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#21 – Irish Song and Recitation Festival at the Irish Roots Cafe

The Irish Pub, Uilleann pipes, Study of Music in Ireland,
and our song today ‘By the Banks of the Roses’
Advance Shownotes

Playing Time: 23:50
Song Starts at 16:45
Crying baby starts at 3:10

This weeks Chat and Sing is with Adam Braunschweig.

Adams Background
Adam grew up in Holyoke MA., outside of Boston and
Springfield.  His father was born in Germany and came to
the U.S. in 1954. Adam started off playing Irish music
around 1999, playing guitar, moving to mandolin and tenor
banjo.  From there he went to Ireland and earned a degree in
in ethnomusicology, (now there is a big word for you!), at the
University of Limerick. Then he began to study the Irish pipes
with Mikey Smith, a young uilleann piper from Dublin.

Ethnic Backgrounds
Just how did Adam come to be so involved in Irish music with
a largely German background ?  He figures it had something
to do with all the Irish theme pubs he has been in.  Adam
also notes that pubs offer an escape to folks coming in off
the streets from everyday life.

The Irish Pub sessions worldwide
We also talk about the development of the pub.  Adam
says the Irish ‘session’ started with musicians in England, who
could not put such a thing together in local tenements, etc.. so
they migrated to the pub.  We are talking about the Irish in
England, perhaps in the late 1940’s. They then went home
to Ireland and continued the practice, bringing the sessions
with them.  The same thing happened when they came the states.
Neither music nor women were allowed in the pubs earlier
as a rule.

The pub in the U.S. is also noted as being very accessible, and
does not discriminate against other groups.  Adam notes that
most of his pubs have a session every week or so, with fiddles
and instrumental tunes, and sometimes with a solo song being
sung.  There seems to be more accordion music in Ireland,
along with female banjo players today !

Irish American Music
Mick Moloney, a great banjo player, has done some
great work researching the early Irish American songs from the
1920’s and earlier. (Far From the Shamrock Shore, is a great work.) It is found that an American song in an Irish session takes its own special form.

The guitar has not been in Irish music for very long, but lately
it has been with an open drone sound, sort of like an open
tuned bouzouki.  It has nothing to do with the speed, it is
about timing.

Pubs in Ireland vs Pubs in Boston
In the countryside in Ireland Adam found the family pub much
more old style than the pubs in the city.  The city pub in Ireland
now resembles the Irish pub in America.
Adam also tells us that in Ireland, you can drop into a pub and play music anytime of the day. In America the available hours for singing might be limited. In Ireland he also found that some
singing clubs still exist.

Kansas City
Adam has been playing locally with his own group in K.C.,
and has a good mix of music. You might find him at Mike
Kellys Westsider.  Some of his songs are from the anthology
of folk music.  One of his current favorites is ‘The Banks of
the Roses’.  His song for us today is that very one:

By the Banks of the Roses
By the Banks of the Roses my Love and I sat down.
And I took out my violin to play my love a tune
In the middle of the tune, O she sighed and she said
O Johnny, lovely Johnny, Would you leave me

O when I was a young man, I heard my father say
That he’d rather see me dead and buried in the clay
Sooner than be married to any runaway
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses

O then I am no runaway and soon I’ll let them know
I can take a good glass or leave it alone
And the man that doesn’t like me, he can keep
his daughter home
And young Johnny will go roving with another

And if ever I get married, twill be in the month of May
When the leaves they are green and the meadows
they are gay
And I and my true love can sit and sport and play
On the lovely sweet banks of the roses.   (end)

Listen to the whole interview
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Irish Sing-a-long
Coming up last Saturday of this month,
Be sure to contact me for details

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Next Episode:
Emily with Harp, in Song !
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O’Laughlin  has written 40 books; edits 2 newsletters;
publishes the works of 10 Irish authors; and has
written over 700 articles. He also hosts three broadcast
series, including the first weekly podcast on Irish
Family History ever produced.

His works include a 34 book set on Irish Family
Research and classic reprints like  The Annals of Ireland
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#19 – Irish Song and Recitation Festival at the Irish Roots Cafe

Todays Chat on the history of Irish Dance, with notes on
Berkeley, Southern California, Kansas City, Boston and Ireland. with Michael Collier:

Michael lives in Boston today but has been involved in Irish
dance on both coasts in America, as well as in the American
heartland.

On the west coast
Mike mentions Larry Lynch and the revival of Irish dance
in the late 70’s or early 80’s…..the Starry Plough and the
Plough and Stars on the east coast…. Performance Ceili group…
Modern affectations like the wigs for dancers….  sets and ceili

dancing for the fun of it.  Southern California dancing in
houses, enthusiastic groups started up, old time American
connection….

Boston
Seems like half of the people are from Ireland !
Cork people and Galway people…. many more societies and
groups here by comparison. From 3 to 6 sets or so….peaked
it the late 90’s….. dancing now for 26 years and just beginning
to learn the really old dances

Kansas City
Fewer people, not a continuous tradition, more singers
and pub ballads, festivals going strong, ceilis are sparse….

Irish Dance Background
Dance in Ireland and changes in the last years…from
the French Quadrilles and the upper class, to the Irish
with their own steps and music.  Celtic revival in the
1890s with language and sports and dance…. sets were
not considered ‘Irish’…  First modern ceili invented…
the Irish Dance Commission, dances like Walls of Limerick
and Seige of Limerick.
The Irish Dance Hall Act…. the Parish Hall as center
of ceili dances…. A revival in the 70’s….. dance sets return.
Joe O’Donovan leads the revival… old versions salvaged
and several publications document the dances…

We end up here with the words Sean nos dancing and
singing…to be continued in the next show !

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How to Contact Me
Reach me anytime at www.Irishroots.com,
or drop by the Irish Roots Cafe 24 hours a day.

The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

Leave your message or report on things in your part
of the world, when you call my phone recorder at:
816 256-3360
Skype me at: IrishRootsCafe

Find me on MySpace at:  Irish Roots Cafe
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=201126212

Find me on Facebook at: Mike O’Laughlin
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb

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Then Click on show logos to leave feedback.
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About Your Host
The worlds most published author his field,  Mike
O’Laughlin  has written 40 books; edits 2 newsletters;
publishes the works of 10 Irish authors; and has
written over 700 articles. He also hosts three broadcast
series, including the first weekly podcast on Irish
Family History ever produced.

His works include a 34 book set on Irish Family
Research and classic reprints like  The Annals of Ireland
by the Four Masters.

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