Saturday, July 06, 2013

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.

  • Standout tracks: Expect the Unexpected, Wild Colonial Boy

    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.

  • notable cuts: the title track is a knockout, both for the song and the singing. also Rathlin Island -- 1847, an insightful emigration song which connects to the present day, and the joyous romp Carrick--a-- rede which opens the disc.

    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.

  • outstanding cuts: Tune for Gillian, Lover's Ghost/Maud Miller, Quebec Reels

    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.

  • outstanding cuts: Pastures of Plenty, The Newry Highwayman, Lament for Frankie

    you may also wish to see
    Ireland's music: Dervish
    Cathie Ryan: Through Wind and Rain
    Shamrock City

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    Anonymous Sheryl said...

    Thanks for all your recommendations, Kerry. I always like to discover new music. I recently went to see Steve Martin play the fiddle and was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it!

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