Category Archives: Music & Musicians

Mrs. Crotty (Concertina)

Mrs Crotty, Concertina

Elizabeth Crotty, better known as Mrs. Crotty, was a famous concertina player from Kilrush, County Clare.

She was born in 1885 in Cooraclare in West Clare and grew up in a home that was filled with music. Her mother played the fiddle and her sister Maggie played the concertina; they played together for house dances and American Wakes.

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Donncha O’Briain

Donncha O’Briain was a tin whistle teacher and performer, from a musical family from Dublin, with brothers Mick (pipes) Tom (fiddle) Andrew (fiddle) and John (pipes)

He was a member of CCE Cluain Tarbh, and taught and played regularly with the branch.He released a collection of tunes called the Golden Eagle, and an excellent whistle album which was recently re-released on Gael-linn, under the title Irish Traditional Airs on Tin Whistle / Ceol ar an bhFeadóg Stain. In 1980 he received a People of the Year Award for ‘his triumph over disability, his musical prowess and the inspiration which he provided for so many.’ Donncha passed away in 1990, aged just 30.

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Altan – new album “Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen”

Altan - Gleann Nimhe, The Poison Glen

Altan - Gleann Nimhe, The Poison GlenIrish traditional music group Altan will release their first studio album in six years, Gleann Nimhe, with Compass Records at the end of the month. The band has been together for 3O years, and this album is a return to the simpler sound of earlier recordings, after their work with the Concert Orchestra. Vocalist, fiddler and founding member Mairead Ni Mhaoinaigh says:

‘We went back to the roots of the six members of the band, with only Harry Bradley (flute) and Jim Higgins (percussion) as guests on this one. I also wanted to have the voice more to the fore in terms of the sound, less produced so that we could bring the music into the listener’s room a little more.’

Ni Mhaoinigh sings 5 songs on the 13-track album, and is joined by the current lineup of Ciaran Tourish (fiddle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Mark Kelly (guitar), Ciarán Curran (bouzouki) and Daithi Sproule (guitar).
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Kevin Burke (Fiddle)

kevin burke fiddle

Irish Fiddler. Born in London of parents from Co. Sligo, Kevin Burke started playing fiddle at the age of 8. He developed a virtuosic playing style influenced by that of Sligo. He replaced Tommy Peoples in The Bothy Band, and recorded two albums with Michael O’Domhnaill.



Sheet Music – Fainne Oir Ort

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Altan is an Irish music group, playing traditional music in the Donegal style. The group was formed in the early 90s, after an album by founding members Frankie Kennedy (Irish flute) and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (fiddle), Ceol Aduaidh (“music from the North” in Irish gaelic)

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Mary Bergin

Mary Bergin was born in Dublin in 1949,  and started playing the whistle at the age of 9, after hearing Willie Clancy (Uilleann Pipes) in concert. She moved to Spiddal, where she still lives today. She plays with Alec Finn (De Danann) and the group  Dordan, and teaches the whistle.

Maud Millar (Reel) (21.92 kB

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Roger Sherlock

Born in 1932, in Cloonfeighrin, Co Mayo, near the Sligo border, Roger Sherlock started playing on a Clarke whistle. He emigrated to London in  1953, and played with all the big names of that period; he recorded for Raidio Eirinn’s Job of Journeywork, and played with the Dunloe, Hibernian et Thatch Ceili Bands. He returned to live in Ireland in 1996.

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Paddy Carty


carty.jpg Paddy Carty was born in 1929 in Rafford, Loughrea, Co. Galway. He played on a  Radcliff System instrument, a keyed flute with similar fingering to the simple system flute, which allowed him to play in a traditional style, but also to play in keys not normally used by flute players. 

His playing style is flowing and rhythmic, without being too fast or overdone with ornamentation. He often played with Paddy Fahy, a fiddle player in the melodic style of the area. 

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deanta.jpgDéanta were an ITM group from Antrim in Northern Ireland, with wooden flute, fiddle, whistle, vocals and accompaniment on guitar, keyboard and harp. Their music is in the Northern style, wioth evident Scottish influences (the song  “Culloden’s Harvest, or the highland “King George IV”) The recorded 3 albums, Déanta, Ready for the Storm and Whisper of a Secret, traditional Irish music in contemporary arrangements.

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Hammy Hamilton (Irish flute)

Hammy Hamilton

Colin « Hammy » Hamilton was born in Belfast in 1953 and started playing the Irish flute in the 70s. In 1979 he created the first Irish wooden flute making workshop, in the village of Cuil Aodha, Co. Cork. He still makes flutes today.

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