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Margeson on the Music September 2013

Maurice Lennon is one of the best fiddle players in the world, and none can argue it. His new album, The Little Ones, is just out on Clo Iar-Chonnacht to prove it. The label has been hot, hot, hot lately with a series of terrific releases, and this one is the…


Added by Bill Margeson on August 20, 2013 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

The Paul McKenna Band has a brand new tasty treat out on Compass

The Paul McKenna Band has a brand new tasty treat out on Compass and it is called Elements.  Sensational. Four stars! The Paul McKenna Band is from Scotland and is a quartet consisting of Paul, David McNee, Sean Gray, and Ewan Baird. It is a gem, and there are two problems here. Well, maybe three. My complaint with the McKenna band for the last…


Added by Bill Margeson on July 19, 2013 at 17:30 — 6 Comments

Preview of Méav's The Calling


Artist: Méav

Album: The Calling

Sounds like: For fans of Anuna, Celtic Woman, Enya, Secret Garden and Loreena McKennitt


The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face/The Calling/Light Flight/Listen, Listen/The Songline To Home/Wayfaring Stranger/Sovay/Shenandoah/Once You Were My Lover/Glimmering Girl/Glasgow’s Burning/Black Is The…


Added by mrbaxteria on June 23, 2013 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Margeson on the Music July 2013

A stunner to open this month’s reviews. It is entitled, Classic Celtic Music and it is from Smithsonian Folkways. What a historically important and entertaining compendium this is. As you would expect, anything from Smithsonian has a booklet with it that is worth the…


Added by Bill Margeson on June 18, 2013 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music May 2013

Here are several tasty treats for you. Let’s start with the new, new first. Sox in the Frying Pan has a self-titled album out. These three young men are terrific musicians with an obvious sense of humor. Brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion/fiddle/banjo are accompanied by Aodan Coyne on guitar and vocals. We would expect these three from Clare to be excellent on their…


Added by Bill Margeson on May 15, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

CD / Download Recommendation: Nova Scotian Singer Laura Smith New Album Everything Is Moving

Five years ago, I was happily driving down the road, minding my own business and listening to the album, Fire In The Kitchen by The Chieftains. Isn’t that a great title? It is one of those Chieftains’ multi-artist things—this one featuring Nova Scotian and Quebecoix artists. You know the drill. Chieftains, plus several guest stars.



Added by Bill Margeson on April 10, 2013 at 9:00 — 4 Comments

Cromwell's Army remains found

Four skeletons were found in the grounds of Terryland Castle in Co Galway two weeks ago and experts are now saying that the graves may belong to Oliver Cromwell's army.

Historians and forensic scientists are very excited by the find. The site dates back to 1691 when French and Irish forces fought Cromwellian troops. It is believed that some of the remains may have noble and…


Added by Niamh on February 18, 2013 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Niamh's latest album "Cuz - A Tribute to Terry 'Cuz' Teahan

Niamh's latest album "Cuz - A Tribute to Terry 'Cuz' Teahan" is out now. A tribute to the music of Sliabh Luachra musician Cuz Teahan, who emigrated to Chicago in 1928, the album features many top class guest musicians. All welcome to celebrate its official release.

Available here at CopperPlate:…


Added by Niamh on April 26, 2013 at 13:30 — 7 Comments

Lunasa still kickin’ it after all these years

If you are reading this column, you probably know who Lunasa is. Iconic in the tradition. One of the most popular groups of all time in trad, and rightly so. They are out with a new album—joined by The RTE Orchestra! Altan did an album like this last year. This one is better. Great to hear the symphonic treatment of some of the band’s favorite tunes, playing right…


Added by Bill Margeson on March 25, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Dublin Timelapse 2013

Dublin Timelapse 2013 from Eoghan Hanrahan on Vimeo.

Added by Niamh on February 28, 2013 at 9:42 — No Comments

The Livies. liveIreland Irish Music Awards 2013

Welcome to the 2013 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…


Added by Bill Margeson on December 27, 2012 at 1:00 — 9 Comments

Tom Cruise arrives in Ireland and traces his Irish roots.

Tom Cruise arrived in Dublin earlier and checked into the Merrion Hotel on Stephens Green. Whilst launching his new film Oblivion, Cruise will be tracing his Irish roots

Patrick Cruise, his great-great-great grandfather, returned from America when he was told that his land agent had evicted tenants from lands in Co Westmeath in 1843.



Added by Niamh on April 3, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Iarla O’Lionaird has just released his latest, Foxlight

Iarla O’Lionaird has just released his latest, Foxlight. We could write for days about this sean nos singer. Well, he’s not sean nos.BBut, he’s not modern. He inhabits his own universe in which he lives creatively among a lot of strains of Irish music. Working against him, in terms of a big, broad, mass appeal, is the fact that almost all of what he sings is…


Added by Bill Margeson on March 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Margeson on the music March, 2013

The roof has caved in. I’ve whined for years that I’m falling so far behind that soon I will be buried under 18 feet of cd’s and unable to find my way to the surface. It has happened. Therefore, this is a cop-out column. It will be filled with little short, proclamations with no backup or analysis of anything. By the end of it, however, you’ll know about some terrific new albums!



Added by Bill Margeson on February 18, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Daoiri Farrell & Karen Tweed "Van Dieman's Land"

Added by Studio on February 27, 2013 at 11:24 — No Comments

Guinness Brewery to extend brewing operations at Dublin James's gate.

Ten 28 ton brewing vessels have arrived at Dun Laoghaire harbour to be trucked to the Guinness Brewery at James's Gate in one of the biggest expansions at the brewery in years.

It's expected that the brewery will consolidate itself as the primary brewing area for Guinness for the foreseeable future as a result of this installation.



Added by Niamh on February 19, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

St Patrick's Day in Dublin

Added by Niamh on March 11, 2013 at 13:53 — 2 Comments

St Patrick's Day Radio Special on liveIreland

Added by Niamh on February 25, 2013 at 9:53 — 3 Comments

St Patrick's Day Flashmob in Sydney

Added by Niamh on February 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Emerald Radio 2013

Added by Daithi Locha on March 7, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

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