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Margeson on the Music April 2012

Do you have a coin to toss? That’s because you can have it either way. Either  is going to be Male Musician of the Year for 2012 with his new solo flute album, Carrying the Tune, or fellow flute wizard, Brendan Mulholland will be with his debut solo album, Jean’s Hill. If Kevin wins it for Male Musician of the Year, Brendan…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 18, 2012 at 0:50 — 4 Comments

Margeson On The Music February 2012

Something old. Something new. These four treats sure ring true. Valentine’s Day rhyming over.

This month, we have four, one older, three new. Here is something really new, different, and wonderful. Kyle Alden out of California, has released a terrific album. Highly creative. Beautifully done. Songs from Yeats’ Bee-loud Glade. What Kyle has done is taken W.B. Yeats’…

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Added by Bill Margeson on February 8, 2012 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

liveIreland Music Awards 2012

Welcome to the 2012 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 the 2012 Livies. So, here we go:…


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Added by Bill Margeson on January 1, 2012 at 1:00 — 10 Comments

Margeson on the Music December 2011

There are three places you have to remember during this entire ramble. Copperplate in London, Rampant Lion in Villa Park, Illinois (USA), and Claddagh Record Distributors across the street here in Dublin. That is where you can get these fabulous Christmas stocking stuffers for the Irish traditional music fan in your…

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Added by Bill Margeson on December 7, 2011 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Margeson On The Music November 2011

Christmas is approaching, and next month we’ll have a huge lineup of albums we have recommended over the past year as stocking stuffers for the trad fan in your life. Best of the Best type thing. And actually, a precursor to the vaunted 2011 Livies in which we hand out awards for the year’s best. The LiveIreland Awards are really sought after, as they represent the site here.…

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Added by Bill Margeson on October 25, 2011 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Margeson on the Music October 2011

Well, here we go. Winter is coming. But here are five albums to keep you warm and cozy. 

First up is the great, Seamus Begley on button box and vocals, joined by Tim Edey on guitar. The name of the album is Disgrace Notes. We are late to the dance on this one, but the important thing is that we arrived. There are few, if any, male singers we love more in Irish music than…

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Added by Bill Margeson on September 17, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Margeson On The Music September 2011



Lots of mini-type reviews this month. As usual, they have backed up on the desk. The result? We bring you only the best of the best, as usual.

Ceol Sidhe features Steve Cooney, Charlie Lennon, and Michael Hynes on guitar, fiddle and concertina, respectively. There are 19 cuts on the album, each more brilliant than the other. Believe it or not, there are only two…

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Added by Bill Margeson on August 15, 2011 at 18:30 — 12 Comments

Margeson on the music July 2011

Brace yourself, Bridgid. There is a BRAND new album out, ink-still-wet-on-the-cover-sort-of- thing. The name of the group and album is Full Set. They came to us through Fergal and Enda Scahill. Full Set is six young unbelievably talented singers and musicians. Three from Dublin, one from Cork, one from Corofin, and we don’t know the other.

Doesn’t make any difference. We will…

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Added by Bill Margeson on July 18, 2011 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

Margeson On The Music June 2011

 

Just this second got off the phone with Sue Bourne. Who? Well, she has just released a brilliant documentary about the 2010 Irish World Dancing  Championships, which were held in Glasgow. It is stunning. The filming and editing is Academy Award material. During the championships, they had 20 cameras at work at the competition. It follows a few individual competitors of the…

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Added by Bill Margeson on June 20, 2011 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the music May 2011

   

Let’s just wander around a bit this time. Ok? A little of this, a little of that. You know the drill.

 

  • Just this second got off the phone with Sue Bourne. Who? Well, she has just released a brilliant documentary about the 2010 Irish World Dancing  Championships, which were held in Glasgow. It is stunning. The filming and editing is Academy Award…
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Added by Bill Margeson on June 20, 2011 at 18:05 — 3 Comments

Margeson on the Music, April 2011

Be forewarned. At the end of this, nothing may be clearer. Hopefully, we’ll both be better informed, but this is murky stuff. It all began years ago. Fado, fado. While having lunch with legendary Sligo fiddler, Manus McGuire, the topic of regionalization in Irish traditional music reared its head. Manus resides in East Clare. He agreed with music partner, Paul Brock (sitting…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 22, 2011 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Margeson on the Music

First, thanks to all for your many, many comments on last month’s column featuring the Best Artists of the Decade Awards. Great craic. Speaking of great craic, you are in the right place for all things St. Patrick! March! The high holy holiday! NO ONE in the world does St. Patrick’s like LiveIreland!! NO ONE!!!!

 

Now, on to some important, trad albums which might be…

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Added by Bill Margeson on March 1, 2011 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

liveIreland Decades Awards 2000 to 2010

Decades Awards in Order 2000-2010



It is 10 years already. Ten years since the last “Best Of The Decade in Irish Music” list on LiveIreland! Ten years of magical moments in Irish music represented here by the very best of the very best of the very best. You get the drift. Each artist listed here has dedicated his or her life to the music, and they are the best there is at the tradition we all hold so dear. These Awards are not recognition of their…

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Added by Bill Margeson on December 30, 2010 at 12:00 — 10 Comments

Margeson on the music, December, 2010

In what has become a yearly tradition, we here at LI give out around this time as to what are the top albums for the Christmas gift giver.
The ones with real trad taste. The gift giver who wants to give something fab---something trad. Does it shock you to find out we have recommendations? Now, it is up to you to find them. Easy. There are a couple that will require contacting the unequalled European distributor, Copperplate and Alan O’Leary directly. Also, think…
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Added by Bill Margeson on November 30, 2010 at 20:18 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music November 2010

Boston’s Joe Derrane has just released his new album, Grove Lane on the Compass label. That is the last objective sentence you will read here on Joe Derrane.

Joe Derrane is the greatest button box player in the history of Irish music. His gentlemanly nature will be totally embarrassed by that sentence, but it is nonetheless true. And, there are some incredible box players in the history of the music. We spoke extensively with him in preparation for this article. Living at home…

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Added by Bill Margeson on October 25, 2010 at 16:35 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music October 2010

Tradition in Review 10 10



What treats this month! The joy modified only by our Nazi editor’s demand of sticking to deadlines. All right. No whining. On to the music, and a fab batch it is, to be sure!





First up---and we may be in for a record here. Boston’s Joe Derrane has a new album JUST out. On Compass. Entitled, Grove Lane. In his hands, a button box moves to an entire “other” level. A god!! As we grovel, let’s tell you it is 12…

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Added by Bill Margeson on September 19, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music September 2010

This isn’t going to be easy. We wanted to do an article on Len Graham’s new book, Joe Holmes- Here I Am Amongst You. First, let’s abandon any pretense of journalistic objectivity here. To the knowledgeable reader, Len Graham is already an icon. There is no more respected performer and scholar of real Irish songs than Len. His career is filled with triumphs, awards, friends and artistic achievements that cover four decades. His contributions to song cannot be overemphasized. The… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on August 27, 2010 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the music August 2010

Well, it has happened again. In writing a few in-depth reviews the last few months on Kevin Burke, Brian Finnegan and Alan O’Leary, we have let slip a number of goodies. So, brace yourself, darling. This is gonna be one of those machine gun columns covering 11 albums. One quick note. Have you Googled Copperplate Distribution as we have encouraged you? No? Copperplate is the best place in the world for the true trad fan, and if you are not familiar with it and Alan O’Leary, you cannot call…

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Added by Bill Margeson on August 2, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music July 2010

Well, this Article is supposed to be about Brian Finnegan’s new album, The Ravishing Genius of Bones. The great temptation is to write a travel article, instead. Finding Brian Finnegan. Unbelievably, I found myself on a splotchy cell phone connection to Brian when he was in Moscow. Moscow! “I’m over here doing some concert work with Boris Grebenshikov. He’s great! You should see where we’re playing! It is like the Royal Albert Hall of Russia!” Moscow?



The Irish music…

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Added by Bill Margeson on July 8, 2010 at 22:43 — 2 Comments

Margeson on the Music June 2010



Kevin Burke’s new album is entitled, Suite. The first thing you are going to have to do is drop the idea that you know what a Kevin Burke album will sound like. Any reader of this site knows, or should know, who Kevin Burke is. The credentials speak for themselves. Of course, he was the fiddler for the iconic Bothy Band of the early 70’s. The Bothy Band was one of the progenitors of a resurgent traditional music era that has only grown since the band was joined by the likes…

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Added by Bill Margeson on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

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