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Diddy-Wah-Diddy

A QUICK Independence Day Week post paying tribute to the Spirit of American Music — and the willingness of musicians everywhere to cross borders, b(l)end genres, venture into the metaphorical musical wilderness a-lookin for the elephant guided only by those inner … Continue reading

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The Man from Bunclody

A birthday celebration was held this past Sunday for button accordionist/fiddler Tom Dunne at the weekly Irish music session he and fiddler Tony Horswill have been co-hosting for several years at St. James Gate Publick House in Maplewood, New Jersey. … Continue reading

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Fleadh Season Is Upon Us

The Mid-Atlantic U.S. Fleadh Cheoil took place last weekend at the spacious Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey. And it was superb. This was a qualifying competition for performers of Irish traditional instrumental and vocal music. The first- and second-place … Continue reading

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Drift Away

On a chilled, rain-sotted evening a couple weeks back, I saw Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely backed by guitarist Ted Davis perform a concert at the gracious home of Mike and Rose Flanagan in Pearl River, New York – a town just … Continue reading

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Sound of One Fipple Chiffing

The Flute was asked:  “What virtue do you possess that you are allowed to touch the lips of Krishna?” The Flute replied:  “I have one virtue. I have made myself void of all matter. I have emptied myself of non-self … Continue reading

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E-Harmony Doesn’t Always Have the Answer

Bluezette Update. by L.E. McCullough © 2010 L.E. McCullough In the eleven years since the passing of Bluezette, people have occasionally asked: did I ever find a satisfactory replacement? Actually, a few suitors have emerged. As mentioned earlier, I love … Continue reading

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Elegy for a Whistle

                                      Bluezette, R.I.P. (1975-1999)   by L.E. McCullough   © 2001 L.E. McCullough       Dale, I don’t think I can … Continue reading

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A Joyfalutin Whistle Moment

A Joyfalutin Whistle Moment by L.E. McCullough © 2010 L.E. McCullough SAMHAIN EVE EVE — It may be that these posts have been a little frettish lately. A little dour. A little nicknacky about ornaments and whatever. Time to shout … Continue reading

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Where The Music Lives

Disturbing Trend Watch: Every now and then I gaze around during a session. Most of the sessions I’m playing in these days are populated by a good few folks who are pretty much beginners or, if they have been playing … Continue reading

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Let the Revolution Begin…

Let the Revolution Begin… by L.E. McCullough © L.E. McCullough 2010 http://www.lemccullough.com Can we take a quick poll? I don’t want to be the one to change centuries of Irish musical tradition, but how many would be in favor of … Continue reading

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