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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

Iarla O’Lionaird has just released his latest, Foxlight

Iarla O’Lionaird has just released his latest, Foxlight. We could write for days about this sean nos singer. Well, he’s not sean nos.BBut, he’s not modern. He inhabits his own universe in which he lives creatively among a lot of strains of Irish music. Working against him, in terms of a big, broad, mass appeal, is the fact that almost all of what he sings is…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

St. Paddy's Day LIVE from Chicago!

TOMORROW 8pm Dublin/3pm Chicago Bill and Imelda LIVE! 3 hours for St. Paddy's Day. Join Liveireland and join us!"

Added by Bill Margeson on March 16, 2013 at 19:40 — No Comments

Ready for a technologically error-free program with serious philosophical discourse about the roots of Irish Traditional Music?  Well, for the rest of us...be sure to catch Bill & Imelda LIVE: Two Ya…

Ready for a technologically error-free program with serious philosophical discourse about the roots of Irish Traditional Music? 

Well, for the rest of us...be sure to catch Bill & Imelda LIVE: Two Yanks from Chicago.  TODAY 6pm GMT, 12 noon Chicago time, and YOU figure it out everywhere else!  Join us in the chat room! See you there!…

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Added by Bill Margeson on February 24, 2013 at 16:19 — No Comments

Margeson on the music March, 2013

The roof has caved in. I’ve whined for years that I’m falling so far behind that soon I will be buried under 18 feet of cd’s and unable to find my way to the surface. It has happened. Therefore, this is a cop-out column. It will be filled with little short, proclamations with no backup or analysis of anything. By the end of it, however, you’ll know about some terrific new albums!

There…

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Added by Bill Margeson on February 18, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Livies. liveIreland Irish Music Awards 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Livies. Along with TG4, these are the most eagerly anticipated Irish Traditional Music Awards of the year. The reason? LiveIreland's unprecedented and instantaneous worldwide reach in its readership. When any site like LiveIreland is the 900 pound gorilla in the room, it's paid attention to. It is our honor to recognize the Best of the Best with…

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Added by Bill Margeson on December 27, 2012 at 1:00 — 9 Comments

Margeson on the music Christmas Irish Music Review Dec 2012

Before we begin our annual Christmas column, respect must be paid to Paddy Homan and his army of volunteers who hosted such a well-run and enjoyable fundraiser for the iconic Irish fiddler, Maurice Lennon. Held a few weeks ago at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, a terrific amount of money was raised to help pay some of Maurice’s medical…

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Added by Bill Margeson on November 19, 2012 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Margeson on the music November 2012 - John McDermott My Gentle Harp A Tribute

John McDermott

Tenor, John McDermott has just released his 27th album, My Gentle Harp-A Tribute to Thomas Moore. That total of albums is somewhat staggering, and this is John’s best. For the few not aware, Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was, perhaps, the great Irish songwriter of all time. It is tempting to turn this into an article on Thomas…

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Added by Bill Margeson on October 31, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Margeson on the music October 2012

LI for October, 2012 We Banjo 3. For openers: They were absolutely the hottest show at this year's Irish Fest in Milwaukee. The group's album is Roots of the Banjo Tree. Audiences kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger for the band as the weekend featured the birth of a new force in Irish music, and boy!!, did everyone know it! The legendary Enda Scahill left the iconic…

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Added by Bill Margeson on September 20, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

IrishFest Milwaukee with Bill Margeson and Imelda Bhroga

This weekend, Friday and Saturday, stay tuned to LI with LIVE updates from the biggest Irish festival in the world, Milwaukee's Irishfest! Our intrepid correspondents and our two favorite Yanks, Bill and Imelda will be there with tons of brief and newsworthy reports. We don't know EXACTLY when they'll be,. Bill and Imelda don't know exactly when…

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Added by Bill Margeson on August 16, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Margeson On The Music August 2012

Kathryn Claire is the kind of name you expect to find in Irish music. She is a tremendous fiddle player and singer. Hanz Araki is most definitely not the type of name you expect to run across in the music. He is a tremendous wooden flute player and singer. Together, these two Yanks from the northwest corner of America are revolutionizing the Irish music business, as we speak.…

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Added by Bill Margeson on July 24, 2012 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Margeson On The Music July 2012

My, my, my. How this all piles up! This time, seven treasures awaiting your discovery. Let’s go:

First up is our 2006 new artist of the year Hanz Araki with musical partner, Kathryn Claire. Are you sitting down? There are actually three brand new cd’s from Hanz and Kathryn with one more to come very soon! The albums are “As I Roved Out” “A Winter Solstice Celebration” and…

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Added by Bill Margeson on June 18, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Margeson on the music June 2012

This month we have another five gems for you. Are you keeping up?

1.    Freewheel is just out, ink on the CD cover is still wet. It features the ubiquitous and musically peripatetic youth, Fergal Scahill on guitar, fiddle, and bodhran, joined by The Full Set’s Sean McCarthy on uillean pipes and low whistles and David Howley bringing along some lovely vocals to join his…

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Added by Bill Margeson on May 19, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music May 2012

This is one of those kitchen sink columns. We’ve ignored a lot of great cd’s. They pile up and here we are. It’s not pretty, we admit this. But, when you get 500 a year sent to you for review, you can blink once and fall a month behind. So it has happened. In fact, this column is going to waddle us through about half of what we want to talk about. So let’s can the chat and get to…

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Added by Bill Margeson on April 16, 2012 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

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