Celtic Connections 2015: The Irish Connection
Dec13

Celtic Connections 2015: The Irish Connection

Each January as winter settles across Glasgow in the southwest of Scotland, it is time for one of Europe’s best festivals: Celtic Connections. Thousands of artists and thousands of listeners come to Scotland’s largest city for nearly three weeks of music from cutting edge to traditional. As you might suspect from the name Celtic Connections, artists from Ireland have a lot to do with this festival, which this winter begins on 15...

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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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Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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Which World Record will You Break in Ireland This Year?
Mar12

Which World Record will You Break in Ireland This Year?

Last week a group of 800 Irish students set the Guinness Record for the world’s largest human shamrock, and by the looks of it, Ireland plans to keep the bookkeepers busy in 2013. With the year-long “Homecoming” event known as The Gathering underway, communities are turning to record-breaking spectacle to attract crowds and have a bit of fun. Here are a few record-breaking events to add to your “to do”...

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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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