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Irish Christmas in America
Nov17

Irish Christmas in America

Have you begun thinking about Christmas yet? You may want to: in just a few weeks the men of the Irish traditional band Téada (and on iTunes) are bringing their Irish Christmas in America show back to the States this holiday season, with their own high energy music and contributions from top flight guest artists as well. The program offers an evening of Irish tradition and family stories, going back into history and up into...

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Irish Traditional Music Session with Dervish Takes to the Web
Sep27

Irish Traditional Music Session with Dervish Takes to the Web

Community, conversation, a good time with friends, and also, if you pick the right time and the right place, good music: that’s what an evening in an Irish pub can be like. The top Irish band Dervish is inviting you along as they give a go at translating an Irish pub session in an Internet broadcast, direct from a pub on their home ground of Sligo in the west of Ireland. If you follow Irish traditional music — and even if you...

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Three More Celtic CDs You Should Know

Side by Side by The Kane Sisters The air fairly crackles when Liz and Yvonne Kane get together to play their fiddles. That’s something ace box player Sharon Shannon recognized, when she asked them along as part of her touring band for several years. Now well out on their own careers, their album Side by Side offers an adventure into fiddling that is based in the Sligo style — that’s the lively, well-ornamented variety most...

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Whatever Part of Ireland Figures in Your Travels & in Your Dreams, There’s Sure to be Music in It
Jun14

Whatever Part of Ireland Figures in Your Travels & in Your Dreams, There’s Sure to be Music in It

Submitted by Kerry Dexter — Musical stories that came to him while watching two friends walk down the walk, while waiting for a session to resume, and while thinking about the fact that a friend told him President Obama includes music from the band Lunasa in his workout music are all part of the sixteen tune sets Peadar Ó’Riada includes on his recording Triúr Sa Draighean. Triúr means three, and so it was. Ó’Riada on concertina...

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Eileen Ivers Goes “Beyond the Bog” and Arrives at the Heart of the Irish Diaspora
Mar01

Eileen Ivers Goes “Beyond the Bog” and Arrives at the Heart of the Irish Diaspora

“With Irish music, you’re cryin’ one minute and then you’re whoopin’ it up and bein’ joyful the next minute. We’ll be playing some really heart wrenching immigration songs, songs of leaving family and loved ones behind, and we’ll be playing a lot of the dance tunes from the tradition that are just upbeat and full of life and festive energy,” says fiddler Eileen Ivers. She’s talking about her current concert tour, which she’s...

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