Failte ar ais...le nasc ceilteach maui nei

Welcome, to a maui celtic connection....

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Ar an oileann ghleann na Maui Nei...
A eisteoir tacaiocht KMNO Wailuku, 
Raidio Manao, 91.7FM ar do dhiailiu Raidio...



silly as it may seem...

i still shake my head in disbelief at the sheer diversity, the seemingly endless work in progress...

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From the ancient to the innovative, the lighthearted puirt a beul...

The Irish Phiobaire... the Galician pipers...

traditional Gaelic song to the outer edge of the Celtic fusion galaxy...

a fresh approach to the most amazing world of Celtic Music...

from around the world and across the generations...

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since the show's inception in January of 2016

each week a completely new and different playlist...

drawing from over 1,400 artists...

12,000 plus tracks within the Celtic folders alone....

and there is much 'crossover' territory...



along with the reel, waltz, jig, mazurka, hornpipe, strathspey, slip jig, et cetera

Celtic music sometimes sounds like hard rock, jazz fusion, progressive funk...

space, new age, electronica, et cetera...

Celtic has pretty much morphed into almost all styles of music.

just depends on the artist and producer how the music comes out...

of course, any style of music has its innovators.




often, the innovator is initially scorned by the critics...

only to be in a place of 'public domain' years later...

the most recent cultural innovation in Celtic music started several decades ago, back as early as the 1960's

Bert Jansch, Pentangle, Clannad...to name a very few.

Then came Altan, Bothy Band, Old Blind Dogs, again, to name only a very few...

gaining momentum in recent decades, many pleasant surprises have emerged.

and many new, young artists have come to the fore with innovations of their own...

most often, the 'purist' tends to have an aversion to modern innovations...

in all fields of endeavour, i would suppose this to be the case...

Probably because some folks find a 'comfort zone' and stick with that...

but many folks, especially the creative artist of any age...

well, i guess they just get a wee bit bored with the 'same ol' stuff'...

and are ready to move on to something new, something different...



many 'official public domain' and otherwise well-known artists are constantly revising their view...

as do jazz artists, (generally speaking)...

as often, the jazz aficionado may turn up his or her nose at this 'rudimentary, archaic' folk music...

(well, in some cases, i can't say as i blame 'em)

but my policy is to turn up my nose at those who turn up their noses...

hahahah

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but please...don't even try to 'pigeonhole' Celtic music...

in my Celtic folders, which are the result of decades of collecting and organizing...

the categories run the gamut, from trad to rad.

i have currently 23 distinct sub-folders within 'Celtic Music'...



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what i personally go for, is a healthy balance... with an open mind.

a certain contrast in styles, keys, modes, countries, mixes...

this can lead to interesting and rare experience...

a sort of 'roller coaster' of contrasting styles...

balance the dynamic with the static...on a razor's edge...

and find balance and some common ground...

and after all, it is said...variety is the spice of life...

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and so, even within the so-called 'confines' of a particular genre...

or even, a particular historical perspective...

Celtic music continues to evolve in interesting and unexpected ways...



Broadcast live every Sunday morning from 8-10AM, Hawaii Standard Time, on Maui's own Mana'o Radio...

 KMNO...Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii...

a Maui Celtic Connection is created and presented by marty baum...

from over the hills and far away, somewhere up in the gentle sloped green pastures and woodlands of upcountry Maui...

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the beauty and spirit of the traditional tunes combined with modern aspects of musical styles, instrumentation, production and arrangement...

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Mana'o Radio playlist archives found here:

https://spinitron.com/radio/playlist.php?station=kmno&show=schedule&sv=l#here

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inquiries, send here:

olindafinisher@yahoo.com

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decades, if not centuries,  

centuries?

of careful collecting and organizing a large database of Celtic music...from traditional tunes, to the leading edge of innovation... 

(and the trailing edge of practicality).

a very wide eclectic musicality, virtuosity, 

blah, blah, blah...

i could go on...words, only words...

still, are you interested?

in something you never, ever, heard before....

and likely, will never, ever, hear again?

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if so...

tune in on Sunday mornings...

8-10AM, HST

manaoradio.com

91.7FM on Maui island

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Additional resources for streaming and 2 weeks show archiving to be found here:

http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/station/kmno-fm

http://tunein.com/radio/Manao-Radio-917-s219313/

(copy/paste into your browser)

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fairly recent release: 'love let me home', inspired by the great Julie Fowlis...my version as a light jazz waltz, replete with walking fretless bass, jazz piano and drums...simple melody played by the usual suspects....
see 'musical oddities' to download and listen.


 NEW ARTIST ALERT:

 the amazing Maeve Gilchrist
what a great harp-sense she has indeed.
and not afraid of making changes in the way harpists play their harps...a youngster with a very bright vision of the future...(Aisling Gheal)...
Maeve brings to light many unorthodox styles and techniques for the harp instrument.
 i must admit that her recordings are superb.
check her out if you get a chance...
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and now, a new discovery...a superb young group, mostly from Wales, name of 'Calan'...superlative,,,these young folks are taking it to the next level.
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new folder in the 'Celtic' archives....'celtic jazz'
some of the examples i found a bit corny...
just some awkward juxtaposition between the genres.
but i was lucky enough to find some quality materials that could or would come under that heading.
those 'celts' have a way of getting around.
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also, i recently learned about a website devoted to the new/unknown/known/upcoming artists...
tradconnect.com
a great resource for finding out about a world of artists i never even knew existed in the 'Celtic' domain...
great stuff.
my show will never be the same after finding out about this great resource...mahalo tradconnect.com!
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so, for the time being, the 'ancient haole musick' is alive and well here on the lovely valley isle and we are digging our Sunday mornings in the studio.
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all thanks to manaoradio.com for making this possibility into a reality!

RECENT NEWS AND CURRENT EVENTS...


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2018 marks two years of this incarnation of a Maui Celtic Connection on manaoradio.com

i started with manaoradio.com in January of 2016...thanks to certain radio folks for giving me the nod to come on in and make myself comfortable.....
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------manaoradio is apparently doing well these days..thanks to the regular superlative efforts of the many who serve ...
paying the bills and doing some modest upgrades...
there is the grand west side coverage improvement...
doubles the radio audience in maui county...
and the dj staff seems to be taking their roles a little more seriously... and passionately...making for better radio...
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the first compilation for 2018 has been christened 'Condensing the Essence'...
February brings to the fore, a Brian Finnegan/ Sarah Allen tune called 'Wrong Foot Forward'
reminiscent of 'Garech's Wedding' by Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains...
only it's a 'slip jig' in 7/8 time....as opposed to the more normally accepted 9/8 time for a slip jig.
the second album, finished already, 
is entitled 'Put a Lid On It!'
and now, on to the third, 'There Goes My Hornpipe!
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new discoveries include 2 great lady vocalists:
Mauve Mackinnon and Lori Watson, both of Scottish  legacy in music...both truly great vocal artists.
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loving this upcountry part of Maui island.
i think i'll just stay here forever.
or, 'till i die, whichever comes first....
the 'real' world seems a tragicomedy...
so much negative stuff going on...
so...i do my best to keep my sights high and carry on with something productive...
after all, we make own own worlds 'real' as can be.
and it is all just so temporary anyway...
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more later
curious about the pics?
Fingal's Cave...Inner Hebrides, Staffa Island.
Scotland...more Irish than Scots.
is not this Earth a most amazing and rare place?
i wonder how a low whistle would sound in a place such as this....gotta wait for the tide to be quiet...or not.

new tune title...'Whistler on the Rock'...

more later.