Fiddles and Fun capture the spirit, energy and excellence of traditional Irish music in Melbourne.
"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul" Plato (551-479BC)
Fiddles and Fun is a series of 23 Irish reels and jigs played by a group of outstanding musicians.
You can enjoy it too on the CQLProductions Music Channel on youtube.
As a Bodhrán (traditional Irish drum) player, I have had the privilege of being in a regular session with these musicians.
So when approached by the owner of the hotel to film a performance I jumped at the chance.
As this generation is now handing over to the next, it is a historical record of how a generation of immigrants keeps traditional music alive in their adopted home.
As a poignant backdrop that highlights the fragility of historical and cultural traditions; it was filmed at the Corkman Hotel, built in 1858 and illegally demolished by developers in 2017.