The following video clip features a traditional Irish kids tune called The Dingle Regatta being performed by Cairde Chualann at the 2013 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Derry. Cairde Chualann is a group of traditional musicians and dancers who hail from Counties Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare. The group has several flute players who play Martin Doyle flutes and we are told that there were three six-keyed, one nine-keyed and one keyless flute being played in this piece. Enjoy the music…
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Mick McConnell performs The Ballad of Lidl and Aldi – a cracking good yarn written by himself about retail shopping and the effects it can have on ones marriage and living conditions. Mick is Cathal McConnell‘s brother and the world seems a richer place for the fact that traditional music and story telling runs through the veins of these lads.
In the previous post, we highlighted a new album that has just been produced and released by Martin Doyle’s daughter Aoife. Continuing with the theme of ‘music in the family’, this post highlights some video clips produced and posted on YouTube by Martin’s son Joe Doyle – a talented multi-instrumentalist/singer/composer and voice artist. Joe recently spent some time at Martin’s home in County Clare and recorded three video clips with local flute player Brian Morgan. Brian is playing Martin Doyle flutes and Joe is playing bouzouki.
Two reels with Brian playing a keyless Martin Doyle traditional flute made of boxwood.
In this clip Brian and Joe play some reels.
The next two clips feature solo performances from Joe. The first was recorded at Martin’s home – jigs played on the bouzouki.
“We had music in the house…” It is an expression that one quite often hears when musicians recall the good fortune of having parents, relatives and friends who would play their instruments, sing their songs and tell their stories during informal gatherings and house sessions. This ‘living tradition’ has been the catalyst for a great many people into the joyful (and sometimes storm-tossed) river that is music and Martin Doyle’s family, upstream and down, is no exception. Martin’s three children, grown adults now, are all instrumentalists and singers. Martin himself recounts the influence of his parents and grand-parents in his own development as a musician and flute maker. So the gift of music often flows down through the generations and evolves as creative self-expression in those who are blessed to receive it.
In the case of the Martin’s daughter, Aiofe Doyle, it is through the voice that the gift of music seems to have manifested itself most powerfully although it is worth noting that she is also an accomplished fiddler. This past August, Aiofe released her debut CD, This Time the Dream’s on Me, a jazz album backed by a four piece band which Journal of Music introduces with these succinct words:
“We are delighted to announce the debut album launch of Aoife Doyle, one of the finest young singers working in Ireland. Aoife’s unique, expressive voice is equally at home with jazz, folk, country, bluegrass or blues, and her singing can evoke memories of the sophisticated, velvet tones of Ella Fitzgerald, the earthy, sweet lyricism of Patsy Cline or the straight‐up country clarity of Alison Krauss. This Time the Dream’s on Me will leave you in no doubt that you are in the presence of a major new voice and talent.” Read more »
Having listened to This Time the Dream’s on Me, this humble scribe can only say, “Here, Here!” to the above comments. Aiofe’s voice has an air of freedom unbound by the strictures of convention or expectation – an uncluttered confidence and soulfulness that leaves the listener content. Nothing worthwhile can be accomplished in this world without hard work and singular effort even for those blessed with abundant talent. Aoife’s path to this recording has involved some many years of hard work and discipline and we congratulate her efforts and the result – and look forward to that which is to come in whatever form it takes.
Samples of This Time the Dream’s on Me can be heard here »
- Aoife Doyle: This Time the Dream’s on Me – The Irish Times.
- Doyle surrounds herself with top musicians for a quality release – The Independent.
Martin Doyle has for many years had a close association with the members of the Hungarian Irish music group Bran and has travelled to Hungary on a number of occasions to take part in Irish music festivals to offer flute workshops and inspiration. Two of the members of Bran, Gáborján Kovacs and Judit Kuti, play Martin Doyle flutes and Martin has often commented on the enthusiasm that the Hungarians have for Irish music and of the joy and inspiration he has received from his association with Bran and the Hungarian Irish music festivals.
Bran has recently released a CD of Irish tunes that are linked by the common theme of ‘birds’. The title of the CD is Int én Bec – Birds’ Day – Rigmadár (‘Birds’ Day’ in Irish, English and Hungarian) and it is a delightful offering of simplicity, purity and joy that are distinctive features of Bran’s music.
A sample track, Birds At The Fairy Fulling, can be heard here »
And here is a video clip featuring the music of Bran:
Here is Martin Doyle‘s video pick for October 2012 – the Grammy Award winning flute player, Rhonda Larson performing the hymn Be Still My Soul. (Note Rhonda’s harmonic singing while playing the flute in the opening moments of the performance.)
Rhonda Larson says she was born wanting to play the flute – where that desire came from remains a mystery to her. It was finally at age 10 that Rhonda first picked up a flute, a journey that has taken her to the farthest reaches of the world. Her ‘practice room’ was a high mountain ridge outside her family home in Bozeman, Montana, where the sky is endless and the breathtaking mountains cut through your soul. It is not difficult, then, to understand that the depths of Rhonda’s music comes from a place in her heart that celebrates the beauty of the human spirit, found most alive in nature. “I began to see that music has a larger role for humanity: that it can truly speak to the shared expressions of our human souls.” More »
A very fine quote from Rhonda’s homepage:
“The dignity of the artist lies in their duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” – G.K. Chesterton.