St Louis Blues

Apologies for the comically long hiatus on both my blogs. Here’s my latest recording, please take a listen! Will hopefully be posting again on here soon, keep a look out!

Tadhg Ó Ciardha Music

Apologies for the VERY long hiatus. Hope ye’are all doing well. Here’s my latest recording, “St Louis Blues.” First published by W. C. Handy in 1914, St Louis Blues has been recorded by, among others, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt.

Recorded over a two hour session at Studio 4, Dublin.

Vocals and banjo – Tadhg Ó Ciardha

Studio 4  26.4.18

©Tadhg Ó Ciardha 2018

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New Blog Title; Stained Glass Footsteps

At last, I've decided on a new title for the blog! The new title is.... Glass Footsteps. The title is taken from the opening verse of my poem, Bull Island ; "The self is not the self, Which alters when it alteration finds, At least for the length of stained glass footsteps Burnt into the … Continue reading New Blog Title; Stained Glass Footsteps

End of School, End of Exams

So last Thursday I sat my final exam of the Leaving Certificate. The Leaving Cert is the Irish equivalent to the SAT's or ACT, the English A-Levels and O-Levels, the French Bac, the Spanish Selectividad, the Scottish SQC and the German Abitur. Application to public universities in Ireland is based off a points system, which may be … Continue reading End of School, End of Exams

If I Had You

The latest from my music blog

Tadhg Ó Ciardha Music

The latest video on my YouTube channel. “If I Had You” is one of my favourite love songs to sing. It originally written by Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly (who wrote together under the pseudonym, “Irving King”) with Ted Shapiro back in 1928. This is the first jazz piece I’ve posted on here, I hope y’all like it

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Guest Post by Aodh – A Rant + Self Care for Autistic Teens and Adults

Hi! I'm Aodh. I'm an autistic, non-binary Leaving Cert student. I've never actually blogged, but I'm active on Tumblr and Facebook. I talk a lot about ASD, mental health, and LGBTQ+ issues! I met Tadhg last year when we both spoke at ASD: Myths and Legends in Dublin Castle. Today I'm going to have a rant about … Continue reading Guest Post by Aodh – A Rant + Self Care for Autistic Teens and Adults

All is Well – Tribute to My Grandad

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“All is Well” is an American hymn, which dates back to the 1840’s. I first heard it from the album of the same name by Sam Amidon (one of the best performers around right now in my opinion.) The narrative of the song describes the process of accepting death, from the perspective of a person on their journey into the afterlife. Sam’s version features lush orchestra and I thoroughly recommend listening to it. Thomas Bartlett aka. Doveman also does a great version on piano. I recorded my accapella version during my first experience in a professional studio setting.

This song holds a very special meaning. When my granddad died back in October, this was the last song which I sang to him on his death-bed. I also subsequently performed this song at his funeral. My granddad was a man renowned for his kind and gentle nature, he always stood up for…

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Gig – CualaÉire Shebeen

To my followers in Ireland; I will be performing as part of this event tomorrow in City Hall, Dublin at 7pm. I'm truly honoured to be playing alongside a great selection of Ireland's up and coming poets and song-writers. Tickets are available here: An evening of words and music to launch 'New York Rising,' … Continue reading Gig – CualaÉire Shebeen