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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 3: The Music of New Orleans!

Today we recorded episode 3 of the DabbledooMusic Show on Dublin Digital Radio. This month we looked at the amazing music of New Orleans. Jazz, mardi gras, second line marching bands, Louis Armstrong, The Meters - for a relatively small city, New Orleans punches above its weight. We take a...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 2: The Music of Brazi!

Today we recorded episode 2 of the DabbledooMusic Show on Dublin Digital Radio. This month we looked at the amazing music of Brazil. Here's the podcast from the show where you can listen back: Here's the playlist of all of the tunes we played plus some extras we didn't get to:

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DabbledooMusic Brand New Updates For 2019/20!

What's New? We've had a busy summer creating new resources, planning content and a new layout for the 2019/20 school year. The changes are based on our nationwide school survey that asked teachers for feedback across a range of music curriculum related topics. Teachers asked for more songs,...

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The DabbledooMusic Show - Episode 1: The Music of Africa!

Today marks the start of our brand new radio hour on Dublin Digital Radio called The DabbledooMusic Show! The show will be a monthly show presented by Shane Killian and Chris from DabbledooMusic that focuses on a different musical theme each month be it a particular instrument of the world....

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​How to Record Music in the Classroom

Whether it’s a school concert, instrumental piece or a song in the classroom often teachers find it beneficial to record the musical activities going on in the school. There are many benefits in doing so including: for the purposes of assessment, to share the recording with the wider school...

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​5 Thoughts on Learning Music by Memory

For the past number of years I have played in a Dublin-based ska band called Interskactic. The band was formed by a bunch of musicians who loved the old-school Jamaican big-band ska from the 1960’s. One of the key bands that were a major influence to us from this period were The Skatalites....

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Ireland's Favourite Folk Song Competition

In April this year, RTE launched the search for Ireland's favourite folk song. Folk music has made up such a large proportion of our cultural identity as a nation and the search to find a definitive winner was to prove very challenging. The search whittled a list down to 10 finalists with a...

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Cruinniú na nÓg is a national celebration of young peoples participation with culture and creativity. Launched last year as part of the Creative Ireland programme, it saw over 500 free events take place in conjunction with local authorities around the country. Child-centred and activity based, it...

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Pop Music — Fast Food for the Ears

This article was original written and published on Inside Sources available here. "Any time I listen to “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac all I can imagine is bathing in ornate gardens while a slow-motion fountain of chocolate sauce rains down. I feel both thrilled and slightly embarrassed at...

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Spotting The Difference Between Irish Tunes

Irish Dance Tunes As well as songs, which mostly take the form of laments, and ballads, there is a great number of Irish dance tunes. Some would estimate between 5,000 and 7,000 tunes in the traditional Irish repetoire! These pieces of music are simple single line melodies which means they can...

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