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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!

Celebration time!! Christmas IS celebration. Music…..:)

Thurs 21st Dec at Cruises Bar, Ennis – Jimmy Clancy and I and of course Pat and Teresa (bar management!) will be hosting an OPEN session again – room for all at the inn! We had some lovely friends last week and very

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Great tunes with Pat, Jim, John, Patsy and Howard.

good tunes too! This week Jimmy and I would like to wish all the people who are away from home for Christmas the very best for the season – to look after yourself, maybe make contact even if it’s with just one person, to have a little moment for yourself even if you’re surrounded by lots of people and to remember that we’re thinking of you. We will play our traditional Irish music JUST FOR YOU this Thurs! Happy Christmas/ Happy holidays – just …some happy times!

#irishmusic #christmas #sessions #coclare #wildatlanticway #ennis #mentalhealth

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Howard on whistle, (Ronan getting ready to take some live video) and Colm on flute.

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Jimmy, Pat and Jim on accordions and John on banjo.

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Colm on flute and Andy on bouzouki.

Now, those photos above were taken by me with my phone but I’m going to upload some taken by Pat Keating (when he wasn’t playing the accordion!!) – they’re lovely I’m sure you’ll agree. Of course – he’s not in them.

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John, Howard and Ronan. Taken by Pat Keating.

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Colm Andy and Áine – taken by Pat Keating.

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Andy, Áine and Jimmy – taken by Pat Keating.

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Jim, (Ronan filming), John, Howard, and Patricia dancing. Taken by Pat Keating.

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Jim, Patricia enjoying the fun and John. Taken by Pat Keating.

New, older and old traditional music.

I have enjoyed very much the sessions I have played this past year – 2017. Not only am I hearing my own tunes being played by friends (amazing) but I’m enjoying playing tunes written in the past twenty years by some well known traditional musicians too – and of course, there is such a vast amount of old tunes that are truly fantastic to play! It’s been heaven!

Looking ahead now – I have decided to record more of the many tunes I have written in order to just have them out there and they can therefore sink or swim!! This will allow me peace to continue writing as it is what I enjoy and who knows what tune/melody/air is waiting to be written down?! Have to find out!! #composing #newcompositions

If you have my last album (‘The Tunes Foundry’) please throw it into the cd player again and give it a spin – I’d love if you would let me know which tune you think is memorable to you and why. (For sale on my Shop page for €16p&p incl) One of the greatest compliments I received this year was from a friend who told me that The Tunes Foundry was the family’s favourite car music and was still being played despite two of the tracks being scratched!! #geraldineandgang

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Áine is presented with a cake by her father, celebrating the launch of her new CD The Tunes Foundry. From the family.

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Áine Heslin flute with Matt Heslin accompanying on guitar.

#traditionalirishmusic #irishtraditionalmusic #newmusic #coclare #sessions #tradmusic #ennis #friendliesttowninireland #newtunes #cruisesbar

Thanks for the support so far!! I really appreciate it. xxxxx Áine

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