Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tony McMahon -Port Na Bpucai

In Knocknagree - Traditional Irish ConcertinaThis is one of my all time favourite traditional Irish pieces of music, performed here by Co. Clare musician Tony McMahon. The title 'Port Na Bpucai', translates in English to 'Music Of The Ghosts' and is a haunting, emotional slow air, that originated from the Blasket Islands off the west cost of Kerry.
You will find it on a few of McMahon's album compilations, but most notibly on an excellent album entitled 'IgCnoc na Grai' a live set featuring Noel Hill and Tony McMahon, recorded in Dan Connell's pub in the village of Knocknagree situated on the Cork and Kerry border.The date of the concert was October 18th 1985, it can be found on the Gael-Linn record label.
Here is Tony McMahon performing 'Port Na Bpucai on a tv series called 'Bringing It All back Home' from 1998.  It is an example of Irish traditional at its most pure and powerful..                                                                                                                                        

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