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Musicians talk about the significance of their favourite tunes, sharing the memories, emotions and sense of place evoked by the music
Fiddle player Dónal O’Connor travels to the Scottish island of Islay to share his memories of the tune ‘The Chicken’s gone to Scotland’.
Watch Dónal O’Connor playing ‘The Chicken’s Gone to Scotland’ and learn the tune.
Play along with Dónal using the musical notation.
Download the musical notation here.
Accordion player Ciarán Kelly tells of his friendship with a blind fiddler from Pomeroy who taught him the tune ‘The Tirnaskea Lasses’. Learn the tune here.
Guitar player Alan Burke travels to London and tells of his musical journey from Punk to Trad. Watch the programme here.
Fiddle player Eithne Vallely returns to Glencolmkille in County Donegal where she first heard the tune ‘The Glen Road to Carrick’. Watch the programme here.
When chellist Neil Martin was asked to write a concerto for the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the memory of his grandparents inspired ‘And They Loved’.
Watch the programme here.
Flute player Tíona McSherry explains the influence the tune ‘Lord Inchiquin’ by the Chieftains’ had on her. Watch the programme here here.
The piper Tiarán Ó Duinnchinn plays ‘The Rakes of Invercairn’ a tune from the ancient kingdom of Oriel. Watch the programme here.
Fiddle player Méabh Ní Thuathaláin recalls her happy childhood memories of music festivals and the tune ‘The Cape Breton Fiddler’s Welcome to Shetland’. Watch the programme here.
Flute player Marcas Ó Murchú tells how he was inspired by a relative from County Roscommon. Watch the programme and learn ‘Planxty Josie McDermott’ here.
Concertina player Edel Fox talks about growing up in County Clare. Watch the programme and learn the tune ‘The Sheep in the Boat’ here.
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