Comhaltas Video Archive
Irish traditional music is a passionate art form. The energy of dance music and the pathos and humour of traditional singing can be difficult to appreciate unless you have the chance to observe it at close quarters. Short of being there, we think that the ComhaltasLive video programmes give you a great chance to do just that.
We began a project a few years ago to document some of the great performances of traditional music. In association with the Irish International Webcasting Company, the ComhaltasLive project set out to capture some of the current ‘greats’ of traditional music, document some of the promising young stars and also to show music within its historical context by referencing audio and video from the past.
The weekly ComhaltasLive programmes have been well-received, and thousands of people have had a chance to see some of this great music up close and personal. Please take a look at this week’s programme, or browse through excerpts from our past programmes.
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If there’s an event or opportunity coming up that you think we ought to cover, just send us a note and we’ll see what we can do. And if we can’t get there, maybe you’d like to write up the event for our journal, Treoir. Don’t forget to include some photos and, where possible, one or two video clips on DVD which we may be able to upload on to the website.
- comhaltasLive #467_9:Haley Richardson, New York
- 29 May 2015
- Just after winning U-15 fiddle competition at North American Mid- Atlantic Fleadh May 2015, Haley Richardson, New York, plays two jigs - “Ahern’s Egg” (F.O’Dwyer) and “Elizabeth Cullen’s” (B. McComiskey). All- Ireland U-12 champion in 2013, Haley (with her brother Dylan) has released a lovely CD called “Heart on a string”.
- comhaltasLive #467_8:Brian Conway, his sister Rose Flanagan and her daughter Maeve
- 28 May 2015
- Fiddle legend Brian Conway, New York, his sister Rose Flanagan and her daughter Maeve, all on fiddles, play two reels composed by Ed. Reavy - “Maudabawn Chapel” and “Never was piping so gay”. Recorded at North American Comhaltas Convention/Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA, in May 2015.
- comhaltasLive #467_7:Colm Lawlor
- 27 May 2015
- Colm Lawlor from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on banjo, plays a selection of jigs starting with “An buachaill dreoite” at the Tipperary Fleadh in Golden. Recorded on Sunday 17th May 2015.
- comhaltasLive #467_6:a session at the Tipperary Fleadh 2015 in Golden
- 26 May 2015
- In a session at the Tipperary Fleadh 2015 in Golden, Sean Gleeson, Thurles (flute), Darragh Carey Kennedy, Roscrea (banjo) and Jim Egan, Killea (accordion) play two reels - “Trip to Birmingham” (J. McDermott)§ and “the Premier Reel” (P.O’Brien).
- comhaltasLive #467_5:Mary Kate Carolan
- 25 May 2015
- A tin whistle solo by Mary Kate Carolan from Pearl River Comhaltas branch, New York, USA, who plays a jig - “Diplodocus” composed by Liz Carroll. Recorded at North American Comhaltas Convention/Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA, in May 2015.
- comhaltasLive #467_4:Musicians from Ireland and USA
- 24 May 2015
- Musicians from Ireland and USA play a reel in one of the many spontaneous sessions at the North American Comhaltas Convention/Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA, in May 2015. Musicians include Sean McComiskey, Sean Clohessey, Kathy Conneely, Jayne Pomplas, Dan Gurney.
- comhaltasLive #467_3:Jonathan Forde
- 23 May 2015
- After winning U-12 Tin Whistle Competition, Jonathan Forde, Harwich, MA, plays “The midnight hornpipe” at the North American Comhaltas Convention/Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA, in May 2015.
- comhaltasLive #467_2:Patrick Hutchinson & Joey Abarta
- 22 May 2015
- Uileann Pipers Patrick Hutchinson, Providence, Rhode Island and originally from Liverpool, England (left) and Joey Abarta, Boston, play two Reels - a version of “Farewell to Connacht” and “The ravelled hank of yarn”. Recorded at North American Comhaltas Convention/Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA, in May 2015.