Kate Rusby Underneath the Stars Underneath the Stars is Kate Rusby’s first studio album in three years, and even if it had taken her ten, it would have been worth the wait. From the opening song, “The Goodman,” Rusby will have you under the spell of her beautiful and powerful voice. It’s rare to hearRead more..
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Sinéad O’Connor Calls it Quits. ℘℘℘ It’s not over until the bald lady sings, and in this case Ireland’s brilliant vocalist Sinéad O’Connor is not retiring from the limelight quietly. As her swan song, she is releasing her final record She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under theRead more..
Damien Rice: o If you have lost faith in the possibility for a new singer-songwriter to emerge with a graceful album of dirges and lullabies, it’s time to believe again. Dublin-born Damien Rice’s debut album, o, has been released in the U.S. by Vector Recordings (see also www. damienrice.com) after being praised ceaselessly overseas for theRead more..
A roaring rip tide of traditional music recordings has been flowing out of Ireland and Irish America recently, much of it released by the musicians themselves without recourse to record labels. A listing of the year’s best discs could easily include several dozen equally worthy releases, so limiting this roundup to a mere ten wasRead more..
Just like the old days. A new album (Wake Up and Smell the Coffee) from The Cranberries and the band are back on the road. May is pencilled in for the North American stretch of a world tour, beginning in Montreal and wrapping up in Miami before moving on to Mexico. Just like the oldRead more..
Decade This “best of” collection is perfect introduction to Dervish, one of Ireland’s very best traditional music groups. Decade samples tracks from ten years’ worth of recordings by a band that has gone from playing pub sessions in County Sligo to head-lining concerts before stadium-sized crowds in Europe and South America. Dervish is still relativelyRead more..
Mirth-Making Heroes There are folks who think of “Celtic” music as a gently soothing, slightly ethereal style, heavy on the harps and tin whistles. They haven’t heard At the Racket, a fun-loving bunch who prefer their jigs and reels on the saxophone and tenor banjo. This “racket” is actually the sort of whoop-it-up band youRead more..
“Sometimes it is a spiritual experience, but most of the time it’s not…You have to work very hard to get that. But that’s okay. There’s no free lunch, y’know?” – Van Morrison ℘℘℘ Leave it to Van Morrison to lend a bit of welcome perspective at the end of From a Whisper to a Scream,Read more..
Paul Brady Oh What A World Compass Records Let’s all ponder Paul Brady’s career for a moment. The man has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, and Cher. He’s co-written with Roseanne Cash, Beth Nielsen-Chapman, and Curtis Stigers. “Luck of the Draw,” as recorded by Bonnie Raitt,Read more..
Modern Ireland can boast plenty of pop superstars whose recordings sell in the millions. But if U2, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor and Enya are undeniably Irish musicians, is what they play really Irish music? When listening to the artists whose recordings are reviewed below, you won’t have to ponder that interesting philosophical question. There’s nothingRead more..