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Paddy Moloney (1938-2021)

(Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Paddy Moloney, and Triona Marshall on harp)

 

In less than one week after the passing of Tony MacMahon — Paddy Moloney, the legendary musical leader of The Chieftains died on Tuesday at the age of 83…

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Tony MacMahon (1939-2021)

Sorry to learn of the passing of one mighty man of music who I knew on and off since meeting Tony MacMahon when I was a kid in the 1960's in Chicago and various other places throughout the years where…

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Mrs. Eileen "Ma" Carroll (1929-2021)

Eileen Carroll (1929-2021) 

And just like the tune Liz wrote for her mom which she named Mrs. Carroll’s Strathspey — Ma Carroll — which is what I always called Mrs. Carroll in my mind — was the embodiment of those…

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Nanci Griffith (July 6, 1953 - August 13, 2021)

It’s funny how things happen. Turned on the radio one Saturday night in the early 1980s to listen to The Midnight Special on WFMT in Chicago, one of my first baby steps away from round the clock diddly-diddly and sean-nos…

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Joe Burke (1939-2021) 

 

 

Talk of a surreal day on Saturday. I've been working on a 192 track audio project for nearly a year and am now about one-fifth the way through on the first draft of the liner notes. I…

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Yogi Berra Explains Irish Traditional Music (Trad)

 

Yogi Berra Explains Irish Traditional Music (Trad): 

Interviewer: Can you explain Trad? 

Yogi: I can't, but I will. 90% of all Trad is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never…

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Brendan Mulkere (1942-2020)

 

I was on my first solo trip to Ireland to compete in the 1977 Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis - after a successful Fleadh, I had a notion to head over to London for a long weekend before going…

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Infinite Hope...

My individual video contribution to the 140 minute plus "Infinite Hope" originally live streamed on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Infinite Hope"…

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Kevin Henry (1929-2020)

Years back in the corner confessional of the 6511 Club I was with Kevin Henry, his wife Pauline, the late Brendan & Theresa Williams — and behind the counter bartending, bantering, and holding court, was the late Jack Finan…

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Ten Albums

Pre-ramble: Musician Seán Montgomery and Irish Trad music radio presenter Maryann Keifer nominated me for a post-for-ten-days yokeybob album thingy.

I decided to expand it a wee bit as many of my friends don't know much about traditional Irish…

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BPT me arse...

I’ve been doing paid gigs since high school — the first sorta regular gig was with Liz Carroll at Ireland’s 32 here in Chicago on a Friday night — on the small stage right next to the pool table…

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#Quarantunes

I wish to thank Dr. Ryan Hackett for the #Quarantunes nomination - but more importantly, to thank Ryan and all you other healthcare heroes, first responders, and essential workers (our newest class of heroes) out yonder who are leading…

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John Prine - Rest in Paradise

Side B, Cut 7 

I met John Prine in Dublin many years ago at a hotel where I was staying — it was at the in-house late night ‘disco’ where one went for a drink a few minutes after the…

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Ed Ward...

Just learned the sad news that Edward J. Ward passed away earlier this morning. 

Two weeks ago Ed and Catherine Ward opened their home and hearts to Mick Moloney, Liz Carroll, and myself to be with Ed as…

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Jimmy Keane CelticMKE interview

Artist Spotlight: Piano Accordionist Jimmy Keane 

CELTIC MKE·TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017 

You grew up around music & your parents encouraged you to play, but what drew you to the piano accordion? 

J: It is a bit odd…

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The Horse Keane and Sean McGuire...

Liz Carroll recently sent me an article written by Martin McGinley about the late great fiddler Sean McGuire (1927-2005). Liz asked me to make sure I read it all the way through. And lo and behold, there was a Sean…

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Trad Music Survey May 27-29, 2017 

Trad Music Survey May 27-29, 2017 

Surveyor/Pollster: Jimmy Keane 

100 Participants 

This was a non-scientific survey posted on social media and by direct outreach to some of my musician friends. 

Aside from cleaning up some text…

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Margie Dennehy (1936-2017)


Saddened to learn of the passing of Margie Dennehy on Sunday evening. Margie, along with her late husband Dennis, were co-founders of Dennehy Irish Dance. Margie was its heart and soul and was one of the nicest and kindest people…

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