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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! 😉

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April – Aibreán. Thurs 6th: Cruises Bar!

I must admit that I don’t speak enough Irish – I’d like to do more but…I’ll get there. Was helping my son with his Irish spellings last week and was reminded of the names of the months!! (My musician/teacher friends are tutting as they read this.);)  So this Thurs with Jimmy Clancy on accordion and whichever of our regular visitors (we might have some new musicians again) beidh an craic againn! (We’ll have the craic) Drop in to us. Open seisiún.

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Pat Keating.

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Pat Keating, accordion and Satoshi Aoki, flute and sean-nós dancing.

Pat Keating (Jnr), fiddle and Pat Keating (Snr), accordion.

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Jimmy Clancy, accordion and Pat Keating, fiddle.

Jimmy had his accordion tuned last week by Brendan Mulhaire and when we played at Cruises I heard the lovely new tone that he had given it – Jimmy was adamant that he wanted the box to sound well with a flute – and so it did! Amazing. We had some lovely sean-nós dancing from Satoshi at the end of the evening too.


30th March 2017

Hi again – it’s time for a session in Cruises Bar, Ennis from 8:30pm Thurs.

Some photos from last Thurs – we had more new visitors along with a few of our more regular participants – Aongus on pipes from Limerick originally but now residing in Belgium and Vincent on accordion from Holland.

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Satoshi Aoki

 

Vincent (Holland), Michael McGrath and Aongus (Limerick/Belgium)

 

Also (but not in the photos this week) Paula O’Regan, Jimmy Clancy and myself.


‘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!


23rd March (Thurs) Cruises Bar

Well, after all the Saint Patrick festivities of last weekend – it’s back to a normal night of tunes in Cruises Bar. Or is it?? 😉 Come on in and join us from 8:30pm – can’t guarantee what it will be like as it is different every week – but that is the joy of live music. We had a lovely night last week and great musicians – some photos below. (A few missing from photos – Andy Lambert, Steve Brown, Jimmy Clancy..)

Pat Keating, Michael McGrath, Brian Burke and Howard Winrow.

Des Mulkere, Paula O’Regan, Pat Keating.

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Smokey McKeen from Maine.

Michael McGrath and Smokey McKeen


Eve of St Patrick’s Day – session in Ennis

If you are in Ennis on 16th March, why not drop in to Cruises from 8:30pm and enjoy the session – or join in if you feel so inclined! All welcome. Jimmy Clancy and Áine Heslin leading the session. Here are only a couple of photos from last week (phone settings went awry)

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Michael McGrath.

Pat Keating snr and Pat Keating jnr

Pat Keating snr and Pat Keating jnr. Father and son having fun!

 


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/


Cruises Thurs night sessions 23rd Feb

While I still have the time – I’m uploading photos from the previous week. As time moves on things will get busier…less photos! Some of you will be happy about that maybe, but for the rest of us – here we go! (Don’t forget to call in this Thurs 8:30pm Open Session, before heading to Doolin for the weekend!) Ps also, we’ll be here the night before St Patrick’s Day.

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

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Paula, Satoshi and Michael.

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Andy! 😉

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Michael and…Michael!


Thurs trad/Cruises (- almost Feb?)

All are welcome to come in to Cruises Bar Thurs weekly at 8:30pm and listen/join in…we’re having a ball! Tunes, tunes and more tunes. Jimmy Clancy has a store of old one and new ones which keeps things buzzin’. Many visiting musicians each week – from all corners of the world! Some photos from last week taken by our visiting fiddler, Betty Connor – thanks for sharing them Betty!

Go to https://aineheslinmusic.com/shop/ to hear some tracks from my CD ‘The Tunes Foundry’

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Orla, Áine, Jimmy, Bill, Patrick, Jerry and Colm. Photo by Betty Connor

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

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Áine, Jimmy, Bill, Patrick, Jerry and Colm. Photo by Betty Connor

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Sean nós dancing before our session finished – thanks Satoshi.

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Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.


Thurs 5th Jan 2017

Back in Cruises, Ennis tonight at 8:30pm with Jimmy Clancy and a host of visitors – feel free to come in and join us for the tunes, the broken resolutions, the keeping of the resolve to play/meet with friends and sure where would we be without our great audience who keep us motivated to play our best!

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Getting cosy in Cruises!

Thurs 17th – tonight – Jimmy Clancy hosts the seisiún with me from 8:30pm and it’ll be lovely to have you with us if you are wrapping up and braving this winter’s day. Bring your favourite tunes tonight – we all have favourites and it’s nice to get to play them.

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In Cruises Bar

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In Cruises Bar

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Photo by Patrick Keating


Sun 2nd Oct 2016

‘Ceol Cois Tine’ (music by the fire)

Time has flown by and yes, we are heading towards October so fast that if we trip – we’ll be there!!:) Ceol Cois Tine is a monthly seisiún in Keane’s Bar, Carrigaholt (less than 1hr drive from Ennis) It’s a 7:30pm start this Sun 2nd Oct so there is plenty of time to get home in time for a good night’s rest. Every month Mags Keane asks different musicians to host the seisiún – this weekend it’s myself on flute, Mairéad Considine on concertina (one of the ‘Siarlinn’ founder members) and Martin Noel Tubridy on accordion. All musicians/singers welcome – including the younger musicians who often come to get used to the session scene! http://loopheadclare.com/keanes-bar-grocery-carrigaholt/

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Niamh Casey, Mairéad Considine and Orla Coughlan.