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Bringing a new angle to an old music is an admirable quest. Bringing a new angle to music that is by its very nature and name, the oldest living and breathing music around is a greater one. Yet it’s exactly what Ensemble Ériu do so well on their debut self-titled album. Concertina player Jack Talty… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2013

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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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