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Margeson on the music October 09

We love Martin Simpson. This talented Brit is out with his---what is this?----14th album? On Compass, it is entitled, True Stories. There are 13 cuts in all. Wonderful songs---several penned by himself, and there is also a lovely variety of instrumental treats. Simpson is one of the best guitar players in the business, as well as playing a terrific banjo. We love love love his songs and interpretations. We know of no one who more perfectly blends his voice with his guitar. Masters… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on October 15, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music Sept 09

Let’s do something a little different this month. First, a review, and then some good, old-fashioned, gossipy newsy stuff from inside the music. Sound good?







First, Fiona Mackenzie is out with a fab album, A Good Suit of Clothes—Songs of the Emigrant Gael. Epic title, hey? Boy, we like her voice. The entire album is in Scots Gaelic, with translations in the liner notes. Well, we THINK it is Scots Gaelic. How would we know? It could be in Irish, but as it is out… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on August 26, 2009 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Milwaukee Irish Fest 09, The low down with Bill Margeson

K. Milwaukee Irish Fest. The big mamoo. The grandaddy. The mack daddy. The BIG ONE.



Gorgeous weather all three days, really. Big, big crowds, but not a new record, according to management. Probably about 129,000 over the four night-three day event. Hits? Surely, Scotland's Salsa Celtica, The Red Hot Chili Pipers from Scotland,and… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on August 19, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music July 09

On deadline and freezing in Chicago as I write this—leading me to again question the entire orthodoxy of global warming. If it is July, why do I have frostbite? Hmm?



Down to business. Scottish label supreme, Greentrax scores yet again with a brilliant piece of work. Entitled, People and Songs of the Sea, and make no mistake. This is a gorgeous album of people and songs of the Scottish sea. Every now and then comes an album where the liner notes and accompanying descriptions… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on July 6, 2009 at 14:48 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music June, 2009.

June, 2009 LiveIreland





So many newsy bits and albums. So little time. Under a nasty deadline from Monsieur Lattimer. Normally, I would complain to the publisher, as with the other publications I write for---but David is also the publisher.





Oh, well…First---and this is important--- if you are going to be in Ireland on July 11, check out the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Shaun Davey/Rita Connolly Concert being… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on May 28, 2009 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music April / May 09

The first time we ever heard Kevin Crawford play the flute was many, many years ago with the best all-instrumental group in the history of Irish music, Moving Cloud. The group’s two albums on Green Linnet still stand as the gold standard for musicians who love traditional music the world round. No question. Done. Dusted. Kevin also did a lovely solo cd for Green Linnet, entitled, The Dflat Flute. Still superb, lo’ these many years later. The videotape fast forwards, and I am seeing… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on April 19, 2009 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Margeson on the Music April 09

Derry’s Maranna McCloskey is just out with a brand new album entitled, At Last. For the people familiar with the talented alto’s singing, this will come as welcome news fully justifying the title of the album. It has been a long time coming, and it is already receiving solid reviews and airplay, as witnessed by the LiveIreland award for Vocal Album of the Year, 2009.



Maranna was born in the mid 70’s in Dungiven, Co. Derry. There is a musical pattern to her talent that… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on April 12, 2009 at 19:00 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music March 09

Well, well…this month we will have the “Lightning Round”! Let’s take a quick perusal of the most current great stuff on the scene with a brief stop at each station for a one paragraph or less look over. Ready! Roll!







1. Double Play—Liz Carroll and John Doyle



This will hit the stores March 3, and so should you to get it. Is Liz the best Irish fiddler in the world? John the best guitar accompanist? Who knows? Who cares? This is brilliance. Three songs… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on March 6, 2009 at 19:30 — 9 Comments

The Livies 2009

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The Livies 2009



This has been the greatest year ever in writing about the music. There are three reasons. First is Beal Tuinne. It is the most beautiful and important album we have reviewed in our 25 years of writing about Irish music. The second reason is Maranna McCloskey. This Derry singer is out with her first album, At Last. At last, indeed. Third… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on December 26, 2008 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Margeson On The Music November 08

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Margeson On The Music



Christmas approacheth. Gift ideas here. Lots of reviews this month, lots of ideas. To get down to these 12 albums, we had to listen to, literally, about a hundred. So they are ALL good. See what appeals. Then hear what appeals. Just order them from Claddagh, and you can get to them through this site---or go direct to the artists after you visit their sites. Brace yourself,… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on November 12, 2008 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Margeson On The Music Sept 08

Claddagh Records



Margeson On The Music



So much to do. So little time. Task at hand, a ton more albums to tell you about, as really good stuff continues to flow in. Early alert to next month's column reviewing some great new stuff from Chicago's own bohola. But, now, here it all is for this month!…



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Added by Bill Margeson on September 21, 2008 at 12:30 — No Comments

Irish Music Review with Bill Margeson 18 August 08

Okay, okay, these things pile up. In the middle of last month's writing assignments for The Chicago Irish-American News, LiveIreland.com, Irish Music Magazine, the Public Radio show with my co-star and brilliant music interpreter, Shay Clarke, these things pile up. Last month, we told you about a single album. The unequalled, Beal Tuinne. Did you get your copy yet? So, when you get 500 albums sent to you every year, guess what happens? They pile up. Brace yourself, Bridgid, here they all come… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on August 18, 2008 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

CFS Tours with Bill Margeson

The Great Sights & Sounds of Ireland!



10 days



November 1-10, 2008







Click here for General Conditions



Click here for the Enrollment Sheet



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The true soul of Ireland is to be found in its music - real, true Irish traditional music, not the tourist, pub-song shoutfest featured in so many Irish locations. We're talking the REAL Irish tradition. This tour features a dynamic daytime… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on April 17, 2008 at 16:52 — 1 Comment

Wicklow LiveIreland Member Gets Discovered!!



MyLiveIreland member, Rebecca Gresty and our music writer Bill Margeson recently made contact in our chat site. Rebecca had a demo of her voice up, and Bill heard it. He loved it! He and Rebecca made contact. Bill then asked for the four-cut demo in cd format, and this week played one of the cuts on his American Public Radio programme based out of Chicago! Bill loves her voice so much that he stated that he would play… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on February 20, 2008 at 18:03 — 12 Comments

The liveIreland Music Awards 2008

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Awards 2008











Here are The Livies for 2008! Among the most coveted music Awards in the tradition, these are the only Awards with an immediate world-wide, massive audience. It is anyone's guess how many thousands will see these and listen to the cuts selected from…
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Added by Bill Margeson on January 1, 2008 at 18:30 — No Comments

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