Podcast: Ireland in America
Episode #17-11 | airing 3-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we celebrate St. Patricks Day with a show devoted to American performers of Irish Music. Inspiration for the program is the recording Ireland-Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 released in conjunction with a recent exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. The recording features music written by Liz Carroll and performed by an all-star band. We’ll hear three selections from that album and build sets of music around them featuring Patrick Ball, Frank Ferrell, Eileen Ivers and more.

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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Frank Ferrel & Friends / “The Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee-Merrily Kissed the Quaker’s Wife” / Fiddledance / Great Meadow Music
Liz Carroll et al / “Blind Daniel the Piper-Crow Street” / Ireland Crossroads of Art and Design 1690- 1840 / Art Institute of Chicago
Patrick Ball / “Carolan’s Ramble to Cashel” / The Music of Turlough O’Carolan / Fortuna
Flynn Cohen / “Lady Hamilton” / The Lazy Farmer / Wepecket Island

Liz Carroll et al / “The Plane of the Plank-The Knight of Glyn’s Jig” / Ireland Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 / Art Institute of Chicago
Top Drawer String Band / “The Big Medley” / Top Drawer String Band / Fossil
Frank Ferrel & Friends / “Peter Feeney’s Dream-Flowers of the Flock” / Fiddledance / Great Meadow Music

Liz Carroll et al / “The True Love of My Heart” / Ireland Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 / Art Institute of Chicago
Randal Bays / “Castle Kelly-The Bunch of Green Rushes” / Oyster Light / Self Produced
Ensemble Galilei / “The Exile-The Chanter’s Song-The Job of Journeywork” / Following the Moon / Dorian
Seamus Egan / “The Congress Set” / A Week in January / Shanachie
Eileen Ivers / “On Horseback” / Wild Blue / Green Linnet
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.


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