McNeela's Guide to the Best Irish Music Events on St Patrick's Day 2021 Updated: 10/03/2021 This St. Patrick's Day may not be the one we were expecting, but every cloud has a silver lining. In this new era of online events, every Saint Patrick's Day event is now a global one! In the absence of live parades and live music performances, we've instead rounded up our pick of traditional Irish music events happening online this March 17th. Such is the popularity of our national holiday, ...
How to Care for your Brass Whistle Published: March 5, 2021 Worried customers will sometimes contact me to ask what’s wrong with their tin whistle. The ‘problem’ is always the same. The whistle has developed black spots or dark circles around the finger holes and begun to tarnish. Our poor customers are always worried that the whistle is faulty, or they’ve done something wrong. The good news however is that this is perfectly normal. Brass tin whistles tarnish. It’s a fact of life. All ...
How To Play The Concertina Like Noel Hill Published: March 2, 2021 Noel Hill is the master of the modern concertina. He singlehandedly revolutionised traditional Irish concertina playing, forever changing the musical landscape. The concertina owes much of its popularity today to Noel's innovative and inspirational playing and his virtuoso technical brilliance. Hill is an other-worldly player: the ornamentations and variations he brings to the dance tunes are imaginative and thrilling, his ai...
FAQ - Top Tips for Caring for Your Bodhran The bodhrán skin is the most important part of the bodhrán. It dictates the quality of sound your drum will produce. It also happens to be the most temperamental part of this iconic frame drum. After all, it's made from goat skin, and goats are famously stubborn. So, the best thing you can do care for your bodhrán is to learn to care for its skin. I often receive queries from customers asking about best practice when it comes to caring for and main...
How to Play the Irish Wooden Flute Like Matt Molloy Published: February 19, 2021 When you think of traditional Irish flute playing, there is one name that immediately springs to mind. Matt Molloy has become a household name, synonymous with the Irish flute. He is rightly considered one of the most influential traditional Irish musicians of all time. Matt Molloy is responsible for bringing traditional Irish flute playing to a completely different level. His cosmopolitan style is probably the mo...
How to Play the Tin Whistle Like Mary Bergin Published: February 15, 2021 Legendary tin whistle player Mary Bergin is the most iconic tin whistle player of our time. She single handedly revolutionised Irish tin whistle playing and elevated the status of this humble instrument. Without her trailblazing influence, Irish tin whistle playing would never have reached the heights it has. She has inspired countless generations of musicians. Mary Bergin is, hands down, the greatest thing to ever happen ...
St Valentine’s Day - The Dublin Connection While there are not a whole lot of definitive accounts of St Valentine’s life in the 3rd century AD, it is believed that on February 14 278AD, Valentine was beaten with clubs and then executed by beheading for defying a marriage and engagement ban put in place by Roman Emperor Claudius II. Valentine, then working as a Christian priest, continued to marry couples in private and paid for it with his life. St Valentine's Irish Resting Place Wh...
Modern Day Irish Bodhran Legend – Johnny Ringo McDonagh Published: February 12, 2021 Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh is one of the most innovative and exciting bodhrán players in the world of traditional Irish music. This legendary bodhrán player has become an icon, shaping the world of modern bodhrán playing and inspiring countless generations of musicians and instrument makers. Born in Galway in 1951, Johnny began playing the bodhrán in 1967 and has since gone on to build a reputation as one...
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