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Christmas Music ’round the Irish Fireside
Dec14

Christmas Music ’round the Irish Fireside

The festive and contemplative sides of life are part of Irish music all through the year, and never more so than at the Christmas season. Several newly released recordings along with an old favorite or two for you to listen to around your Irish fireside: Celtic Christmas The fellowship and festive side of things is the focus of Celtic Christmas, a collection from Putumayo World Music which includes artists from Ireland, Scotland,...

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Another Three Irish & Celtic CDs You Should Know
Sep27

Another Three Irish & Celtic CDs You Should Know

A collection featuring the music of Northern Ireland, the debut recording of a New England based Celtic band, and a collaboration of four superstar musicians from Donegal: three more Irish and Celtic recordings to know. Sound Neighbours Is the music of Northern Ireland different from the music in the counties to the south which make up the republic? I’ll give a resounding yes and no on that one. As you’ll know if you’ve spent...

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Traditional Irish Musicians Honored
Jun02

Traditional Irish Musicians Honored

Every year, TG4, Ireland’s Irish language network, gives out awards honoring traditional musicians. These prestigious awards, known collectively as Gradam Ceoil, are a very big deal in Ireland and in the musical community world wide as well. This year, they were presented at a concert in the Wexford Opera House, and later broadcast nationwide in Ireland. Several of the musicians are well known outside the island of Ireland, other...

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Celtic Music for Mother’s Day
May06

Celtic Music for Mother’s Day

In Ireland, Mothers’ Day is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which means it falls in March or April. In the Irish diaspora, though, in places such as the United States, Canada, and points beyond, it is often marked in the second Sunday in May. If you’d like a bit of music to go along, give a listen. Susan McKeown, Robin Spielberg, and Cathie Ryan each brought different experiences as mothers, daughters, and...

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Four Albums for an Irish Christmas… and One from Scotland for Good Measure
Dec13

Four Albums for an Irish Christmas… and One from Scotland for Good Measure

Submitted by Kerry Dexter Music is a big part of any Irish Christmas celebration. You’ll hear familiar carols, hymns, and popular seasonal songs such as White Christmas and Little Drummer Boy. There will be jigs, reels, and songs from the tradition as well, alongside, at times, new songs. Want to sit in on such a holiday music session? Listen to these albums and you feel as though you’ll be doing just that. To Shorten the Winter Tommy...

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