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  1. Many thanks for that, Steve. A shame you wont make the NFF. Hopefully we'll catch up again before too long. Cheers Ciaran
  2. Hi For anyone interested, I’ve just come back from an intense and fun weekend in Chewton, Victoria rehearsing for a new concertina album. I’ve teamed up with Kate Burke (an amazing multi-instrumentalist and singer – see TroubleintheKitchen.com or Kateandruth.com), Aifric Boylan (a great fiddle player and partner) and Graeme Newell (a jewel of a guitar player from Melbourne). I’ve been promising myself that I’d record a concertina album for many years but never made the time and I didn’t really feel comfortable recording a straight-trad album – there are already too many great ones.
  3. Here are the links to the Youtube videos that I made during a 30 day composition project in March. Hope you like them Ciaran Day 1 https://youtu.be/EFbkHi6Y3u0 Day 2 https://youtu.be/VVlJ2ed7dxI Day 3 https://youtu.be/9CvOY9hFACE Day 4 https://youtu.be/q44fXL6BGeQ Day 5 https://youtu.be/C-I6RO6GLcE Day 6 https://youtu.be/jZEtKZ-zy6U Day 7 https://youtu.be/oOhEet5AeRg Day 8 https://youtu.be/-P1zyUmIzWA Day 9 https://youtu.be/JQbMhb8Rl4c Day 10 https://youtu.be/JnXoKbX1dpA Day 11 https://youtu.be/mEpfg6RRAkE Day 12 https://youtu.be/nUjKH3bkuVg
  4. For anyone that didn't get to see/hear the new tunes and would like to, I'm putting them up on Youtube currently. The link to the first one is below. You should be able to find the rest from there. (20 uploaded so far - the rest will be up by tomorrow). Link: https://youtu.be/EFbkHi6Y3u0 And here is a list of all the tunes. Each video has an introduction/bit of background to the tune. Reel – Four Balls Remaining Waltz – Cape Otway Reel - Bonny Boy of Ballarat Slide – in Support of the Government Reel – Carrowkeel March – O’Grady’s Valour Waltz - West End house Tune – Last
  5. Hi from Melbourne In the last few days I've set myself a challenge to write a new piece of music every day for 30 days and upload it on Facebook. I've done 2 so far - a sort-of-reel and a waltz. Today is likely to be a jig. All the tunes are/will be played on a fabulous C&R Dipper & Son concertina. I had better get cracking. I dont know how to create a link to my facebook page but if you search Ciaran O'Grady, hopefully you'll find and enjoy it. All the best Ciaran
  6. Hi Joy I arrived I in Melbourne last month from Ireland and brought 2 Dipper concertinas through Tullamarine airport. Customs didn't even ask what was inside. I'm sure you'll be fine. Ciaran O'Grady Now in Heidelberg, Melbourne!
  7. Ken, Dan, Terry and the Blue Eyed Sailor Thanks for the good wishes and the advice and the suggestions of the people to look up. Im very keen to look up the Australian style(s) of concertina music too and I have to say, Dan, your article was a great introduction to it and to the people. Thanks for the link - it makes great reading. The picture of the concertina caterpillar looks like something from an Escher drawing and I love the mob of Piano accordion players in Victoria. They must have enormous pouches! I'm really looking forward to seeing this other branch of concertina music and meeti
  8. I never thought when I responded to Michael Sam Wild in December 2010 that the emigrants that we spoke of would include myself. I suppose I thought that Ireland would be back on its feet by now. Emigrating always seemed to be something that other people had to do. Well, now its us. My wife and I and our 2 boys are moving to Melbourne, Australia in mid July. We'll be taking our instruments and maybe even a CD that we're finishing up. Looking forward to the opportunities ahead. Ciaran O'Grady, Kildare (for now)
  9. I was lucky to start my concertina life with a 28 key c,jeffries and thought I would never need anything else. I was 8. At the age of 13, a school teacher saw me play at a school concert and said that his wife had one of those "accordion things" at home but that it was taking up a lot of space. Thinking this was some sort of giant piano accordion, I offered to take a look at it for him and make some sggestions as to how he could off load it. A few days later, he bought in a small concertina-sized box and I opened it to find a wooden ended 26 key concertina in need of some work. I did wonder to
  10. Me again The evening in Dún Laoghaire went really well (we could do with a little more practice but two full time jobs and a family mean we rarely play before the late evening - hence the 9pm project!). I set up a small DVD camera and managed to record some (unfortunately not all) of the music. The venue was an old mariners church and the acoustics were splendid. We played on the steps of the altar and the altar itself is now home to a huge lighthouse optic from Howth Lighthouse -capable of generating 2,000,000 candlelight. Thankfully it wasn't on full power but it was revolving during the
  11. Good afternoon Just to let you know that The Nine PM Project (which is essentially Aifric Boylan on fiddle and myself on Concertina (Dipper C/G))will be playing as part of the Poetry Fringe at the Mountains to Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire Co.Dublin on Wednesday 5th at 9pm. The event is taking place in the Maritime Museum (the old Mariners Church)so it should be acoustically very enjoyable. It's a mix of quality poets and music from us and Northlight with no doubt a few maritime themed pieces thrown in. Aifric and I will play English and Irish Folk music as well as some contempora
  12. This is an excellent discussion thread. I agree that its very difficult to really define what ITM is and by defining it you may well leave something out that should be included. As someone who plays a lot of ITM, I don't like being described as a Irish traditional musician - I prefer to be called a concertina player as I play other types of music and don't feel that ITM is a useful description of inherited/passed on/non mainstream music played in Ireland. By the way, I don't believe you can play O'Carolan music in most Comhaltas competitions which is also strange given that he was an Iris
  13. As a concertina player with a day job in Dublin it's not often I get to do the cool gigs. I couldn't turn this one down though. Ireland is chairing the OSCE in 2012 and this will be officially launched in Vienna Next week. There will be showcase of Irish culture to mark the occasion. Cant wait! http://www.osce.org/cio/86808 Ciaran
  14. A fiddle and concertina duet playing two waltzes composed and performed by The 9pm Project. (Camera work by 6 year old with borrowed iphone - hence inter-finger-ence and occasional humming-accompaniment. That's what sons do best) Thanks to Meabh for posting on Youtube and thanks to Colin and Rosalie Dipper for making splendid concertinas.
  15. Hi There If anyone in the Dublin/Kildare area is interested in anglo lessons (Irish traditional Music or in deed other styles) from a very experienced player, send an e-mail to concertinamusic@gmail.com for more details or give me a call on 086 8276 277. Our house has been dominated by fiddle lessons for the last couple of years and its about time I made a stand! All ages welcomed - beginners, improvers or people just looking for tips etc. 1-to-1 or small groups. Best regards Ciarán
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