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676 Tailteann Games. See Aonach Tailteann. Take the Floor. A radio programme brought on air as a result of a very early RÉ survey in 1953 to find out more about listeners’ tastes. It had céilí and old-time music, popular songs and monologues with the unusual feature of dancing by a team led by Rory O’Connor.The programme was intended primarily as entertainment, using presenter Corkman Denis ‘Din Joe’ Fitzgibbon (1921–98) who linked content items with comic material.His programme opening was a signature: ‘Lift the latch, open the door, step right in and – take the floor!’Originally intended as a six-week fill-in, it continued for many years and the music could best be classified as the popular Irish music of that time. It featured the Gallowglass, Ardellis, Johnny Pickering, Jackie Hearst, Assaroe and Garda céilí bands. Singers were such as Eileen Donaghy, Austin Gaffney, Deirdre O’Callaghan and Willie Brady. The programme could be studio based in Dublin or Cork, or it might move to dance or parochial halls around the country where the bands already booked by the venues would be engaged also by RÉ for broadcast. The mix of music is typified in a programme from October, 1961 where the céilí and old time music was supplied by ‘The Dermot O’Brien Céilí Band and his Old-Time Group – The Clubmen’. It was necessary for bands participating in both studio and outside broadcasts to be on a list approved by the RÉ music department.Take the Floor’s continuous run ended in December 1965.There were two further series, one in 1969 and a final run of six episodes in 1972 which were repeated. [PEB] Talbot,William. (b.1781).Piper.Born at Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, blinded by smallpox at age fifteen. He travelled all over the country but eventually opened a tavern in Little Mary Street,Dublin,and played in another in Capel Street. He was invited to play before King George IV and entertained audiences at several London theatres. His experimentation is credited with the addition of the two final regulators to the uilleann pipes. Talty, Martin. (1920–83). Uilleann piper and flute player. Born Glendine, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. A founder member of CCÉ in Clare in 1954, and a close associate of Willie Clancy, he helped organise the first Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis in 1956, and those in Miltown Malbay of 1957 and 1961. With piper Seán Reid and accordion player Paddy Joe McMahon he served on CCÉ’s executive for several years and was a regular adjudicator at fleadhanna and at an tOireachtas. An active member of NPU,and in the Fleadh Scoil Éigse,he and Séamus Ennis were two of the stylistic father- figures of Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy. tambourine. Lit.‘little drum’, from the French. A small frame-drum, with loose, metal ‘jingles’fitted in slots in the rim, usually shaken, struck against the knee, and played with the back of the fingers, but in Islam-influenced cultures (southern Spain, etc.) also in a f riction fashion with fingertips. Widespread in Asia, the instrument is referred to in the Christian Bible, and is depicted in images of ancient Greece and Rome, usually played by women. In Calabria, southern Italy, tambourine playing is a virtuoso art, sometimes the 6/8 tarantella time for dancing being played out on it alone, using gracings and ornaments similar to those employed by Irish bodhrán players. Sometimes a ‘snare’ will be used under the skin, or in models from China rings will be suspended loosely around the inside of the frame to give a rustling effect. In Portugal a square, double-sided tambourine-style drum is used in folk music with beans or other ‘rattles’ loose inside – it is played suspended in the palms with both sets of fingers. In all parts of Ireland prior to the 1950s – and still in Sligo/ Roscommon – the bodhrán was referred to as ‘tambourine ’ and older models had jingles attached. See also bodhrán. Tansey, Séamus. (1943– ). Flute player, raconteur . One of traditional music’s most outspoken personalities, he was born at Gurteen, Co. Sligo, his father a classical-style singer, his mother T TCRG 677 – née Gardiner – a fiddle player and first cousin of Kathleen Harrington and John Joe Gardiner, from ‘fiddle’ country around Keash. His father encouraged him on tin whistle, and he picked up much first from local...


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