Folkfinds: Martin Kirwan’s “Ward’s Jig”

Martin Kirwan is a young Irish gardener, family man and guitarist who’s been delighting his Soundcloud fanbase for the past two years with his exuberance and deft picking influenced by the likes of John Martyn, Paul Brady and Arty McGlynn. He’s as likely to extrapolate on a ukulele noodle or an ambient guitar piece as anything, but he also strums for weekly seisiuns down the pub; when we’re lucky he shares the odd trad tune, always leaving us envious and wanting more. A personal favorite is his too-brief transposition of Ward’s Jig to sarod, but once that’s done be sure to let his entire set of traditional Irish tunes accompany your favorite pint.

Q & A

What is your goal in recording and sharing music?

My goals musically are to develop as a musician and recorder ,and to continue enjoying playing for many years .

Come up with a descriptive, original genre name for your music.

Celtic, ambient and folk.

If trapped on a desert island with only three songs, which would they be?

Nick Drake “Time Has Told Me”
Nina Simone “Compasion”
John Martyn “Wee Small Hours”

Is there an instrument you do not currently play that you’d like to learn?

I would love to play fiddle or cello always appealed to me.

Who is your musical hero(es), if any?

John Martyn, JJ Cale, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Planxty, Bothy band to name a few.
You can hear more from Martin Kirwan on his Soundcloud page: Click Here

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