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Friday, July 6th, 2012
12:37 pm
I have a few bucks towards some mp3s at amazon. I'm looking for celtic recommendations. Maybe Irish welch, or some obscure scottish. I tend to appreciate traditional songs, but I'm a fan of the Dust Rhinos, less so the newer Gaelic Storm. I love traditional ballads (tam lin, cruel mother, Edward, etc.)
I like older Mckennit, but frequently find that her newer/more popular stuff bores me. I like the trad. sea shanties. I can go really rough, but overly smooth often bothers me. Rough like Seamus Ennis although I can go rougher, Smooth like the stage shows that started with Riverdance, and now are on to celtic women and Thunder something or other or kings something. You know the shows though, they have the ear to mouth mikes and possibly some instrument playing that looks fake and probably some choreographed dancing or standing around dramatically.
Help me out, I'll probably buy an album.
Recommendations? Favorites? Collections?
I'll certainly stray to Wales, Cape Breton, possibly England.

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012
11:19 pm
Anyone involved with Comhaltas?

I am an intermediate level fiddle player, and I recently went out to a Comhaltas session in Toronto, it was interesting, there were a bunch of fiddle players, a couple of button accordion players and I think a flute player. I didn't know enough of the tunes to play along, so that is my homework now to learn more of the tunes on their list. I had learned a bunch of Irish tunes, but none of them were on their list.

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012
12:11 pm
Rhythm bones
Does anyone in the community play these?

Finally got around to picking up a set of four the other week, and have been tinkering with them a bit. We're hosting a ceilidh in a few weeks, it'd be nice to get some solid basics down by then.

There's video tutorials in plenty on YouTube, but I've been having mixed results with them (ex: how to play triplets. Phew.)

Current Mood: curious

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
7:00 am
Oak & Thorn today!
Point your browser at KZYX from 9:00 to 11:00 this morning (Pacific time) for 2 hours of great Celtic music! This morning we feature segments from an interview I conducted with Julie Fowlis two days ago. She talks about some of the songs on her recent CD, "Live at Perthshire Amber" (the festival started by Dougie MacLean).

We'll try to keep the fundraising interruptions to a minimum, and let the musicians do a lot of the talking. If you've never heard one of our Pledge Drive shows before, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
9:02 pm
Tune your browser to KZYX tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 9 Pacific time, for a special Labour-themed show. Featuring some great songs about the life of the working man, various labour movements, and union anthems; and lots of mining songs. Always a popular show!

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011
6:02 am
Celtic music on community radio
Oak & Thorn starts in just about 3 hours (9:00 Pacific time). Special show today, featuring the voices of such luminaries as Alasdair Fraser, Moya Brennan, Dougie MacLean, etc. with brief but passionate appeals for support for American public radio, in short breaks between the music sets. Way more fun than anybody else's pledge drive shows! Get it Here!

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Friday, March 18th, 2011
6:09 pm
Some Changes to the Guidelines...
Hello everyone. I have noticed an uptick in the number of posts in the community containing non-English languages lately. I am glad that they are active and contributing to the community. However, posts that do not contain an English translation of the original language of the post are against the guidelines of the community and must be corrected. In the past, I've temporarily banned anyone who violated the guidelines more than three times in a row. However, that's not particularly effective if the offenses are one time from several different users. So, I've come up with an idea for dealing with it.

NEW GUIDELINE: Any non-English post that does not contain an English translation of the text will have one (1) week to provide a translation. If no translation is provided at that point, the post will be deleted. I will still keep track of the number of offenses per person, as I have before, but this will be the primary response to any posts that do not follow the guidelines.

Please let me know if this is too harsh or if you agree and support it. Comments are welcome. Thank you.


Привет всем. Я заметил всплеск числа постов в сообществе, содержащими не-английском языке в последнее время. Я рад, что они являются активными и помогаете сообществу. Однако сообщения, которые не содержат перевод на английский язык Оригинальный язык должность в отношении руководящих принципов сообщества и должны быть исправлены. В прошлом, я временно запрещен любой, кто нарушил принципы более трех раз подряд. Однако, это не особенно эффективно, если эти преступления носят одно время из разных пользователей. Таким образом, я пришел с идеей для работы с ним.

Новое руководство: Любой не-английски, что сообщение не содержит перевод на английский язык текст будет иметь один (1) недели предоставить перевод. Если перевод осуществляется в тот момент, пост будет удален. Я по-прежнему следить за число преступлений на человека, как я уже раньше, но это будет основной ответ на любые сообщения, которые не следуют рекомендации.

Пожалуйста, дайте мне знать, если это является слишком суровым или, если вы согласны и поддерживают его. Комментарии приветствуются. Спасибо.

Current Mood: okay

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10:25 pm
Кельтский Узел на Ральф Радио 19 марта в 20-00. Пред-премьера.
Вниманию нижегородцев и заинтересованных иногородних товарищей.

19 марта в 20-00 основательницы и солистки фолк-банды Athas Надежда Рыбакова и Мария Монакова в интернет-эфире Ральф Радио Экстренные выходные на Радиотерапии .

 О новом альбоме, кельтской музыке в Нижнем, Дне Святого Патрика и обо всем на свете. ВПЕРВЫЕ ПРОЗВУЧАТ ТРЕКИ С "КЕЛЬТСКОГО УЗЛА".

Как слушать:
http://ralphradio.ru/ralph48.pls - 48kbps, AAC+
http://ralphradio.ru/ralph128.m3u - 128kbps, mp3
http://ralphradio.ru/play - online player
или в приложении Вконтакте

Диалог можно вести по ICQ 605243603

А 20 марта в 15-00 ждем нижегородцев и гостей города в "Барабу" на Белинского 9\1 на презентацию альбома. Будет наше живое выступление, ирландские танцы от Sionnach, фаер-шоу с флагами и большой праздник в честь Святого Патрика. Вход 250 ру, в предпродаже еще можно успеть по 200 ру ("Барабу", магазины "Музыкальный Бомонд" на Звездинке 9 и Б.Покровской, 46).

До встречи!

Дизайн обложки - Андрей Голиков. Фото - Андрей Скворцов.

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Monday, March 7th, 2011
6:49 pm
Belfast English
I'm an undergraduate student of Linguistics at McGill University and I am conducting a study on the properties of Belfast English. I am looking for people from Belfast to participate in my study by filling out a short online survey. The survey includes demographic information (kept completely anonymous) and questions about rhymes, words, etc. It should take only about 10 minutes. Thank you in advance! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


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Friday, December 10th, 2010
12:52 pm
14th december - gig of folk band "Los Gaiteros de Moscu" in Vermel club.

Los Gaiteros de Moscu are playing folk music of different parts of Europe. I te band you can hear the duet of Gaitas gallega, accompanied by bouzouki, bass guitar and percussion.
14th december we'll present our big programme and some new instrumental compositions and songs.
Show starts at 20.00. Entry price is 300 roubles.
Site of eth club: http://www.vermel.ru/
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010
1:10 am
28 ноября, клуб Б2: ирландская семья Бэгли даёт единственный концерт в Москве!

Впервые на сцене московского клуба Б2 выступит целая семья из Ирландии: легендарный аккордеонист и певец Брендан Бегли и
двое его сыновей.

Музыканты из графства Керри, носители ирландской культуры и просто чудесные люди дадут воскресным вечером 28 ноября эксклюзивный концерт! Если вы любите ирландскую музыку, культуру и иже с нею - то этот концерт для вас! А если доселе вы не бывали на выступлениях ирландцев, то тем более - не сомневайтесь и приходите! Музыка Брендана откроет вам новый мир, мир традиционного исполнения композиции. Красота Ирландии, любовь к жизни и своему народу... не упустите возможность подарить себе и близким этот чудесный  вечер, проведённый в компании музыкальной семьи Бэгли!

...что же такого в музыке Брендана? под катом - несколько слов о Бэгли, фото и видео :) )

Встреча ВКонтакте: http://vkontakte.ru/event21209198

Начало концерта в 20-00.
Стоимость билетов в предварительной продаже - 500 руб.
В день концерта - 700 руб.
По всем организационным вопросам, а также по поводу приобретения билетов можно обращаться на почту:

Ждём вас и ваших друзей!
Этот вечер обещает быть неповторимым, он запомнится вам на долгие годы..) Музыка семьи Бэгли найдёт отклик в душе каждого!

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Monday, November 8th, 2010
5:06 pm

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Sunday, October 10th, 2010
9:16 am
Celtic Colours Festival
Celtic Colours is under way and we're soaking in music. First Oak & Thorn review is up: Tunes Galore - 5 bands in one show! Missed most of the Festival Club - it was packed and we couldn't find a place to park - went back around 2AM and caught the last two acts: blistering instrumental sets from Brendan Power and Tim Edey, and a great set from The Outside Track.

Managed a decent night's sleep - almost 7 hours, practically unheard-of at these festivals! About to head off for lunch, then the Piper's Ceilidh at 2 PM, followed by a community-hosted Thanksgiving Dinner at 4:30, then it's down the road to Whycocomagh (love these Micmac names!) for Natalie MacMaster and 4 other bands. And I'll probably go from there to the Festival Club again, while Herself cranks out another review. That's something like 8 hours of music in one day.

We'll be posting a review pretty much every day on Oak & Thorn, and shorter notes on the Oak & Thorn Facebook page.

Anybody else here attending this Festival?

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Monday, July 5th, 2010
10:17 pm
Heroes of might and magic 4 - Dirt Lands (Tyros 3)

Magnificent song!
Original name: Paul Romero, Rob King, Steve Baca - Hope from Heroes of Might and Magic IV.
Enjoy! :)

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010
3:37 am
Я помню вересковый ветер - Любовь на устах его... Lord of Dance
SL (c)

Sagomania. Исход

Я взял в руки меч Скатах
Но все, кто были со мной пали
Семьсот семьдесят семь с Манстера
Семьсот семьдесят семь с Донегола
А боги были точно из камня

Я искала тебя повсюду, мой воин
У Изумрудных скал, и в рощах Кромахи, где ты?
В полнолуние, когда цвела омела
Ветер сорвал ленту с твоих волос,
И молнии били так,
Что раскачивались скалы,
Как корабли, готовые к битве.

Ты увел меня
И не отдал своей силы,
Хотя дрожа от холода,
Я умирала от жара в сердце.
Твой перстень взяли мои ладони
И сестры Морриган смеялись:
Я перепутала времена года.
Парень с Улада, О'Райен, слышал нас.

Никому не известна боль моя
И горе мое изнемогут лишь твои слезы.



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Monday, March 29th, 2010
8:31 pm
Comhaltas on Youtube

I found this channel on Youtube, and it compiles musicians who play Irish music - most tunes I haven't heard before, so I want to check back when I'm better at playing fiddle so I can get ideas from which tunes they play.

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Monday, March 15th, 2010
2:06 pm
Though I'm not Irish myself, I love everything Irish, including the wonderful Irish accent! I am an undergraduate linguistics student at McGill University, and I'm looking for participants for a study on Irish English (Hiberno-English). So if you're Irish (or you know anyone Irish) check it out: http://corinnaschmidt.host56.com! It only takes a few minutes to fill out and you can have fun laughing at my bad poetry! The only requirement is that you grew up in (or are growing up!) in Ireland. Thanks!!

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Saturday, March 6th, 2010
1:47 pm
I am taking lessons, I'm a beginner, but I took piano lessons for a number of years.

I had hacked around on my own before taking lessons, I learned a version of Whiskey Before Breakfast from a MIDI file (on this page) I have it memorized, but my bowing and use of slurs was not appropriate to make it sound good.

I now want to re-learn this tune with my teacher. I have software that I can print out the MIDI file as sheet music, and the teacher is fine with that.

However every search I do on Youtube, it's not that version, it's a different one. For the most part, I was not fond of it, but I found an Andy DeJarlis version that is similar, that I am fine with. (found here)

I want to use only one version with my teacher. Which one should I use? I like the MIDI one because it's more elaborate, but I am thinking if I want other people to play along with me, it's more likely they will know the Youtube/Andy DeJarlis version.

Any thoughts? Thanks!


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Saturday, January 30th, 2010
8:31 pm
Set of tunes
Hello everybody!

Can anyone please tell me in which language is this song sung? It is from "Celtic Ballads" compilation. I would love to learn it by heart, but I have no lyrics and, as I've already said, I don't know what language is it sung in. Can you please help me solving this puzzle? :) It's title is Set Of Tunes and the author is Tony McManus.

Thank you so much in advance!

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Sunday, January 17th, 2010
5:04 am
Glasgow in January
THE place to be, if you're a Celtic music fan! Anybody else at Celtic Connections? We're having a grand time so far. Concert reviews going up on the Oak and Thorn page. Updates mostly via the Oak and Thorn page on Facebook.

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