‘Music Archive’ at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, 2012–2013

‘Music Archive’ at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, 2012–2013

Now playing: Flower of sweet Strabane, air ; Green fields of Glentown ; and other reels / Bríd Harper, fiddle
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  1. Flower of sweet Strabane, air ; Green fields of Glentown ; and other reels / Bríd Harper, fiddle
  2. Learning music and influential older fiddle players, speech / Bríd Harper, speech
  3. Mick Carr’s barndance ; For the love of music, slip jig ... / Bríd Harper, fiddle
  4. Farrell O’Gara, reel ; The bird in the bush, reel / Bríd Harper, fiddle ; Maurice Lennon, fiddle
  5. Singing in Cúil Áodha, Elizabeth Cronin, speech / Iarla Ó Lionáird, speech
  6. Táim cortha bheith im’ aonar im’ luí, song / Iarla Ó Lionáird, singing in Irish
  7. The legendary vocal stylist Pádraig Ó Tuama, speech / Iarla Ó Lionáird, speech
  8. On developing a version of Eleanor Plunkett, speech / Iarla Ó Lionáird, speech
  9. Speech ; Aililiú na gamhna, song / Iarla Ó Lionáird, speech, singing in Irish
  10. Early life in London, moving to Dublin, speech / Andy Irvine, speech
  11. Speech ; Tom Joad, song / Andy Irvine, speech, singing in English
  12. The mid-‘60s, Sweeney’s Men, becoming a professional musician, speech / Andy Irvine, speech
  13. Rambling boys of pleasure, song / Andy Irvine, singing in English
  14. The first Planxty tour, speech / Andy Irvine, speech

‘Music Archive’ at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, 2012–2013

A recent innovation of the annual Frankie Kennedy Winter School/ Scoil Gheimhridh in Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal, has been the introduction of a daily 'Music Archive/ Taisce Cheoil' event in which the performance of music or song is combined with informal conversation about the life and times of the artist in the spotlight.

Selections from three of the ‘Music Archive’ events at the Scoil Gheimhridh/ Winter School Frankie Kennedy 2012–2013 are presented below, courtesy of the School and of the artists featured who were filmed by staff of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

On 29 December 2012 Bríd Harper played solo fiddle and spoke about how she learned her music, and was joined by Maurice Lennon on fiddle to finish. On 30 December Iarla Ó Lionáird sang solo in Irish, and spoke about his musical and cultural background, and about his vocal technique and personal philosophy of music. On 31  December Andy Irvine, singing in English with bouzouki acompaniment, reminisced about his early life in London, and his membership of the seminal groups Sweeney's Men and Planxty.

With thanks to Bríd Harper, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Andy Irvine, to Conor Byrne, to Silvia Vitali, & to Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy. Photograph of Andy Irvine courtesy & © Silvia Vitali / Six Photography.

NC & DD, 1 February 2013