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Thread #144095   Message #3330022
Posted By: MartinRyan
28-Mar-12 - 05:35 AM
Thread Name: Music in Clifden (Ireland)
Subject: RE: Music in Clifden (Ireland)
Clifden is a very nice, rather tourist-oriented town. Probably be relatively quiet at the end of April (but remember we have a bank holiday on the first weekend in May!).

On a thread a few years back, I posted an account of a cautionary experience of my own in the town:

Mention of Clifden reminds me of an incident a few years ago when my wife and I were there, due to head off next morning to Inishbofin, I think.

We went looking for a session. Started by going into a pub with musical instruments emblazoned on their windows. No luck - but they listed three options for us to try. First was a small hotel across the road where the archetypal "Tom and 'Tina" were setting up their gear to play country music (probably for the locals!). Quick exit and down to the next venue, a nice-looking pub on the street corner. Four very competent traditional musicians standing there, miked up and playing for a large group of tourists who stood there in much the same way they'd stand at the monkey-cage in a zoo! Nothing wrong with the music - but not worth hanging about for....

The first good sign for the third option was that, initially, we couldn't find it! When we did, we found a brilliant young woman fiddler, accompanied by her father on guitar and a woman who looked like the classic Jewish bridge player lady, complete with twin-set and pearls! She was laying into the piano like there was no tomorrow - with a pint of Guinness balanced precariously on the lid! The music was rough - but brilliant. The whole pub was involved and we had a great night.

Persistence pays!

So - give yourself time to sound out a few people about any "traditional music" on offer. With a bit of practice, you can often tell if your respondent knows what they're talking about...

Good luck with the visit. It's a lovely area.


p.s. As a postscript for those who know them, I might mention that the young woman was one of the Kane sisters, both now very well known and excellent fiddlers.