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  1. Celtic Crossings and Celtic Tours World Vacations proudly present Dr Gearoid’s 2017 Irish History and Heritage Tour August 1-10, 2017 (10 DAYS) ~Living History and Heritage~Music~Archeology~Natural History~Cultural Traditions~



    Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, born in Ennis, County Clare, is a leading Irish ethnomusicologist, author, musician and historian specialising in Irish music, diaspora, cultural and memory studies.


    A 5-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina player, Gearóid has presented over 1,000 concerts on 4 continents during the past 30 years. A prolific writer and tenured university professor, he is also a producer of The Clare Tracin’ Ensemble and a former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.



    CLICK HERE: RESERVATION FORM: Dr Gearoid’s History and Heritage Tour of Ireland Aug 1-10, 2017


    EMAIL US TODAY! CelticTours World Vacations’ Custom Tour # 89841



    Irish History and Heritage Tour Highlights–

    · Travel with Ireland’s noted cultural historian, author and award-winning traditional musician

    · Meet locals and enjoy expert-led excursions

    · Discover spectacular natural beauty

    · Enjoy nightly musical sessions and private recitals

    · Explore a living history and heritage of Ireland, dating to the mesolithic period

    · Immerse yourself in rich culture and heritage

    · Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Galway, Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Connemara and Kerry)

    · Enjoy nightly musical sessions and recitals


    · Learn about the extraordinary events of 1916, which placed Ireland on the road to independence from Britain

    · Stand at the edge of the 702 foot high Cliffs of Moher

    · Walk around the semi circular stone fort of Dún Aonghasa, on the island of Inis Mór.

    · Imagine the Irish who lived at the hilltop from c.1500 BC

    · Visit the castle of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley

    · Spend time in Craggaunowen – a interactive heritage site revealing Irish life in the Iron Age

    · Engage with ancient Irish archaeology at Caherconnell Stone Fort–which dates to Viking invasions

    · Encounter dramatic shadows of the Great Famine (1850) –which caused a million deaths and a million to across the ocean


    · Experience the breathtaking Burren karst landscape–a cracked lunar bedrock of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils and rock formations

    · Ponder the iconic megalithic tomb at Poulnabrone dating from the Neolithic period–one of Ireland’s most photographed archaeological sites

    · Climb the gravelly incline of Ireland’s sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick, or rest at Teach na Miasa visitor centre to watch others follow in St Patrick’s footsteps

    · Wind around the Ring of Kerry –beautiful mountains, lakes and hidden vistas

    · Explore archaeological monuments along the Dingle Peninsula, which National Geographic Traveler once described as “the most beautiful place on earth.”

    · Behold the 1200-year-old Gallarus Oratory–an early Christian stone church and rare prehistoric Fahan Beehive Huts

    · Cruise along the majestic River Corrib onto Lough Corrib, the Irish Republic’s largest lake, past castles and various sites of historical and cultural interest


    · Learn useful Irish expressions– the oldest spoken language in western Europe

    · Step out for a traditional dance or try your hand at learning a simple tune on the traditional whistle

    · Meet members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band–Ireland’s oldest continually surviving dance band

    · Explore Galway City, European Capital of Culture (2020)

    · Meet local artists and craft designers

    · Be welcomed as a royal visitor at Bunratty Castle’s famed medieval banquet and theatrical performance

    · Visit Claddagh Village–inspiration for the timeless Claddagh Ring

    · Savor locally sourced cuisine and perhaps try your hand at scavenging for nutritional seaweed

    · And much more! See the complete itinerary and your reservation form


    PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS provided by CelticTours World Vacations (Albany, NY)




    · Jeanne Orenstein, Celtic TourS (Albany, NY)

    · 518-862-0042 x310 Email: jeanneo@celtictours.com

    · EMAIL US TODAY! CelticTours World Vacations’ Custom Tour # 89841


    · 9 nights hotel accommodations

    · 9 full breakfast daily (except day of arrival)

    · 4 hotel dinners plus Bunratty Castle Banquet

    · Admissions:

    · Cragganowen

    · Quin Abbey

    · Bunratty Folk Park

    · Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

    · Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog demonstration

    · Aran Island Ferry and island tour to Dun Aonghasa

    · Kylemore Abbey (photo stop)

    · Muckross House

    · Kilfenora Burren Museum

    · Lough Corrib Boat Cruise

    · Galway Walking tour

    · All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach

    · Tips and taxes on items included



  2. Gearóid has offered a resource from one of his Concordia university courses last year. Using one of his research maps which shows the Great Houses of Music in County Clare (1850-2000), they overlaid examples of regional styles of concertina music. This is by NO means a comprehensive list of Clare musicians - it is vastly incomplete on that score. However, it offers an introduction to the various styles found within the county. We also included a few group performance links, as well as a link to Aine Hensey's superb TG4 exposé on regional styles from 2007. What do you think?










  3. “Patriotism, Nostalgia and Amnesia: Remembering and forgetting Clare music during the Age of Rebellion.”

    2016 Sonny Murray Memorial Lecture (Consairtín 2016)

    Friday, April 1, 2016 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland



    le Gearóid Ó hAllmhúráin agus a chairde

    Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:30pm

    Rowan Tree Café Bar, Ennis



    How did local and international forces impact Clare musical traditions at the dawn of the new century? Presenting the 2016 Sonny Murray Memorial Lecture, Clare native Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin will use musical extracts, interviews and photos from his extensive research to paint a musical picture of the changing political and music landscape of Clare. The influence of cylinder recordings of continental concertina playing, the role of Captain Francis O’Neill, women musicians and the arrival of jazz will be juxtaposed against the political impact of de Valera, the GAA, brass and reed military bands and much more. Ó hAllmhuráin is currently Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies at Montreal’s Concordia University.


    This talk is a sneak preview of Gearóid's long overdue book Flowing Tides-History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape, due this summer from Oxford University Press. A prolific writer, Gearóid's A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music’ (1998, O’Brien Press, Dublin) has sold over 15,000 copies. Ennis born Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is recognised as one of the world’s leading academics authorities in Irish studies and cultural heritage. An ethnomusicologist, author, musician and historian specializing in Irish music, diaspora, cultural and memory studies, he was also a founder of Dísirt Tóla with the Sharon and Garry Shannon and friends, and earned five All-Irelands on concertina, uilleann pipes and as a member of the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

    Thanks for spreading the news. Looking forward to a great weekend!

  4. Hello all,


    Just a heads up that Gearóid will be down in the DC area giving concertina workshops and lectures as part of the 10th annual Musical Arts and Dance (aka MAD) Week hosted by the local CCE group. Its our favorite music week because the classes are small, the people friendly, teachers accessible, everything in one location. There are still spaces available. See link below!





    All the best,







  5. Hello all! In a rare public appearance since disappearing into academia with his latest university Chair of Irish Studies in Canada, Clare concertina champion, author and Irish cultural historian Gearóid ÓhAllmhuráin will be joining the 2014 faculty of MAD Week.



    MAD Week is an annual school for the traditional arts convened every July, with multiple tracks of classes for all ages and skill levels in song, dance and instrumental instruction. MAD Week is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the East Coast's premier clinic weeks for learning the traditional arts.


    Gearóid joins a stellar cast of Irish musicians including Brian Conway, Rose Conway, Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely, Myron Bretholz, Josh Dukes, Linda Hickman, superb sean-nós dancers and many more. This is one of our favorite weeks and conveniently located in the DC area. Please consider joining us and thank you for spreading the word!





    (2014 MADweek) http://www.ccepotomac.org/cce-madweekclass.html

    (2013 MADweek) http://www.ccepotomac.org/www/MADWeek_standalone.html




    MAD Week 2014
    Monday, July 07, 2014 10:00 AM -
    Friday, July 11, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

    Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
    (301) 493-8300
    9601 Cedar Lane
    Bethesda, Maryland 20814
    United States

    map.pngMap and Directions



  6. Hello all!


    Just a reminder that in addition to the massive concertina workshops hosted at the annual Irish Arts Week in NY's Catskills, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin will give a Clare Concertina Workshop in Berkeley, CA on Saturday August 2nd. That evening he presents his annual concert at the Freight and Salvage with Cape Breton pianist Barbara MacDonald Magone. Concert flyer is attached.


    Saturday August 2nd: The workshop runs 1 - 4 pm with two 90 minute sessions with a short break. Fee is $100.00. If you are on the west coast, this is a great opportunity for a relaxed and comfortably small learning session. Please let me know asap if you would like to attend.


    Wednesday, July 9: Gearóid is also launching the Paddy Murphy 'In Good Hands' CD by presenting a lecture entitled ‘Paddy Murphy: Pioneer of the Irish Concertina’ Wednesday, July 9 in Miltown Malbay as part of the Willie Clancy Week.


    Monday July 7: Gearóid will also be a guest on Joan Hanrahan's Clare FM show on Monday July 7 (7-9 PM local time) to discuss the life of Paddy Murphy and music in County Clare. To listen 'LIVE', visit http://www.clarefm.ie/


    All the best,


    Cecilia McDonnell

    Celtic Crossings "Ceol agus Cultúr"





  7. Hello all,


    Just a quick reminder that in addition to festival performances, Clare concertina master Gearoid OhAllmhurain is presenting concertina workshops in several North American locations this summer, including Quebec (June), New York's Catskills Irish Arts Week (July), San Francisco/Berkeley (August). He is also formally launching his recent Paddy Murphy In Good Hands CD (http://www.PaddyMurphy.eu) at the annual Willie Clancy Week in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare in July. In August he'll be at the Milwaukee Irish Festival to join the Kilfenora Ceili Band in their 100 year celebration and later that month, he plays with French Canadian fiddle dynamo Pierre Schryer at Le Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordéon – Montmagny, Québec, Canada. What a busy summer! Bad year for gas to sky rocket!


    For complete details, please visit his tour schedule at http://www.IrishTraditionalMusic.us/


    Hopefully we will see you at one or more of these fun dates.


    All the best,


    Cecilia McDonnell

    Celtic Crossings, San Francisco


  8. Great news! I am thrilled to announce the official Irish launch of the long awaited CD “Paddy Murphy - In Good Hands: Field Recordings from a Pioneer of the Irish Concertina” (produced by Peadar O’Loughlin and Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, executive producer Cecilia McDonnell, Celtic Crossings, San Francisco)


    Concertina.net members are invited to visit http://www.PaddyMurphy.eu for advance purchases. CDs will begin shipping on December 8th!


    Honoring the Clareman who taught his distinctive style to noted concertina players Noel Hill, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Gerald Haugh, Miriam Collins and others, this memorial CD features 28 tracks of tunes and field interviews with Paddy Murphy of Bealgragga, Co. Clare. Rich with fascinating anecdotes and rare photos, historian Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin has written the enclosed 28 page book revealing the origins of the Irish concertina and tracin' the oral history of ‘hedge school’ style music teachers, céilí bands, early recordings, fleadhanna, and much more.


    On Saturday, December 8, the great Clare concertina player Paddy Murphy (1913-1992) will be honored in his home parish of Kilmaley, as music lovers from all over Ireland converge on the Kilmaley Inn to celebrate the launch of an archive CD of his music. One of the pioneers of Irish concertina music, Murphy was the first concertina player to win an All Ireland title and was one of the earliest players to record concertina music on Radio Éireann. Cathal Goan, Director General of RTE, will launch the CD, which was produced by Paddy Murphy’s life-long friend Peadar O’Loughlin and Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin for the San Francisco-based Celtic Crossings label. The organisers of the launch have issued an open invitation to the general public - especially musicians, as well as neighbours and friends of Paddy Murphy - to join them in Kilmaley for what will undoubtedly prove to be a great night of music and celebration.


    Influenced by the recordings of William J. Mullaly, the first Irish concertina player to record commercially during the Golden Age of Irish Music in the US during the 1920s, Murphy is regarded as a founding father of modern Irish concertina music. A native of Fiach Roe, a rural community in the musically rich heartland of West Clare, Paddy Murphy pioneered a unique system of cross-row fingering that facilitated the use of alternative scales for traditional dance tunes, in keys that were largely unfamiliar to most of his peers in the 1940s and 1950s. One of the first Clare musicians to broadcast on Radio Éireann, Murphy was also a competitive pioneer of the instrument. His victory at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan in 1954 marked the first appearance of the concertina in a national music competition. Lauded by uilleann piper Willie Clancy as Ireland’s ‘finest concertina player’, Murphy, who died in 1992, was also a gifted teacher. His students included, Gerald Haugh, Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Miriam Collins and Noel Hill, the latter who has promoted the concertina music of Clare far and wide, and whose teaching has influenced concertina enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic.


    While Murphy’s music has become legendary as the source of Noel Hill’s virtuoso playing, precious little is known or heard of the original master himself, who was only briefly featured on one commercial recording in 1977. This new CD project has finally redressed the shortcoming. Collating a cross-section of field recordings (reel-to-reel tapes from the 1950s and cassette-based materials from the 1970s and 1980s) into one single digital recording, this CD also includes interview extracts, as well as historic photographs, and a lengthy biography of Murphy and his music.


    All the best,

    Cecilia McDonnell


  9. Hello!


    Just a reminder that Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is offering an afternoon concertina WORKSHOP in the SF Bay Area on Saturday August 11, 2007. Please feel free to contact me directly for information. He also performs that evening with Cape Breton pianist Barbara MacDonald Magone at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - ALWAYS a great night!


    Thanks also to so many of concertina.net folks for the great feedback on the YouTube session videos with Gearóid, Pierre Schryer & Duane Andrews (



    All the best,


    Cecilia McDonnell

    cecilia AT CelticCrossings.com


  10. The field recordings of Paddy Murphy will be released November 2007 on the Celtic Crossings label (http://www.CelticCrossings.com) and is being produced by Clare concertina master and historian Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (both he and Noel Hill were students of Murphy) and Clare fiddle master Peter O'Loughlin who played regularly with Murphy for many years. Release details will be shared with this newsgroup as soon as available! Thanks for your interest!


    Cecilia McDonnell




    i read on this forum a while back that someone is sitting on hours of field recordings of paddy murphy. are there any updates on when this might be released?

  11. Hello all! Just writing with some Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin news. post-1236-1181922357_thumb.jpg


    Gearóid will be in Newfoundland late June giving the keynote lecture at the Canadian Conference of Irish Studies and in concert with Canada's own fiddle sensation Pierre Schryer and Scottish guitarist Ian Clark! Details on his tour calendar at: http://www.IrishTraditionalMusic.us


    He has also assembled an amazing group of concertina teachers for the 2007 July Catskills Irish Arts Week. Joining him will be Chris Droney, Micheál Ó Raghallaigh, Edel Fox, Michelle Mulcahy and Tim Collins. Can't get much better than that!


    Also, sign-ups are happening now for his August 11, 2007 concertina WORKSHOP in the SF Bay Area. Contact me directly for me information. He plays that evening with Cape Breton pianist Barbara MacDonald Magone at the Freight & Salvage - ALWAYS a great night!


    What a summer!


    We have a long overdue newsletter coming out this week and if any concertina.net members are not yet on this, we'd love to hear from you. Visit us at http://www.CelticCrossings.com or the tour calendar at: http://www.IrishTraditionalMusic.us.


    BEST NEWS: We can look forward to a landmark recording being released this fall by Celtic Crossings. Gearóid has partnered with Clare fiddle master Peter O'Loughlin to produce the first ever archive recording of music by legendary Clare concertina master Paddy Murphy, the pioneer of the modern concertina fingering style. I promise to give early release notice for concertina.net members :)


    Thank you!



    Celtic Crossings

  12. Hello all,


    Richard Goldberg posted details about this weekend's workshop with Gearoid O hAllmhurain which he is hosting in SF (now full). I wanted to post details about Gearoid's concerts as well and encourage list members in the neighborhood to stop by :)


    This weekend Cape Breton pianist Barbara MacDonald Magone and All-Ireland Concertina Champion Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin are presenting three Bay Area concerts of Irish and Cape Breton music marked by musical virtuosity and historical anecdotes. Well-known to both Scottish and Irish audiences, they have performed on three critically acclaimed albums together and in countless recitals and festivals. Their performances are wonderful for the whole family, especially the afternoon Cupertino house concert and the Berkeley venue.




    Friday June 24 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley (http://www.thefreight.org/2005/june/info_24.html)


    Saturday June 25 Concertina and Piano afternoon workshops (San Francisco) * REGISTRATION CLOSED-CLASSES FULL.


    Saturday June 25 Plough and Stars, SF (http://theploughandstars.com/)


    Sunday June 26 3pm Sounding Board House Concerts, Cupertino www.IrishTraditionalMusic.US or call (408) 799-0314

    * This is a rare South Bay appearance and wonderful to experience the music in a truly intimate performance setting


    For complete tour dates: www.IrishTraditionalMusic.US

    Barbara's website: www.barbaramagone.com

    Gearoid's tour schedule: www.gearoid.US


    Musician Highlights:


    "Barbara IS the living tradition," says legendary Irish fiddler James Kelly, 'and the music she makes compliments the great and ancient traditions of Scotland and Ireland - a rare musician indeed." A superb Cape Breton-style pianist, Barbara MacDonald Magone featured in three Masters of the Folk Violin tours (Smithsonian / National Council for the Traditional Arts). She appears often with fiddlers ALASDAIR FRASER and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and occasionally with Liz Carroll, Séamus Connolly, and James Kelly.


    A fourth generation musician and a native of County Clare, Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin holds five World Championship Irish music titles: as a concertina player, uilleann piper, and as a member of the renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band. Based at University of Missouri-St Louis and author of "A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music" (Dublin: O'Brien Press, 1998), ‘Professor’ Ó hAllmhuráin is notably the only traditional musician to hold a North American university Chair of Irish Studies. He will also be teaching at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week and Festival in July and the Minneapolis Irish Festival in August. Please see websites for details.


    Thank you!

    All the best,




    Cecilia McDonnell

    Celtic Crossings 'Ceol agus Cultur'


    (415) 200-8622

    presenting "The Independence Suite: Traditional Music from Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton" (Celtic Crossings, CC2004)


    “4 Stars!” (Siobhan Long, The Irish Times)

    “A celebration of All that is Good in Traditional Music!” (JigTime International)

    " Extremely high standard and real gems here" (Sarah McQuaid, HotPress.com)

    " Fine collection–just wonderful.” (Geoff Wallis, Irish Music Review)

    “Celebration of the Breadth of Celtic Music in the 21st century!' (Sing Out!)


    Signature performances provided by:

    fiddlers Tommy Peoples, Maeve Donnelly, Dublin piper Mick O'Brien with fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Kilfenora Céilí Band’s Aidan McMahon and Anthony Quigney, Randal Bays with Altan guitarist Dáithí Sproule, Cape Breton fiddler Dougie MacDonald with pianist Allan Dewar, Ireland’s First Lady of Irish piano Geraldine Cotter with Peter O’Loughlin & friends, slow aire flute virtuoso Mícheál Ó hAlmhain, Carrick-On-Suir singer Robbie O’Connell, Clare concertina master Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin with fiddler Patrick Ourceau, Cape Breton pianist Barbara MacDonald Magone & master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, the beautiful Celtic-language quartet ‘Navan’ and a rare recording from Connemara’s beloved sean nós singer Áine Meenaghan.



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