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 —
Let’s do something a little different this month. First, a review, and then some good, old-fashioned, gossipy newsy stuff from inside the music. Sound good?
First, Fiona Mackenzie is out with a fab album, A Good Suit of Clothes—Songs of the Emigrant Gael. Epic title, hey? Boy, we like her voice. The entire album is in Scots Gaelic, with translations in the liner notes. Well, we THINK it is Scots Gaelic. How would we know? It could be in Irish, but as it is out… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on August 26, 2009 at 19:30 —
Karl Nesbitt is one of those musicians, that if you aren’t that good enough, being at his presence makes you want to hide your instrument! He is young, oozing with talent and he also produces. Most people in Ireland play a musical instrument (and sings well too), some can even master more than one. Sometimes they play it just for fun in family gatherings. Some take it to the point that they make albums. When we talk about Irish music, it’s always a family affair as proven by The Corrs, The… Continue
Added by mrbaxteria on August 22, 2009 at 6:00 —
K. Milwaukee Irish Fest.
The big mamoo. The grandaddy. The mack daddy. The BIG ONE.
Gorgeous weather all three days, really. Big, big crowds, but not a new record, according to management. Probably about 129,000 over the four night-three day event. Hits? Surely, Scotland's Salsa Celtica,
The Red Hot Chili Pipers
from Scotland,and… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on August 19, 2009 at 9:30 —
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Added by LiveIreland on July 17, 2009 at 17:00 —
Graceful pirate sets off on a musical voyage
Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol was one of the last Irish clan leaders to resist the English conquest of Gaelic Ireland
‘The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol’ will run in her home town of Westport, Co. Mayo on Wednesday 16th June and will for a fifteen week spell in Hotel Westport
every Wednesday evening during the… Continue
Added by Jenny Mulvey on July 9, 2009 at 17:00 —
On deadline and freezing in Chicago as I write this—leading me to again question the entire orthodoxy of global warming. If it is July, why do I have frostbite? Hmm?
Down to business. Scottish label supreme, Greentrax scores yet again with a brilliant piece of work. Entitled, People and Songs of the Sea, and make no mistake. This is a gorgeous album of people and songs of the Scottish sea. Every now and then comes an album where the liner notes and accompanying descriptions… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on July 6, 2009 at 14:48 —
george murphy and the blackdonnellys album the ballad of archie thomson will be launched on thurs june 26 in dublin featuring guest appearances by the dubliners and christy dignam songs from the album are featured on my page
Added by steve browne on June 22, 2009 at 23:00 —
June, 2009 LiveIreland
So many newsy bits and albums. So little time. Under a nasty deadline from Monsieur Lattimer. Normally, I would complain to the publisher, as with the other publications I write for---but David is also the publisher.
Oh, well…First---and this is important--- if you are going to be in Ireland on July 11, check out the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Shaun Davey/Rita Connolly Concert being… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on May 28, 2009 at 17:30 —
Our arrival (hubby and I) a little over a week ago in Spiddal, Connemara, County Galway was greeted by warm sunshine along with a gentle breeze blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. It seemed summer had finally arrived on Ireland's West Coast.
(Above: View over Spiddal Quay, Connemara, County Galway)
Not too much has changed in Spiddal since our first visit exactly thirty seven years ago when we, along with a group of friends (most of… Continue
Added by Ann Brien on May 22, 2009 at 13:30 —
I am excited about Cara's new album Hill Of Thieves.Our folk enchantress is back to serenade us with beautiful songs.I am trapped on my cubicle .
Added by mrbaxteria on May 27, 2009 at 22:24 —
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Live Tonight @ 18:00 HRS GMT Rachel Gormley and Claire… Continue
Added by LiveIreland on May 1, 2009 at 18:30 —
The first time we ever heard Kevin Crawford play the flute was many, many years ago with the best all-instrumental group in the history of Irish music, Moving Cloud. The group’s two albums on Green Linnet still stand as the gold standard for musicians who love traditional music the world round. No question. Done. Dusted. Kevin also did a lovely solo cd for Green Linnet, entitled, The Dflat Flute. Still superb, lo’ these many years later. The videotape fast forwards, and I am seeing… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on April 19, 2009 at 20:00 —
Derry’s Maranna McCloskey is just out with a brand new album entitled, At Last. For the people familiar with the talented alto’s singing, this will come as welcome news fully justifying the title of the album. It has been a long time coming, and it is already receiving solid reviews and airplay, as witnessed by the LiveIreland award for Vocal Album of the Year, 2009.
Maranna was born in the mid 70’s in Dungiven, Co. Derry. There is a musical pattern to her talent that… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on April 12, 2009 at 19:00 —
blackdonnellys and george murphy album featuring the dubliners and christy dignam to be released june 26 the ballad of archie thomson in all shops and i tunes
Added by steve browne on June 18, 2009 at 0:04 —
Edward Bunting Harp Festival 2009
ARMAGH CITY HOTEL & COI CATHEDRAL, ARMAGH, N IRELAND.
Friday 29th May – Sunday 31st May
This annual Harp Festival, organised by Patricia Daly of Armagh Harpers' Association, celebrates the life and work of Armagh born collector of music - Edward Bunting 1773 – 1843 and now ranks among top international harp festivals. Its primary focus is on the music of the ancient harping tradition… Continue
Added by Patricia Daly on April 7, 2009 at 14:37 —
Well, well…this month we will have the “Lightning Round”! Let’s take a quick perusal of the most current great stuff on the scene with a brief stop at each station for a one paragraph or less look over. Ready! Roll!
1. Double Play—Liz Carroll and John Doyle
This will hit the stores March 3, and so should you to get it. Is Liz the best Irish fiddler in the world? John the best guitar accompanist? Who knows? Who cares? This is brilliance. Three songs… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on March 6, 2009 at 19:30 —
The Livies 2009
This has been the greatest year ever in writing about the music. There are three reasons. First is Beal Tuinne. It is the most beautiful and important album we have reviewed in our 25 years of writing about Irish music. The second reason is Maranna McCloskey. This Derry singer is out with her first album, At Last. At last, indeed. Third… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on December 26, 2008 at 16:00 —
As the evenings are now well and truly closing in and winter's chill bites at our noses I thought I'd share with you one of my happiest childhood memories from that season. This entry is from my Blogspot website:
I am remembering a Christmas past, not for the usual activities associated with this festive season, but simply for a most truly memorable stroll taken by myself and the family dog, Scamp, through a beautiful snow-covered Ringsend… Continue
Added by Ann Brien on November 10, 2008 at 23:19 —
Okay, okay, these things pile up. In the middle of last month's writing assignments for The Chicago Irish-American News, LiveIreland.com, Irish Music Magazine, the Public Radio show with my co-star and brilliant music interpreter, Shay Clarke, these things pile up. Last month, we told you about a single album. The unequalled, Beal Tuinne. Did you get your copy yet? So, when you get 500 albums sent to you every year, guess what happens? They pile up. Brace yourself, Bridgid, here they all come… Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on August 18, 2008 at 19:00 —