so I knew them too) – Sorcha, despite her age, knows many, many tunes!! What a great night. A couple of photos….;)

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Playing with Caroline Tubridy (concertina and fiddle) at Friels Lynches in Miltown Malbay.

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Pat Curtin , flute and Sorcha Curtin (no relation) on concertina. At Friel’s Lynches in Miltown Malbay.


Mon 19th June music in Kilkee!

Stella Maris Hotel hosts a lovely Monday night open seisiún at 9pm with Niamh Casey on fiddle – this Monday, joining Niamh are Matt Heslin on guitar and songs, and myself, Áine on flute and tinwhistle. So why not (after work maybe) throw on something for a walk on the beach or the cliff-walk and end up in the Stella Maris for music and something to quench the thirst! 40 mins drive from Ennis – worth it to smell the salty sea air!! #sea #sand #cliffs #wildatlanticway #irishtraditionalmusic #trad #session #kilkee

https://www.facebook.com/stellamarishotelkilkee/

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Last Sunday’s ‘Ceol Cois Tine’

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Áine with Caroline Killeen on fiddle and Mairéad Considine on concertina at Keane’s, Carrigaholt.

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Tom Maguire singing a lovely song of Kilbaha!

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Another fine singer in the audience!

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Matt accompanying music and songs – and singing himself too!


Ceol Cois Tine May 28th Carrigaholt

Not really wishing away this lovely month but…looking forward to the hospitality of Keane’s Bar in Carrigaholt for Ceol Cois Tine (Music by the Fire) May 28th. All musicians welcome to join myself (on flute), Matt (on guitar/vocals), Mairéad Considine (concertina) and Caroline Killeen (on fiddle) and it’s an early seisiún so no more boss tapping you on the shoulder saying tut-tut late night!!NOT SAYING you have to go home early…at all!;) Join us at …...7:30pm. School-going musicians might find this useful too. Keep up to date with events by checking my Upcoming events – 2017 page. https://aineheslinmusic.com/upcoming-events/

http://loopheadclare.com/keanes-bar-grocery-carrigaholt/https://www.facebook.com/KeanesBarCarrigaholt/


From Friels to Cruises

CRUISES seisiún tonight from 8:30pm.;)

Had a wonderful night in Friels Lynches Pub in Miltown on Sat night last with Sorcha Curtin and Caroline Tubridy. We were joined by Dolores Hamill who was looking forward to some West Clare tunes as was Denya DeVine from Cape Cod! We had a friendly and appreciative audience too, thanks all. Some photos below mixed in with some snaps from last Thurs night’s session in Cruises! That was a great night of music, which was fitting as Jimmy had laid to rest a dear friend and relation who loved the music always! Ronan from ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’ came in and took several Facebook Live videos during the evening (I captured a shadowy pic of him in the process!) Jimmy nor I feature in the photos but I’ll drop in one so you don’t forget us!!! 😉

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Caroline Tubridy on concertina.

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Sorcha Curtin on concertina and Denya DeVine on fiddle.

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Dolores Hamill on concertina.

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

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Michael on tinwhistle being Live videoed by Ronan from ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’!

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Brian Burke on flute, Theresa on concertina Mary Caldwell on accordion, Michael McGrath out of sight! And Seanie on guitar.

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Seanie on guitar/vocals.

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Seanie on guitar and Andy Lambert on bouzouki – both sang songs during the night!

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Paula O’ Regan on fiddle (beside her Patsy Hanrahan on piano accordion) Brian Burke and Michael Coffey on flutes


Sat 29th April in Miltown Malbay.

Looking forward to a lovely night of tunes in Friels Lynchs Pub tomorrow night. Playing with Sorcha Curtin (concertina) and Caroline Tubridy (fiddle/concertina) and anyone else who might drop in to us! Check out Miltown Malbay too; http://www.westclare.net/miltown.htm – and – http://www.clare.ie/place/miltown-malbay/

https://www.facebook.com/Wilsons.Friels

 

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Mike Coffey and Sorcha Curtin

 


Thurs 20th (reviewing Thurs 13th! :))

Cruises Bar in Ennis (https://www.facebook.com/cruises.bar/) hosts our seisiún every Thurs night at 8:30pm (Come in on 20th!) and I usually have some photos from the previous week to show – don’t always show everybody (Colm was gone again by the time the snaps were happening) Long post ahead warning!!

What a sad time for my friend Frank Corr over from Reading, whose mum passed away the previous week in Shannon. His brothers and spouses brought him in to the session so that he could be with us and he sang a beautiful rendition of ‘A mother’s love is a blessing’. He shared many great tunes with us over the night and we were delighted to have the Corr family with us.

Also, a musician who joined our seisiún last year pledged to return and true to her word, Lillie arrived last Thursday. Lillie is an artist as well as a fiddler and was running a workshop in Listowel with a friend. She has an exhibition starting THIS VERY FRIDAY there! Check it all out on https://www.facebook.com/LillieMorrisFineArt/?pnref=lhc.

Our very good friends Bill and Betty Connor returned once again before they head back to the States (Seattle) and we shared more good tunes and laughs too! Bill will be immersed in the flute workshop https://www.facebook.com/cruinniunabhfliuit/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf as we read this post!! Betty was joking that she might come up to our seisiún but that’s a BIT of a journey…..!!

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Bill on flute and Lillie dancing ‘Shoe the Donkey’ with step-dancer Michael who came up with his wife and Lillie from Listowel to the session. He also danced a hornpipe later!

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Bill Connor on my left and Betty Connor on my right! Thanks for six mths of new friendship you guys – Jimmy enjoyed your company too.

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Lillie Hardy Morris, artist/fiddle player from Georgia.

 

We welcomed back our friend Patsy Hanrahan who, at the end of the night gave Paula and myself a lovely gift each of handmade crotchet gloves (Patsy had been busy during her time away!!) Photo incl. below.

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Had to take a picture of these beautiful gloves made by our friend Patsy!

Here are some photos. Paula, Satoshi, Michael and Colm rejoined us – Bernie and John I think had not been before..but hopefully will return!

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Betty and Bill Connor on fiddle and flute, John Moloney on banjo and Michael McGrath, accordion

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Paula O’ Regan on fiddle.

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Betty sang beautifully ‘Irish ways and Irish laws’ a favourite of mine!

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Frank Corr on banjo (borrowed from our mutual friend Pat Costello, thanks Pat)

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Patsy Hanrahan on piano accordion.

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Lillie Hardy Morris from Georgia on fiddle

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Michael McGrath, my friend from Ballynacally Bernie Kirwin on flute and Satoshi Aoki also on flute! Great night. Missing from this photo – Colm Nestor on flute.


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.


Easter Saturday in Doonbeg – April 15th

Join us in Doonbeg, this great little village in Co Clare, for a seisiún and some songs on Saturday night in Madigans Bar. Marty, Emily and family always have a warm welcome for visiting musicians. With Mairéad Considine on concertina, myself on flute and Matt Heslin on guitar/vocals – the tunes will be hoppin’! Looking forward to Easter! 😉

https://www.facebook.com/Madigans-Doonbeg-113455898988530/

 


‘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!


Heading to Miltown tonight. :)

So happy to be joining Sorcha Curtin and Caroline Tubridy in Friel’s, Miltown Malbay tonight – wow – it’ll be great! Music and merriment. As always – happy to see you there too.

From 10:30pm in https://www.facebook.com/frielspub/


#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.