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You can now get a copy of the fantastic PBS show hosted by Moya Brennan. The Music of Ireland (Welcome Home) is now available exclusively at Barnes and Nobles. You can see
snippets of this video of you co to
http://www.moyabrennan.com/ ….Jenne Lennon is in studio working on he new album.
Her moving rendition of Bonny Portmore is for sale at I-Tunes,
Amazon.com, Rhapsody , and all other online stores! Download the single
that’s making all of the buzz in Scotland and the U.K.! The single is featured
on the “Going Back Home V.11” Compilation Album through Quickstar/Sony
Productions according to her website: Jenne Lennon is hard at work on a new
performance schedule for the spring and her debut solo album! Keep checking the
sites for more updates on all of Jenne’s endeavors!
http://www.jennelennon.com/music.htmlLuka Bloom is one of the important international
artists to head the 20th Caribana Festival. Experience diversity and
a kind of music that pushes the limits of what’s mainstream and what’
‘alternative’
http://www.caribana-festival.ch/en/2010/artists/…. Albums, news and interviews of Irish Balladeer Brian
Kennedy
can now be seen when you go to
http://www.briankennedy.co.uk/ also watch out for new up-coming autobiography!…For the
month of June, Solas has the following tour dates:


Venue

City

Date

Time

Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center

Worcester, MA

06/11/10

8:00pm

Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center

Worcester, MA

06/12/10

6:00pm

Music and Wine Festival – Fort Hunter Park

Harrisburg, PA

06/13/10

7:30pm

Madison Square Park

New York, NY

06/23/10

7:00pm

Tupelo Music Hall

Londonderry, NH

06/25/10

8:00pm

Celtic Fling

Manheim, PA

06/26/10

TBD


For the entire tour dates please visit the official site’s tour schedule: http://www.solasmusic.com/?page_id=9



OMG! If there is another thing why we should hate the volcanic ash that hovered around Europe was the cancellation of major Dougie MacLean concerts. On the other hand, July will be
eventful as our Scottish musical hero prepares for England and Wales. For
complete guide please refer to
http://www.dougiemaclean.com under tours. A new DVD Songmaker will be available
soon as well.………………Apart from the cameo appearance and contributing composer in
Ondine (stars Colin Farrell, directed by Neil Jordan) Sharon Shannon
has something going on with the new single Shifting Summer Sands
featuring the vocals of Carol Keogh. This is the forth single from the new
album Saints and Scoundrels which was released in October, and will be
released in the Ireland in May and in the UK in July. Visit
www.myspace.com/sharonshannon for updates………………If you haven’t gotten your hands into the
late Mícheál Ó Domhnaill tribute CD Keep er’Lit yet, then better
grab it. His legacy has been evident in bands Skara Brae, The Bothy Band
and later Nightnoise. The Celtic Music Fan will always miss his talent and what
could have been.View the complete details of the CD at
http://www.michealodomhnaill.com
………………. Hello people of Dublin. Mary
Black
is fully booked for July at the Olympia Theater:


Date

Time

Venue

City

Tickets

Jun 17 2010

8:00P

Olympia Theatre

Dublin, ie

Find Tickets

Jun 18 2010

8:00P

Olympia Theatre

Dublin, ie

Find Tickets

Jun 19 2010

8:00P

Olympia Theatre

Dublin, ie

Find Tickets


Please visit www.myspace.com/maryblackmusic and www.mary-black.net




Canadian quintet The Paperboys has a new album out this July. Callithump will fulfill the promise to deliver great music! We are expecting a blend of folk rock, irresistible fiddle
playing, zapping instrumentals and the young Tom Waits kind of vocals. If you
enjoy The Great Big Sea then you will love The Paperboys
www.myspace.com/thepaperboys and www.paperboys.com…………………
The Brennan Sisters (No this is not Clannad or Enya known as the
Brennan family) from Connemara has been sweeping audience across the Atlantic
with their beautiful renditions of traditional materials. According to a review
The girls four part natural harmonies add diversity to every show that they
perform and their vocal ability continues to surprise audiences everywhere’
“The girls have developed their very own unique style of performance,
incorporating beautiful and intricate harmonies with a very distinctive but
unmistakable Irish resonance” .
The girls performed the well known song
“Hand me down my bible” on Sharon Shannons new dvd/cd live from Dolans! Earlier
this year the girls performed on The voice Within cd/dvd. Filmed at the INEC,
Killarney in front of a live audience, it is the most expensive production ever
filmed in Ireland for broadcast on American television
www.myspace.com/thebrennansisters ………………………The former band of Dougie MacLean the Tannahill
Weavers
are compose of Roy Gullane – Lead Vocals, Guitar Phil Smillie –
Vocals, Flute, Bodhran Leslie Wilson – Vocals, Bouzouki John Martin – Fiddles,
Vocals Colin Melville – Bagpipes, Vocals. They have been creating distinctive
and amazing music in the heart of Scotland. More updates from www.myspace.com/tannahillweavers
and
www.tannahillweavers.com
…………………..Who is Sean Og Graham?
Well, he makes up one of the five people of the amazing Irish act Beoga.
Sean is from Portglenone, Northern Ireland and he plays the Accordion and
Guitar. Check out
www.myspace.com/seanoggraham and www.beogamusic.com
……………………..Former amateur boxer turned singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey,
and who has brought us the moving ‘Colony” has his first acting debut in an
Irish film called “Between the Canals: North Inner City”, directed by Mark
O’Connor. The film has been accepted into the Jameson Dublin International Film
Festival . There is also a charity single made with Shane MacGowan and friends.
Since is debut in 1995, Dempsey has been hailed as he Bb Marley of Ireland with
fervent response of audiences and devotion to his music. According to Billboard
Magazine: “To Hell or Barbados is folk and roots rock with substance, with
the sound of Ireland mixed in for good measure. A most intriguing cocktail.”

Billboard. Check out his upcoming shows


Upcoming Shows

( view all )



Jul 2 2010

3:30P

Paddocks Wood, Kent

Kent, UNITED KINGDOM

Find Tickets

Jul 3 2010

8:00P

Reebok Festival

Bolton, UK

Jul 30 2010

8:00P

Belfast Festival

Belfast, UK

Jul 31 2010

8:00P

Helium Festival

Longford, Longford, IRELAND

Sep 18 2010

2:30P

Navan Live

Navan, Navan



…………………..Naked with Friends is Maura O’Connell’s Grammy nominated album. Expect exquisite vocal materials that has been arranged to highlight her beautiful contralto. In
this album, she invited singers Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Kate Rusby, Paul
Brady, Mary Black, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Aoife O’Donovan
(Crooked Still), Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Mairéad Ní Mhaorigh, Moya Brennan,
Liam Bradley, Declan O’Rourke, and O’Connell’s sister, Áine Derrane. Blurbs
from the official website: engineer and co-producer Gary Paczosa with
riveting clarity and focus, Naked With Friends is a disarmingly intimate
experience. In the absence of instrumentation, the usual trappings and
signposts that often define a song’s style and mood dissolve. It is
O’Connell’s burnished alto — a full yet vulnerable and aching sound — that is
charged with conveying everything the song has to say. “My intention,” she
explains, “was just to sing the song clearly. I just wanted to be there to
serve the song, rather than to show off a particular vocal style.”
Originally
from Ireland, Maura now makes her home in Nashville Tennessee
http://www.mauraoconnell.com and www.myspace.com/mauraoconnell

…………………………Since the release of The Well-Tempered Bow in May 2002, The Kane Sisters have been making waves all over Ireland and Europe. Originally from Dawros on the outskirts of Letterfrack, a village in
Connemara along the West coast of Ireland, the got their musical talents from
both sides of the family. Most of their musical contributions can be heard in
recordings of Maighread and Tríona ní Dhomnaill (Idir Dhá Solas) ,
Steve Earl’s Transcendental Blues and The Girls won’t leave the Boys Alone by
Cherish the Ladies
www.myspace.com/thekanesisters and www.thekanesisters.com
………… Galwayman Declan O’Rourke hits the German towns this July for the
presentation of his new album to be released soon. Declan capitalizes
on his velvet-tinged baritone and killer falsetto to deliver his interesting
songs. In the Big Bad Beautiful World (2007), according to his official site :
It consists of 12 songs, recorded and performed live at Grouse Lodge studios
in West Meath with Declan and his band. Driven, as expected, by Declan’s
acoustic guitar, along with the piano this time, and decorated with some
beautiful Brian Byrne and Declan O’Rourke string arrangements performed by
the RTE National Concert Orchestra, this record is musically very rich and
has much depth of field for the discerning listener as well as the casual.
‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ was released in Ireland alone in September ’07 and
hit the ground running with a top 5 position in the charts. It has been
growing in popularity since with the help of two singles, the catchy title
track ‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ and the touching ‘Whatever Else Happens,’
both of which continue to receive regular airplay on Irish radio. The record
is well on the way to achieving platinum status, a feat that its predecessor
‘Kyabram’ took a year and a half to reach
.
www.myspace.com/declanorourke and http://www.declanorourke.com/ ……………………….An appointment with Mr Yeats is a new Waterboys
show in which the poetry of WB Yeats is transformed into a song. It already
garnered rave reviews since its debut this March. The Grand Canal Theater in
Dublin will the venue for November 7 show. Click
here for the
tickets. For the complete Waterboys discography, please refer to this link
http://www.mikescottwaterboys.com/releasesnew.php ……………… According to Wall Street Journal : “…(Beoga is)the most
exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century”. Although
the band Beoga is rooted in Irish traditional music, flavors of New
Orleans Cajun music and other world influences can be heard in their sessions.
Inventive and always crowd pleaser, Beoga is one of the bands not to be
missed this year. Beoga are:
Liam Bradley
Seán Óg Graham
Damian McKee
Eamon Murray
and
Niamh Dunne
. ………………



Gavin Moore created an album of breezy atmosphere, moving melodies and delightful lyrics in his latest independent release Tonnta. According to his website: His new record ‘Tonnta’, forged in the magical
countryside of West Cork, is a beautiful atmospheric combination of folk rock
& traditional Irish influence, which makes assured steps into musical
territory as yet uncharted, surfing the crest of a secret wave somewhere
between Jack Johnson and Iarla Ó Lionáird…
Dates for the album launching
of Tonnta will start in September this year. More info at www.myspace.com/mooregavin and www.gavinmoore.com.………………..After
25 years in the recording industry, Cherish the Ladies still
continue to be in the forefront of Irish traditional music. With Albums
receiving rave reviews (including “A Star In The East (Christmas Album)”, The
all women band are composed of JOANIE MADDEN: Whistles, Flutes, harmony vocals
MARY COOGAN: Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo MIRELLA MURRAY: Accordion ROISIN DILLON:
Fiddle KATHLEEN BOYLE: Piano, harmony vocals MICHELLE BURKE: Lead Vocals.
Quotes Billy Altman of The New York Daily News “Cherish the Ladies is one
of the foremost Irish traditional music groups in the world.”
You will
catch them while they’re on tour for the rest of July in the following venues:
07/10/10
Springfield, OH – Springfield Arts Summer Concert Series
www.springfieldartscouncil.org/summer-arts-festival.htm


07/11 – 16/10
East Durham, NY – Catskills Irish Week
www.http://www.irishvillageusa.com/irisharts.html


07/23/10
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Irish Festival
www.clevelandirish.org


07/24/10
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Irish Festival
www.clevelandirish.org


07/25/10
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Irish Festival
www.http://www.augustaheritage.com/irish.html


07/26 – 30/10
Elkins, WV – Augusta Irish Week
www.clevelandirish.org


www.cherishtheladies.com and www.myspace.com/cherishtheladies


English band Flook are now in facebook. After 13 years of making music together, the band decided to take a rest but will keep fans updated for future projects. You can listen to Flook
via
www.myspace.com/2flutes
and buy their three albums Haven, Rubai and Flatfish
by visiting
http://www.flook.co.uk/
and yes add them in
facebook





The 15th Hebridean Celtic Festival has a line up of interesting artists. From 14th to 17th of July, expect to be enchanted, possessed and stirred up by some of the most beautiful music
in the world. Here are the artists to play in the event:


Runrig (Mainstage Saturday) Breabach Mainstage Saturday) Treacherous
Orchestra
(Mainstage Friday) Imelda May
(Mainstage Friday) Julie Fowlis
(Mainstage Friday) Afro Celt Sound
System
(Mainstage Thursday) Blazin’ Fiddles
(Mainstage Thursday) Adrian
Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds
(Mainstage Thursday) Iain Morrison’s Ceòl
Mor / Little Music
(An Lanntair Saturday) The Poozies
(An Lanntair Friday) The
Fox Hunt
(Breasclete Wednesday / An Lanntair Thursday) Anniversary Concert
(An Lanntair Wednesday 7.30pm) Oidhche Chiadain
(An Lanntair Wednesday 3pm) Alasdair White &
Jane Hepburn
(An Lanntair Thursday 3pm) Mhairi Hall Trio
(Harris, Thursday 8pm / An Lanntair, Friday 3pm) Mànran (Clan
MacQuarrie, Friday 8pm) Ceilidh Bands Norrie acIver’s Dance
Band (An Lanntair, Wednesday) Anna Fraser Dance Band (Breasclete, Wednesday)
Deoch an Dorus (Stornoway & Borve, Friday)


According to the site news: Thousands Expected as Festival Sales Reach Milestone


People from countries as far away as the USA, Canada and Australia are expected to visit Stornoway this summer as the Hebridean Celtic Festival announced it has already sold more tickets this
year than it did for the entire event last year


Add HebCelt Fest in facebook follow the feeds and also in twitter and myspace…………………




Julie Fowlis , our Scottish lass is in the midst of a tour to promote her new album Uam. According to Folk Radio Uk, Uam is an extraordinary moving album. Her best and most beautiful work to date. Julie
has also been made ambassador for Hebridean Celtic Festival according to her
myspace blog:


The fabulous folks at the reknowned Hebridean Celtic Festival have been kind enough to make me an ambassador for the festival and one of the first three inductees to their newly formed Hall of
Fame.


I am most chuffed and honoured. See the official info below! (then go and buy tickets – it’s a fab festival!!) love Julie x


Sounds like she is not only winning our hearts, she is winning the whole of UK and the world. Bless you Julie! Check her blog and music at www.myspace.com/juliefowlis
and
www.juliefowlis.com
her tour schedules:


Cuirmean-ciùil


Tour Dates


12th Jun


St Albans
St Albans Arena Civic Centre St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3LD


13th Jun


Southwell
Southwell Folk Festival Nottinghamshire


15th Jun


Cardiff
St Davids Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH


17th Jun


London
Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, Canonbury, London N1 2XD


20th Jun


Salisbury
Salisbury City Hall Malthouse Lane Salisbury Wiltshire SP2 7TU


26th Jun


Sedburgh
Near Sedburgh, Cumbria
View
further details


Add Julie on facebook, twitter and bebo.


Breton band TornaoD is in the middle of an exciting tour this month. This band from Kaligan France have been leaving audiences breathless with their astounding, dynamic energy such that,
initially bemused, then won over, people are never indifferent. Their site
describes the music: In an authentic meeting of tradition and modernity,
TornaoD draw inspiration from a mixture of sources, from Alan Stivell to
Metallica, Led Zeppelin to Denez Prigent, 70s rock side by side with 80s metal,
New Age, the East, and more…
From June to August, you can watch them live in
the following venues:


http://events.myspace.com/Event/4844372/Festival-Celtic


If you don’t have an idea who Breton fiddler Pierrick Lemou is, then you’ve missed out on life’s great musical pleasures. His fiddle
plying is like no other because after all, he walks in two cultures: Breton
style meets Irish influences. There is a softer and sweeter style in his
playing. His arrangement is also eclectic in a sense that he derives from all
sources, including the great jazz bassist Jaco Pastorious. I am personally
getting a hang of him and he bleeds magi in every song. Check him out at
www.myspace.com/pierricklemou and http://www.pierricklemou.com/

Following the release of the much-awaited album Emerald, Alan Stivell is fully booked for the month of July and August. He also conducted an online chat with his fans
(in Breton I guess) and

yes he will be on one of the biggest Celtic Festival this year ,


FESTIVAL INTERCELTIQUELORIENT-ANORIANT, Breizh


Upcomming shows: http://events.myspace.com/Event/2301147/Alan-STIVELL


The amazing voice behind Danu, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh continues to soar the heights of musical success as her band promotes their new album “Seanchas”which was released in April 2010. Listening
to her lush contralto voice, it would be hard not to be loved her style of
singing. She has mastered the sean nos style as well as great talents on the
flute and tin-whistle. She is good friends with Scot Julie Fowlis who
collaborated with her in the album “Dual”
http://muireann.ie/biog.html . Expect to hear more from Muireann .Please read
www.myspace.com/muireannmusic and muireann.ie
. Beautiful photos courtesy of
Bríd Ní Luasaigh.Follow
her on
facebook, and
watch her on youtube..............................


There is an amazing Celtic harpist in our midst that mixes music of all genres making the sound totally her own. Lily Neill has created such a stir in the music scene after the release of her
debut album “Without Words “ in 2004. “Lily Neill speaks to us without words
in this gentle and gracious recording. Once again the magic of the plucked
string surrounds us and brings us to a place of special resonance and peace.
There is something universal in this sound: no less than three of the tracks,
for example, bring the Japanese Koto and Irish Harp together as if they were
long lost cousins. A shared universal sonic gene comes through her fingers as
if the music inside her is truly ancestral”. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin,
November 2006.
www.myspace.com/lilyneill
and
www.LilyNeill.com


If you haven’t got the copy of John Spillane’s latest album (The Best of John Spillane, So Far, So Good, Like), then don’t miss out on this musical gem of an album.


John is a native of Cork, the county he lovingly describes as ‘the centre of the universe’, and it has been a huge influence on this singer/songwriter. Vocally, Spillane is quite unique with an
almost sean nos like element and has been described as having a voice ‘full of
honesty, commitment and sensitivity’.


…some of the most skillfully crafted, vividly realized songs anyone has written in Ireland over the past dozen years.’ Earle Hitchner, premier writer/reviewer for Irish Echo and The
Wall Street Journal.
www.johnspillane.com
and
www.myspace.com/johnspillane .......................


With the release of the new record Love is the Way, we are greeted by a new Eddi Reader. This one is more breezy, country sounding and free spirited which is a departure from years of
seeing her in those glasses and wild hair. I first became familiar with Eddi
upon watching the Jools Holland show. Her voice is simply awesome and her personality
is vibrant. As she says about the album: I have a passionate love of
instinctive, beautiful songs. Also a slightly insane attachment to romantic
chord structures. Words that speak of some universal humanist truth. That can
be ‘thrown away’ with no regrets. This can be summed up in most of the songs on
this record.
Tour dates for this month and July:


Beverley Folk Festival
Flemingate, beverley
Friday 18th June 2010



West End Festival
Glasgow, Scotland
Tuesday 22nd June 2010



West End Festival
Glasgow, Scotland
Wednesday 23rd June 2010



Home Festival
Dartington, Devon
Saturday 26th June 2010



Draiocht Arts Centre
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland
Saturday 10th July 2010



Glens Centre
County Leitrim, Ireland
Sunday 11th July 2010



Dunlewey Lakeside Centre
County Donegal, Ireland
Monday 12th July 2010



Bronte Music Club
Rathfriland, Ireland
Wednesday 14th July 2010



Celtic Fusion Festival
Castlewellan, County Down
Thursday 15th July 2010



An Droichead Centre
Belfast
Friday 16th July 2010

More on http://www.eddireader.co.uk/ and www.myspace.com/eddireader.............................

Canadian singer composer Loreena McKennitt recently made a public statement about Bill C-32 (An Act to amend the Copyright Act).

I am happy that Canada has joined the many other nations who have recognized that copyright protection in the 21st century is essential to cultivating and protecting the various creative industries of music,
film, games, publishing and architecture, to name a few.”

“The digital age is one with many opportunities, but it is a trans-border global phenomenon that requires co-operation and harmony to achieve benefits for humanity. Respect for intellectual property, individual
privacy and cultural sensitivity must be paramount alongside clear harmonized
regulation. In this way, predictable economic business models can work.”

Read the complete article here: http://www.quinlanroad.com/newsandviews/currentupdates.asp



…And now something about Irish pubs…


If you are on our way to Cork and wants to know which music bar to go to next, don’t forget to visit de Barras. Situated in Clonkilty the West of Cork, it boasts a one of a kind venue
that already housed artists like Christy Moore, John Spillane and new up and
rising acts. Feel its ne of a kind intimate ambience and diverse acts that make
de Barras stand out as one of the best pubs in Ireland. Quotes ” Mark Mc
Devitt, (Irish Examiner 2000) It is the presence of an unlikely musical
venue that makes Clonakilty truly special however, to cross the well worn
threshold of the shy and rather retiring de Barras Folk Club, is to enter into
a world full of possibilities. The possibility that anyone, literally anyone,
might ramble in of the street and do a few tunes.”
Contact: DeBarras,
55 Pearse St.,Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland Phone : +353 (0)23 8833381 Booking
Enquiries: +353 (0)23 8836549 TUES email: eolas@debarra.ieCheck
out
www.myspace.com/debarras
and
www.debarra.ie
for this month’s gig guide……………………….

There is one site directory that will tell you the best bars in town. www.irishpubs.com has not only the lists of categories, it also has a user friendly interface
that will guide you while you click for the pubs near you. It says Your
Guide to the best pubs in Ireland and Irish pubs around the world
. It
includes categories like Entertainment, live Music, Trad Music, Disco Bars.
Sport, Food. Smoking facility, Accommodation, Parking. Job opportunities
etc.(Job opportunities? Hmmm…) You can even add your pub to the list or sell
it!


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