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 Post subject: Donncha O Briain
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:39 pm 
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I found him by accident, a video on Youtube. I recognized his disease and felt a powerful connection. Where can I find more information about him beyond what's listed at this link? http://www.irishmusicmagazine.com/2011/ ... dog-stain/

Is there more information out there about him?


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 Post subject: Re: Donncha O Briain
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:18 pm 
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He's a brilliant whistler... if you can get a hand on his album it is an absolute treat.

https://thesession.org/recordings/3961
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ceol-bhFead%C3%B3g-St%C3%A1in-Donncha-Briain/dp/B008PBRWAW

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Is there more information out there about him?


His tunebook 'The Golden Eagle' had a scrapbook of bits and pieces from his early years. There's some among the tunes here, even if I feel that whole page/project is a bit past its use by date. There should be stuff out there, if you look in the right places.

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I know that he comes from a family of musicians, a few of whom still play and perform. I want to say Uilleann pipes. You can hear the piping influence on his playing with those crans.


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his playing with those crans


He never really struck me as a cranning whistleplayer but it's been a while since I listened closely to his playing. In the youtube clip of him playing the Holly Bush he uses a FED triplet at times but you can't really call that a cran. Can you point us to some examples? (that's just me being lazy)


One means of variation he often employed, and he uses that in the youtube clip as well, is one that, to me, strongly echoes Michael Coleman's playing. What I am think ing of is where he goes cG ~G2 eG ~G2 gG ~G2 (around 3.20 in the clip). He employs the same device in several of his recorded tracks, as far as I remember. It was one of the things that always made me think more of a fiddle influence.

But whatever the way, he was always a lovely player turning out great and interesting music.


As you mention the family, you can hear the whole lot them in action on a 1974 Outlet lp, The Ulster Outcry. Denis would have been 14 at the time of that recording.

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 Post subject: Re: Donncha O Briain
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I know that he comes from a family of musicians, a few of whom still play and perform. I want to say Uilleann pipes.

Oh, right, this may not be obvious to people because of the difference in approach spelling the name. Piper Mick O'Brien of Kitty Lie Over fame is Donncha's brother. He's also the piper on Donncha's album.

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his playing with those crans


He never really struck me as a cranning whistleplayer but it's been a while since I listened closely to his playing. In the youtube clip of him playing the Holly Bush he uses a FED triplet at times but you can't really call that a cran. Can you point us to some examples? (that's just me being lazy)




I was thinking of the air. He plays it on his record and this live performance. I figured it was the track that the OP was referring to, since it is the only video that I have found of him on Youtube. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIJnafX5ubw


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Thanks for that. I sort of instinctively skipped the air when scouting for crans Image I see what you mean. However, he uses a single A cut to separate the Ds. The way he uses it here, it does sort of mimic the sound of a cran but I don't think it would qualify as one.

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 Post subject: Re: Donncha O Briain
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I have been trying to mimic that 'D' cut for a year now with no luck. The insight is greatly appreciated. Watching the video gives a little insight, but he was so economical with his finger work.


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