Posted by McNeela

    Lá an Dreoilín – The Day of the Wren

    Did you know that the Irish word for Wren is Dreoilín [Droe-leen]? In fact, the Wren plays an important part in Irish f...

    The Piper’s Grip for Irish Simple System Flute Players

    I get quite a lot of emails and phone calls regarding the Irish flute and the difficulty classical flute players and ind...

    The Far-Reaching Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument

    When I started out researching the benefits of music and the effects learning a musical instrument has on the brain I ex...

    Liam O’Connor Plays ‘The Bucks of Oranmore’

    Liam O’Connor does justice to this legendary session tune! It’s so difficult to outdo that it’s usuall...

    [Brand New] Setanta Soprano Whistles Launched!!

    Watch video to hear John play Rosie Finn’s Favourite jig and Touch Me if You Dare (reel) on the ne...

    How English Concert Flutes became Irish Traditional Flutes

    You’ll notice that flutes played by traditional Irish musicians tend to be of a certain type, Matt Molloy‘s favo...

    Liam O’Connor plays ‘The Silver Spear’ on Fiddle

    This is still an extremely popular session tune and when you hear it you’ll know why. It’s a glorious reel which can...

    Elizabeth Crotty – The Saviour of the Irish Concertina

    In our most recent concertina blog we mentioned the name of Elizabeth Crotty, a torchbearer for Irish concertina-playing...

    Pratten – The Man Behind the Traditional Irish Flute Style

    You’ll often hear the name Pratten or term ‘Pratten-style’ when talking about Irish wooden flutes but ...

    Why the Catastrophic Decline of Irish Concertina Playing 1930 –

    As we learnt in the previous blog post, The Golden Age of Concertina Playing in Ireland, the concertina was viewed somew...
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