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"We have been so lucky to have Flo teach at the South East Tionól for the past three years. Flo has the ability to instruct beginners as well as advanced concertinists in the same class at our small annual workshop. Each student has walked away with the confidence, technique and musicality to become a better traditional Irish musician all thanks to Flo. The tunes she chooses to teach and perform come from the very essence of her upbringing and the rich concertina tradition of County Clare. She truly has the gift to communicate her love for the instrument and the music of her home... We are looking forward to having Flo teach at the 2013 South East Tionól in Orlando, Florida"
Kathleen Cavanagh South East Tionól Organizer
"Among the minority of younger players who continue to sustain the older dialects of Clare are Jacqui McCarthy, Florence Fahy, Breeda Green, Louise Pyne, and Francis Droney"
Gearoid O hAllmhurain
"Clare -The Heartland of Irish Concertina
On RTE's Raidio na Gaeltachta on the 16th of July last, I was delighted that tracks from my concert was played on Aine Henessey's show "Draíocht an Chonsairtín". I know many of you have asked me for photos and videos of the night and I am trying to source both! The concert was recorded at this past "Consairtin" festival which took place in Ennis in April of this year and which I played for the opening concert on the Thursday night. I was accompanied by the great Garry O Bhriain on mandocello and I had my student who was attending the classes at the festival Niamh McGillacuddy join me for a tune! Enjoy listening!
Below is the radio show link and if you are not familiar with Irish, Google does offer to translate the page or hit the green button that says "Eist anois". At first, the show has the "nuacht' or "news" in Irish so the actual show starts time is around the 5 minute mark :-) In addition, I have attempted to add a 20 minute video of some of my performance at Consairtin that my sister managed to send to me through Facebook. I hope it works for you. However, you do have to have a Facebook account or sign in to your Facebook account in order to access it. I am working on trying to get it off there. If not, try opening it on different browsers as I do understand Chrome is a problem sometimes! If you really cannot see the video and your my friend on Facebook, I might just be able to send it that way too! Just send me a message!
Raidio na Gaeltachta, July 16th, "Draoicht An Consairtin"
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Tune For August
The Foggy Morning - Jig
Hello and welcome to my tune of the month for August. I hope you enjoyed learning "Paddy Cronin's Reel" last month and that you learned a bit about the great man himself. It is a fantastic reel and will go down as one of my favourites for a long time to come.
As August approaches, I am thinking about many things. It is back to school for Leah, only this year we are getting ready for Kindergarten. Leah turned 5 in July and is excited and full of questions about starting "big" school but she is ready for it. I guess the hard thing for me as a mommy is to accept that I have to let go just a little bit more and more as she gets older and know and trust that she will be just ok and in good hands. I know I will be the one bawling the first day of school and not her!!!! Funny how that works, eh? But I wouldn't be normal if I didn't, something tells me I won't be the only one!!!!!!!!!!
Of course, August brings Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann which will be taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth. If you have never heard of this or want to find out more about it, here is the link:
It is the biggest Irish music festival and celebration of Irish music and culture that takes place every year. Kids and adults come from all over Ireland, Britain and the U.S to attend and take classes in their respective instruments, compete in various competitions, solo or otherwise. For those who don't play, sing or dance, many come just to enjoy listening to and watching, great music, song and dance for a week and have a blast soaking up the atmosphere. I am delighted that I will have students participating this year again. Niamh McGillacuddy from Boston won her U15 concertina qualifier here in the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh this past June and is now competing in the U15 concertina and the duet competition at the All-Ireland. Brianna Brown of St. Louis, MI also won her qualifier here at the Mid-West Fleadh in the U15 concertina competition and is travelling to Ireland to take part in both U-15 solo and duet competition. I coached a trio group from Maryland that also qualified and will be headed to Ireland to participate as well!! I am so very proud of all of my students!!! Best of luck all! Enjoy and have fun and if you win a medal that's a bonus! I hope a great time is had by all that are attending! Hup!
Now without further ado,our tune of the month for August! This month I have chosen a 3 part jig called "The Foggy Morning"composed by one of my favourite composer's Paddy O Brien from Co. Tipperary. You can find this tune in the collection of tunes published by his daughter Eileen O Brien/Minogue. It is a fabulous book of all of Paddy's compositions in one place with beautiful tributes to Paddy. I have always been a great fan of his music and teach his tunes quite a lot to my students. Here is a lovely jig for you. I have played it slower than normal so you can hear all the nuances of the tune. It should keep you busy! Hope you enjoy learning this one!