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Irish Music

Austin's premiere Irish traditional band, and one of our favorites, Cluan, has graciously allowed us to post some of their songs here for your listening pleasure. If you like what you hear, you can head on over to their website to find out where to see them playing, and find out more information.

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I Myself Go Fishing

"This song found its way to Cluan via singer MacDara O Conaola of the Aran Islands. It is an example of a "diddle" or "lilting" song. It tales the lament of a man whose days of fishing and womanizing are now nights of "rocking the cradle." The of "diddle" songs are not as important as their sounds and rhythms, which were invented to replace instruments that were either not affordable or outlawed. They are part of the wealth of tunes know as Mouth Music. "
- Donnelle McKaskle Celtic Storm Radio 91.7 FM KOOP Austin.

Butlers of Glen Avenue

[This song] was popularized by the Irish band Lunasa; the odd rhythmic feel of the 'B' section suggests a slip jig.

The Merry Blacksmith

... one of the more common tunes in the repertoire, it is also one of the most enjoyable to play.

The Johnny Allen Reels

..taken from O'Neil's 1001 Irish Tunes.