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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…
Well here we go again. How many is this now? LiveIreland co-host and producer, Imelda Bhroga informs me it is the 13th time we have handed out these Awards, with all the big muscle stick that goes with being recognized on the…Continue
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‘Tis the season and all that. Here is the annual column on the perfect trad music gift for that certain someone on your list. We hasten to add that all these cd’s are available, or can be gotten easily for you by Alan O’Leary at Copperplate Distribution in London. Patronize his business, as it is the best of its type in the world. If he ain’t got it, you don’t need it. Here is a list of everything we’ve reviewed this year. As…Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on November 30, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments
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
Here’s a good question: if you are an experienced Irish music lover, is there any reason to buy compendium albums? The answer is assuredly, yes. No matter how much time you spend in Irish music, there are hundreds or thousands of songs, tunes, and singers whom you have not heard. Look, everyone knows what they like. That takes no knowledge or experience. You either like Clannad…Continue
We met David Doocey some time ago when he was a guest in our home while on tour with the David Munnelly Band. Like DeDannan, the no-longer-in-existence David Munnelly Band produced a rich field of musicians, all out on their own and creating real excitement. Artists such as Fergal Scahill, Kieran Munnelly, Shauna Mullin, Andrew Murray, and David Doocey come to…Continue
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 capstone. There are 14 tunes here, all again reaffirming Maurice’s place at the top. He is joined by many members of…Continue
Added by Bill Margeson on September 3, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments