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Páirteanna an Bhogha: Irish Words for the Parts of a (Fiddle) Bow (Cuid/Pt.1) Posted by on Apr 14, 2018

(le Róislín)   Most of the names for the parts of a fiddle bow are pretty straightforward, as the above graphic shows.  So let’s start with those, and then, in the next post, we’ll take up the curious case of the frog on the bow — what does it really mean and where does the…

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Páirteanna Fidle (Páirteanna Veidhlín): Parts of a Fiddle (labeled in Irish) Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

(le Róislín) Continuing with our music theme (téama ceoil), let’s look at páirteanna na fidle (or “páirteanna an veidhlín“).  Some are quite similar in Irish and English (scrolla, mar shampla), but in some cases, the Irish is well, distinctively Irish, like “eireaballán.” So here are the parts.  Can you match them up with what’s in…

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Uirlisí Ceoil: Musical Instruments (18 Irish Words or Phrases) Posted by on Apr 7, 2018

(le Róislín) Recently we’ve been looking at the Irish words for various musical instruments, particularly those used for playing ceol traidisiúnta (naisc thíos). Today we’ll review the ten terms previously introduced and add eight more.  Additional suggestions are welcome, especially if anyone can think of some non-traditional instruments (uirlisí neamhthraidisiúnta) for playing ceol traidisiúnta. Today, we’ll…

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Eleven Pipers Piping, but not for Christmas per se, or, Ó Mhálta go Mars ag píobaireacht linn Posted by on Mar 31, 2018

(le Róislín)   Before we continue with the list of Irish traditional instruments, I thought it would be fun to talk about eleven types of pipers from around the world.  Why eleven?  Well, we’re all familiar with saying “Eleven Pipers Piping,” right? Our definition of “pipes” here will be a little flexible, since it can…

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An Ghrafaic do ‘Ag Seinm Ceol Gaelach? Irish Words for Musical Instruments and How to Use Them in Phrases’ (Pt./Cuid 3) (le Róislín) Posted by on Mar 28, 2018

(le Róislín)  Do léitheoirí FB: Téann an ghrafaic seo leis an mblagmhír is déanaí: Ag Seinm Ceol Gaelach?  Irish Words for Musical Instruments and How to Use Them in Phrases (Pt./Cuid 3) Posted by róislín on Mar 28, 2018 in Irish Language .

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