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Keep Calm and Listen to Irish Music

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by coffeecritic

Keep Calm and Listen to Irish Music Now that St. Paddy's day is approaching, it's time for some fairy music. This is a piece by the great blind harpist of old, Turlough O'Carolan. I love O'Carolan's music so much, I once built an Irish harp from a kit, and tried to play a few of his tunes. It's also time for a ceili (traditional Irish social gathering, with music and dancing). Here's . . . more »

Keep Calm and Listen to Irish Music

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by coffeecritic

Keep Calm and Listen to Irish Music Now that St. Paddy's day is approaching, it's time for some fairy music. This is a piece by the great blind harpist of old, Turlough O'Carolan. I love O'Carolan's music so much, I once built an Irish harp from a kit, and tried to play a few of his tunes. It's also time for a ceili (traditional Irish social gathering, with music and dancing). Here's . . . more »

Farewell, Pandit Ravi Shankar

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 by coffeecritic

Raga Mala Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar has passed away at age 92. Described by George Harrison as "the godfather of world music", he is credited with popularizing classical Indian music in the western world. I first heard him on my parents' LP "East Meets West", playing with violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin. But it was his meeting with the Beatles guitarist George Harrison in 1966 that catapulted him . . . more »

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