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Thursday, March 11, 2010

An alternative St. Patricks day mix......

It's almost St. Patricks Day. Having played and listened to a lot of Celtic music over the years, I'm not a huge fan of the usual offerings that get posted every year.....Crinkly old men in fisherman sweaters and Donegal caps bleating going on and on about unicorns and whiskey on Sunday, or, God forbid St. Bono and the 3 apostles bleating on and on about.....well...ANYTHING. Soooo, on that note, here is a slightly low key, St. Pats pan-celtic (not just Irish) alternative mix:

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The list:

Solas-ni na la
    From the Phildelphia based Irish-Amearican band Solas' 1996 CD, "Solas".

Maighread ni dhomhnaill-amhran pheadar breathnach
    Irish traditional singer from Kells, County Meath. This tune is from the 1991 CD "No Dowry".

Karan Casey-The ballad of accounting
    Irish folk singer, and a former member of the Irish American band Solas.
Ewan MacColl's Ballad of Accounting, written in 1964, one of the most politically provocative of lyrics....long a personal favourite.

Mary Bergin-Aisling gheal
    One of the great masters of the tin whistle, she was a member of De Danann. She is currently a member of the group Dordán, who perform Irish traditional music and Baroque music.

Afro Celt Sound System-Big cat
    The Afro Celt Sound System is a musical group which fuses modern dance rhythms (trip-hop, techno, etc.) with traditional Irish (Celtic) and West African music. Members include Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Russell, N'Faly Kouyate, and Moussa Sissokho.

Liz Carroll-The Humours Of Bandon/Planxty Mary O'Niell
    an Irish-American musician. She was born in Chicago of Irish parents. In 1974 she entered the All-Ireland under 18 fiddle championship and won. The next year she won the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Championship. She appears in concert solo, as well as with John Doyle.

Afro Celt Sound System-Eireann
    Another selection from the Afro Celts.

Shooglenifty-The pipe tunes
    Shooglenifty are an Edinburgh-based six-piece Celtic fusion band that tours internationally. The band blends Scottish traditional music with influences ranging from electronica to alternative rock.  Several of the band members had previously played together in Swamptrash. This tunes kicks ass!

Solas-The yellow tinker/cranking out/master crowley's #2
    Another cut from Solas' first CD.

Sean nua-Ta me 'mo shui
    From the 1993 CD, "Open door". The band features features Joe McKenna (uillean pipes, accordion, whistles), Antoinette McKenna (harp, voice), Gerry O'Donnell (flute, whistle), Joe McHugh (uillean pipes, bouzouki, keyboard), Jo Partridge (guitar), and Mario N'Gomo (percussion).

Natalie Macmaster-The drunken piper
    A fiddler from Nova Scotia, Canada who plays Cape Breton fiddle music. From the 1997 Rounder Records release "No Boundaries", "The drinken piper" is
Natalie MacMaster on fiddle,  with Cookie Rankin singing the song "Far Am Bi Mi-Fhin" to the tune of the Drunken Piper.

Natalie Macmaster-Catharsis
    Another great cut from "No Boundaries".

Dé Danann-Coleraine Jig/Derrane's/John Stenson's
    The renown Irish folk group, featuring Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn, Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh and Charlie Piggott.

Liz Carroll-Eddie Kelly's/The Rookery
    Another great cut from the Chicago fiddler, Liz Carroll.

Jam Nation-She moved through the fair
    From the 1993 Jam Nation CD,  "Way Down Below Buffalo Hell".

Solas-The newry highwayman
    Another from Solas' debut CD.

larla Ó Lionáird-Aoibhinn Cronan
    larla Ó Lionáird is an singer of Cul Aodha, in the West Cork Gaeltacht, Ireland, who's also known for his contributions in the band Afro Celt Sound System. "Aoibhinn Cronan", (The humming of the bees), is on the album "The Seven Steps to Mercy."

Afro Celt Sound System-Whirl-y-Reel (Beard & Sandals Mix)
    Another great cut from the Afro Celts....

Martin Simpson-Bantry girl's lament
    A instrumental from Martin Simpson, the  British folk singer, guitarist and songwriter, regarded by many as one of the most skilled folk guitarists currently playing on the British and American folk scene.

Mairead ni mhaonaigh-Dulaman
    The County Donegal based Irish fiddler and the lead vocalist for the Irish traditional band Altan.

Tony Macmahon-the wounded hussar
    A very traditional County Clare based Irish button accordion player and broadcaster.

Solas-Timmy clifford's/the return home/o'ot be est da vong/john joe caseys
    Another from Solas' 1st CD.

Drever, McCusker, and Woomble-Into the blue
    A nice contemporary cut from DMW, Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble.

Sheila Chandra-Blacksmith
    A traditional folk song by Sheila Chandra, an English pop singer of Indian descent.

Rachael McShane-The Gardener
    The cellist, singer, and fiddler in the 11-piece English folk big band, Bellowhead.

Aidan O'Rourke-Sea 
     A great cut from Scottish fiddler Aidan O'Rourke. He also is a member of Lau,and a group called Blazin' Fiddles.

Hope you enjoy this little mix.....I wanted to put together some enjoyable listening that differs a tad bit from the usual St Pats mixes, and throws a few curve balls atcha....enjoy!

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