The 'Raw Bar' is that elusive, pure and indefinable essence of traditional music which offers no easy definition but which is unmistakable when experienced. Presented by Dermot Mc Laughlin 'The Raw Bar Remix' presents a selection of performances recorded during the filming of the two series of The Raw Bar.
In 'The Raw Bar Remix' we travel around Ireland and extend our reach to America, the UK, Europe and further a field to meet the individuals, musicians, singers and dancers who make up the global community of Irish traditional music.
Featuring great performances from emerging and established musicians, we get a sense of an art form deep rooted and contemporary as well as being informed from deep within the tradition.
Programme 3: 10th August 2007
Matt Molloy | Liz & Yvonne Keane | Andy Irvine | Dónal Lunny | Sean McKeon | Peter Molloy | Tina Lech | Fabian Joyce | Róisín Ní Mhainín | Kevin Glackin | Paddy Glackin | Ronan Browne
Through friendship with Paddy Moloney, Matt Molloy was already familiar with the Chieftains when he joined in 1979 as one of the two non - Dubliners in the group, replacing Michael Tubridy on flute. The Chieftains 9; Boil The Breakfast Early is his first album with the Chieftains. Matt Molloy comes from a strong musical background, of the famed fiddle and flute playing tradition of North Connacht. Before joining the Chieftains, Matt was already known as an accomplished flautist playing with a number of groups and session artists.
Matt was born in Ballaghadereen, County Roscommon, an area well known for flute players. Matt began playing the flute at age 8 and by the age of 18, he had won the All-Ireland Flute Championship and had a string of successes in National Fleadh Cheoil and Oireachtas. He moved to Dublin in the mid 1960's where he started playing in the music scene and became acquainted with Paddy Moloney. He was invited to join The Chieftains in 1979.
During the burgeoning folk scene of the 1970's, Matt was a founding member of the famous folk group, The Bothy Band. After the Bothy Band, Matt appeared briefly with the reformed group, Planxty. Matt has released several highly acclaimed solo albums and has worked with other accomplished musicians. He has teamed up with Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Dónal Lunny and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among other artists.
Liz & Yvonne Keane
Sisters Liz and Yvonne Kane, from Connemara, learned music from both their grandfather Jimmy Mullen and South Sligo musician and teacher, Mary Finn McCrudden. Along with the recordings of the Rainey brothers, their grandfather and Mary were an early influence on their music. The Raineys were travelling fiddle players in the 1950s who visited the sisters' hometown and surrounding areas.
Yvonne and Liz consider their style to be heavily influenced by South Sligo fiddle playing, the music of East Galway and in particular the fiddle playing and compositions of Paddy Fahey. In recent years, the sisters have been privileged to meet and play with Paddy, whose music plays a central role in their repertoire. The recordings of Michael Coleman, Hughie Gillespie, Andy McGann and Kathleen Collins have also made an impact on their music.
The Kanes released their first CD, "The Well-Tempered Bow," in 2002 and have just released their second album, "Under the Diamond." They toured with Sharon Shannon and the Woodchoppers for three years and have recorded with Sharon, Maighread and Tríona ní Dhomnaill, Steve Earle and Cherish the Ladies. Liz and Yvonne have appeared at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (with Sharon Shannon) and performed Saturday and Sunday at the 2004 Potomac Celtic Festival in Leesburg.
Andy Irvine has been hailed as "a tradition in himself", musician, singer and songwriter. From Sweeney's Men in the mid sixties to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, and Patrick Street, in the 80s, Andy has been a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians. Few others can equal his repertoire, Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description.
In his two years with Sweeney's Men, the group ignited an interest in traditional Irish music that survives to this day. Their successful singles, "Old Maid in the Garret" and "The Waxie's Dargle" landed at the very top of the Irish Hit Parade.
Andy left the band in 1968, and made his first trip 'way out yonder', traveling by 'the sunburnt thumb' in Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, earning his living as a street musician and absorbing the musical traditions of the Balkans. Returning to Ireland, Irvine united with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn to form Planxty, fanning the flames of Irish Traditional Music well into the next generation.
Planxty took a break in 1976 and Irvine worked and recorded with Paul Brady, making the classic album "Andy Irvine & Paul Brady". After a brief time with De Dannan, he rejoined the reunited Planxty from 1979 until its breakup in 1983. . Andy's his first solo album, "Rainy Sundays ... Windy Dreams", followed, as well as "Parallel Lines" a duo album with the great Scots troubadour, Dick Gaughan.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Andy formed Mosaic, a pan-European band that included Donal Lunny and Hungarian singer Marta Sebestyen. After one blissful summer traveling through Europe with this band, Andy returned to solo and duo work. This work soon grew into Patrick Street, featuring Kevin Burke (Bothy Band), Jackie Daly (De Danaan) and guitar maestro Arty McGlynn.
Patrick Street, originally billed as Legends of Irish Music - one of the few times such hoopla was accurate, recorded three albums from 1987 to 1990. Andy then recorded his second solo album, "Rude Awakening", and created the hugely influential "East Wind", an album of Balkan music, produced by Bill Whelan and featuring Davy Spillane on Uilleann Pipes. Patrick Street regrouped in 1993 with Kevin, Jackie, Andy, and Ged Foley. To date Patrick Street has released eight recordings, all on the Green Linnet label.
Early in 2002, Andy drafted some long-time musical friends and formed his "dream band" for a one-off tour of Australia. Calling themselves Mozaik, reminiscent of the earlier cross-genre group, Andy was joined by Donal Lunny, Dutch guitarist Rens van der Zalm, Hungarian bagpiper Nikola Parov and American fiddler Bruce Molsky.
October 2002 saw the release of Patrick Street's Street Life, arguably their best ever. It showcases an ecumenical approach, while never letting go of the tradition that binds these amazing musicians, all at the very top of their game. Although an integral part of the finest Irish bands of our time, Andy Irvine continues along the road he set for himself so long ago - a vibrant career as a solo artist in the old style, a teller of stories and maker of music.
In 2004 Planxty reformed briefly and played a series of sell out shows in Vicar Street, Dublin, which fans and friends alike are still talking about.
Dónal Lunny has been at the cutting edge of the evolution of Irish music for more than thirty-five years and is generally regarded as having been central to the renaissance of traditional Irish music in that time period. Born in Tullamore, then moved to Newbridge, County Kildare, as a teenager he joined a band called Rakes of Kildare, with Christy Moore. Lunny's Emmet Folk Group and Michael and Brian Byrne's Spiceland Folk Group joined forces to form The Emmet Spiceland. Their debut album 'The First' was released in 1968. They were a vocal harmony group and reached number one in Ireland with the single "Mary From Dungloe".
In 1971 he played on Prosperous, the first album by Christy Moore. The musicians from Prosperous assembled in 1972 under the name Planxty. The band became a leading proponent of Irish traditional instrumental music for the next ten years. In 1975 Lunny left them to form The Bothy Band, playing guitar and bouzouki. They disbanded in 1978. Lunny became a session musician on Davey and Morris, the first album to feature Shaun Davey. Lunny then got together with Christy Moore again in 1981, to form Moving Hearts. Another founding member was the young uilleann piper, Davy Spillane.
When Moving Hearts broke up in 1985, Lunny diversified. He learned keyboards and mandolin and became a producer. He played on several Christy Moore albums, and was a producer and session musician on Kate Bush albums. He played bouzouki and bodhrán on Shaun Davey's Granuaille. He played on the soundtrack of the film This Is My Father and the TV program "The River of Sound".
He was the producer of Bringing it all Back Home. He produced albums for Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O'Connor, Clannad and
Baaba Maal. He appeared on compilation albums - Gathering (1981) and Common Ground (1996). He pushed new boundaries with the his band Coolfin (1998) which included uilleann piper John McSherry. He appeared at the 2000 Cambridge Folk Festival, and the album that commemorated it. In 2001 Lunny collaborated with Frank Harte on the album My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte.
As an arranger he has worked for The Waterboys, Fairground Attraction and Eddi Reader. Journey (2000) is a retrospective album.
In 2004 Lunny was part of the reunited Planxty who performed a series of sell out shows in Dublin's Vicar Street.
Dónal Lunny is married to Japanese musician Hideko Itami, a member of the musical group Soul Flower Union. The couple now make their home in Okinawa, Japan.
Sean McKeon - Sean grew up listening to music at home in Dublin, with his parents Gay McKeon (uilleann pipes) and Mary Corcoran (fiddle and piano) being his earliest influences. He began playing the tin whistle at the age of 6 under the guidance of Maureen McGrattan and within two years progressed to the uilleann pipes. Sean's first and only formal lessons came from Sean Óg Potts. At a young age Sean took an interest in the older generation of musicians, such as Seamus Ennis, Patsy Touhey and James Morrison. It was this keen interest in recordings of older musicians that helped shape Sean's approach to piping.
By the age of 15 Sean had amassed a total of 5 Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann titles and within a month of turning 18 he had won the senior Oireachtas solo competition. In recent years Sean has performed with Noel Hill, Robbie Hannan and Sean Keane as well as forging an exciting duet with fiddle player Liam O'Connor. He has toured Europe performing and teaching music and continues to teach at Na Pioibairi Uilleann as well as at various traditional music events like the Willie Clancy Summer School, South Sligo Summer School and Frankie Kennedy Winter School. Sean plays a full set of concert pitch pipes made by Cillian Ó Briain and released a recording in 2005 that features both his own music and that of his brother, Conor, and his father, Gay. Sean was awarded TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
Peter Molloy is a flute player from Mayo now living in Boston . He learned his flute playing from his father Matt who learned himself from some of the great exponents of the North Connacht style. The family pub in Westport, 'Matt Molloy's' is a popular session venue with traditional musicians both from the locality and from further afield.
Tina Lech is a young American fiddle player with no family connections to Ireland. A chance introduction to Irish traditional music as a child led her to begin learning the fiddle. She favours sessions over solo playing and is a frequent session player in trad venues in Boston and also teaches fiddle.
Fabian grew up listening to the music of his father and uncle and was greatly influenced by many long nights of endless sessions in the family pub in Clonbur, County Galway. Throughout the years Fabian has enjoyed playing with many fine musicians, such as Breeda Smyth, Tommy and Louise McCarthy, Paddy Keenan, Mirella Murray, and Fergal and Enda Scahill. His music has taken him the length and breadth of Ireland, the U.K., and as far away as Australia. Currently, you can find Fabian at one of the many vibrant sessions in the Boston area.
Róisín Ní Mhainín
Róisin Ní Mhainín is a Conamara born dancer and teacher of traditional Irish or sean nós dance. As a child she studied Irish step dancing and was a well known successful competition dancer. In her late teens she left competitive dancing and moved to sean nós which allows the dancer more scope for personal expression and great freedom of movement.
Fiddler Kevin Glackin comes from a famous Dublin musical family with roots in Donegal. He recorded an LP of duets with brother Seamus in the late 1980s and since then has appeared on a number of other recordings. Kevin Glackin's commitment to the tradition has remained steady throughout his recorded output and he has become recognised by fellow musicians as a fine player.
Paddy's love of fiddling and of the Irish tradition was instilled early. His father, Tom, a Dublin policeman originally from Dungloe in Donegal, played fiddle and Paddy and his brothers, Kevin and Seamus, followed suit, Paddy from the age of six.
Paddy spent an enjoyable eighteen months with the Bothies moving into broadcasting. After working as an archivist and as Traditional Music Officer for the Irish Arts Council, Paddy moved into broadcasting, too, joining RTE initially as a sports producer and presenter. That's the day job. At night and on leave, in the years since leaving the Bothy Band, he has continued to be regarded as one of the greatest fiddlers in Ireland and has become one of the few people who can list work with Van Morrison, Paul Brady, Kate Bush and American composer John Cage (Paddy toured Europe and America with Cage's Roaratorio) on their CVs.
He's never regretted leaving the Bothy Band. Indeed, when his replacement, the legendary Tommy Peoples, broke his hand, Paddy stepped back in and has continued to be friends with and play with his old colleagues. Although not what you'd call over-recorded, he went on to make one of the outstanding albums of its time, Doublin', with Bothies piper Paddy Keenan. Donal Lunny produced and played on Paddy's superb In Full Spate CD. And since guitarist Micheal O Domhnaill returned to Ireland in 1997 after many years living in America, he and Paddy have become musical partners, recording the appropriately named Athchuairt (it's Irish Gaelic for Reprise) album and touring as widely as America and Israel - in small doses.
At the tender age of seven, Ronan was told that he was to play the uilleann pipes. Not knowing anyone else he was quite surprised and not terribly enthusiastic. Over three decades later he is a happy man having visited every continent except Antarctica - all thanks to a little bag of sticks, seven reeds and some very smart parents!
He has been involved with over 75 album recordings since his first venture in the studio in 1982 and has collaborated with many top artists playing traditional Irish music, classical pop, jazz and country.
As well as playing pipes, flute and whistle he has recorded music for film and television. His music has been appeared in the films "Circle of Friends", "Rob Roy", "The Secret of Roan Inish" and "The Gangs of New York"
He has also been a member of the group Cran and was the original piper with both Riverdance and The Afro Celt Sound System.