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The Instrumental Album of the Year for 2015 will be The Return of Spring by Buttons and Bows. This globally loved group has not recorded in years, but here they are—still fantastic. Brothers Manus and Seamus McGuire on fiddles, Jackie Daly on button box and Garry O’Briain on guitar have created another diamond that sparkles front to back. Buttons and Bows is one…Continue
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As most of you know, IrishFest in Milwaukee is the largest Festival of its type in the world. There are 16 stages blasting away, and this year there was a record turnout of traditional music for the real Irish/Scottish music fan. Friday night of the Fest saw a truly stunning storm. Big time. I talked to a woman who said, “I’ve lived in Milwaukee all my life and…Continue
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Milwaukee Irish Fest-----August 13-16, 2015
Every year here on LiveIreland for a couple of decades we’ve been reviewing Milwaukee’s Irish Fests in anticipation of the Big One. And make no mistake, Milwaukee IS the Big One. We have enjoyed a close relationship with the Fest over the years and it continues to this day. We can…Continue
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Do you think the snow is over? I’m not sure. Yet, we face the month of June fortified by the knowledge that the days are getting longer, the nights shorter, and the music better.
First up is an absolutely brilliant album by a group called, The Jeremiahs. They are based out of Ireland covering the…Continue
This is depressing. Things are getting out of hand. The walls are closing in. The fog of old age descends. Last month, we reviewed a terrific album, Oga, by a wonderful 15-year-old Texas fiddle player, Hailey Sandoz. Let me repeat. 15 years old. She is terrific. A fabulous fiddler, we…
There are four albums this month to which attention must be paid. Great stuff to be sure, to be sure! Two of them are immediate contenders for Vocal/Instrumental CD of the Year, one is the early leader for Compendium Album of the Year, and one is a stunner from an incredibly talented fiddle player, Haley Sandoz. No priority order here in the albums:
Let’s start with Hailey…
Here is an interview I did with Liam Ó Maonlaí for my site The Celtic Music Fan. I enjoyed this piece and of course along with the fact that I am a fan of The Hothouse Flowers.
I will be publishing my interview with Meav soon so I will keep you all…Continue
We are having an amazing start to the new year with the news that the band has picked up two awards. We are delighted to announce we have won the prestigious Live Ireland award for “Trad Group of the Year”. Here is what Live Ireland said below.
It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. Plagiarism 101. However, in trad, the thought is true. As usual, technology continues to allow more and more cd’s to be produced, at a lower cost with most of them of highly dubious quality.…Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on September 22, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments
Several cd’s this month. Some of these we’ve actually talked about in the past. The reason they’re being included again is that our discussion was too brief, and like love interrupted, unfulfilling. Let’s go!Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on September 1, 2014 at 11:50 — No Comments
Bill and Imelda back in the door from Irish Fest 2014 in Milwaukee. They report HUGE crowds celebrated the culture and the craic in gorgeous weather. Massive, surprise hits of the Fest were Socks in the Frying Pan, who received their first international exposure right here on LiveIreland! Also, massive audiences…Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on August 17, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments
Irish Fest. Milwaukee. August 14-17, 2014.
That’s about all you really need to know to find the greatest festival of its type in the world. Over the years, we have gone into great contortions to figure out specific schedules, stages, artists, grids, and plans to take in the best acts. It is way past that now—too many.
So, here is the plan for this year. We are…
Added by Bill Margeson on July 22, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments
July LI Margeson on the Music
Happy July 4th. This is the month to celebrate America. Wait, every month is the month to celebrate America, but that is the view from Chicago!! When is your big national holiday? Now, we celebrate the best in Irish music, and we also celebrate four new albums that are absolutely sensational.
First up, let’s talk about We…
Added by Bill Margeson on June 29, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments
First up: Tuning the Road by Louise Mulcahy. You know Louise Mulcahy. If you don’t, you should. She is part of the ever-fab Mulcahy family. I believe they are out of Leitrim in Ireland. Dad Mick raised Louise and sister, Michelle deeply in…Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on June 3, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments
There are three albums on review this month: Sean Tyrrell’s Moonlight on Galway Bay, The Songs our Fathers Sang, Morga’s For the Sake of Auld Decency and Loreena McKinnitt’s, The Journey So Far. Incomparably, the best of the three is Sean Tyrell’s. Interestingly, my wife and I were at the Sean Tyrell performance at Irish Fest in Milwaukee when the basis for this new album occurred.…Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on April 21, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments
St. Pat’s is over and I assume you have recovered. Was on LiveIreland Radio from Dublin with Imelda on THE day when we got a chat room visit from Tadaka Simafune from Japan and Christina from St. Petersburg in Russia at the exact same moment. The power of the internet. And Irish music!Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on March 20, 2014 at 11:29 — No Comments
Tasty Treats Dept.:
Craobh Rua is out with a brand new album, entitled, I’d Understand You If I Knew What You Meant. We don’t care for the title (too clever by half), but we like the group a lot. A whole lot. It is a talented quartet giving us trad treats aplenty, including…
Well it’s time for the major market muscle of the Livies. Our annual recognition of the best of the best in Irish music for 2013. A great year, to be sure, for the music. Here they are. Livies. Along with TG4, the biggest music awards of the year for Irish trad musicians and singers. The big Gazoo. Here we…Continue
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “What’s for Christmas? Is there a great stocking stuffer to be recommended?” Obviously, yes. If the answer weren’t “yes”, we wouldn’t have a column, would we? But we DO have a column, thank goodness, and even better, we have some great Christmas stocking stuffers for your Irish Trad Music lover this…Continue