unexpected Irish music, part one
If you're open to Irish music which honors tradition and is yet a bit beyond the usual, take a look back and take a listen to
Wayward Son Guitarist and singer John Doyle plays seventeenth century songs with such energy and insight that they might well have been composed yesterday.
Somewhere along the Road Cathie Ryan delves deep into Irish history and landscape, and remembers the American side of her history as well. Songs in both English and Irish, with spare production by Ryan and John McCusker, and some outstanding guitar work by (see above) John Doyle.
Far From the Hills of Donegal
Oisin McAuley, fiddle player from top rated tradtional irish band Danu, makes his solo debut with a fine selection of covers and originals. McAuley grew up in those hills of Donegal, and left them to take degree in classical music in Belfast, lived in Brittany to study that music, and now is based in Boston. Though you may have heard him in the band for years, you'll certainly want to give a listen to what he has to say on his own.
Reunion: A Decade of Solas Irish American Band Solas was Irish when Irish wasn't Riverdance. Energy, connection, fun, reflection, and all kinds of great musicians from past and current band configurations.