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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Irish and Celtic Music Jackpot
Mar01

Irish and Celtic Music Jackpot

Here’s an exciting find. Celtic harpist Anne Roos has teamed up with Irish and Celtic Music Podcast host Marc Gunn to give you a hearty supply of Irish and Celtic music for your St Patrick’s Day celebrations! For a limited time, you’ll get a FREE Best of the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast CD when you place an order with Anne. Be sure to mention Irish Fireside in the “add questions or comments about your...

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My Ireland: Irish Music from Martin Byrne Giveaway
Feb15

My Ireland: Irish Music from Martin Byrne Giveaway

We’ve got a little something to ward off the winter blahs… some Irish music by songwriter Martin Byrne from The Blackhills overlooking the scenic fishing town of Skerries, North County Dublin. Giveaway We’ve got a signed copy of his CD My Ireland that could be delivered to your door. Enter to win by listening to some of his music — either the video above or via the links below — then leave a comment on...

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Best of 2011 from the Irish Fireside
Jan01

Best of 2011 from the Irish Fireside

It was a big year for Ireland. Well-known visitors, a bump in tourism numbers, new travel apps, great deals for travel, and a renewed interest in Irish heritage filled the plus side Rough economic times, an increase in taxes (not for Irish tourism products though), and the passing of Ireland Expert Pat Preston on the negative end. As we look back on the year, we celebrate the many wonderful posts published last year by highlighting...

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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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