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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:31 am 
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February sees another anniversary of the death of Micho Russell. 2015 also is the centenary of Micho's birth.

It's good for that reason that a long standing project has come to fruition: Bill Ochs' compilation of archive recordings of Micho's playing (and singing) , from a wide variety of sources. The result of years of painstaking research, Bill has at long last (I ws sworn to secrecy for maybe the last decade) produced a two CD set under the title 'Micho Russell : Rarities & Old Favourites 1949-1993 :Tin whistle, Flute and songs from North Clare and Beyond.

Available as (double) CD and download. (best, cut out the meddlemen, bought direct from Bill's website but available elsewhere)

I'll be seeing Bill tomorrow and I'll post some more detail once I have taken in my own copy of the CD.

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Bill will be on Paula Carroll's programme on Clare FM to talk about the project (see the Clare FM podcast).

In the run up to the Russell memorial weekend the Clare People (one of the local papers) is carrying a twelve page spread about MIcho and his music this week (if you can get your hands on that, not sure if they will put it on-line).

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What a wonderful thing!

I've always felt a love for his music, and a certain connexion too, because my first teacher/mentor had spent some time in Clare in the 1970s and had picked up a number of tunes directly from Micho, which he taught to me.

Whenever I play one of these at a session people just sit... nobody knows them, and they're just session-busters. I don't have names for them.

One of them strikes me as a setting of The Boy In The Gap, but only the second part is recognisable.

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Eugene Lambe was traveling to Germany with Micho around 1982 They sent word and we arranged to meet them at a musical instrument market that was part of an Old Music festival somewhere along their way to Germany. In the lobby of the building I got the pipes out and played a few tunes with Micho. After we finished the first few he stopped, looked at me and after thinking for a bit he said: 'You have been listening to me a good bit haven't you?'

I always thought that was intresting, I knew his music from recordings and I did listen to him a good bit but I never consciously tried to learn to play like him. I first met him during the Willie Clancy week of 1980. I remember him walking in with an ice-cream cone in his hand and sitting down next to me, pulling out the whistle and joining with the music.

Writing this I also realise it's a whopping thirty years this year since I traveled with Micho in the winter of 1985 to play a few festivals and concerts. Time flies.

The Boy in the Gap was, of course, one of his party pieces.

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Mr.Gumby wrote:
... a long standing project has come to fruition: Bill Ochs' compilation of archive recordings of Micho's playing (and singing) , from a wide variety of sources. The result of years of painstaking research, Bill has at long last (I ws sworn to secrecy for maybe the last decade) produced a two CD set under the title 'Micho Russell : Rarities & Old Favourites 1949-1993 :Tin whistle, Flute and songs from North Clare and Beyond.

I'll be seeing Bill tomorrow and I'll post some more detail once I have taken in my own copy of the CD.
Fantastic that this is coming out. Please pass on congratulations to Bill of completion of the project. I just ordered a copy.

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Bill will be on Paula Carroll's programme on Clare FM to talk about the project (see the Clare FM podcast).
Do you perhaps have a link for that?

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In the run up to the Russell memorial weekend the Clare People (one of the local papers) is carrying a twelve page spread about MIcho and his music this week (if you can get your hands on that, not sure if they will put it on-line).
If they do put it on-line, please, please post a link!!

Thanks for letting us know. Bill has posted here in the past (if I recall correctly). Maybe he'll drop in and discuss the project...

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Steve Bliven wrote:
Do you perhaps have a link for that?


Clare FM's podcasts for the traditional music programmes are here Paula Carroll's show was on yesterday so that would be this one (I didn't catch it, Bill just mentioned he would be on).

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Thanks. Listening as I type.... :thumbsup:

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Here's a link to Bill Ochs' website and the Micho Russell recording. I ordered my copy about a week ago and received it on Tuesday of this week.

http://www.pennywhistle.com/micho.html


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:33 am 
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That is the best news whistlers can have and thank you for posting the info.

Micho Russell whistling! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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OK...this is a must have. Thank you for letting us know about this, Mr. Gumby.


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I suppose you could say we wet the baby's head tonight during a gathering in the birthplace of the Russells nestled into the Cliffs of Moher above Fisherstreet. The house has been very nicely restored and there was a bit of reminiscing about how it used to be.

There was a swarm of photographers from local papers buzzing around organising people, photos with instruments were required so yours truly ended up beside the fireplace with the pipes in the company of a young Miltown Malbay fiddleplayer. We didn't really arrive with the intention of playing but as we met (as they used to say) the two of us ended up playing all night with some help from Bill Ochs towards the end. And it was nice too. At some point a half set took to the floor and what else could we play there but the Doonagore reel?

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I certainly hope that there is a video, photos, or at least an audio track. :puppyeyes:

I'm sure the whole weekend will be abuzz. During the radio interview from Wed 2/25 with Bill Ochs there wasn't mention of official CD launch so I hope that there will be something formally arranged (during Russell Memorial weekend) with possibly a few future launches. Ochs had stated the CD availability was iffy leading up to the Doolin weekend. Perhaps an official CD launch in the US as well.

Another point Ochs mentioned during this radio interview was that he had amassed nearly two thousand recordings of Micho Russell. Various field recordings, house concerts private or otherwise, official performance recordings, and so forth which I hope would someday become available or access to from a library collection. With two thousand recordings in various levels of "quality" for the technology of the time one would hope that there are enough recordings to possibly offer at least another fifty tracks or so on CD.

And, Bill Ochs did mention that a book is forthcoming hopefully later this year (2015).

So there's a lot happening Micho Russell whistling and there is certainly one big fan here. :)


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Where is this available for download?

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It was to go on iTunes. Not sure if that's sorted yet. I'll ask Bill tomorrow.

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Info on how to get a copy is at Bill Och's web page Don't know if it's available for download at this point; I got the CD from Ossian USA.

[Cross posted with Mr. Gumby]

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I ordered mine from BCH. Bill Ochs website posted above says at the bottom of the page that CD will be available from CDbaby too, but, it is not available yet. So maybe the downloadables will become available after a few hard copies are sold off.

I'm buying multiple copies from various sources... spreading the wealth. 'Tis better to give than to receive. :D

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