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Tradition from the Center and the Edges: Five Great Irish Music Recordings
Sep09

Tradition from the Center and the Edges: Five Great Irish Music Recordings

Music that goes deep into Irish tradition, and music that seeks out the edges while holding respect for the center: here is a taste of five recordings for you to enjoy. Live at 10: The Tenth Anniversary Concert Beoga means lively in Irish Gaelic, and it is the name chosen by a group of gifted musicians when they decided to join up as a band some ten years ago. Live at 10: The Tenth Anniversary Concert offers an audio CD and a DVD. On...

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Journey Into Ireland’s Past and Present Through Music
Mar06

Journey Into Ireland’s Past and Present Through Music

Ireland’s past is filled with the work of poets and musicians. So too is its present. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Mike Scott, Luka Bloom, and Cathie Ryan lead journeys into past and present through their music.   Songs of the Scribe Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin knew that Ireland’s first personal poetry, writings in Old Irish found as notes on the margins of medieval manuscripts, had inspired modern day Irish poets Seamus Heaney...

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Through the Wind and the Rain… a Collection of Songs
Sep25

Through the Wind and the Rain… a Collection of Songs

A friendly listening room above a restaurant In Philadelphia, a classy music area in a historic building in Old Town Alexandria, an intimate theater at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, a welcoming concert space at a top Irish pub in Somerville in the Boston area: though she’s brought her music to the world’s top stages, performed across Europe and North America, and headlined just about every major Celtic music festival from Milwaukee to...

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Celtic Week Brings Music and Education to Asheville this Summer
Jun24

Celtic Week Brings Music and Education to Asheville this Summer

The music of Ireland and Scotland is woven deep into the life of the southern mountains of the United States. It is also a thread that runs through the history of the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina. This year, Celtic Week at the Gathering will offer the chance to learn Irish fiddle from Liz Carroll, Andrew Finn Magill, Martin Hayes, and Liz and Yvonne Kane, guitar from Donal Clancy and John Doyle, flute from Kevin...

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Four Irish Music Recordings You May Not Have Heard Yet…
Jun06

Four Irish Music Recordings You May Not Have Heard Yet…

Ballads, Orchestras, Bluegrass, and a Touch of Belfast: As Irish people came to North America, often times they were not able to carry much with them. They brought the tunes in their heads and hearts, though. That is part of the reason that Irish music became a foundation stone of the music that grew in the Appalachian mountains, and became bluegrass. Green Grass; Blue Grass The Brock McGuire Band, who are Paul Brock on accordion and...

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