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Martin Rambles Episode 4 


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In this episode of Martins Rambles we are talking about culture sharing through music. Tracks from Jim Mills & Mullaghboy Band Co Cavan, Philip Clarke & Martin Murphy. The music you hear in this episode of the podcast is from a CD that was brought out in August 2014 called "Culture Sharing The Cavan way".

Mullaghboy Band was originally a flute band – started by Mullaghboy Orange Lodge in the 2nd part of the 1800’s and continued until 1956 when the lodge decided to form an accordion band with the late Bro. Stephen McAdam as band master. The band has continued under the leadership of the McAdam & Mills families since with Jim Mills in the driving seat at present.


The first accordions were bought in the late George Greer’s shop in Cootehill at a cost of £12 and £6. The latest accordions we bought were almost €3,000 each but fortunately we were able to acquire some funding from the International Fund for Ireland to help with the purchase. The band attends the local picnics and parades and in the nearby counties. In latter years we’ve become involved in some cross-community projects that have brought us all over the country. We’ve been as far as Glenarm castle in Co Antrim (we’ve been invited back there this July to play at the Dalriada festival with NYAH Comhaltas). They also been to events in Dundalk and Dublin.


The members of the band vary in age between 7 & 87.  The band continues to survive & occasionally with the help of some regular guest players from other bands. Their  musical repertoire is mainly made up of gospel and hymn tunes & also play a selection of Scottish and Irish pieces.

If you would like a copy of this CD email: or produced by James Clarke.

Check their music on Spotify






Martin Rambles Episode 3



MARGARET O`REILLY ~ THE QUEEN OF BALLADS. Podcast Special with Martin Donohoe With his Rambles around Ireland . Margaret O ‘ Reilly  from Loch Gowna, who was fondly known as “Queen of the Ballads”, was the proud holder of nine All Ireland titles for traditional ballad singing and won county titles at Fleadh Ceoils in different parts of the country. Margaret’s favourite song was “The Gallant John Joe”, which she sang many times at local concerts in Ireland, Scotland and England. Margaret once entered a “Spot the Talent Competition” in Dublin where she sang the ballad about Charles Stewart Parnell “Blackbird From Sweet Avondale”.  This lead to a meeting with Jack Farmer, a record producer, and resulted in Margaret recording  “ My Gentle Mother” , “ Sons of Gratitude”, “Lough Sheelin Side”, “ My Father’s Garden” and “The Blind Child”.  These records sold well and were played many times on radio.  Margaret also featured on severalRTE Irish Music Programmes including “The Long Note”. 




Listen to Martin’s rambles 

Episode 1 on Spotify here 

Episode 2 on Spotify here


Also available on Apple Podcast





Recorded in various locations around Ireland in August and September 2020, the eight day online Festival was produced, directed and edited by Martin Donohoe and is  available to watch on social media FB platforms Fleadh Uladh, Co Cavan NYAH, Irish Music and The Cavanman on Instagram. 


Podcasts are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the audio diet. So NYAH group are working with James Clarke Radio Producer from Co Longford to 

deliver audio highlights from over 60 artists involved in the Half Day in Cavan and Crossing Borders Festivals . There will be four show highlights to come in this new media format. 


NYAH  provide a regular programme of tuition, music performances and events, with a dedicated focus  for  traditional music lovers in Ireland and worldwide.


NYAH  funding agencies include the Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht ,Cavan Co Council Arts Office & Comhaltas . 


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26 Nov 2020

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