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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)

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Irish Sing-a-long
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Emily with Harp, in Song !

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Irish Roots Cafe: Genealogy and History. week 109

Among Todays Topics:

1)  The Irish Family Name of the Week is:  Hyland
2)   Stonehenge find in Ireland
3)  The Book of the Month is: The Irish Book of Arms
4)   Irish Song and Recitation Festival is on the air !
5)   Video of the Month: Irish Tartan Lies
6)   A Return to Irish Roots DVD launched !
7)   Irish Roots Fan page on Facebook.

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast at

This Weeks Topics:             1:25
Notes from Mike:                2:04
Book of the Month:             6:11
The Magnificent Seven:      7:36
Irish Name of the Day:        9:04
Websites of the Week:       12:58
Curious News and Notes:  14:03

Run Time: 20:14

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Notes This Week:

1)  I have started up a page on FACEBOOK for Irish Roots Fans, so if you
are there stop by. Name of the group is ‘Irish Roots Fans’ at:

2)  Completed an interview with Jason Van Orden, which began with
an inquiry on Twitter.  We talk about using ‘new media’ in starting
up a community on the web, and about my Irish Roots Cafe on the web.
My Twitter user name is: IrishRootsCafe

3)  We have begun the Irish Song and recitation festival podcast !
I will sing my first song, let’s say rehearsal for the new CD to come….
Listen to Irish Song and Recitation on or iTunes:

On my web page at:
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4)  Our new Return to Irish Roots DVD launched successfully last week.
Lots of genealogy, one of each of our audio podcast series, and a travelogue
from the old days from us.  Sort of a starting course on Irish Heritage !
This covers most of the types of things we have done to date, and would
also be a fun gift to someone who wants to know more about being Irish….
On our web page:

Book of the Month:
The Irish Book of Arms
Including video: Irish Family Tartan Lies!
Watch Video on Irish Book of Arms page:
Coming Up:
Easter Saturday and a Fish….

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1)  New Member Florence Duheme of Schenectady, NY – Welcome

2)  Jim Sterling of Napa, California, your birth index has shipped.

3) William Cooper of Kahuku, HI, your ‘Return to Irish Roots’ DVD has shipped

4) Gerard P. Drew, of Cocoa, Florida your Co. Cavan genealogy book shipped.

5) Tony Kennington of Cambridgeshire, UK, your Kilkenny genealogy shipped

6)  New Member Robyn M. Moore of Essex Junction, VT. Welcome !

7)  Zane D. Perry of Virginia Beach, VA, your Co. Kerry genealogy book shipped

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Kimberly H. Ethridge searching for Hyland family, of Philadelphia, PA

Related Spellings of the Name
Hylan, Hylane, Hylan

Varient Spelling Groups: #2047, 944
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
Early records find this family in Waterford, and subsequently in the
surrounds of Co. Kilkenny.  The 1890 birth index finds the family name
spelled as Hyland most numerous in Mayo, Dublin and Queens.
When spelled as Hiland the name is given most often in Co. Antrim.

copyright 2007, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms
Here is some of the information given in the Irish Book of Arms

1)   None found as Hyland
Coming Up Later in this episode:
New Science said to have uncovered an Irish Stonehenge…..

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name  28 times
including the following examples :

1)  Hylane – Co. Tipperary genealogy and family history book.
2)  Francis Hyland – J. 24
3)  Hyland aka Whelan.
4)  Hylan and Hylane in the 1659 census of Ireland
5)  Hyland in the Birth index of Ireland
6)  Hyland in the Families of Co. Dublin Ireland
7)  also in Antrim, Waterford, Mayo, Kilkenny books…….

Websites of the Week:

1)  Hyland Family Genealogy Forum.

2)  Easter Saturday and a Funeral for a Fish !

3)  Secrets of the Stones – Stonehenge at Tara

Curious News and Notes

1)  ‘Secrets of the Stones’ is a special being shown on RTE.
They have found evidence of a large wooden structure similar to
Stonehenge !

2)  Leap of faith as crowds flock to fish shops and church services.
Spiritual needs to the fore as hard times descend ?

3)  Mayor Pat Crotty of Kilkenny city says it great to have something to
celebrate as the city turns 400 years old !

4)  The World Irish Dancing Championships were held in Philidelphia this
weekend, for the first time ever in the U.S.
Sean McDonagh, chairman for the commission, said the decision to move the competition to Philadelphia was based on the availability of facilities, including accommodation options, but also because Americans make up 75 per cent of competitors registered for this year’s championships.

5)  Irish women are the pickiest in Europe when it comes to love.
They demand intelligence, optimism and virility and then some…
as if we all didn’t know that already…

6)  Alan Healy and Bebhinn O’Keeffe it seems, met for the first time and
married minutes later as part of “Two Strangers and A Wedding” promotion –
part of a social experiment by a Waterford radio station !  Including a free
honeymoon in Portugal and a house in Wexford for 6 months.

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