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New Blog Feature, Music Mondays

We’ve had numerous questions about music at Rinceoiri. Things like, “Who does this song?” and “Where can I get that album?” are the most common (we really have an eclectic mix going on in classes); but we also have questions about basic rhythm in jigs, reels, or hornpipes. We thought we’d answer these questions each Monday here on the blog in a new feature, appropriately titled “Music Mondays.”

“Music Mondays” posts will not only discuss what makes a jig a jig, and what timing works best for what; but also highlight great songs and artists that are fun to dance to, listen to, or both.

We know 2014 is still a couple of days away, but we’ll just start today with a video from NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill Photo: Daniel Sheehan

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music and although a native of County Clare, he now resides in Connecticut.

Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, born in Chicago to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.

We hope you enjoy the tunes played in this little concert. That you’ll love the Martin’s Clare accent is a given.

From NPR: “Put aside your notion of Irish music as a bunch of familiar jigs and reels, and just listen. Martin Hayes plays his fiddle with an exquisite touch and tone, as well as a magnificent sense of melody and rhythm that never ceases to astonish. Guitarist Dennis Cahill provides delicate support.”
DOWNLOAD AUDIO 12 min 53 sec