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Margeson on the Music September 2014

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!



A brilliant, and we do mean brilliant, album is A Visit to Ireland from Brendan Hayes. The…

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Added by Bill Margeson on September 1, 2014 at 11:50 — No Comments

Irishfest Milwaukee update:

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on August 17, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Irish Fest. Milwaukee. August 14-17, 2014.

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on July 22, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music July 2014

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on June 29, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music June 2014

This month is all about two wonderful cd’s. Very different. But they share one commonality—extremely talented people involved in both.

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on June 3, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music May 2014

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.…

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Added by Bill Margeson on April 21, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Margeson on the music April 2014

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!

Speaking of powerful, we have…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 20, 2014 at 11:29 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music March 2014

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on February 25, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

The Livies. liveIreland Irish Music Awards 2014

Livies 2014

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on December 30, 2013 at 20:30 — 8 Comments

Margeson On The Music Christmas Irish Music Review Dec 2013

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on December 1, 2013 at 20:00 — 6 Comments

Margeson on the Music November 2013

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on October 30, 2013 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Margeson on the music: David Doocey, Changing Time.

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on September 16, 2013 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

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 capstone. There are 14 tunes here, all again reaffirming Maurice’s place at the top. He is joined by many members of…

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Added by Bill Margeson on September 3, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

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…

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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…

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

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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…

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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.

Then,…

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

Margeson on the Music April 2013

April 2013 LI

If you are reading this column, you probably know who…

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Added by Bill Margeson on April 5, 2013 at 20:30 — No 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…

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

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