Show 013 – The Irish Banjo (within reason) (2018-04-28)

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This week, Katie and Joe explore music featuring the oft-maligned banjo. The Irish Tenor Banjo is not the same as the 5-string banjo that defines Bluegrass music. Instead, it has four strings tuned G-D-A-E and played with a guitar pick. Although expression and dynamic range isn’t the same as a fiddle–banjos seem to have only one volume setting–the instrument is still capable of adding drive and excitement to a fast tune and a langorous melody to a song or slower tune.We understand that two hours of solid banjo would be a little drastic, so we intersperse with some beautiful material that doesn’t necessarily have a banjo in the mix. This week’s artists include Solas, John and Maggie Carty, Colleen Raney, Rebecca Lomnicky, Kevin Burke, and Paddy Glackin.


# Track >Artist Release
1 Vital Mental Medicine/The Pullet Solas For Love and Laughter
2 Memories Of Ballymote / Gurteen Cross (Polkas) John and Maggie Carty Settle Out Of Court
3 Billy O’Shea Michael Black Michael Black
4 Jigs: An Buachaill Dreoite:The King Of The Pipers Peter Carberry, Angelina Carberry and John Blake Memories From The Holla
5 Ríleanna / Reels: Ormond Sound, The Torn Jacket Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Foxglove & Fuschia
6 Mick Coynes, the Guns of the Magnificent Seven Neill Lyons Skins and Sins
7 Roi Xordo Luar Na Lubre Plenilunio
8 Quand J’etais Jeune Shira Kammen Mistral
9 Killavil Paul Meehan The Lower Road
10 John Brennan’s / P.J. King’s Marie & Martin Reilly Marie & Martin Reilly
11 Floods of Holm, The Miltown Jig,The Sporting Pitchfork Michael “Blackie” O’Connell & Karol Lynch Foolin’ in Doolin
12 Casadh Cam na Feadarnaighe Coda Train of Spirits
13 Miss Patricia Meagher, Laura Lynn Cunningham Silly Wizard Wild and Beautiful
14 It’s In The Wind/The Laurel Tree/Repeal The Union The Friel Sisters Before the Sun
15 The Long F Set Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer The Fire
16 The Ghost of Tom Joad Solas The Turning Tide
17 Finbar Dwyer’s/Finbar Dwyer’s Angelina Carberry An Traidisiún Beo
18 Ann’s Regency Jig / the Cordal Jig Between Words
19 Senior Celtic Y El Gropo Ann Gray Tales of Magpies & Ravens-a Collection
20 Sean Reid’s Reel, Toss the Feathers Mick Moloney With Eugene O’Donnell
21 Suite De Loudeac Kevin Burke and Ged Foley In Tandem
22 Ballad of Hollis Brown Doolin’ Doolin’
23 Blessings Of Silver / Seanin McDonagh’s (Reels) John and Maggie Carty Settle Out Of Court
24 The Braes of Busby, Granny in the Corner, Mike Flanagan’s…. Mórga Mórga
25 Savage Paddy: Miss McGuinness (feat. Oisin Mac Diarmada & Sean Earnest) Damien Connolly Inspired
26 O Mouro Luar na Lubre O Son Do Ar
27 Love & Freedom Colleen Raney Linnet
28 The Town of Bally Bay Máirtín de Cógáin The False Start
29 The Dispute at the Crossroads / The Jolly Tinker (reels) Paddy Glackin & Robbie Hannan The Whirlwind
30 Wee C Whistle Set Nuala Kennedy & Mike Bryan A Wee Selection