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 and Library in Inchicore.

This fantastic group has been on the go since 1987.  Carrantuohill have toured Europe extensively and can include among their fans the late great Nobel Prize winner, poet Séamus Heaney.  Heaney 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, and acoustic guitar.  They expand that sound with additional 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 them on the whistle for an impromptu trad session. Each of them was playing a McNeela instrument, delighting customers and McNeela staff alike!

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

Check our their latest album, Zielona Droga and for more information on this exciting musical group, visit their official website www.carrantuohill.pl.

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