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Belarusian-Irish song Smyk. [04 May 2010|06:40pm]

Hello everyone!

I'd like to show you the song of Ejrut, Belarusian musical band. The text of song Smyk was written in the XIX century by belarusian poet Francishak Bagushevich.

So, can you recognize music? ;)

Smyk is a violin bow :)
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The Prodigals [03 Nov 2008|09:25pm]

Has anyone heard of The Prodigals? I first heard them when I saw that new movie with Colin Farrell and Edward Norton, Pride and Glory, and I thought that they sounded kind of like The Pogues. After asking around on other communities, I found out who they where and then found their myspace. They are from Ireland, but I've heard that they have a bit of a following in New York, too. They have an album coming out soon! And I was able to download two of their songs - "The Opening Reel" and "Bunch of Red Roses" - here and here. Just thought I'd let you guys know.
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Come out and see us [23 Sep 2008|10:45am]

Mu Phi Epsilon / Dallas Public Library Series

You are cordially invited to attend a free recital


Irish Ballads for Harp & Soloists

Sunday, 28 September 2008

3.00 PM

Lisa Huffaker, Suzanne Solomon, Gypsy Youngraven, Kyle Hancock & Friends

featuring Harpist Carolyn Carson


J. Erik Jonsson Library Auditorium, 1515 Young St., Dallas, Texas


We look forward to seeing you!
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Ronnie Drew - 16 September 1934 – 16 August 2008 [16 Aug 2008|01:16pm]
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Ronnie Drew, a founding member of the Irish folk group The Dubliners, died Saturday, a family friend said. He was 73.

From IHT.

Drew passed away in Dublin after a lengthy battle with cancer, friend Brian Hand said. Drew, born in Dublin in 1934, formed The Dubliners in 1962 with Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna.

Their songs include "The Molly Maguires," "Dirty Old Town" and "Seven Drunken Nights." The Dubliners also recorded with The Pogues, and together they had a hit with "The Irish Rover." Drew also released a string of solo albums.Read more...Collapse )

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John Burleson, Mimi Rogers, and Gypsy Youngraven at Conlon's Pub [18 Jun 2008|02:43pm]

Hallo everybody!

I'll be playing at Conlon's Pub this Saturday night with John Burleson (one of the region's best Irish guitarists and Mimi Rogers (a brilliant Irish/Old time fiddle player). We go on at 9pm, and we'd love to see you.

Here are the details:
Saturday, 21 June 2008
9pm - 12am
Conlon's Pub
2528 White Settlement Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 698-9777


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Sprig sez [23 May 2008|04:42pm]

On 24 May, Spriggan will be back at the Plaza Pub in Arlington for our last do before we go on hiatus. Come out, listen, and have a drink with us.

24 May 2008
8.00 PM - Midnight
The Plaza Pub
1605 New York (near Park Row Dr.)
Arlington, TX 76010

Here's a map:
Click me

If you've got a Google calendar (which I believe anybody who's got a Google account will have), you can click this link to add this event to said calendar. Brilliant.

Peace out, slán go foill, and wish Chris well on the impending birth of his daughter,
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Spriggan's CD Mind the Gap [02 May 2008|04:51pm]

Spriggan's CD, 'Mind the Gap', is up and available on CD Baby. Obviously, we'd love it if you bought one. Looky, here's a linky. :D

Buy the CD
SPRIGGAN: Mind the Gap
click to order

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Spriggan at the Tipperary Inn in Dallas [09 Apr 2008|12:29pm]

Well, we survived the St Patrick's season, so in celebration Spriggan will be playing at the Tipperary Inn on 12 April (Saturday) from 8 till midnight. Come out, have a look at us, drink yourselves under a few tables, and buy a CD (or forty) from one of us.

Peace out, slán go foill, and eek - a spider,

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Ar Ais Aris [13 Feb 2008|10:22am]

My Irish born husband is running a podcast/streaming video show in preparation for the great traditional festival in his hometown in Ireland Ar Ais Aris.

Tune in now to watch and listen to his live show here until 11 AM Eastern time. Or check in anytime to hear the podcasts.

(cross posted a bit - hope no one minds and feel free to pass the links along to anyone who might be interested)
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End of an Era [28 Jan 2008|10:45pm]

From Sunday's New York Times

Farewell to a Pub, and Maybe to an Era

(photos and music here)

There are a few rules for Irish Night at Guinan’s, held the first Thursday after each full moon — outside along the Hudson in the summer, in the tiny green barroom, by the fireplace with the off-center shamrock, in cold weather.

No amplified anything. Almost all Irish music, with perhaps a ringer or two like “Folsom Prison Blues” or something by Pete Seeger. If you have an instrument — a pennywhistle or Irish harp, guitar or banjo, flute or bodhran drum — you’re welcome to play. Everyone can pound the walls or stomp on the floor during “The Wild Rover” — it only looks like the whole rickety assemblage could collapse and tumble into the river.

And most important, people can yak all they want, but when Jim Guinan, the 82-year-old paterfamilias of Planet Guinan’s, stands up to sing “Danny Boy,” everyone shuts up and listens.

As it turned out, there were far too many people crammed into Guinan’s on Thursday to guarantee that any rules would be followed when the faithful turned out to say goodbye to a place, a family, and probably an era on the Hudson that will end when Guinan’s closes at the end of the month, after operating since 1959.

But after a few false starts, about 11:30 the place became so quiet you could almost hear the river outside, and Mr. Guinan began to sing in a light baritone that somehow has gotten stronger as he has aged. First, was “The Dying Rebel,” then “Galway Bay,” then, of course, “Danny Boy.” Someone yelled out, “Three cheers for Jimmy Guinan”; three cheers there were. And then the tumult resumed and continued until about 3:30 in the morning, when the last die-hards were gently pushed out the door an hour before the store had to reopen for the commuters on the first train to New York.

As they say, Harp Lager: $3.50. Slim Jim: 25 cents. Liverwurst sub: $5.25. Hearing Jim Guinan on the last Irish Night at Guinan’s: priceless.

When we last left Guinan’s, a combination deli, general store and pub between the Garrison railroad station and the east bank of the Hudson across from West Point, it had received an unexpected reprieve after the current reigning Guinan, Jim’s son John, was hospitalized with a brain tumor that left him unable to work. Rather than have it close, his sister, Margaret, a police detective, agreed to run it for another year with friends, neighbors and assorted regulars pitching in to help.

It was a wondrous gift, but a finite one. Over the year it became clear the place could keep going, but it also became clear the Guinans had given all they could give, hence the decision to close.

It’s just a humble general store and beer bar, but, in ways people are still struggling to understand, it’s become a lot more. Partly that’s because it was the subject of a book, “Little Chapel on the River,” by Gwendolyn Bounds, that helped people see the wonder that was under their noses.

Mostly, it’s the glorious anachronism Guinan’s remained, a family-owned joint, channeling the majesty of the river, where everyone is welcome and everything is real.

The music is real. The horseshoe above the entrance to the bar is real. The Irish biscuits and jellies and oatmeal are real. The slightly unnerving slope of the barroom floor is real. The police and fire patches behind the bar are real. The shrine to Lou-Lou Yannitelli, 1992-2007, beloved hound dog, is real. The chili made every morning, the way people care about each other, Jim getting too old to run it, John’s cancer. Good and bad, all real.

Nostalgia can be cheap. We’re not all soulless now, and we weren’t all noble then. The barista at Starbucks might have a heart of gold and the old-timer running the local bar might be a jerk. But in ways that are far more true than not, Guinan’s came to stand for cherished values — family ties, friendship, community, authenticity, localism — seen as being in steady decline. That’s why everyone and his dog who ever had a beer there, ever made it across the river from West Point, ever sat in the morning with a cup of coffee and a boiled egg enjoying the Hudson, every member of the Guinan’s universe who could make it, was there to say goodbye.

Whether it’s the end of the store remains to be seen. The property owners will no doubt refurbish the building, where the family has lived as well as worked. But the store is a natural use for it, and one regular, Mary Ellen Yannitelli, whose husband’s family ran it before the Guinans, is already lobbying to reopen it as something Guinan’s-esque.

Lord knows there’s a ready clientele, maybe even a mission. John Guinan, miraculously robust after three brain operations, thinks of a hiker, given a sandwich lunch he didn’t have money for, who showed up two years later, with the exact amount of money to pay his bill.

“I’m not sure exactly how, but we became a comfort zone for people,” he said, “a place that reminds people of a place they went to when they were young, something that makes them think good thoughts. People need a place like this, but the reward you get for the kindness you provide is worth much more than whatever you give out. It blows me away to be a part of it.”

More stories here
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For those near to Dallas/Fort Worth [10 Jan 2008|10:49am]

On 12 January, Spriggan will be back at the Plaza Pub in Arlington for our first do of the new year. Come out and have a look at us - I think we've grown taller.

12 January 2008
8.00 PM - Midnight
The Plaza Pub
1605 New York (near Park Row Dr.)
Arlington, TX 76010

Here's a map:
Click me

If you've got a Google calendar (which I believe anybody who's got a Google account will have), you can click this link to add this event to said calendar. Brilliant.

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For anybody local to Dallas/Fort Worth [26 Dec 2007|03:41pm]

Spriggan will be playing - come out to see us. :D

We'll be at Lochrann's in Frisco on 28 December from 8-12. That's this very Friday, yes.

Here's a map!

View Larger Map

Click the link above, please. When you arrive at the map, you'll notice it's a map of the entire country, which is hardly helpful. Fear not, there is another link to the left of that rather encompassing map. Click that one, if you would, and it'll open the Real Map.

Candace, Chris, Gypsy, and Michael
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Spriggan on 1 December [26 Nov 2007|11:54am]

On 1 December, Spriggan will be at the Plaza Pub in Arlington This is a relatively new pub, and the proprietor has just started having bands in to play. Since so many Irish bars in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area are Irish in name only, it's fantastic to have another pub in the vicinity that supports Celtic music. As you can guess, we're rather looking forward to our first show there. So, we're asking any of you lot who might be nearby to come out not only to hear us, but to show support for this new venue!

1 December 2007
8.00 PM - Midnight
The Plaza Pub
1605 New York (near Park Row Dr.)
Arlington, TX 76010

Here's a map:
Click me

If you've got a Google calendar (which I believe anybody who's got a Google account will have), you can click this link to add this event to said calendar. Fantastic, innit?

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Helping a musician in need [13 Nov 2007|12:21am]

Many of you, especially in the NY area, are familiar with James Riley, the phenomenal Bronx-based singer/songwriter who grew up in Ballyfermot, Dublin. He recently released his first solo album, and has played in-studio and on stage with the likes of Solas, Eileen Ivers, Cathy Ryan, Mick McCauley, Martin and Marie Reilly, Steve Holloway, Ben Power, Jane Hunt, Donie Ryan and Nigel Davey, to name a few.

Like so many before him, James grew up in a loving but underprivileged family, and came to America in 2000, in the hopes of creating a better life and helping his family.

Sadly and unexpectedly, James' mother Kay passed away early Friday morning, and on Saturday he flew back to Dublin.

We all know that making a life as a musician is not easy, even for the most talented. The airfare, funeral and other costs are posing a tremendous hardship upon both James and his family.

Among his many projects in NY, James ran the Tuesday night Singer's Seisiun at An Beal Bocht Cafe at 445 West 238th Street in the Bronx.

On Tuesday November 13 and 20, John Walsh will be running the seisiun as a benefit to help raise money to defray James' many expenses. Anyone who wants to stop by and play a tune, listen in, or make a donation is welcome. We'll start at 9 p.m.

If you can't make it and would like to make a donation, you can do so via paypal. You can also purchase his album via his website.

Please pass this along to anyone who may be able to help, and keep James and his family in your prayers.
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Found a great Irish rock band in NY...Finn's Fury [28 Oct 2007|02:33am]

Saw this band, Finn's Fury, the other night at a local pub on Long Island. They blew me away. Great stuff. Had a heavy rock sound mixed with bagpipe and fiddle. Some of their stuff kind of reminded me of DKM a bit. Anybody else heard of these guys? I found their MySpace page,
...excellent stuff on there too. They had a player on the page with all their songs from a new CD they just released, so I'm putting that up so you can all have a listen and see if you like them as much as I do.

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Come out, youse [26 Sep 2007|10:01am]

Nicked from a message from Ken Fleming:

For those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, we will be having our annual O’Flaherty Retreat Benefit at Trinity Hall Pub this Saturday, September 29th to raise funds for the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. The music is being donated by some of our area’s finest and will get underway at 6 p.m. and go until closing. There will be drawings and Trinity Hall is donating a portion of all meal sales. Admission is free. Please join us in support! Here is the schedule:

6 p.m. – Trinity Hall Session Players

7 p.m. – Shift

8 p.m. – Spriggan

9 p.m. – Jigsaw

10 p.m. – Beyond the Pale

11 p.m. – Amberhawke

12 midnight – Trinity Hall Session Players
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[10 Sep 2007|04:08pm]

Hey everyone!

I'm helping to market Malcolm McDowell and Max Beesley's new film, Red Roses and Petrol, which is being released in theatres in March, 2008 (opening in Dublin, London, new York and other major cities). It's an Irish-themed family drama with a stellar supporting cast, and features music from Flogging Molly and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, among others. We have an official LJ for the film in addition to a myspace, facebook, and new website launching soon. I thought I'd invite you all to join the LJ community to learn about release info as well as to be able to participate in upcoming contests. Hope to see you there!

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Spriggan's at CelticFest [06 Sep 2007|04:42pm]

The Mississippi Celtic Fest is THIS weekend in Jackson! It's the first time for us to play at this festival and we're all really looking forward to the experience.

For more information go to the festival's website: CelticFest MS

Hope to see you there at one of the top 20 events of the Southeast this weekend- Be sure to say hallo!

Gypsy, Michael, Chris and Candace
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