Traditional musicians have long been the subjects of classic art. Here are a few examples.
Grant Wood's instantly recogniseable piece of 20th century American art shows a farming couple, Caitlin Nic Gabhann and Ciaran O'Maonaigh outside their homestead.
The Last Session
Da Vinci's The Last Session shows the last session of Frankie Christ. The apostles are Art McGlynn, Paddy Keenan, Steve Cooney, Tony MacMahon, Mary Bergin, Jackie Daly, Noel Hill, Seamus Begley, Matt Molloy, Johnny MacDonagh and Alec Finn.
Donal Lunny Standing Behind Things
Donal Lunny is best known for introducing what is now known as the 'Irish Bouzouki' to traditional music (even though it is really an octave mandola). He is also recognised for being one of the faces of traditional group Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Mozaik and many, many, many, many...more. He also founded the group 'Ciorras' from the TG4 produced television show 'Lorg Lunny', where Donal travelled the country searching for unsuspecting and innocent young musicians whose dreams he could crush. However, he is also known for standing behind things and playing the bouzouki! In this series we follow Donal each week as he travels the world to play...and stand!
Donal Consoles Rory McIlroy
Upon the announcement of Rory McIlroy and fianceé Caroline Wozniacki's split, Donal takes it upon himself to console the golfer. Arriving at Wentworth, Donal finds the perfect standing position behind the onlooking crowd at the 1st hole tee. As Rory tees off Donal shouts, "I blame the invitations!", causing Rory to skew his shot into the rough. Despite glaring looks from Rory, Donal procedes to belt out a new rhythm he invented the previous day.
Donal Welcomes the Obamas
On the occasion of the 2nd visit of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to Ireland, Donal decides to take it upon himself to welcome them to our country personally. Donal tracks the US President's car all the way to Moneygall despite there already being local musicians booked. Upon the Obamas arrival Donal shouts at the top of his voice, "I'd like to extend a welcome President Clinton and his wife...Hilda!", and proceded to belt out a new rhythm he invented the previous day.
Donal Goes Forward for Labour Role
Following Eamon Gilmore's decision to step down as the Labour Party leader, Donal decides to 'stand' for election to the role. Despite stiff competition from Joan 'Brutal' Bruton and Brendan 'What-an-absolute-Howler' Howlin, he believes his policies make him the right man, "I propose to change the national flag to that of Bulgaria, everybody should play a bouzouki or a 'Geadán and all Irish tunes will be in 15/8 time", he then proceded to belt out a new rhythm he invented the previous day.
Trad Movie Posters
Viral posters of traditional Irish music movies.
Fast and the Furious Ennis Shtyle
& Cathy Potter
The Best of the Worst Stock Fiddle Player Photos
Have you ever looked at a stock photo of a musician and recoiled in horror? Well, we searched the world wide web to bring you the very best of the worst in stock photo fiddle players. The competition was surprisingly fierce but we at The Drone believe that we have compiled the top worst photos for your pleasure. Enjoy.
Woman Doesn't Need to Look
This model is so confident in her pose that she feels she doesn't need to look directly at the camera. If she did she might notice her bow half-way up the fingerboard. This might have something to do with the way she is holding the bow which looks similar to the way one might pick up their dog's poop waste bag.
Angsty-Looking Bum Fiddler
Yes that title is deliberate. This guy looks like he had a really rough night out in Galway and decided to borrow someones elses fiddle and busk until the next morning even though he can't play. The vacant look on his face is him realising that the strings are all over the place...just like his life.
Lady Gaga Lookalike
Our first stock photo fiddler appears to stare intently at you with a look that says "I'm going to play you the worst lullaby ever and then kill you in your sleep". The intensity of this stare means she's completely oblivious to her demented bow hold which would definately result in a loss of eyesight for anyone sitting near her.