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The Máirtín de Cógáin Project: From Cork with Love

Máirtín's Bus Tour of Ireland 2014 is almost full.

Only 10 spots left. See Máirtín's Travel With Me page for how to secure a spot.

May 6th Concert Window: Máirtín de Cógáin with Special guest Brian Miller

Two shows to choose from and pay what you want:

What's this about the Concert Window Series?

noneOver the last few months Máirtín has been giving live concerts from his home and they have gone down grand altogether.  But, with some contemplation he has decided to make a right go of it and set up a monthly concert series.  The last Thursday of every month, beginning in February, there will be a half hour (or so) live webshow which will include 2 unrecorded songs.  Over ten months that is 20 songs and you will pick the Top Ten. What?  Yes, each month they will be up for a vote by you (if you hear them) and those who watched the show.  The hope is to build a new repertoire and based upon your input create a new album for 2015!!  What do you think of that?  An album which you can be a part of from start to finish sounds amazing to all of us here at Máirtín Music.  

The shows are set at 7.30pm Minnesota time which is in the Central time zone. If you are having difficulty wrapping your head around what time is what, this great website will convert the time zone for you click here
The Concert Window Series are PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT shows where you can make requests in a chat box and even give tips.  Most requests will be taken via Facebook event pages during the week leading up to the show.
The take is spilt between Máirtin and Concert Window.  They get 1/3 and Máirtín gets 2/3 of all the money you give.  You don't have to pay for petrol or diesel even (that's gas, says he), parking or buy a drink!! What a deal!!  Check in early especially if it is your first log in as it may take 10 minutes to chose a username etc. (there is an obvious lyric I could insert here)

See you there. Reviews of old shows can be found at the end of the page here
4 shows have been set up already - buy your tickets from the links below
2/27 - Concert Window Series
3/27 - Concert Window Series
4/24 - Concert Window Series
5/29 - Concert Window Series


Máirtín's Bus Tour of Ireland 2014 - are you coming? Don't miss your chance

Paddy Malone’s Wylde Irish Tours presents
Ireland with Máirtín de Cógáin
October 11-19, 2014
$1,857.00* per person sharing
ONLY 30 openings on this tour! Many are filled already.

7 days/7 nights
Cork, Kilkenny, & Dublin
4 Star Accommodations
3 nights Imperial Hotel, Cork City
2 nights Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
2 nights Trinity Capitol Hotel, Dublin
Your tour includes... Continue reading by clicking here....
Call 573-338-5990 to book your seat or email Allen at <allen@wyldeirishtours.com>


Era, the year that was 2013:

A Second Concert Window

noneI will be doing a special live webcast on Concert Window at 8pm GMT on this Sunday October 20th.  I'll be singing songs, taking requests, and answering YOUR questions in real time!  Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in.  You can purchase online tickets starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/mairtin-de-cogain--2. The webcast will not be taped – it's offered in real time.  I hope you can join me!

- Máirtín 

Cork time: 8pm
New York to Brazil: 3pm
Minnesota to Texas: 2pm
Vancouver to California: 12pm
Auckland, NZ: 8am (Monday)
Melbourne, OZ: 6am (Monday)

Click here and Set a reminder right now so you won't forget, like!!

The concert is a 'pay as much or as little as you like' event.  You will need to create an account withConcert Window, make a Login name etc. so turn up for the show ten minutes early to make sure you get on in time or do it now and be ready to Roll come Sunday.  Last time was great craic but it was too late in the night for the people of Ireland. This one is especially for Rebels everywhere who haven't seen me in ages. It's a fantastic opportunity to be a part of Cork Rebel Week while living so far away.

To know anything you think you might still need to know about myself check outwww.MairtinMusic.com for all the details.  You can check out the facebook event here and join in on the banter early.  Concert Window is about to change the music industry forever. 

Now go to http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/mairtin-de-cogain--2 and we will see you there!! 

I hope to see you there
Le grá


Concert Window On-web Performance

Thursday September 19th:  Carrigaline Native, Máirtín de Cógáin will be doing an online concert at 9pm EDT /8pm CDT or 2am Cork time (Thursday night / Friday morning). A new company in the US called Concert Window has asked Máirtín to participate in the 'Concert Window OPEN series'. It will be a 30 minute concert streamed live to the World Wide Web and not recorded for later showings. If you wish to see Máirtín in the comfort of your own home check out www.MairtinMusic.com for all the details. The concert is a 'pay what you can' event and you will need to create an account so turn up for the show ten minutes early to make sure you get a seat. He will be taking requests too and answering questions as the night progresses. 'It hard to get to play in everywhere,' says Máirtín, ' but this is a powerful tool for people to see you live and interact with you in real time.' 

The show will start at 8:30pm EDT/7:30pm CST

You can purchase tickets here http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/mairtin-de-cogainon a pay-what-you-will basis anytime. 
Since this show is only 30 minutes long,we suggest people go to the website at least fifteen minutes beforehand to log in.The webshow will not be recorded – it's offered in real time. 

You can check out the facebook event here.


"Ich Bin Ein Corkman:" FolkWorld webzine sounds off

FolkWorld webzine #50 posted this review of the CD "From Cork With Love". The English version below is brought to you by Google Translate.... see the link following for the original German. http://www.folkworld.eu/50/d/cds3.html#coga

"The Irish storyteller, singer and actor Mairtin de COGAIN (vocals, bodhran) sent, together with Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, Shruti Box), Norah Rendell (flute, whistles, vocals) and guest fiddler Nathan Gourley greetings from his home town, was added Live in St. Paul, Minnesota."

"Mairtin sings cover versions, traditional and original songs, telling his stories and plays with the band tunes fleet. There is "The Star of Sunday's Well", a text from the 19th Century by William B. Guiney, a poet from Cork; Mairtin sings the poem A Capella for Shruti Box. "Jiggin 'around Cork" is a set of traditional jigs from Cork, performed brilliantly with tin whistle, bouzouki, fiddle and bodhran. Then he tells the audience says "How to make proper tea", a real laugh. Norah, Mairtin and the audience sing "Johnny go boating", as you would most like to sing myself, and Norah charmed with the beautiful guitar ballad "The Rose of Coburg Street." The Irish text of "Grá dá raibh" comes from Mairtin, the music he wrote with The Fuchsia Band, a rhythmic folk song. Another highlight is the up-beat set of "Reel Cork like," Fiddling with great, bouzouki / bodhran rhythm and the rich sound of the Irish flute."

"The album is a fun trip to the in my opinion most beautiful city in Ireland, the typical chant of Corkish English, the rousing tunes and great songs can travel thoughts. "


Praise 'Echoes' for "From Cork with Love"

Irish Echo article
Review from the Irish Echo

Dan Neely of the Irish Echo reviewed Máirtín's new DVD travelogue in the Feb 2013 issue, alongside the great Donie Carroll's second recording, 'Divil of a Noise' (up Cork!). Both reviews are available in print or in this PDF.

Three years in the making, this project demonstrates Máirtín's engaging character and entertaining performance style in a musical travelogue of his Ireland home. It's an exciting new approach to the music's presentation from a younger U.S.-based artist.

Made possible by a successfully funded Kickstarter project, each of the DVD's 14 chapters finds Máirtín exploring a different facet of Cork's history and culture. Máirtín's own music brings depth to each chapter, but many of them include brilliant performances from high profile guests, including John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly and Máirtín's father Barry Cogan. These contribute greatly to the finished product.

The DVD is professionally shot and comprises footage taken in Ireland and in St. Paul, Minn. For the material shot in Ireland (and for the feature's editing), Máirtín called on cameraman and filmmaker Paschal Cassidy of Red Shoe Productions. Cassidy has a stellar reputation in the trad scene. He got his start working for Cork's Forefront Productions as the cameraman for RTÉ's annual Fleadh program. Over the years, however, he's been behind several important programs on TG4, including "Geantraí," "Gradam Ceoil" and "Ceol Ar An Imeall."

Spliced into the travel narrative is concert footage shot at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul, Minnesota by Zach Nicholas, which features Máirtín playing live with Bua's Brian Miller, the Outside Track's Norah Rendell and the Doon Céilí Bandn's Nathan Gourley. The audio from this concert was recorded and used for Máirtín's 2010 album also called "From Cork With Love," but it is used here to bring musical depth to Máirtín's various rambles. The DVD also includes three bonus tracks, all of which come from this live footage.

Ultimately, this is a really fun and entertaining project that lets Máirtín's unique brand of humor and enthusiasm really shine.


New Supermarket

DVDWe've been slaving away here at MáirtínMusic.com, filming, editing, designing, mixing, burning (sounds like a cake!) the DVD, and it's still hot! At long last, we have all of the Máirtín de Cógáin Project T-shirts, CD, postcards, and the brand new DVD travelogue all available for online order, all for your convenience. In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day, all orders from the shop are shipped free through March 18th, 2013.

Where would you get it?

Right here in the new shop.


You Kickstered it! 


Máirtín chats with Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly
during filming of the upcoming DVD

A big thank you to all my fans, friends & family who backed a winner and shattered the Kickstater goal. I flew over to Cork and joined by the great team of Red SHoe Productions captured what we could in the time allotted. We have all the filming done and it's up to the editor now to work his magic. Keep an eye to the Kickstarter page for updates and follow along with all the excitement. 

I can't thank everyone enough. It was amazing to finally get it off the ground.  If you are only now finding out about it and wish to get in on the craic and pre-order a copy of the DVD yourself.  Send Máirtín (myself, like) a note to mairtinmusic (at) gmail (dot) com.

Gigs in September
15 Minneapolis, MN: Hosmer World Music Series - Máirtín solo
26 - 30 Huerfano County, CO: Spanish Peaks Music Festival - Máirtín solo teaching Storytelling & Dancing

Gigs in October
13 Milwaukee, WI:  ICHC concert series  - The Máirtín de Cógáin Project with Brian & Devin of Bua
14 St. Paul, MN: The Celtic Junction - The Máirtín de Cógáin Project with Brian & Devin of Bua
26 - 28, Dallas, TX: O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat- Bodhrán & a bit of Storytelling (All levels)

Gigs in November
2-3 Austin, TX: Austin Celtic Fest - Máirtín Solo, storytelling and bodhrán instruction
12-15 Liverpool, UK: De Bogman the show (it's back on the road, again)
19 - NY, NY - Charity Event lead by Donie Carroll, be there. Máirtín with a huge shower of singers and musicians

More dates updated frequently enough on the calendar.

The Education Section
September 27 - 30, CO Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival Storytelling & Dancing (All levels)
October 26 - 28, TX O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat - Bodhrán & a bit of Storytelling (All levels)
All info above subject to change.

Kickstart the Party

I am very excited about this project. My aim with this Kickstarter is to raise the necessary funds to produce an off-the-beaten-track video travelogue, bringing the music of From Cork with Love to life. I will be the audience's guide, taking them by the hand to the oft-overlooked magical places that will make any heart yearn for my county’s beauty and history. Together, we will tour the locations mentioned in the songs and find ourselves diverted into conversation with some of Cork’s true characters – her musicians, shopkeepers, barmaids, and historians – and have a truly quintessential Irish experience, with all of it framed by the songs of From Cork With Love.

Come be a part of the experience at Kickstarter.

Máirtin Wows House Party


The craic was mighty in Romeoville, Illinois, when people "went back in time" and gathered to hear a traveling Cork man share his music. Máirtín de Cógáin was booked to entertain at Gaelic Park's Irish Fest Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Then he had a creative brainstorm, and floated an idea to anyone who wanted to host an "Irish Music House Concert" Saturday night, May 26.

Read the whole review here.

May Fame

May has come and welcomed in the bright half of the year (in the Northern hemisphere anyhow) and on the 1st of May I went and before the sun rose in the morning rolled in the May Morning Dew.  Many songs have this phrase used and I have often been asked about it, so, for the first time I went and did it myself, washing my face in the fresh dew of Summer.  It was great, 5.59am on a brisk Minnesota morning. You should try it for yourself next year!  Here is a few links to get you in tune with what I am say if you are totally lost, like.  Read about the celebration of Bealtaine here or listen to Joe talk about it here more art on it here. No matter where you go, there you are!

Gigs this Month & Next
May 18 - 20: Ormond Beach, FL info here
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project with Don Penzien & Valerie Plested of Legacy
May 27 & 28: Chicago, IL info here
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project with Brian Miller & Devin Shepard of Bua
June 2 & 3: Oshkosh, WI info here
Máirtín de Cógáin Project as a Solo Act

Check out Norah's other Band The Outside Track here
You may have heard Norah Rendell singing and playing flute on the Máirtín de Cógáin Project's debut album 'From Cork with Love', well she is the front of another amazing outfit doing amazing things, like helping poor oul' defenseless children and more.  They have launched a charity single which is not only great musically but fantastic for the bunch charities…check out and buy it cheaphere

Summer Lovin' - Where we'll be...
15 - 21Catskills Irish Arts Week - East Durham, NY - Máirtín solo teaching
22 - 27 Augusta Irish/Celtic Week - Elkins, WV - Máirtín solo teaching
27 - 29 Dayton Celtic Fest - Dayton, OH - The MdC Project

11 - 12 Minnesota Irish Fair - St. Paul, MN - The Fuchsia Band
14 - 16 Milwaukee IrishFest Summer School - Milwaukee, WI - The Fuchsia Band teaching
17 -19 Milwaukee Irish Fest - Milwaukee, WI - The Fuchsia Band
31 - 2 Irish Fest MN - Rochester, MN - The MdC Project

31 - 2 Irish Fest MN - Rochester, MN - The MdC Project
7 - 9 CelticFest Mississippi - Jackson, MS - The MdC Project
27 - 30 Spanish Peaks Music Festival - Huerfano County, CO - Máirtín solo teaching
More dates updated frequently enough on the calender here
Want to learn the Bodhrán? Need a Lesson? Book Now!
Máirtín is teaching this year, do click on the week names for website.
July 15 - 22, NY Catskills Irish Arts Week - Bodhrán (Beginners) & Storytelling (All levels)
July 22 - 27, WV Augusta Irish/Celtic Week - Bodhrán (All levels) & an optional evening Storytelling mini-course
August 16-19, WI Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School - Bodhrán (Advanced Level) & Storytelling (All levels)
Also the some of the Fuchsia Band will be educating the masses in these disciplines...
Brian - Mandolin (intermediate/advanced) & Whistle (intermediate/advanced)
Mick - Flute (intermediate/advanced) & Guitar (intermediate/advanced)
Eoin - Drinking (advanced level, no sign up fee)

September 27 - 30, CO Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival
October 26 - 28, TX O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat - Bodhrán (All levels)
All info above subject to change.

A Dacent Education

The March season is upon us and the year ahead is looking educational indeed. It'll be great to have you on board!

Cad 'tá ar Siúl Agaibh, Ya'll?

Máirtín goes East
It's 2012 and all of us at Máirtín Music hope this one will be full of contentment for you!  In January and February Máirtín will be playing in PA, CT, NY, The Caribbean, WI and MN! Be on the lookout. 

So, let's talk about the upcoming shows...
23rd White Haven, PA - Solo House Concert 
24th Brooklyn, NY - Solo Concert 
25th East Lyme, CT - Solo House Concert 
26th Winsted, CT - Solo House Concert 
27th Queens, NY - A mighty session lead by Máirtín 

Jan 29th - Feb 5th Cruising in the Caribbean with loads of mighty musicians and fans. More info for last minute bookings click here 

16th La Crosse, WI - Concert with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
17th Madison, WI - House Concert with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
18th St. Paul, MN - Máirtín plays for Irish Dancers in the Cities
25th St. Paul, MN - A Gaela Event

For more dates into the future look to the calendar on the main website which can be found right now by clicking here.

Next month we will be doing our big spring cleaning here on the mailing list and will be sending an email asking if you wish to stay on the list. Be on the lookout for that... it should come around the 6th or 7th of Feb as ever the get out early clause is at the bottom of this email.  Also, if you need off of the email list NOW, the get out early clause is at the bottom of this email...
We are keeping it short and sweet this month and look forward to more sunshine in the spring!

Great Deals on the cruise in May from Rome around the Mediterranean, they tell us. Click here to read all about it.


A Blog to Sleep on...

Beds o the BardI will endeavor to blog the beds that I stay in on the bumpy road of life for the next year (excluding the beds I own or family-owned beds). So here we go! I would love to hear what ye think of it as I go along, so do leave comments!

Bhur gcara,



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