Tunes in the Church, To Go!

Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich dancing in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

Tunes in the Church, To Go!

As a new season of Tunes in the Church in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway gets under way, a new CD of music from the series has been released.

The brainchild of Cormac Begley, the series is going into its fourth year. Musicians lined up to play this summer include Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Charlie Harris, Lillis Ó Laoire, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Helen Diamond, Andres Tradberg, Kelly Fitzhenry, Johnny O’Hallaron, Emma O’Sullivan, Ronan Flaherty, Josie MacDonnacha, Brendan Begley, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich, Cormac Cannon, Breda Keville, Pádraic Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, Bernadette McCarthy, Marion McCarthy, Tim McHugh, Shane Mulchrone, and Michéal Ó Cathain. And that’s just July.

Many of these musicians feature on the CD as well, recorded live at St Nicholas’ to reflect, as Begley puts it, ‘the quality that Tunes in the Church strives to express… [It] is an important component of the vision of making this original and unique concept an independent and self-sustainable venture.’

One slant of such a series is to do live what recorded music does, that is to challenge ‘the concept that the home of Irish music is a the pub setting,’ and to provide a more appropriate setting for the listener and performer to share the experience of the music.

Listen below to Cormac Begley on baritone concertina joined by his sister Clíodhna on viola playing two jigs, ‘Bold Doherty’s’ followed by ‘P. Joe’s’.

The tracks are as follows:

1: Reels – The Green Mountain/ Sporting Nell: Fiachna Ó Mongáin (accordion)

2: Song – The Bleacher Boy: Helen Diamond (singer)

3: Jigs – Bold Doherty’s / P. Joe’s: Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich (viola) and Cormac Begley (baritone concertina)

4: Jigs – Micky Callaghan’s / Seargeant Early’s Jig: Cormac Cannon (uilleann pipes ) and Breda Keville (fiddle)

5: Song – An Raibh Tú ar an gCarraig: Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (singer and accordion) and Breanainn Ó Beaglaoich (guitar)

6: Barndances - Jemmy Duffy’s Barndances: Gary Hastings (flute)

7: Jigs – Apples in Winter / Gillan’s Apples: Jack Talty (concertina) & Áine Bird (fiddle)

8: Song – Béal an Átha Buí: Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (singer)

9: Double jig/Slip jig - The Kilclogher Jig and Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight: Tommy Keane (uilleann pipes), Siobhán Keane (fiddle) and Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina)

10: Reels – Ships’ a Sailing / Jackson’s / Dunmore Lasses: Paraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo) & Cormac Begley (concertina)

11: Jigs – O’Sullivan’s March / Lanigan’s Other Ball: Marie (fiddle) and Tim McHugh (flute)

12: Slow Air – Caoineadh Uí Néill: Pádraic Keane (uillean pipes)

13: Flings – Casey’s Favourites: Liam McGonigle (accordion) and Aidan Connolly (fiddle)

Published on 29 June 2013

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