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The Máirtín de Cógáin Project: From Cork with Love


Old News...

Papparazzi find Máirtín

Jessica and Máirtín
Even Jessica Simpson can't hide a Corkman on the run

Máirtín recently took a short trip to Los Angeles, where he was ruthlessly hounded by papparazzi. Máirtín had set the social media sites abuzz with his week of gigs in North Louisiana, in preparation for the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival he headlined with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project. Throngs of admirers rushed the stage, and Monroe police and fire departments were on hand to hold back the tide for a safe exit.

Anyway, Máirtín made it to the airport and flew west, only to meet a hoard of papparazzi on arrival at LAX. He ran, ducked, slid, jumped, scurried, and flew, and just when he thought he had successfully eluded those shutterbugs, the sneakiest one caught him hiding behind Jessica Simpson.

The unaltered photo (click right for a larger unedited version) shows him still wearing his Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival T-shirt, grinning in ignorance of his being caught on film.

Well played, Papparazzi Man. Well played.

E! News Tonight reported through Máirtín's attorney who categorically clarified that "he is not the father nor did he have any part in the procedure..."

De Bogman in Rochester

De Bogman on the stage

Big show coming to Rochester CivicTheatre this Wednesday and Thursday (August 31 and Sept. 1)! Last Chance this year to see De Bogman!

Tipping Away in NY

Máirtín is sessioning in New York in advance of teaching bodhrán at the Catskills Irish Arts Week. In preparation for the weekly session at Lillie's in Manhattan, Dan Neely preps a unique email to promote the guest artist of the week. If that musician is lucky, he finds himself on the cover of a big 5th Ave glossy magazine! BUT, if that musician is reaaaaaaally, lucky, he gets a custom tailored paper puppet for the occasion!

Play a session with Máirtín anytime

My guest this week is singer, storyteller and bodhran player Máirtín de Cógáin!  Máirtín grew up in Ca-aark, where he wore out his mother's carpet with his jigging and his highfalutin fandangos as a kid before making it big in a picture with Cillian Murphy called the Wind That Shakes the Barley. (Click here for a film still – Máirtín's leading the pack with a rifle and some rugged good looks.)  He got older, decided to make his way to Amerikay and began gigging with the likes of Jimmy Crowley and the Fuchsia Band.  Most recently, he's devised an improved method for transporting bodhrans and will be teaching up in the Catskills next week.  Plus, he's coming back to Lillie's!

However, in the unlikely event you can't make it out this week, I've gone ahead and contrived the Máirtín de Cógáin Seanachaí Adventure Set for those of you who wish to have your own pre-Catskills warmup session at home: Download the full size version by clicking here.

Dan Neely's site here: http://danieltneely.com/?page_id=473

A Night of Irish Stories

Roots Reunion in Mississippi

Máirtín is going back to Mississippi, due to popular demand! The Máirtín de Cógáin Project with Dr. Don & Lady Val will be playing in April in these joints:

Friday 15th 7-9pm - Storytelling!
$8 CHS & JID members / $10 General
Covenant Presbyterian Church
4000 Ridgewood Rd, Jackson, MS

Saturday 16th
Roots Reunion -- LIVE radio broadcast on WUSM (Listen live here)
**Might be broadcast statewide on MPB, the gears are still turning.

Sunday 17th, 6-8:30pm
Keg & Barrel, Hattiesburg, MS

The Fuchsia Band is still looking to have a t-shirt for this summer’s tour, to be designed by fan out there with a wacky idea. If you think you may have it in your head send it along, you don’t have to draw it, but if you can all the better! Just explain the idea and we will do the rest. If you are the lucky winner, we will send you a free shirt and have you up on stage with us this summer to celebrate it. The last few days are left for this t-shirt design challenge. Entries must be in by April 18th to mick@thefuchsiaband.com

And lastly let us tell you that Máirtín is doing something he has never dared to do before. Well with all his talk of gymming, it's time he did something with it, so he is participating in 2011 Central Mississippi Race for the Cure! It will be a grueling challenge but he is up for it and hopes to make a few more runs before the end of the year. The only reason he is going for it is because it will help collect money for charity. His aim is to raise $1000.  If you wish to add to his side of the collection, click this link to donate and your donation will go straight to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (a Breast Cancer charity) and we will all feel better. The race is on April 16th, so give now and let’s make it a grand run…

Where can you get a copy of the new album yourself?

We are LIVE on CDBABY you can order your own physical copy now online righ-cheer. Get 'um while we got 'um! You can download a digital copy there or … We are LIVE on iTunes! Download! Download! Download! Make it a lovely Christmas by getting one for yourself and one for your neighbour. Go and get 'um, you'll have it before you know it!


The Alaska Crooz – deals going fast!

May 22 – 29 2011 – Alaska Sessions-at-Sea Cruise Special
Obstructed Oceanviews $400 off the cabins based on double occupancy
Balcony Cabins $200 off the cabins based on double occupancy
Sale already started and will be over soon. Book now call 888-564-7474 and tell them Máirtín sent you!

Giving while Thanking

The winners of the last month’s mailout competition were:
Kevin Carroll of MN
Sandi Lynn Scherer of CT
and Mike McQuillan of NE
Thank you all for taking part, the answer of course was B. Weston Irish Festival (on his own with his bodhrán) in the wine vault. Better luck next time everyone. Keep an eye out for the next competition give away, one day after the undisclosed date. Make sure you sign up to the mailing list to be in with a chance next time!!

Order a Signed Copy of 'The Project':


Get your own copy of the new album, 'From Cork with Love'. If you would like a signed copy of the CD, Máirtín would be delighted to sign whatever you would like and send it to you or a friend.

All you have to do is MAIL a check or gift card from Macy's or Target for $16.75 to 
Máirtín Music 
PO BOX 5866, 
Rochester, MN 55903-5866

If in Ireland or Europe, you can send a €16.75 check to the same address above. Of course, if you wish for multiple copies and/or a "Jeepers!" T-shirt, shoot me an email and we can work out a deal. 

A New Recording...

Album Launch
December 3, 8pm

836 Prior Avenue 
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104 
or call (612) 722-7000 

The Máirtín de Cógáin Project Album Launch and gigs 
The launch night of 'From Cork with Love' will be right back in the place where it was recorded.  The debut album by The Máirtín de Cógáin Project will be held in The Celtic Junction on Friday December 3rd. The Center for Irish Music will showcase their best students as the support act for the night.

An album direct from Cork, brought to you with love and as much attention as only an exile can give. It's a record full to the brim with Cork songs of love, romance, heartache and dreams, with a few stories and mighty tunes. It was recorded live at The Celtic Junction last Spring, with a real-live audience, Barry's tae and freshly baked brown bread. Máirtín has surrounded himself with a wealth of talent in his Project: Norah Rendell (The Outside Track) and Brian Miller (Bua, gan an gan) with a special guest for the night Nathan Gourley (Two Tap Trio).

A night for all the family, come out one and all! 
Tickets available at The Celtic Juntion, Irish on Grand or online.

December 3, 8pm, www.TheCelticJunction.com 
836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104, or call (612) 722-7000 

December 4th, 7pm, Rotary Lights
27 Market Street, La Crosse WI 54601

December 5th, 4.30pm The Barn Bar, 8002 11th Ave NW, Rochester, MN
Opens at 4pm *note change of time


The False Start Is Put to Pasture


Máirtín's very first recording, the False Start, sold out of it's physical CDs some time ago, but now has depleted it's supply of DCs (download cards), and is going out of circulation. The recording will still be available on CDBaby for download or on iTunes for a short while, until the end of the year (2010), so if you have been kicking yourself for not picking it up while you had the chance, then NOW's your chance!

False Start
The False Start


Máirtín de Cógáin

This is how Máirtín was at the start of his career; raw, fresh and ready to sing at the drop of a hat. The False Start was recorded in Leap Studios, west Cork in the summer of 2004. It is a collecting of Máirtín’s early party pieces and crowd pleasers. A few songs as Gaelige (in the Irish Language), a couple of Funny numbers and a story his father thought him brings the listener on a journey of laughter and history. 


Trip to the South


Right click poster to download high res version

A chairde, how are y'all doin'? It is still fine and warm here in Minnesota but I am ready to escape to the wildness of the south once again.  This week coming I will be playing as 'The Máirtín de Cógáin Project' with Don Penzien & Valerie Plested. 

Saturday Oct 16th in Monroe, LA at the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival 
4pm Main Stage Main Gig 
2pm Dance & Children's Stage Storytelling 
12pm Main Stage with Jim Flanagan & Jeff Phillips

Sunday Oct 17th, 7pm in Jackson, MS at Fenian's Irish Pub
Where: Fenian's Irish Pub, 901 E. Fortification, Jackson
Cost: $15 / $10 advance online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132012
Information: www.CelticFestMS.org
Contact: The Celtic Heritage Society, celticfestms@gmail.com, or phone Ri601.376.9866
The seats are limited and tickets are flying out the door. The gig is coming up fast get yours now!

I have attached a poster if you would like to print it off and put it up at work, I would be delighted if you did. It will be great to see y'all where ever ye can make out to! 

Also, this week Storytelling gigs in Monroe:

Friday Oct. 15th 6:30pm at Main  
Monday Oct. 18th1pm at Ollie Burns & 6:30pm at Louise Williams  
Tuesday Oct.19th 10am at JS Clark school  
Wednesday Oct. 20th 10:00am at Sterlington & 2:00 at West Ouachita  
Thursday Oct.21st 2pm at West Monroe & 5:30 at Ouachita Valley  

Hope you are all well and warm!

Do chara

Rinneamar an beart le chéile!
We Did It Together!!


Brush Dance 2010
A photo speaking 167 words:
167 Dancers for the
Brush Dance!
Watch the record being set

The record was set in Jackson at CelticFest Mississippi 2010: 167 people performing the Brush Dance! If you don't believe it, watch the video (which doesn't show the dancers on the very fringe.)

Máirtín de Cógáin had it in his mind to set a world record --even a universe record-- in Jackson MS Saturday night during the Céilí Mór. He got the idea a week before the festival in 2009, so the organizers said, "Nah!" So he bided his time and waited until 3 weeks before the 2010 festival (hey, it's not last minute). The Jackson Irish Dancers got on board with the project, and scoured the city Jackson for 100 identical new wooden brooms. These brooms were 'personalized' and sold at CelticFest Mississippi for a paltry 8 bucks to cover the cost of broom, sticker, and Sharpie.

The Brush Dance (Rince an Scuaibe, or Broom Dance) is a dance associated with the south of Ireland, performed with an ordinary broom. There's foot battering, hopping over the broom, and passing it under ones' legs.

The previous record had been set on the side of the road in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in March of 2010 by Máirtín's brother Fionán, "nearly causing a traffic jam, with the pupils and parents of Gaelscoil Cloch na Caoilte with 139 brush dancers for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2010."

On the Friday of CelticFest MS, participation cards were designed and printed, and on the Saturday of the event, so many brooms were seen wandering around the festival grounds... and more after the first noontime workshop.... and then even more after the 5:30 workshop.

They brought brooms, dust mops, a swiffer, and even a vacuum to the Céilí Mór Saturday night, and at 10 pm, 167 dancers set the record! Máirtín reported that Jackson, MS was in the morning paper in Cork, having set the bar on the brush dance the night before. But it doesn't stop there... La Crosse and Dallas are making noises about making their own crack at the record! Jeepers!

The Brush Dance Record


One Corkman.... 150 dancers.... one mad plan....

Máirtín de Cógáin has been all year planning to set a Guinness world record for the greatest number of dancers doing the brush dance – so they are recruiting at least 150 people or so to establish a new world record at CelticFest Mississippi. (The place to beat Clonakilty, Co. Cork with their 139 participants on the side of the road, nearly causing a traffic jam, with the pupils and parents of Gaelscoil Cloch na Caoilte with 139 brush dancers for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2010.)

Please join in for this world record-setting event!  Be sure to bring your broom (and an extra to share if you can), or there will be brooms for sale at the festival -- just in case if you forget to bring your own.


De Bogman to debut in New York


Radio Ballad #4: "How We Banged The Rocks" is a discussion on the art of storytelling with musician, actor, playwright and Corkman Máirtín de Cógáin . The interview took place on a hot California night in Hesperia Hall, where Máirtín was performing with his group The Máirtín de Cógáin Project. 

August updates

De Bogman Takes Manhattan
From the 27th of July to the 1st of August, Máirtín will be performing the North American Debut of De Bogman, off Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theatre. You can read a REVIEW about the show.

De Bogman is a powerhouse one-man show, written by Máirtín de Cógáin and Brian Desmond, while Máirtín was still in University and Brian was finding himself. It's a boxing movie, it's a love story, it's a rags to riches saga that embodies Irish America.  Máirtín plays 20 characters in under an hour. 

Two plays in Rochester, MN
Máirtín will perform his two one-man shows, one after the other, at the
Rochester Civic Theatre:

De Bogman
Thailand:What's Love Got to Do with It?

The Máirtín de Cógáin Project aftermath
LaborFestJeepers, everyone had a mighty time out whest! Thank you to everyone who came out to see The Máirtín de Cógáin Project on it's first tour of the Pacific Coast! Also, tremendous thanks to those who worked to bring us to the Golden State. Le cúnamh Dé, it won't be long before they are back! We hope ye enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed the wildness of the west. (Video of Mairtin singing on the Laborfest Harbor Cruise P.A. system.)

Fuchsia BandThe Fuchsia Band
July 2010 marks the 6th American Fuchsia Summer in a row! The Fuchsia Band is deolighted to have an action-packed tour lined up in North America in August. Check the Fuchsia Band calendar and come out and find us this summer, we're bound to be close to you soon!

Keep an eye out for Captain Mackey's Full Strength at two Festivals this September. Check the Mackey calendar for details. More or less info on www.CaptainMackey.com

De BogmanDe Bogman to debut in New York

Book online HERE!!
First performed to sell-out audiences over 10 years ago in Cork, Ireland, De Bogman is a comedy that defines the notion of postmodern Irish theater. 

Effortlessly blending physical comedy with the fine Irish tradition of storytelling, De Bogman is a riotous, rollicking journey following Declan who, from his humble origins as a village idiot in Ireland, emigrates to America to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

A decade after its original performance, De Bogman is more relevant than ever as the personal and the political meet head on in this frantic and fast-paced tour de force of farcical theater.

The play has toured throughout Ireland and the UK, playing to sell-out audiences in over forty towns and cities and is set to take New York by storm this summer.

Starring Máirtín de Cógáin (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) as De Bogman.
Directed by Brian Desmond.
Written by Máirtín de Cógáin and Brian Desmond.
Produced by Colm McAuliffe. 


“Excellent…considerable acting, writing and directing talents” – The Irish Examiner

“A long and loud raspberry at everything decent Ireland stands for” – The Irish Sunday Independent

“A mesmerizing display of surrealist humor and classic Irish storytelling” – The Irish Evening Echo

“The freshest and most original take on Irish theater yet” – The Cork Examiner


Echoing classic sporting films like Gentleman JimRaging BullRocky and This Sporting LifeDe Bogman breathes life into a classic, age-old story. 

De Bogman tells the story of Declan, a prodigious boxing talent who, from his humble origins as a village idiot in Ireland, goes  to America to become world heavyweight boxing champion.  

Declan defies all obstacles in this rags-to-riches fable.  Every sporting genius must encounter his share of pain and suffering, and Declan is no exception.  He blunders his way through a world which struggles to comprehend his unique talents and rural Irish ways, encountering a series of ruthless characters who exploit his fighting skills for their own means.  

The story proceeds at a breathtaking pace from Declan's brawling existence in rural Ireland, through his
brutal prize-fighting career in Philadelphia and finally, his meteoric rise to the top of the professional boxing ladder.  


De Bogman will play at the Irish Repertory Theater
132 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011-2418
Box Office (212) 727-2737 
Tickets $20

July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 at 8pm
August 1 at 3pm

Book online HERE!!


The Project Heads West

The days are few before the Máirtín de Cógáin Project heads west for HirishFest and a trail of concerts. The Project on this tour is fleshed out by the Irish trad trio of the South, Legacy.

The show is entitled 'From Cork with Love' and brings the unique view of romance from the south of Ireland. The Project burnishes songs long forgotten to their original luster, all the while poking fun at either side of the adventure.

Posters can be downloaded and printed here ---->


Captain Mackey's Album Launch

de Barra's Mackey Launch06/21/2010
The official Irish launch of 'Soldiers Songs' at de Barra's Folk Club in Clonakilty is one for the record books. Friends, families, and fans of the home turf were treated to the full complement of troops for the first time. Ireland's current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, delivered the key note address for the occasion, and songs of the Irish abroad and at home filled the night air. Fionán de Cógáin wrote an ad hoc poem for the occasion (which will be scanned and available here before too long), plus a little encore meta-poem.

The night in Clonakilty marks the middle of the launch tour, with dates at the Crane Bar in Galway, Matt Molloy's in Westport, and Malone's Music Emporium in Milltown Malbay. The remainder of the tour centers around Cork, though stretching its arms to Dingle and Clonmel, with a grand finale in Buttevant, the Center of the Universe. Hup san áirde!

Pictured upper: Máirtín, Micheál Martin, and Barry Cogan.
Pictured below: Máirtín, Valerie Plested, Micheál Martin, Jimmy Crowley, and Don Penzien.



Oshkosh Begosh!


Come out and se Máirtín return to the heart of Wisconsin with his new set up The Máirtín de Cógáin Project. He had such a good time last year with The Fuchsia Band there he had sign up for this year; the 2nd Annual Oshkosh Irish Festival June 11-13 more info at http://www.oshkoshirishfest.com/

oh..... Máirtín will also be doing a bit of storytelling at the Cultrual Tent... come and relax to the tells of before yesterday.

Máirtín on the EchoA word from home

Máirtín's home paper, Cork City's Evening Echo prints stories about the Carrigaline Kid and his exploits. Attached here is a clip from the April 20th, 2010 paper.





The Máirtín de Cógáin Project to record live

Máirtí de Cógáin ProjectSat., April 24th at 8pm
Sun., April 25th at 6.30pm

The Máirtín de Cógáin Project is to record a live album in St. Paul, so come out and be a part of this historic CD.

Máirtín is gearing up to create a debut album with his new formational Project over two live shows in the twin cities.  Joining him are the most beautiful musical couple, Brian Miller (guitar) and Norah Rendell (flute, whistles), with the rumor of a mystery guest or two joining in. The night will be one of the most memorable in years with no better setting that Celtic Junction in St. Paul. Only a once or twice in a lifetime experience -- don’t miss your chance!

Saturday April 24th at 8pm and Sunday April 25th at 6.30pm.   Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 advance purchase via the Celtic Junction ticket tab at www.thecelticjunction.com, free for kids 12 and under.

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104
(612) 722-7000