The musical instruments of Ireland

In an exclusive interview with RTE’s Childrens Tonight programme, singer and songwriter Ailina McCallion says that children’s musical instruments have always fascinated her and she is proud of their musical history.

“I have always been a huge fan of Irish folk music, especially folk music of the early 1900s,” she said.

“It was an Irish tradition that music and dancing was something that we were able to play with our children because they were so young.”

The music that was written in those days was all about the natural sounds of nature and nature is very beautiful, very simple and yet also complex.

“In my own musical journey, I have always found that it’s a journey of discovery, not a linear progression.”

Childrens musical instrument are one of the earliest musical instruments and the first musical instruments I remember playing with my children was the Irish harp, or the harp as it was called.””

The harp was actually invented by Irish people and people from England, and it was used by English musicians to play music with their children.

“Then it was taken over by the British and it became the instrument that we all know as the harpsichord and it is still played today.”

McCallion has been an active artist since the 1960s and in the 1990s she toured with her band the Dales and was featured in an album called The World of Music, which was released in 2003.

“We’ve toured all over the world and our song ‘We’re All Going To Die’ is one of our favourite songs from all our albums,” she explained.

“This album was an attempt to give people a taste of what our life would be like when we retire, and also to give some sort of closure to the music that we’ve all loved for so many years.”

She added: “In Ireland, childrens music is very much part of our heritage and we are always excited to play this music.”

Every time we go out to see a children’s concert, we always get the opportunity to play a few songs and they’re always so lovely.

“When I’m singing with my kids, I’m always thinking about what the music will sound like, what the melody will sound in their heads and it’s always a very special moment for me to play these songs.”

My kids are so happy to hear these songs and so are I.

“They love it, and they always tell me that they love it too.”

Music is the most important thing in their lives and I think that’s the way it should be.

“McCall has had a busy career in the music industry, having been an early member of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIA) and then working as a solo artist.

She has been nominated for a number of awards, including the Tony award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lifetime Lifetime Achievement award.

In 2010, she received a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).”

It is wonderful to have received this award,” she concluded.”

People come up to me and say, ‘I have a son or daughter and I want to know what music he’s been listening to all his life’.

“That’s what I try to tell them and that’s what my children do too.”

Source: RTE