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Going Home to Mother: A poem on Ireland

The hills seemingly run their length of the Earth, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I begin to run, I run so hard I start to feel it burning my thighs. But for all things, I wouldn't stop. I didn't want to, though it hurt. The grass on my feet, the freedom of the wind that carried the smells of life and magic on its sweet breath. I feel myself at one with what I always thought I was apart from. Oh, Mother of Life, Mother of everything sweet and beautiful,…


Added by Trevin J. on February 2, 2012 at 22:51 — No Comments

liveIreland Music Awards 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Livies. Along with TG4, these are the most eagerly anticipated Irish Traditional Music Awards of the year. The reason? LiveIreland's unprecedented and instantaneous worldwide reach in its readership. When any site like LiveIreland is the 900 pound gorilla in the room, it's paid attention to. It is our honor to recognize the Best of the Best with the 2012 Livies. So, here we go:…


Added by Bill Margeson on January 1, 2012 at 1:00 — 10 Comments

The Best Radio Station

Although I am not often moved to comment I feel this must be the best (for me at least) Radio Station ever.

Pure music with only occasional but effective chat and a playlist which rarely fails to enchant and connect with something deep within.


John Alex' 


Added by John Alexander on December 26, 2011 at 15:44 — 1 Comment

Cathal McConnell's new song collection

A Review  of Cathal McConnell's new song collectionin the Scotsman last month  .. worth reading if only for Cathal's comment in the final paragraph.....…


Added by Gerry O'Connor on December 23, 2011 at 17:06 — No Comments

Duffy's Cut

visited Duffy's Cut in PA and google search Duffy's Cut Christy Moore

Added by Bernard Keilty on December 10, 2011 at 4:29 — 3 Comments

Duffy's Cut

12/2011 visited Duffy's Cut, read book "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" and see

Added by Bernard Keilty on December 8, 2011 at 15:17 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music December 2011

There are three places you have to remember during this entire ramble. Copperplate in London, Rampant Lion in Villa Park, Illinois (USA), and Claddagh Record Distributors across the street here in Dublin. That is where you can get these fabulous Christmas stocking stuffers for the Irish traditional music fan in your…


Added by Bill Margeson on December 7, 2011 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Nordic Walking Maritime Canada

I have had this blog up for a few years. Hope some fans of live ireland enjoy it as well.Nordic Walking Maritime Canada

Added by Bill Trewin on November 26, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

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Added by Daithi Locha on November 10, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Margeson On The Music November 2011

Christmas is approaching, and next month we’ll have a huge lineup of albums we have recommended over the past year as stocking stuffers for the trad fan in your life. Best of the Best type thing. And actually, a precursor to the vaunted 2011 Livies in which we hand out awards for the year’s best. The LiveIreland Awards are really sought after, as they represent the site here.…


Added by Bill Margeson on October 25, 2011 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Ma Bro


Added by El7fe on October 18, 2011 at 16:08 — No Comments

Pointe Saint Marhieu

Saint Mathieu

Added by El7fe on October 18, 2011 at 15:47 — No Comments

If I never get to Ireland.

If I never get to Ireland I hope the good Lord lets my soul fly over the home of my ancestors on

the way to heaven.

                                             John P. Ring Jr.

Added by john ring on October 10, 2011 at 0:24 — No Comments

Slàinte (Santé !)

Qui est déjà allé en Irlande connait l’importance de la marque Guinness. C’est LA marque irlandaise emblématique, je crois qu’on peut même dire  un symbole de l’Irlande. C’est en 1759 que l’histoire commence. C’est à cette date qu’Arthur Guinness signe un bail lui assurant la jouissance de la célèbre…


Added by El7fe on October 7, 2011 at 10:32 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music October 2011

Well, here we go. Winter is coming. But here are five albums to keep you warm and cozy. 

First up is the great, Seamus Begley on button box and vocals, joined by Tim Edey on guitar. The name of the album is Disgrace Notes. We are late to the dance on this one, but the important thing is that we arrived. There are few, if any, male singers we love more in Irish music than…


Added by Bill Margeson on September 17, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Tracks and Trails 4 - Ballyhoura/ Aherlow

Added by Daithi Locha on August 29, 2011 at 12:44 — 2 Comments

Margeson On The Music September 2011

Lots of mini-type reviews this month. As usual, they have backed up on the desk. The result? We bring you only the best of the best, as usual.

Ceol Sidhe features Steve Cooney, Charlie Lennon, and Michael Hynes on guitar, fiddle and concertina, respectively. There are 19 cuts on the album, each more brilliant than the other. Believe it or not, there are only two…


Added by Bill Margeson on August 15, 2011 at 18:30 — 12 Comments

"What is this I feel......"

I wrote this in a very nostalgic mood, while listening to the haunting sounds of the uilleann pipe;

"What is this I feel every time I see pictures of the wild rugged landscape of Ireland and Scotland…the Celtic grounds.

What is this I feel every time I hear the sound of ancient Celtic music…the raw, rasping sounds of history, the pain, beauty, knowledge and love.

It’s as if I’ve just stood up out of time, that I’ve become a part of that time.

A woman that came…


Added by Eleanor on August 15, 2011 at 17:43 — 2 Comments

Matt Purcell & The Blessed Curse (acoustic) @ WHELAN'S Mon 15th August.

Sydney, Australia, Songwriter/singer Matt Purcell plays at Whelan's Song Cycle on Mon 15th August. This is his Debut performance in Ireland and will preview new songs from his up coming Album, tentatively titled 'Dublin Liverpool'. With a New repertoire of Folk inspired Numbers, Matt plays Whelan's acoustic with Karen Treacy on Bodhran. His new soon to be released Album is a bold departure from his Debut Album (Matt Purcell & The Blessed Curse - Other Tongues) which was a power pop favorite… Continue

Added by Matt Purcell on August 9, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments

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