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Margeson on the Music August 2015

Milwaukee Irish Fest-----August 13-16, 2015

Every year here on LiveIreland for a couple of decades we’ve been reviewing Milwaukee’s Irish Fests in anticipation of the Big One. And make no mistake, Milwaukee IS the Big One. We have enjoyed a close relationship…

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Margeson on the Music July 2015

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Margeson on the Music June 2015

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on May 20, 2015 at 17:22 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music May 2015



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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on May 3, 2015 at 15:30 — 6 Comments

Margeson on the music March 2015

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…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 1, 2015 at 15:30 — 4 Comments

LiveIreland Music Awards 2015

Livies Awards 2015 

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…

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Margeson on the Music December 2014

‘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…

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Margeson on the Music November 2014



Socks in the Frying Pan stole the show at this year’s Irish Fest in Milwaukee. Like We Banjo 3 two years ago, Socks burst on the scene with a set of stunning performances that saw larger and larger…

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Added by Bill Margeson on October 26, 2014 at 2:00 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music October 2014

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.…

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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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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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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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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

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