CJC101 Sean-nos Singing with Beth Benedetto (8:16)

Failte isteach! Welcome everyone to Celtic Juice, a new video podcast series from CookStudios.TV. Here you’ll find regular features from across the Celtic world, including Irish & Scottish music and language, Welsh & Cornish folktales and sporting clubs, crafts and poetry from Brittany & the Isle of Man, modern life and travel to far-flung Galicia on the coast of Spain – and everything in between. Grab a seat beside your favorite musicians, take a backdoor peek into ancient sites, cook foods you’re afraid to say out loud, and learn what makes the Celtic nations intensely different, and uncommonly familiar.

On our very first program this Samhain evening, this Halloween night, let’s pick up the past with both hands. Welcome into the world of old-style homespun Irish song – it’s Sean-nos Singing with Beth Benedetto, from the rolling hills beyond the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA. Learn how this traditional singing style is far from plain, as Beth invites us to her home for an ornamented earful of lyrical Gaelic. We’ll also meet master bodhran drummer Jesse Winch, who joins Beth to stretch the boundaries of the sean-nos tradition. (And we’ll hear much more from Jesse soon!)

Then to further slake your thirst for Sean-nos, explore Irish Gaelic language around the world at www.Daltai.com, and discover the broad reach of Irish traditional arts at www.Comhaltas.ie. Beth also recommends Clo Iar-Chonnachta at www.CIC.ie for many collected recordings and other great info. Thanks very much to the O’Neill-Malcom Branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann for making us welcome at their wonderful annual Irish festival in Fairfax, Virginia, www.CCEpotomac.org.

Perk up an ear and lean a bit closer, for rich moments with the people who keep the home fires burning – and then we’d love to hear from you on the blog at CelticJuice.TV. We hope you enjoy the new show. Ta failte romhat!

Jeff Cook

4 Responses to “CJC101 Sean-nos Singing with Beth Benedetto (8:16)”

  1. joedezarn Says:

    Hey, this was a treat. Nicely done, nice insights, education and music from Beth. Not so sure about that thumping noise on the last bit of performance, though. And doesn’t the valley look charming? Thanks so much for this. Joe

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks very much, Joe. It was a real pleasure to chat with Beth, as you might imagine from the interview. She and her family are out in such a beautiful area about a hundred miles west of DC – and by the way, the bull is for sale!

    The thumping you heard was some enthusiastic foot stomping that you may notice also rung the camera a bit, as it was literally three feet from the performers. I’ll say it was worth it, yeah?!

    There’s some more very nice stuff on the way. Thanks for watching!

    Jeff Cook

  3. tinaeck Says:

    Great piece, very well done, very informative (there’s so much I don’t know about Irish music and song). Thanks for turning me on to this Jesse. Nice to meet you last night Jeff. Want to hear and see more … can’t wait. Congratulations. Great idea. Superbly presented … impressed, Tina

  4. admin Says:

    Hiya Tina. Thanks for the very kind words, and welcome to Celtic Juice! I think you’ll have some fun with what’s coming up, so stay tuned…

    Let me tell everyone that I joined Tina, The Bog Wanderers, and many other Irish musicians Saturday night to crank up the CCE ceili dancers in Fairfax, Virginia. Tina spun out the tunes on her very kickin’ Irish flute, and I was just trying to keep up as one of Jesse Winch’s bodhran students. What a great time! Anyone interested in developing their Irish music sensibilities should ask around for a welcoming ceili band or drop-in seisun at your local pub. You might be surprised at what helpful fun you can find in your own backyard.

    Hope to see you next month, Tina, and here’s a fine hello to all our new viewers from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Slainte mhath!

    Jeff Cook

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