first_imgIT’S often our musicians who are best selling Co Donegal abroad.And this week it is Altan which are making headlines in the United States – and helping to make the Poison Glen famous!The Gaoth Dobhair group are already booked in to Disneyland Paris for St Patrick’s Day. But as the continue their mini-tour of the States, the Boston Globe has carried a feature on them – including an interview with lead singer and fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.The band play the Somerville Theatre in the city tonight.“I can’t start boasting about ourselves,’’ Mairéad told The Globe, “but I know that we’re very honest about what we do, and we always try to stick to what we know best, our own music from Donegal. There’s still a demand for the music, I suppose. That would be the one thing. We get on well as a band; I suppose that’s another reason. And we’ve been very lucky. I suppose that’s the biggest reason of all.’’The Boston Globe wanted to know why their new album was called Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen “Gleann Nimhe means ‘Poison Glen,’ ’’ she told them, “but it can also be interpreted as ‘Paradise Glen,’ or ‘Heavenly Glen.’ So there’s two interpretations. I’d say the second one is more likely. But we decided to go with ‘Poison Glen’ because it has a bit of an edge about it.’’“It’s a glen very near my home in Donegal,’’ she continued. “It’s a beautiful place. We went there to take photographs for the album cover, and it just stuck to the album, there was something about it, so we decided to keep that title, and it’s leading to a lot of debate.’’“Gleann Nimhe’’ doesn’t come with a lyric sheet, but Ní Mhaonaigh says that the words to all the songs are posted on the band’s website. She adds, “I’m hoping as I’m going along on the tour now to actually translate the Gaelic lyrics for everyone.’’The singer also spoke of her love of the Irish language and her native Gaoth Dobhair.“It’s (Irish) important to us, to our identity, especially to me, it’s a dying language, and I do everything to promote it.’’ She’s even moved from Dublin back to Gaoth Dobhair. “I had a child [daughter Nia] about eight years ago. And I decided to go back home in order bring her up with the Gaelic language, and with the music around her, and with my family talking around her as well.’’The band are Ciarán Tourish on fiddle, and Dermot Byrne on the accordion, and Dáithí Sproule on guitar, and Ciarán Curran on bouzouki, and Mairead on fiddle and vocalist.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on HELP MAKE POISON GLEN WORLD FAMOUS was last modified: March 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALTAN HELP MAKE POISON GLEN WORLD FAMOUSbostondonegaldonegaldaily.comGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo blossoms into playmaking All-Star for Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE – As Giannis Antetokounmpo read the defense at the top of the lane, towering over his defender, John Hammond couldn’t help but think of another tall, dynamic ball-handler.The Milwaukee Bucks general manager often resists making comparisons. But in that one moment, the way that the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo handled the ball and surveyed the court reminded the longtime NBA executive of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.High praise, for sure, but Antetokounmpo is quickly developing his own unique reputation. The do-it-all franchise cornerstone has blossomed into an NBA All-Star nearly a year after becoming the primary ball-handler for the Bucks.“You watch him handle it and see him looking over the top with that size. That’s kind of what Magic did,” Hammond said. “Magic laid on top with the ball, and one of his unique abilities was he was so much bigger and could see over the top of the defense.”It was last February when coach Jason Kidd assigned Antetokounmpo to take over as the Bucks’ primary playmaker.“It takes people a while to emerge,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this season. “He’s still a very young man and learning a lot about what he can add to his game and that’s what he’s doing.”Antetokounmpo has been a fan favorite as much for his upbeat personality as his rim-rocking dunks. But the Bucks have hit a rough patch, 2-8 in their last 10 games, following a 112-108 loss in overtime on Saturday at home to Boston.“Were taking a step forward toward the right direction,” Antetokounmpo said. “We got back into the game, but we weren’t mature enough to close it out.”He’s come a long way from the gangly and awkward 18-year-old rookie who arrived in Milwaukee nearly four years ago.Hammond scouted Antetokounmpo in the player’s native Greece before drafting him in the first round in 2013 with the 15th overall pick. His talent was raw, though passing ability was one of the skills that stood out, Hammond has said.Antetokounmpo showed flashes of potential over much of his first two-plus seasons in the league. Freakish athleticism and a 7-foot-3 wingspan made him a tough matchup on both ends of the floor.Kidd made a subtle change following the NBA All-Star break last season, making Antetokounmpo the primary ball-handler. He recorded his first triple-double on Feb. 22 against the Los Angeles Lakers in soon-to-retire store Kobe Bryant’s last game at the Bradley Center, then added four more triple-doubles before the end of that season.No longer was Antetokounmpo known outside of Milwaukee mainly for his hard-to-spell last name (pronounced ah-deh-toh-KOON’-boh).The most imposing part of Antetokounmpos game is the ability to get to the rim, seemingly gliding with long, effortless steps in the lane and thunderous finishes. He can throw the behind-the-back pass. He has vision to thread balls in traffic to open teammates under the basket.The perimeter game is picking up, too. At one point in Antetokounmpos career, Kidd urged the forward to forego taking 3s. Antetokounmpo shot 34 percent from behind the arc in his rookie season, then slipped to a paltry 16 percent the following season.His 3-point shooting improved to 25 percent in 2015-16, and the percentage has inched up to 28 percent this season. Overall, Antetokounmpo is shooting 33 percent on jump shots so far this season, up from 29 percent last season, according to the Basketball Reference website .“There was always this sort of reckless abandon that he attacked the game with. I think that it’s becoming more polished, more sophisticated. All of us will probably point to the growth of his perimeter game,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.In Kidd, Antetokounmpo has a mentor who filled the stat sheet during his own playing days. A 6-foot-4 point guard, Kidd’s 107 career triple-doubles are third most in league history behind just Johnson (138) and Oscar Robertson (181), who played four seasons in Milwaukee.Antetokounmpo has “a great coach in Jason that navigated how you be elite, like Jason was, without a 3-point shot in the early stages of Jason’s career. There are other ways you can impact the game,” Brown said. “What he has now is a touch more sophisticated, a touch more polished.”The emergence is a boon for an up-and-coming franchise moving into a new downtown arena in two seasons.He is the team’s first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004, and the first starter since Sidney Moncrief in 1986. Antetokounmpo had the 14th most popular jersey in the league, the NBA said this month, the first Bucks player to rank that high since Gary Payton in 2003.Antetokounmpo is handling increased notoriety the way he has spent much of his time in Milwaukee before he became an All-Star – working out in the gym.“I might be one of the best players, but the thing I say to myself is, ‘Even if I’m there, I’m not there’,” he said. “I’m just trying to get better.”[AP]TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more