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Episode 43-From the Fringe to the Fore

by | Jul 13, 2020

The role of instruments in Celtic traditions can be fickle: newer voices (like the tenor banjo) are increasingly popular on festival stages; while ancient ones (like the harp) still hang on the outskirts when it comes to modern group projects. Find out how the banjo came into common acceptance in Irish circles from Daniel Neely, Enda Scahill, and Martin Howley… and learn about joys and challenges of outsider status from harpist Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, and saxophone players Susan Lindsay and Isaac Alderson.

There’s also plenty of music in this episode. Full playlist below.

Thank you to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to this month’s underwriters: Pat Wilcox, Soomee Han, Ken Doyle, Stephanie Reeve, Finn Agenbroad, Mark Haynes, David Vaughan, Gerry Corr, Susan Walsh, Rick Rubin, Randy Krajniak, Jon Duvik, and Suezen Brown.

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And for Japanese speakers who want to get started with Irish Music Stories, the first episode has been translated fully (transcript) by Ryoko Murakami, with support from Tomoaki Hatekeyama HERE

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 43
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tunes: “The Big Reel Of Ballynacally/The High Hill/Flash Away The Pressing Gang,” from Sunny Spells And Scattered Showers
Artist: Solas

Tune: Professor Cherry, from Ports of Call
Artists: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Tune: “D Chimes,” from Irish Music Stories Production music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Taste of Gaelic,” from The Cabin Sessions
Artists: Mairi Rankin & Eric Wright

Tune: “February Bright,” from 20 Chandler Street
Artist: Maeve Gilchrist

Tune: “Zayante,” from Home Recording
Artist: Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Tune: “G Meditation,” from Irish Music Stories Production music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Harp Glissando demonstration,” from How to play Glissandos on the Harp
Artist: Christy-Lin

Tune: “Waimea Rising,” from Vignette
Artists: Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor Krauss

Tune: “The Castlebay Scrap/Stuarts Rant,” from Play On Light
Artist: Síleas

Tune: “The Blue Dress,” from The Blue Dress
Artists: Shannon Heaton & Maeve Gilchrist

Tune: “Tom Maguire’s Fancy, The Flogging Reel,” from Traditional Music On Fiddle, Banjo & Harp
Artist: Oisín Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheal O’Ruanaigh

Tune: “Following the North Star,” from Freedom Highway
Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

Tune: “The Miller Of Drone/Pauline Conneely’s/Finbar Dwyer’s,” from An Traidisiún Beo
Artist: Angelina Carberry

Tune: “Medley,” from live footage from 1928 (presented by Vitaphone 
Artist: Fabulous Ingenues

Tune: “Seamus Connolly’s/Brid Harpur’s,” from Traditional Music From Doolin Co. Clare
Artist: Kevin Griffin

Tune: “The Rookery,” from Music class at 2014 Milwaukee Irishfest Summer School
Artist: Martin Howley

Tune: “The New Irish Barn Dance,” from 1929 recording
Artists: Flanagan Brothers

Tune: “Sailor on the Rock,” from Fleá Ceoil (1964 recording from Gael Linn)
Artist: Barney McKenna

Tune: “Bill Cheatum / Kitchen Girl,” from Live in Galway
Artist: We Banjo 3

Tune: Martin Wynnes #2 / Martin Wynnes #1 / The Coalminer,” from Roots of the Banjo Tree
Artist:  We Banjo 3

Tune: “Splendid Isolation,” from At the Racket
Artist: At the Rocket

Tune: “Mutey Big Build,” from Irish Music Stories Production music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Siege of Ennis No. 3,” from B Side of Copley Record #9-178
Artist: Johnny Powell and his Irish band

Tune: “Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria,” from Bach: Goldberg Variations (For Saxophone Quartet)
Artist: Danish Saxophone Quartet, Christian Hougaard, Torben Snekkestad, Jørgen Ole Bove & Per Egholm

Tune: “Rhythm Is Our Business,” from 1935 Hits (Remastered)
Artist: Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra & Willie Smith

Tune: “Abbey Reel Meditation,” from Irish Music Stories Production music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Heartstrings Theme,” from Irish Music Stories Production music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Sixteen Jolly Ravers,” from From the Green to the Blue
Artist: The Lindsays

Tune: “Sabai Sabai,” from Irish Music Stories Production music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Aunt Jane’s Trip to Norway,” from The Blue Dress
Artists: Shannon Heaton & Maeve Gilchrist

Tune: “Jane’s Reel,” from Simon Chrisman & Wes Corbett
Artists: Simon Chrisman & Wes Corbett

Tune: “Stah Wahs,” from banjo outtake
Artist: Matt Heaton

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