Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West Kerry musical family. He is one of the musicians playing at the Féile Nasc music festival at Marlay Park in Dublin on Saturday.
Other trad musicians on the bill include Steo Wall and Liam O’Connor.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Camino go Sáille [The Camino Voyage documentary, featuring Cormac’s father Breanndán and three other rowers travelling from Ireland to Spain by currach].
Ernst Reijseger’s solo cello concert during the Spike Cello festival in the Workman’s club, Dublin.
House recordings of accordion player Fiachna Ó Mongáin.
This is very hard to pinpoint but has to be my dad Breanndán playing around the house growing up. Beyond dad, as a teenager I was really influenced by track 5 of Mary MacNamara’s solo album Traditional Music from East Clare, where she is joined by Martin Hayes playing John Naughton’s Reel and the Reel of Birl.
Aidan Connolly (fiddle) and Liam McGonigle (accordion) playing together at St Nicholas’ Church, Galway, is up there.
I rarely watch TV anymore but when I did I used enjoy watching Father Ted, D’Unbelievables, Don’t Feed the Gondolas and any of the wind-up hidden camera series.
Podcasts are Éamon Dunphy’s (The Stand), Inside Politics and some of the ones by Bill Burr, Tim Ferris, and Joe Rogan. Radio programmes are Clare FM’s West Wind shows; Radió Na Gaeltachta traditional music programmes; The Rolling Wave on RTÉ Radio 1; and Donal Dineen’s programmes.
Playing a tune with Tommy ‘an Lord’ Ó Conchubhair [west Kerry accordion player].
I’d love to be transported to Howlin’ Wolf’s best live performance. Why? Because he was soulful, fearless, force of nature.
Paddy Canny, Joe Cooley, Nina Simone
My great grand uncle, Thomas Ó Donnell, represented West Kerry in the House of Commons, Westminster. On the 19th of February 1901 he spoke Irish for the first time in the House of Commons and subsequently became a prominent figure for the Gaelic Revival.
Tommy ‘an Lord’ Ó Conchubhair on accordion.
I have three:
1. Everyone has to plant three trees (i.e., native woodland trees)
2. Publishers of all types (journalists, commentators, etc) have to support each of their claims with accessible evidence, citations and references
3. Ban clapping along to Irish music!