Irish Music in Trondheim
The interest in Irish traditional
music in Trondheim is poor, but was growing for a while thanks to our local
"Irish" pub Dirty Nelly's Pub, who presented loads of good Irish music
from March 1995 until recently. In the springtime 1996 we tried to organize
a session in Dirty Nelly's Pub. One person turned up, - myself! Later on,
I had sessions now and then with visiting musicians like Dessie Adams,
Serge Grando, Brendan McKeever, Daithi Rua, Eddie Sheehan and the bands
"Crazy Crow", "Heritage", "Raggle Taggle Gypsies" and "Sack The Bouzouki",
and everyone else, fair play to them.
One day in September 1996,
a fiddler went into Dirty Nelly's and asked if there was a good bouzoukiplayer
or guitarist in town. I said: "I'm not sure how good he is, but you're
talking to the only person in Trondheim who knows what an Irish bouzouki
is and even is in possession of one". The fiddler was Mark Gregory, an
Englishman drifting along from Feakle, Co. Clare, via Teneriffe. Since
then he was a regular on the Saturday afternoon sessions. Others regulars
was Kerstin, when she stopped being ashamed of the bodhran, whistle- and
mandolinplayer Kristian Skedsmo and Gunnar Øra. Gunnar used to be
in for a few jars. When he discovered we got dicount price on beer, he
bought himself a bodhran and joined. Wise guy. Anyway, he's running a very
good second hand record shop in Trondheim, Nidaros
Vinyl. Loads of vinyl there.
The session went on almost
every Saturday for quite a while. These days, due to changes in the management,
it's not often Irish music in the pub, say music at all, and traditional
music is never being heard at all. So that was the end to the sessions.
If anyone out there is interested
in a session, just drop me a line on e-mail and I'll see what I can do.
There are actually some others
playing Irish music in Trondheim. "East
Wall" has been on since the 80's. They're mostly into republican songs
and drinking songs. They never reached the sessions. There's also a new
promising band called "Tast of Cork".
News, August 2004.
There's started a Yahoo!Egroup (Email-group/list) for Sessions in Trondheim..
Join the group if you'd like to know about planned sessions in the Trondheim
who have played at Dirty Nelly's Pub:
McKeever - The madman from Armagh
Callura - Alex Fyfe
- voc, gtr, Dessie Adams - flute
Skirm - voc, guitar,
Monaghan, uillean pipes, whistles, guitar, vocal, Serge Grando - banjo,
Crow - Gerry Horgan - voc, bouzouki, guitar and Steve McSweeny
- accordion, whistle, tenor banjo
Rua - Singer/songwriter/guitarist from Tullamore, Co. Offaly
The Dubliners - Barney
McKenna, Sean Cannon and Paddy Reily went in for a drink after their gig
at Veita Scene. Barney and Sean did a few tunes and songs. Paddy was doing
what he came in for.
Eddie Sheehan - Singer/songwriter/guitarist
from Featherd, Co. Tipperary.
- Pat Connolly (RIP)- voc, guitar, Paul McKernan - Uillean pipes,
Boylan - fiddle, Adrian McParland - bouzouki, harp, Stephen Rice -
soprano sax, bass
Loughy - Kieran O'Loughlin.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist from Sixmilesbridge, Co. Clare
- Sean Smyth, Michael
McGoldrick, Donogh Hennessy,
Ollie O'Neill - Entertainer
Sack The Bouzouki
(even worse madman) - voc, guitar, bouzouki, saxophone, whistle, P.J. Wallace
- voc, guitar, Aidan Burke - fiddle, Jimmy - bass
Sack The Bouzouki
Doyle (worse than ever) - John Gaughan - voc, guitar, Aidan Burke -
fiddle, Conor Murphy - whistles, C Melody Saxophone
Shane McDermott -
a Limerickman. Singer/guitarist. Spitting out reels and jigs from his guitar.
& Dessie Adams
Skirm & Edel Donnellan
The Sturdy Beggars
- Skirm - vocal, guitar, Sean Regan - fiddle, Edel Donnellan - accordion,
James Goodwin - percussions
Musicians from other parts of the world: