Blarney Pilgrims Irish Music Podcast

By Darren O'Mahony, Dominic Black

The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast is a weekly journey to the heart of Irish music. We interview players of Irish music about how they first came to the music and the place it occupies in their lives now. We use the word ‘heart’ intentionally, because heart is what this music, and the people who play it, are all about. It’s a funny, warm and often unexpected journey – and the tunes are crackin' too. NOTE: Hey there - it's Darren and Dom here. So...we want to let you know that last week was the last episode (Ep 94) of the Blarney Pilgrims Podcast for now. We've come to a point where we've both decided to take a long pause and focus on a few other things. Knowing how much the podcast means to you all, it's a decision we've been really reluctant to take. What we DO know is how massively grateful we are for every text, every thumbs up, every raised eyebrow of support we've had over the past two years. You are all legends, and we're forever in your debt. Thanks especially to everyone who's become a Patron Saint and supported us through the toughest of economic times, and thanks most especially to the musicians. To those who have been so generous to share their tunes and stories with us, and to those who've welcomed us into pub sessions and festival gatherings and house sessions and campsite sessions. Wherever in the world we've chatted with players of the music, we've been made to feel like lifelong pals. It's a testament to the open heartedness of the communities who keep the music going wherever they are, and we can't thank you all enough. We hope this archive will remain of use to people even as we're taking a pause. So - please do stay in touch, don't be a stranger, and if you see us out and about, do say hello. And we'll see you when we see you. Dom and Darren.

  1. 1.
    Episode 94: Nuala Kennedy Interview (Flute, whistle, singing)
    1:44:34
  2. 2.
    Episode 93: Jimmy Mullarkey (Accordion)
    1:03:47
  3. 3.
    Episode 92: Gráinne Brady Interview (Fiddle)
    1:14:06
  4. 4.
    Episode 91: Angela Usher Interview (Banjo, whistle, tenor guitar)
    1:32:46
  5. 5.
    Episode 90: Enda Murray Interview (Songs of the Last Convict Ship)
    2:09:25
  6. 6.
    Episode 89: Maċa Interview (Fiddle, guitar, bodhran)
    1:32:52
  7. 7.
    Episode 88: Shane Lestideau Interview (Fiddle, baroque violin, violin d'amore)
    2:04:05
  8. 8.
    Episode 87: Aidan Crossey Interview (Mandolin)
    1:50:24
  1. 9.
    Episode 86: Rus Bradburd Interview (Fiddle)
    2:10:45
  2. 10.
    Episode 85: Barry Kerr Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute, singing)
    1:19:48
  3. 11.
    Episode 84: Aoife Kelly Interview (Concertina)
    1:49:18
  4. 12.
    Episode 83: SMASH HITS 2020 (PART 3)
    1:25:17
  5. 13.
    Episode 82: SMASH HITS 2020 (PART 2)
    1:27:59
  6. 14.
    Episode 81: SMASH HITS 2020 (PART 1)
    1:10:00
  7. 15.
    Episode 80: Joanie Madden Interview (Whistle)
    1:28:17
  8. 16.
    Episode 79: Rita Farrell Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute)
    1:59:24
  9. 17.
    Episode 78: Liam Thomas Bailey Interview (Fiddle, five-string banjo, singing)
    2:21:44
  10. 18.
    Episode 77: Darren O'Mahony, Dominic Black, Gerry McKeague and a Huge Thank-You (5-string banjo, guitar, singing)
    1:54:58
  11. 19.
    Episode 76: Tara Howley Interview (Whistle, concertina and uilleann pipes)
    1:58:57
  12. 20.
    Episode 75: Michael Walsh Interview (Flute, whistle, singing)
    1:55:01
  13. 21.
    Episode 74: Caitlín Nic Gabhann Interview (Concertina)
    2:04:53
  14. 22.
    Episode 73: Sean Mathews Interview (Sean-nós, twelve string guitar, lap dulcimer)
    1:58:45
  15. 23.
    Episode 72: Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Interview (Sean-nós, concertina, flute)
    1:38:33
  16. 24.
    Episode 71: Cli Donnellan Interview (Fiddle)
    1:33:36
  17. 25.
    Episode 70: Mary McEvilly-Butler Interview (Fiddle)
    1:55:14
  18. 26.
    Episode 69: Úna Monaghan Interview (Harp, samples)
    2:05:40
  19. 27.
    Episode 68: James Keane Interview (Accordion) Part 2
    1:13:30
  20. 28.
    Episode 67: James Keane Interview (Accordion) Part 1
    1:43:12
  21. 29.
    Episode 66: Karen Dolan Interview (Banjo, mandolin)
    1:44:34
  22. 30.
    Episode 65: Shannon Heaton Interview (Flute)
    1:44:38
  23. 31.
    Episode 64: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Interview (Hardanger d'Amore)
    1:52:22
  24. 32.
    Episode 63: Áine Tyrrell Interview (Guitar, singing, banjo)
    1:50:38
  25. 33.
    Episode 62: Theresa O'Grady Interview (Banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin)
    2:11:12
  26. 34.
    Episode 61: Elaine O'Sullivan Interview (Accordion)
    1:36:31
  27. 35.
    Episode 60: Daithí Gormley Interview (Accordion)
    1:37:32
  28. 36.
    Episode 59: Jason Rouse Interview (Uilleann Pipes)
    1:28:29
  29. 37.
    Episode 58: Kevin Crawford Interview (Flute, whistle)
    2:07:00
  30. 38.
    Episode 57: Aifric Boylan Interview (Fiddle)
    1:38:19
  31. 39.
    Episode 56: Luke Plumb Interview - Part 2 (Mandolin and singing)
    1:52:11
  32. 40.
    Episode 55: Luke Plumb Interview - Part 1 (Mandolin, singing)
    1:01:12
  33. 41.
    Episode 54: Máirtín Staunton Interview (Flute)
    1:10:11
  34. 42.
    Episode 53: Don Meade Interview (Harmonica)
    1:44:31
  35. 43.
    Episode 52: Ken Fleming Interview (Banjo, accordion, guitar and singing)
    1:34:12
  36. 44.
    Episode 51: Caity Brennan Interview (Fiddle) - The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
    1:29:49
  37. 45.
    Episode 50: Ciaran Kelly Interview (Accordion and Melodeon) The Blarney Pilgrims Traditional Irish Music Podcast
    1:23:59
  38. 46.
    Episode 49: Ewen Baker Interview (Fiddle)
    1:44:41
  39. 47.
    Episode 48: Merran Moir Interview (Smallpipes, Whistle)
    1:21:36
  40. 48.
    Episode 47: Mick Doherty Interview (Fiddle)
    1:05:55
  41. 49.
    Episode 46: Hannah Harris Interview (Fiddle)
    1:24:25
  42. 50.
    Episode 45: Darragh Ó Héiligh Interview (Uilleann Pipes)
    1:20:00

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