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Bridies' NEWS!

Hope everyone is having an amazing summer!! Some EXCITING UPDATES:



~BRENDA CURTIN and her husband are busy back home in Ireland caring for their beautiful newborn son, Jeaic (Gaelic for "Jack").



~MAIRE EGAN is featured in Las Vegas at the New York, New York" Hotel & Casino in their Irish pub & restaurant, "Nine Fine Irishmen". If you are in the Vegas area be sure to drop in and say hello! See videos of Maire playing with the band "Sin E Ri Ra"…

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Added by The Bridies on August 3, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the music August 2010

Well, it has happened again. In writing a few in-depth reviews the last few months on Kevin Burke, Brian Finnegan and Alan O’Leary, we have let slip a number of goodies. So, brace yourself, darling. This is gonna be one of those machine gun columns covering 11 albums. One quick note. Have you Googled Copperplate Distribution as we have encouraged you? No? Copperplate is the best place in the world for the true trad fan, and if you are not familiar with it and Alan O’Leary, you cannot call…

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Added by Bill Margeson on August 2, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music July 2010

Well, this Article is supposed to be about Brian Finnegan’s new album, The Ravishing Genius of Bones. The great temptation is to write a travel article, instead. Finding Brian Finnegan. Unbelievably, I found myself on a splotchy cell phone connection to Brian when he was in Moscow. Moscow! “I’m over here doing some concert work with Boris Grebenshikov. He’s great! You should see where we’re playing! It is like the Royal Albert Hall of Russia!” Moscow?



The Irish music…

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Added by Bill Margeson on July 8, 2010 at 22:43 — 2 Comments

Celtic Music from Ireland and the World



You can now get a copy of the fantastic PBS show hosted by Moya Brennan. The Music of Ireland (Welcome Home) is now available exclusively at Barnes and Nobles. You can see

snippets of this video of you co to…

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Added by mrbaxteria on June 16, 2010 at 6:40 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music June 2010



Kevin Burke’s new album is entitled, Suite. The first thing you are going to have to do is drop the idea that you know what a Kevin Burke album will sound like. Any reader of this site knows, or should know, who Kevin Burke is. The credentials speak for themselves. Of course, he was the fiddler for the iconic Bothy Band of the early 70’s. The Bothy Band was one of the progenitors of a resurgent traditional music era that has only grown since the band was joined by the likes…

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Added by Bill Margeson on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Capercaillie at the 40th Interceltique Festival



I am glad this is not just a rumor. Scottish band Capercaillie will perform onstage during the 40th…

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Added by mrbaxteria on May 20, 2010 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

Commemoration of the Victims and Emigrants of the Irish Famine 1845-1852.

Many convicts were transported to Australia during 1845-1852 because of the 1840’s famine that cost the lives of well over 1.5 million and saw a

million plus people leave Ireland, many on coffin ships.





With the Cascades…

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Added by Christina Henri on May 20, 2010 at 13:59 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music May 2010

There are two great things about listening to as much Irish music as we do. Well, three. The first is that when you get about 500 cd’s a year sent to you, you get to listen to a lot of Irish music, and a lot of that is from groups and soloists you have come to trust for delivering the goods. The real deal. Second is the bit when you find a really fab, super new talent who just knocks you down. The third is when someone sends a great, great album you had missed. This month we have an…

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Added by Bill Margeson on April 18, 2010 at 17:16 — 1 Comment

The Legendary Altan Celebrates 25 Years of Music











Unlike rock and pop bands, Celtic musicians stick around for a long time. The music is timeless and its not about attitude or fame. It’s about the love of music and the dedication to a tradition that spans thousands and thousands of years. Although the label “celtic music” only started around more than 30 years ago, it’s connection to the ancient spirit of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Isle of Man, Gallicia… Continue

Added by mrbaxteria on March 8, 2010 at 4:20 — No Comments

Tradition in Review April, 2010 Seamus Ennis

Tradition in Review

April, 2010

Let’s take a break from the normal argy bargy of the column reviews. Let’s speak briefly this month about one of the giants of the music. All the young musicians out there blasting away, some with real ability (we’ll review Teada’s brill new album next month, along with a new fiddler on the scene Grainne Murphy). All of these musicians worldwide simply stand on the shoulders of the immortals, such as Seamus…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 19, 2010 at 23:22 — No Comments

Margeson on the music February 2010

Hope all is well in Dublin at headquarters! Here in Chicago, we have finally, completely had it with winter. Blizzards. Cold. Ice. Skidding cars. Skidding people. Bah. Humbug.

Well, we have received about 70 albums in the mail in the last couple months. So, here are the best of ‘em. There will be 9. This will be fast. Brace yourself, Bridgid:

1. Altan! They are JUST out, as of March 1, with their 25th anniversary album on Compass. This is cool. They went back into their own…

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Added by Bill Margeson on February 21, 2010 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Walking on thin ice - Priceless

[Paddys cross, betimes - A blog from the Bog] Winter 1962/63 v's 2009/2010

A schoolmate of mine reminded me of the wonderland that was Loughrea when the lake froze over in 1963, him having heard a cautionary interview about walking on thin ice on lakes on Galway Bay FM on Friday last.



Though just a kid I remember being part of a group walking across the lake from Long Point to Cooreen, via Island McHugo and the Bishop's. I was just… Continue

Added by Brian Nolan on January 11, 2010 at 18:14 — 2 Comments

The Livies liveIreland Music Awards 2010



Here they are and here we go. No Irish music Awards are so quickly spread around the world, nor so massively read about, thanks to the incredible reach of LiveIreland. As usual, these Awards represent the best of the best for the past year. Stunning stuff, and congratulations to all the winners. The envelopes please!!



Female Vocal Album of the Year…



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Added by Bill Margeson on December 30, 2009 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the music December 09 News Update.

A quick note---next month is The Livies. They are our annual Awards for the best of the best for 2009. Don't miss them! No Awards are seen and heard worldwide so quickly, and by so many people!!!! Now as to the reviews:

The natural thing is to try NOT to go to extremes. I mean, it sounds so silly, over the top, wacky when you start “raving”. Your friends begin to fear for your mental state, and you walk around with your eyes in a glazed state that invites intervention. Thank heavens your… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on December 23, 2009 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Karl Nesbitt Bodhran tutorial



I haven’t checked You Tube for ages and I was glad to know that my friend Karl Nesbitt who recently released an album called Vista Point uploaded a new video.



For those who are not yet aware, there is a tutorial for Irish music via YouTube. Karl Nesbitt has uploaded videos for people who want to enhance their talents in playing Celtic music instruments. Please visit Karl Nesbitt’s… Continue

Added by mrbaxteria on December 17, 2009 at 14:55 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music Dec 09

LiveIreland Dec. 2009



I remember well when I started collecting antique images of Ulysses S. Grant, America’s greatest general. When anyone starts collecting, they are all in a mad rush. For me, it was anything with Grant’s image on it. For others, it is coins, stamps, old samplers, antique maps…whatever. And, for all those collectors, the result is always the same. The madness subsides, and through whatever process one goes through, the taste becomes more specific. Twists, turns and… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on December 10, 2009 at 0:30 — No Comments

Liam Clancy 1935 - 2009

We are all saddened at news of the loss of Liam Clancy. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are major figures in the history of Irish music, especially in America. From the mid-50's onward, the Clanceys and Makem were Irish music to many millions of Americans through their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, an iconic program in the history of music in America. But, the Clanceys and Makem were much more than simply popular entertainers. They were noted collectors of old Irish songs,… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on December 5, 2009 at 21:20 — 3 Comments

Margeson On The Music November 09

Well, this is just perfect. Mick Moloney is out with his brand new album on Compass. Entitled, If It Wasn’t For The Irish and the Jews, it is a continuation of the albums in which Mick is the acknowledged best----turn of the 20th century Irish-American, Tin Pan Alley music. The previous album, McNally’s Row of Flats, was a hit, and won every award available in Irish music, including a couple from this venue!



As usual, with a Moloney album, the liner notes are worth the… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on November 16, 2009 at 23:00 — 2 Comments

An Irishman's Philosophy

In life, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you will get well or you will die.

If you get well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you die, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you will go to heaven or hell.

If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.

And if you… Continue

Added by COLLEEN M. on October 7, 2009 at 0:52 — 9 Comments

Margeson on the music October 09

We love Martin Simpson. This talented Brit is out with his---what is this?----14th album? On Compass, it is entitled, True Stories. There are 13 cuts in all. Wonderful songs---several penned by himself, and there is also a lovely variety of instrumental treats. Simpson is one of the best guitar players in the business, as well as playing a terrific banjo. We love love love his songs and interpretations. We know of no one who more perfectly blends his voice with his guitar. Masters… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on October 15, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

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