Category: Performers

Barney McKenna of The Dubliners dies aged 72 0

Barney McKenna of The Dubliners dies aged 72

The legendary Dubliners banjo player Barney McKenna has died at the age of 72. He collapsed at his home this morning and was later pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. His family released...

All the Way Home – Cathy Jordan 0

All the Way Home – Cathy Jordan

After more than 20 years as lead singer with the hugely successful Irish band Dervish, Cathy Jordan has now released her first solo album. Although still a committed member of Dervish, Jordan has often...

Mary Black Stories from the Steeples Review 0

Mary Black Stories from the Steeples Review

A new album from Mary Black always creates a buzz of excitement, especially these days as they’ve become something of a rarity. Mary Black Song for Ireland Mary Black interview Interview – Stories From...

Padraig Lalor – Ismay’s Dream 0

Padraig Lalor – Ismay’s Dream

Padraig Lalor is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland who has been working closely over the last few years with top performers like The Dubliners and Finbar Furey. Ismay’s Dream is his debut album...

Arlene Faith – Spirit of the Celtic Violin 0

Arlene Faith – Spirit of the Celtic Violin

Sometimes you might be aware of an artist and know that they’re good but you never quite get round to listening to them properly– then one day you do get the chance and you...

New album by Celtic Tenors – Feels Like Home 0

New album by Celtic Tenors – Feels Like Home

The Celtic Tenors have been quiet on the recording front recently but now they’re back with a new album called Feels Like Home. For me it’s a welcome return because one of the things...

Van Morrison – the ten million airplays man 0

Van Morrison – the ten million airplays man

Congratulations to Irish singer Van Morrison for the stunning success of his song Brown Eyed Girl, which has just passed the ten million mark for the number of airplays on radio stations in the...

Death of Bert Jansch – inspirational folk guitarist 0

Death of Bert Jansch – inspirational folk guitarist

I was very sad to hear of the death the Scottish guitarist and singer Bert Jansch. He was a wonderful musician who influenced some of the best guitarists of the last 50 years. Musicians...

Times Past from JH – melodic, thoughtful songs 0

Times Past from JH – melodic, thoughtful songs

Singer songwriter John Hogan, who performs and records simply as JH, has a new album out called Times Past. As the name suggests, it looks to bygone days but more importantly, it explores the...

How Ralph McTell twisted my fingers 0

How Ralph McTell twisted my fingers

I once had a bruising encounter with the legendary folk singer Ralph McTell. Ralph is a peaceful man but he twisted my fingers all over the place – all because of his classic song,...

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