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Traditional Irish Musicians Launch Second Phase In Global Music Exchange Tour Between South America and Ireland

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Author Profile: Paddy Mulcahy
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South American musician returns to his Irish roots to merge Latin America with Ireland.

January ’12: Clare native musicians, Paddy Mulcahy and Tessa O’Connor  led a tour of South American and traditional Irish music entitled “Los Paddy de las Pampas” around South America. While there, the “Los Paddy"  tour brought them through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, with it culminating in an appearance for Paddy and Tessa on a Bolivian TV chat show and a concert in the infamous Irish traditional ‘Fahy Club’, in Argentina.

Four Years Later a huge concert will take place in Co. Clare that will incorporate Irish traditional and Latin American music, with particular focus on Argentina. The aim is to continue and strengthen this global music exchange between Latin America and Ireland. The concert will be raising money to record the second album for the project.

The original idea stemmed from the musicians on their return from playing music in the Irish music community in Buenos Aires, where they met Argentinian musician, Tommy Nelson. Tommy’s ancestors come from Ireland, he is an accomplished guitarist and Charango player and is behind the strength of the Irish Traditional music scene in Argentina. Tommy will come to Ireland this July. To rejoin "Los Paddys De Las Pampas" and start a masters at the "Irish World Academy Of Traditional Music and Dance" at the University of Limerick. 

 Also coming for this years festivities will be four more South American musicians "Los Musiqueros". To perform and give South American music workshops for children during their week long stay in North West Clare.   

When commenting on the event ethnomusician, Paddy says “the aim is to play a mix of Irish ballads, traditional South American songs, from the globally recognised Cuban classic Guantanamera, to less recognisable songs such as “Todos Juntos” (All Together) and Jobanbai classic, and an English Language version of Duerme Negrito (Lay there,Iittle baby) .We really want to share what we discovered in South America – and  hope to make the South American songs fun and accessible to an Irish audience while adding something to the existing Irish songs through the alternative rhythm and instrumentation. We also intend to use these two styles to write our own original songs!"

This event will  culminate in a special concert in Ennistymon Courthouse  Gallery on the 11th of July


For further information please contact:
Paddy Mulcahy 085 1054858
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all the best


  • Patrick Egan
    Patrick Egan Thursday, 02 July 2015

    thanks for the post paddy, hope to make it to clare for this global exchange! :)

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