We're delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Dabbledoo Music podcast where we will be talking all things music education. For our very first pilot podcast we are talking to The Eskies who are an Irish gypsy folk band. The band released their first album 'After the Sherry Went Round' in 2015 and are set to release their second album later in 2017 as well as touring extensively throughout Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe.

I know all of this mostly due to the fact that I am a member of The Eskies. One of the gigs I was lucky enough to play at was the Avalon stage at Glastonbury Music Festival last weekend.

We recorded this pilot at Glastonbury festival where I asked the other members of the band about their music journeys - how they started learning music and how it has led them to this point playing one of the most famous music festivals in the world. Here's the link to that podcast - enjoy!

(If you enjoy our podcast, please follow us on Soundcloud as this will be the first of many podcasts we're releasing)

Below are a list of 5 interesting and recurring themes which came out during the band’s interview about their experience of learning music:

  1. Playing with other people is very important - Stephen (the drummer in The Eskies) talked about how he realized you can't change speed or play out of tune when you're playing with others, you have to be part of the team.
  2. The more you get into certain kinds of music the more intrigued you are by other forms of music - Rob (mandolin player) talked about being in to rock music when he was a teenager and has now developed an interested in traditional Irish music and electronic music.
  3. Formal music education could have been more embracing of all different styles of music - one of the criticisms of some music education is that it is quite narrowly focused in the styles and genres educators can promote. It's important to help children find what music they like and what they want to play. We previously spoke about the importance of finding teachers who support you in the type of music you want to learn in our blog 'Best Musical Instrument for my Child to Learn'
  4. Listening to music inspires people to want to play music - encouraging children to listen to music early on will help them to figure out what they like and will often help inspire them to play themselves.
  5. The friends you make from playing music tend to be friends for life - speaks for itself!!

We hope you enjoyed our first podcast. Please follow us on our Soundcloud account to get notified when we release new podcasts. Finally, get in touch to let us know your thoughts on it. Did you enjoy it? What was your experience of learning music like? What type of content would you like us to cover in the future?

Below we’ve included a Spotify playlist from some of those artists the Eskies mentioned in their podcast so you can hear the different types of music the band listened to as they were growing up: