Martin Hayes is an Irish music legend that can there be no doubt. In recent years, his work with his superfellows in The Gloaming has crystallised that fact even further. Watching Hayes play his fiddle live, he’s a master of communication, of nudging other players, of encouraging others along, winking and tapping along guiding the… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2017

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Ensemble Ériu released one of the most exciting albums of contemporary trad music in recent years so it’s a delight to hear that the seven-piece group will release a second album, entitled Imbas in June as a joint release on Raelach Records and Ensemble Music label (Loah, Conor Walsh). Imbas will feature six tracks of… Read more »

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

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The Gloaming’s second album, simply titled The Gloaming 2 will be released on February 26th on Real World Records. The contemporary trad supergroup, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill, reconvened in December to record the album and ‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’, the… Read more »

Posted on January 14th, 2016

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Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly filmed this documentary featuring Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh looking at Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare where Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school has been held since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. Donal Dineen explains:

Posted on April 29th, 2013

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When my article a few months back on why I felt Irish trad have been re-invigorated received flak from traditionalists, purists or those who just didn’t get why I wrote such a thing, I was initially surprised and a little bit embarrassed that my intentions were misunderstood. Maybe, I could have communicated in a clearer… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2012

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Update: A few people have taken issue with my opinions below. Let me just stress this, I wrote this from my own view of why I felt trad was reinvigorated. I didn’t intend to make grand statements about trad music as a whole, I’m not a trad ‘expert’. The article title was intended to refer… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2012

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Ireland’s finest example of a modern trad band The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock will release their second album The Brutal Here and Now on April 13th. I featured their 2008 self-titled debut in my eMusic top 20 Irish albums of the last five years list last week. ‘The Brutal Here & Now’ is the… Read more »

Posted on March 29th, 2012

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