• Carrantuohill Polish Group with Paraic McNeela outside McNeela Instruments in Baldoyle

    When Carrantuohill Met McNeela Instruments

    We had another music-filled afternoon at the shop today when Polish 7-piece Celtic music group, the fantastic Carrantuohill, popped in to meet Paraic, buy bodhráns and get a session or two in before tonight’s gig in Biblary Polish Community Centre & Library in Inchicore. This fantastic group has been on the go since 1987 and have toured Europe extensively and can include among their fans the late, great Nobel Prize winner, poet Séamus Heaney who remarked about their energetic sets, “that even the Irish would not do it better!”.

    Paraic and the Band in the workshop, Paraic is taping a bodhrán

    The band play violin, uilleann pipes, bouzouki, cittern, bodhrán, flutes, tin whistles, accordion, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and expand the sound with percussion instruments, keyboards and bass guitar. Their music is a mix of Irish and Scottish traditional tunes along with their own Celtic-inspired compositions. They’ve been the recipient of many awards and honours including Folk Album of the year and have played with greats like Liam Óg O’Flynn and Art McGlynn.

    Paraic joined in on the whistle to play with them at an impromptu shop session, each of them playing a McNeela instrument, delighting customers and McNeela staff alike!

    They play The Biblary Polish Community Centre & Library in Inchicore, Dublin 8 this evening, Friday 12th October and they’re on to Cork city tomorrow, Saturday 13th and then back east in Arklow for a Sunday gig in The Bay Hotel.

    Also check our their latest album, Zielona Droga” and for more information visit their website: https://www.carrantuohill.pl/en

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